In what was easily the most surprising news of the night, Microsoft showed off the next generation of their Xbox console at the Game Awards Thursday evening — the Xbox Series X. Formerly known as Project Scarlett, the Xbox Series X has a unique form factor unlike anything we’ve seen before for a console, resembling more of a classic tower PC.
Though normally a console manufacturer would wait until their own presentation to reveal the look of their machine, there is plenty of information left to be unveiled. Currently, the release date is a hazy “holiday 2020”, for instance. Meanwhile, the specs are more “roughly” this and “two times” that, with Microsoft gaming chief Phil Spencer recently claiming the Series X has twice the power of a Xbox One X. Right now, estimates place that at roughly 12 teraflops with a rumored 13GBs of RAM reserved just for video games alone, along with an eight-core CPU. The Series X is supposed to support 4K resolution and sixty frames per second framerate (the gold standard for multiplayer gamers), but potentially support up to 8K and 120fps. Although, it may be unlikely, as games tend to go for the wow of visuals over higher framerates.
We do know that the Series X aims to be backwards compatible with every previous Xbox console ever made, meaning players will have access to their entire library of older games. The Series X will also be compatible with any Xbox One hardware like controllers or other accessories.
Of course, the biggest question hanging in the air is likely going unanswered for quite sometime: the price. Unlike last gen, this represents a massive leap forward for gaming. Short of Microsoft deciding to take a massive hit on console sales in the hopes of making it back through things like Xbox GamePass or sales of games, this console is likely going to be quite expensive. Still, if rumors hold, it seems Xbox GamePass Ultimate will allow players to get the new console (as well as Xbox Gold and Xbox GamePass) for $30.99 a month.