UPDATED - New Xbox Console Officially Unveiled at The Game Awards - The Xbox Series X

By Sean Carey,
In a surprise announcement that nobody was expecting, a new next-generation Xbox Console was officially unveiled at this year's Game Awards, the Xbox Series X — launching Holiday, 2020.

Phil Spencer took to the stage to talk about the new console. Spencer said "Next Holiday, Xbox Series X will lead us into the future of console gaming. Our fastest and most powerful Xbox will set a new bar for performance, speed and compatibility. Developers around the globe are already hard at work building games for Xbox Series X. Our 15 Xbox Game Studios are developing the largest and most creatively diverse line-up of exclusive games in our history."

From a tech standpoint, the Xbox Series X will boast "world-class visuals" in a 4K resolution at 60FPS, with a possibility of hitting up to 120FPS. Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) and 8K capability will also be supported. The console will be powered by a custom-designed processor from AMD which leverages the "latest Zen 2 and next-generation RDNA architecture." The Xbox Series X will deliver hardware-accelerated ray tracing which has never been seen in a console before and has only been reserved for high-end PC graphics cards. The GPU also boasts Xbox's patented Varial Rate Shading (VRS) technology which will allow developers to get even more out of the new processor. The console will also feature an SSD for faster game loading times.

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According to an Xbox Wire post, the reason for the design is that it enables Xbox to "deliver four times the processing power of Xbox One X in the most quiet and efficient way, something that is critically important in delivering truly immersive gameplay." It can be stood either upright or placed horizontally.

The shape of the console is not like anything we've seen before from an Xbox. A vertical unit with a disc drive and what looks like air intakes/outlets on the top with a green light or inlay underneath the grill. The controller also looks similar to that of the current models apart from a different style d-pad and a curious new share button in the middle of the controller. As detailed in an Xbox Wire post, the controller's size and shape have been refined to accommodate a wider range of users. The d-pad was indeed inspired by the Elite Series 2 Wireless controller, and it will be compatible with Xbox One, Windows 10.

The Xbox Series X has also been designed with the cloud in mind, "Xbox Series X is also designed for a future in the cloud, with unique capabilities built into the hardware and software to make it as easy as possible to bring great games to both console and elsewhere."

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Backwards compatibility is also something that Xbox is bearing in mind with the Xbox Series X, "With Xbox Series X we’re also investing in consumer-friendly pathways to game ownership across generations. Leading the way with our first-party titles including Halo Infinite in 2020, we’re committed to ensuring that games from Xbox Game Studios support cross-generation entitlements and that your Achievements and game saves are shared across devices."

If previous reports are to believed about Project Scarlett being two consoles and the less powerful version called "Lockhart" is to be a disc-less all digital device, then the Xbox Series X is the more powerful Anaconda model as it features the disc drive. Although this is pure speculation until the "Lockhart" console gets an official announcement from Xbox.

As a final reveal, Spencer went on to announce a new Hellblade game titled Senua's Saga: Hellblade II. The footage was captured in-engine, taking full advantage of Xbox Series X — and it looks incredible.

The Xbox Series X launches Holiday, 2020.
Sean Carey
Written by Sean Carey
Hey everyone! I'm Sean. I have been writing gaming content for various outlets over the past few years while studying a degree in Journalism. I grew up on everything PlayStation — mainly Metal Gear Solid, with a brief foray into the world of Xbox. Nowadays, you'll find me mainly playing multiplayer PC games, but with the recent addition of the Xbox Game Pass for PC, I'm looking forward to improving my TA Score.