Gamers everywhere are anxiously awaiting November 10, 2020. That’s the date Xbox Series X will be released. It’s a global release, so you’ll be able to get your hands on the next Xbox whether you live in London, Tokyo, New York, Paris, Frankfurt, Sydney and anywhere in between. Pre-orders for the new Xbox, including the cheaper Xbox Series S, will began on September 22, 2020.
Xbox Series X price
A brand new Xbox Series X console will set you back $499 / £449 / AU$749. The cheaper Series S will cost $299/£249.99/€299/AU$499.
If those prices don’t fit within your budget, there’s some good news for you. Microsoft’s Xbox All Access subscription will allow you to pay for your new Xbox in installments. Once you are approved, you can pre-order the Xbox Series X for $34.99 per month for 24 months, and there’s nothing you will have to pay upfront. With this deal you will receive your brand new console, access to more than 100 games on Xbox Games Pass plus multiplayer gaming with Xbox Live Gold. You can pre-order the all-digital Xbox Series S on the same premises, for $24.99 per month for 24 months.
While the Xbox All Access subscription service is already up and running across the U.S., it’s set to roll out in 12 more countries.
Xbox Series X specifications
- CPU: 8x Cores @ 3.8 GHz (3.6 GHz w/ SMT) Custom Zen 2 CPU
- GPU: 12 TFLOPS, 52 CUs @ 1.825 GHz Custom RDNA 2 GPU
- Die Size: 360.45 mm2
- Process: 7nm Enhanced
- Memory: 16 GB GDDR6 w/ 320b bus
- Memory Bandwidth: 10GB @ 560 GB/s, 6GB @ 336 GB/s
- Internal Storage: 1TB Custom NVME SSD
- I/O Throughput: 2.4 GB/s (Raw), 4.8 GB/s
- Expandable Storage: 1TB Expansion Card (matches internal storage exactly)
- External Storage: USB 3.2 External HDD Support
- Optical Drive: 4K UHD Blu-Ray Drive
- Performance Target: 4K @ 60 FPS, Up to 120 FPS
Now let’s get to the good stuff. Officials with Xbox say that the Series X will be four times more powerful than the Xbox One X and will deliver “more immersion, more exploration and more detail,” in addition to reduced load times.
The CPU (Computer Processing Unit) boasts four times the power of the CPU in the ‘Project Scarlett’ prototype. Compared to the Xbox One’s eight-core 1.75GHz CPU, or the One X’s eight-core 2.3GHz CPU, the Series X’s eight-core 3.6GHz Custom AMD Zen 2 chip should improve every aspect of how game operates.
Some of the other new tech features of the Xbox Series X include GDDR6 memory and the next-generation of SSDs (Solid State Drives) that are said to offer 40 times the performance of current SSDs.
Of course, with that much power, comes a lot of heat emitting from the console. In order to prevent the Xbox Series X from overheating or melting, the Series X tall tower casing has a far larger volume to accommodate airflow with a single fan and extra heatsinks. Microsoft claims it will be as quiet as the Xbox One X.
Xbox Series S specifications
As we mentioned, and you likely already know, Microsoft is also launching a smaller, cheaper version of the Xbox X called the Series S. This disc-less version is cheaper and has the smallest footprint in Xbox history.
Obviously, the Series S won’t be as powerful as its pricier counterpart. It features four teraflops of GPU compared to 12TF. But, that doesn’t mean it’s not going to offer a great gameplay experience. Microsoft claims it will still “deliver four times the processing power of an Xbox One console.”
The Series S can run games with a 1440p resolution at up to 120 frames-per-second, and totes 4K upscaling for games, 4K media playback and support for DirectX raytracing.
Finally, the Series S has 512GB of internal storage – half that of the 1TB SSD Series X. Both consoles provide 1TB expansion cards, though, plus HDMI 2.1 sockets with support for Variable Refresh Rate.
What will the Xbox Series X interface look like?
We recently got our first look at the new Xbox Series X dashboard. The next-gen OS is called the ‘New Xbox Experience.’ It features a colorful re-design with new fonts and faster navigation. The use of new Velocity Architecture and Quick Resume technology is said to launch Xbox games faster than ever before. In fact, Microsoft claims the Xbox Series X Home screen will load “more than 50 percent faster when you boot your Xbox”, and “almost 30 percent quicker” when you return to the home screen from a game.
There will also be a new Xbox Guide landing page that will compile all of your messages, invites and parties into a one-stop-shop notification stream. You can also expect a new Activity Feed designed to do a better job of showcasing the gaming community.
Some other updates include smaller tweaks that have been requested by gamers, for instance, the ability to control the volume of individual party members. So, when gamers get a bit too loud, you’ll be able to turn them down individually.
Another new feature will be updates to the Microsoft Store. The upgraded app will launch faster, in about two seconds, on any device and have improved search and navigation features.
Microsoft has also touted an Xbox mobile app in the works.
If you already own an Xbox, you should see some of the new features and design cues appear ahead of the Series X launch in November. It’s all part of Microsoft’s grand plan to “unify the experience” across all Xbox devices before the next-gen console is available.
How much storage will the new Xbox have?
According to Microsoft, the Xbox Series X will come with 1TB of internal storage, this matches what’s currently available on the Xbox one X. It’s a custom-built NVMe SSD that can be boosted through the use of 1TB expansion cards designed in conjunction with storage specialist Seagate.
The lower-powered Series S console will feature 512GB of internal storage, plus the option to boost it with a 1TB expansion card.
Xbox Series X Games
We know that we can expect the Xbox Series X to be packed with technology that will help give you the best gaming experience possible. To deliver more stable frame rates, the Xbox Series X will employ its own patented type of Variable Rate Shading (VRS), which will enable the GPU to “prioritize individual effects on specific game characters or important environmental objects”.
The Xbox Series X will also see the first use of DirectX Raytracing for console gaming, which should help deliver more dynamic effects including lighting, reflections and produce more realistic real-time audio.
Xbox is also promising a Quick Resume feature, where you’ll be able to pick up from where you left off in multiple games at the press of a button without having to wait around for them to load.
Will the Xbox Series X support Xbox One accessories?