Microsoft reveal next gen 'Xbox Series X' - Arriving Christmas 2020
At last night’s Game Awards in Los Angeles, Microsoft finally unveiled what their next gen console will look like along with the official name, Xbox Series X. This title leads us to believe there will be additional next gen titles coming from the Redmond corporation with the one showcased in the video below the flagship product.
Yes, it resembles a PC tower but it is a Microsoft product. The Microsoft Xbox Series X will launch late next year, just in time for the Christmas 2020 rush. At last night’s event, Head of Xbox Phil Spencer also took to the stage to talk a little about the next gen console and what it means for the future of gaming. He described “a future where you’re instantly immersed in your games and your worlds are even more lifelike.”
Previously codenamed ‘Project Scarlett’, the first look at the new Xbox console shows it to be quite monolithic in shape with ventilation on top. Assuming it follows the design trends of previous Xbox consoles, we’d imagine this new console can be laid on its side as well. The new controller, which can be spotted to the side of the device, looks very similar to what we already have with current Xbox consoles but there appears to be a new ‘Share’ button and redesigned D-pad.
Specs-wise, we’ve already heard that the new console will be capable of pushing 8K output, ray tracing and frame rates of up to 120fps. It will also be backwards compatible with the previous three Xbox console which is becoming ever-more important to ensure you capture as many interested gamers as possible.
During the presentation, Phil highlighted how their 15 first party studios are working on titles for the new console with Ninja Theory showing off some early, in-game footage for their upcoming sequel to the multi-award winning Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice. The footage below really showcases the sheer graphical power we can expect from the new console and we can only imagine how games like the much-rumoured Fable from Playground Games will look.
The new Xbox Series X launches Christmas 2020 and we’ll definitely be picking one up off the back of those specs alone.