Microsoft has announced its next-generation console he Xbox Series X.
The tech firm announced the new console at last night’s The Game Awards 2019, unveiling the console’s design and revealing its name; the Xbox Series X. Microsoft also announced that the new console will be available Holiday 2020.
During the show, Microsoft’s Xbox Chief Phil Spencer revealed that the console can be used both horizontally and vertically and that the console will “deliver four times the processing power of Xbox One X in the most quiet and efficient way”.
Although Microsoft unveiled the console’s design during the event last night, the firm didn’t reveal any new spec information besides what’s already been announced.
The new Xbox console will include a custom-designed GPU as well as an NVMe SSD to speed up load times. It will support 8K visuals, ray tracing, as well as frame rates of up to 120 fps in video games.
During the announcement, Microsoft debuted footage from Ninja Theory’s upcoming game Hellblade 2 which, according to Spencer’s interview with Gamespot, featured graphics captured in a game-engine, running on the console in real-time.
In the interview with Gamespot, Spencer said: “We wanted to have a dramatic upgrade from the Xbox One base console. So when we do the math, we’re over eight times the GPU power of the Xbox One, and two times what an Xbox One X.”
Despite announcing the new console, Microsoft still hasn’t addressed rumours about the company’s decision to release two consoles, a powerful main console and a cheaper, disc-less console. Both consoles have been developed under the codename Project Scarlett.
Also announced last night was a new Xbox Wireless Controller which is smaller than the current controller but will retain the rumble triggers. The new controller will ship with the new console and will be compatible with existing Xbox consoles as well as with Windows PCs.
Other Announcements At The Game Awards
The Game Awards 2019 was a huge event hosted by Geoff Keighley. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice topped the event by winning Game of the Year and Best Action/Adventure Game while Control bagged Best Art Direction, Death Stranding took home Best Score/Music and Best Game Direction.
Other winners included Disco Elysium (Best Independent Game, Fresh Indie Game, Best Role-Playing Game and Best Narrative), Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare (Best Audio Design), and Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled (Best Sports/Racing Game).
Meanwhile, several new video games were announced during the show. A trailer for fantasy action RPG Godfall was revealed with a release date for Holiday 2020, a new turn-based RPG titled Ruined King was also announced along with an announcement for a new Fast & Furious game.
The show also included new trailers and announcements of New World, western-adventure game Weird West, survival horror game Sons Of The Forest, new Telltale game The Wolf Among Us 2, and a trailer for Control’s new free DLC ‘Expeditions’ which was released during the event.
Sadly, many fans were left disappointed when there were no announcements for a new Batman and Crash Bandicoot game despite being previously rumoured. FromSoftware’s Elden Ring failed to make an appearance too as rumoured.
Image Credit: Xbox Series X World Premiere – YouTube
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