Microsoft announces full specs for Xbox Series X

Here’s the full breakdown of all the gigs, flops and frames

Microsoft has officially announced the full specifications for its upcoming Xbox Series X console.

An article by Xbox Wire Editor-in-Chief Will Tuttle released Monday detailed everything gamers have been itching to know about the new game system.

“A few months ago, we revealed Xbox Series X, our fastest, most powerful console ever, designed for a console generation that has you, the player, at its center,” Tuttle writes. “When it is released this holiday season, Xbox Series X will set a new bar for performance, speed and compatibility, all while allowing you to bring your gaming legacy forward with you and play thousands of games from four generations.”

The post discusses many of the intricacies of the system, including how the next generation of Xbox will use DirectX and Raytracing, how it’ll leverage things like sound and load times to improve immersion, and more on the console’s full backward compatibility and what the Series X will do for older games in terms of performance.

It was also revealed that the system will have expandable memory via expansion cards.

According to The Verge, these will work similar to memory cards on older generation consoles since they will be proprietary cards produced by Seagate that will plug into the back of the system.

It is unknown, however, how much these expansion cards will cost, but the system specs indicate the Series X will still allow for external hard drives. That means these expansion cards appear to be a secondary option for additional storage rather than a required method of making more room for all your favorite games.

Want a more in-depth preview of the Xbox Series X? Eurogamer’s Digital Foundry recently broke down all the specs  and has a comparison against the specs of the Xbox One X and One S as well as a look at the Series X’s new controller.

Take a look at the full specs below:

CPU 8x Cores @ 3.8 GHz (3.6 GHz w/ SMT) Custom Zen 2 CPU
GPU 12 TFLOPS, 52 CUs @ 1.825 GHz Custom RDNA 2 GPU
Die Size 360.45 mm2
Process 7nm Enhanced
Memory 16 GB GDDR6 w/ 320b bus
Memory Bandwidth 10GB @ 560 GB/s, 6GB @ 336 GB/s
Internal Storage 1 TB Custom NVME SSD
I/O Throughput 2.4 GB/s (Raw), 4.8 GB/s (Compressed, with custom hardware decompression block)
Expandable Storage 1 TB Expansion Card (matches internal storage exactly)
External Storage USB 3.2 External HDD Support
Optical Drive 4K UHD Blu-Ray Drive
Performance Target 4K @ 60 FPS, Up to 120 FPS

The release date for the Xbox Series X system has not been revealed, beyond a loose holiday 2020 window, nor has Microsoft said how much the console will cost.

Published by Daniel Wilson

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