Xbox Series X: Confirmed Specs, Release Date, Graphics, Images, Leaks, Design, Games, Price, Launch Titles, Controllers & more

Microsoft has coined this Xbox “the future of gaming” – but what sets it apart from Sony’s PS5?

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Microsoft wowed us by unveiling their next Xbox console, the Xbox Series X, at The Game Awards back at the end of 2020.

Series X’s specs will be the “most immersive console experience ever” according to Microsoft, and from what we’ve heard this may well be proven true.

We are yet to see a full breakdown of what’s inside the clunky exterior, but we now have a fairly good idea of the Xbox Series X specs.

Keep reading for all the details on the upcoming Xbox‘s improved framerates, loading times and graphics and a ton of other Xbox 2020 news.

Controllers

A patent was published about a thumb-stick with an ‘adjustable tensioning mechanism’.

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BLUEPRINT FOR SUCCESS: An controller image included in the published patent

What this essentially means, is that players may be able to customise how ridged or loose the thumbstick is.

We’ve got our fingers crossed that this all goes through!

Leaked Images

Leaked images have been circulating, allegedly showing more angles of the new Xbox.

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Whilst we can’t be sure that these pictures are legitimate, they are certainly believable.

If this has been fan-created, they’ve certainly done a good job.

Specs

Xbox Series X will come equipped with lightning-fast, high-bandwidth DDR6 RAM that Microsoft has claimed will “usher in resolution and framerates we’ve never seen before”.

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POWER: That will be hard to compete with

It’ll be a while before we see this console, but this does mean that Xbox Series X will be four times as powerful as the Xbox One X – which still holds the title for the most powerful home console ever made.

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It’s hard to put this in perspective, but it is a level of power that we have never seen before.

The console will support up to 8K resolution and 120 frames-per-second gaming experiences, and if that wasn’t enough, Xbox Series X will also have support for variable refresh rate and real-time ray tracing.

Eradicating loading times

“We’ve created a new generation of SSDs… We’re using the SSD as virtual RAM” said Microsoft in their reveal video, and the result will make loading times a thing of the past.

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It’ll make gameplay smoother and faster, ironing out any creases in performance.

In theory, core performance should receive a major boost too.

It’s also been confirmed that Xbox Series X will have a disk drive, since the console will support four generations worth of backwards compatibility.

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“Your games, achievements, progression and accessories will all come forward with Xbox Series X.

The combination of the custom AMD architecture, the DDR6 RAM, and the SSD drive could well give us a console that feels truly revolutionary. 

Release date

With Xbox Series X set to launch in the Holiday 2020 window, we have no idea when Microsoft will decide to reveal more information.

HEADSTART: News of Xbox Series X was first revealed at E3 2019

All we know is that it shares the exact same rumoured launch date window as Sony’s PlayStation 5.

Games

Halo Infinite has been confirmed as an Xbox Series X launch title, and by Christmas 2020 it will have been five years since a new mainline Halo game released.

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Halo is widely regarded as the Xbox’s first must-play game, so Microsoft’s move to launch a next-gen with a Halo game is both symbolic and business-savvy.

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However, if Halo is not your thing you won’t be caught out – Xbox Series X will be capable of three generations of backwards compatibility.

As well as new-era games, you’ll be able to play games from the Xbox One, the Xbox 360, and the very first generation of the Xbox.

Price

Though we don’t have any official details on what the Series X”s price will be, it’s going to be quite the contentious subject now that the PS5 price has been officially addressed by Sony’s Hiroki Totoki.

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The original announcement of the Xbox One price was one of the first mistakes Microsoft made with the positioning of the console.

It took more than six months after the launch of the Xbox One in late 2013 for Microsoft to release an Xbox One configuration that removed the Kinect from the box and reduce the price to that of the PS4.

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With the PS5 and Xbox Series X launching at the same time, Microsoft is going to have to be careful not to repeat past mistakes.

If both consoles are packing similar specs, it’s going to be an interesting discussion. 

Two Xbox consoles launching side by side?

All the rumours point to there being two new Xbox consoles on the way, codenamed Anaconda and Lockhart, with the former being high end and the latter being a cheaper, streaming-focused console.

TWO FOR ONE: Anaconda and Lockhart are allegedly launching together in 2020

But with Sony placing affordability at the front of the conversation, it’s going to be an interesting battle between the gaming giants.

Only time will tell if Microsoft’s plan will materialise.

One thing is for certain though – they are throwing down the gauntlet and forcing Sony to make the next move.

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