Microsoft has shared more details surrounding Xbox Series X, its next-generation flagship console on track for this holiday. The monolithic box is shaping up to lead the next lineup of consoles, from the latest AMD CPU and GPU technology to adopting load screen-slicing solid-state storage. With the full hardware specifications now disclosed, alongside some of Microsoft’s plans to leverage that overhead, the promises of Xbox Series X position the device better than ever.
Accompanying the slew of new Xbox Series X tidbits, Microsoft also releases a ton of sleek images, featuring renders of the console, internal components, and the refreshed controller. We’ve rounded up all the new Xbox Series X images, and how they relate to the next-generation vision.
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Xbox Series X console and internals
The Xbox Series X provides a glimpse into Microsoft’s next-generation approach, represented by a system looking to rival the top end of PC hardware. The previously unveiled Xbox Series X remains the pinnacle of its future-facing efforts, boasting top-tier specifications, clocking in at 12TF of graphical processing power.
Microsoft’s Xbox Series X design packs a ton of high-performance (and expensive) hardware, measuring 301mm x 151mm x 151mm.Source: Microsoft
New Xbox Series X renders confirm prior leaks, with dual USB-A ports, one HDMI-out, ethernet, power, and expandable storage.Source: Microsoft
Xbox Series X leverages a custom Zen 2 CPU from AMD, now confirmed as 8 Cores @ 3.8 GHz (3.66 GHz w/ SMT)Source: Microsoft
The Xbox Series X CPU is accompanied by an equally menacing GPU, on track to deliver 12.155 teraflops of compute power.Source: Microsoft
Xbox Series X adopts a custom 320-bit memory interface, with 16GB GDDR6 RAM across ten 14gbps chips.Source: Microsoft
The full deep dive into Xbox Series X internals, from powerful hardware down to a fine-tuned cooling system.Source: Microsoft
The Xbox Series X chassis, sandwiched between two boards, and at the heart of its compact, vertical design.Source: Microsoft
This demonstrates Xbox Series X’s vertical “Parallel Cooling Architecture,” which aims to split air flow across multiple streams, with a single top-facing fan design.Source: Microsoft
Microsoft keeps its custom CPU setup cool with aid of its returning “Vapor Chamber” technology, using liquid vapor to dissipate heat.Source: Microsoft
Microsoft has adopted high-bandwidth PCI Express 4.0, drawing the best from internal and external SSD storage.Source: Microsoft
Microsoft has partnered with Seagate for Xbox Series X, delivering proprietary external 1TB SSD expansions, similar to memory cards of past.Source: Microsoft
Xbox Series X’s new controller
Microsoft accompanies Xbox Series X with its new and improved controller, focused on refining the in-hand feel while adding new features. It results in a console separated by its new D-Pad, share button, and overall slick new look, and retaining everything you love about the Xbox One design.
Microsoft bundles the Xbox Series X alongside a new controller, featuring new functionality and overall streamlined ergonomics in response to research.Source: Microsoft
The Xbox Series X controller comes in slightly smaller than the Xbox One equivalent, with rounded bumpers and triggers, and a flat faceplate.Source: Microsoft
The new Xbox controller features the same 3.5mm headphone jack and accessories port, maintaining compatibility with Xbox One headsets.Source: Microsoft
USB-C hits Xbox this holiday, with its reversible design aiding easy charging, and ideal for mobile usage with Project xCloud.Source: Microsoft
The controller triggers and bumpers now feature a matte “tactile dot pattern” texture, inspired by limited-edition controllers during the Xbox One era.Source: Microsoft
The latest take on the D-Pad now features a flexible dish-like design over the existing cross used by Xbox One controllers.Source: Microsoft
A dedicated Share button puts social features front and center, allowing for fast screenshot and video clipping.Source: Microsoft
Xbox Series X backward compatibility brings HDR enhancements and more
Xbox Series X is bringing enhanced methods of backward compatibility, including HDR brought to games that never had it through machine learning techniques, as well as enhancing the resolution of certain Xbox One games.
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