Xbox Series X specs revealed along with 1TB expansion cards, reduced load times and more

By Sean Carey,
A tonne of new information has been revealed about the upcoming Xbox Series X, including a full list of specs, details on the new SSD's load times and the multiple suspend feature, SDR to HDR conversion for existing titles and a look at the new expandable storage solution.

Xbox Series X

According to an Xbox Wire post, the Xbox Series X will boast a custom Zen 2 CPU with 8 cores @ 3.8 GHz and a custom RDNA 2 GPU with 12 TFLOPS, 52 CUs @ 1.825 GHz. The power of the GPU is twice that of the Xbox One X with the idea of the console being able to support resolutions of 4K at 60 FPS and support of up to 120 FPS. We're also getting 16GB of GDDR6 RAM and a 1TB custom NVME SSD with expandable storage. The full specs are listed below:

Xbox Series X specs

The new custom NVME SSD allows for some blisteringly fast load times. Xbox has uploaded a tech demo which compares the Xbox One X loading times against the Series X. As you can see from the video below, the Series X loads into State of Decay 2 in around 8 seconds. On the One X, the loading times are substantially slower with the same game taking around 50 seconds from menu screen to game.

As previously revealed, the Series X boasts Quick Resume technology that allows players to switch between multiple games instead of just one. Game states are stored on that superfast SSD and will pick up from where you left off even if you unplug the console. According to the Wire post, a tester unplugged his console for a week, updated his machine and still continued his game from where he left off without even a loading screen to contend with. The video below shows off the impressive feature with a player swapping and jumping into games at a moments notice.

Digital Foundry has also snapped a picture of the new memory cards that can be used to expand the console's storage. The Xbox Series X Storage Expansion Card has been built in partnership with Seagate. It's a new custom storage solution that makes use of the new Xbox Velocity Architecture inside of the Series X. Previous generation Xbox titles can still be played from USB external hard drives, while Xbox recommends that Xbox Series X titles should only be played from either the internal SSD or one of these expansion cards to benefit from the Xbox Velocity Architecture.

Backwards compatibility was another big feature of the Series X that's already been revealed. However, the Series X will somewhat improve the playability of older titles with improved loading times, better frame rates and higher resolutions. Existing Xbox games will also benefit from SDR to HDR conversion. Games that don't feature native HDR support will benefit from improved image quality. The Series X uses a new HDR reconstruction technique that will enhance SDR titles. This feature will not impact the CPU, GPU or RAM and requires no work from developers.

For more, check out our articles comparing the size of the Series X console to the Xbox One, and a look at the new Xbox Series X controller.
Sean Carey
Written by Sean Carey
Sean graduated from Southampton Solent University with a first-class honours degree in Journalism, which he uses to keep TrueAchievements and TrueTrophies topped up with the latest gaming and industry news. When not scouring the web for the latest big story, you’ll find him tearing up the streets in Forza Horizon 5, or failing miserably in Call of Duty: Warzone.