The Xbox Series X is touching down later this year, ushering in a whole new console generation.
As Microsoft’s newest system inches ever closer, loyal Xbox gamers are eager for any new information on this console. While the next-generation system isn’t supposed to debut until holiday 2020, fans can’t get enough of hungrily devouring every single bit of information that comes down the pipeline about the Xbox Series X.
Luckily, there’s plenty to go by when it comes to official specs, games to expect for the system, and even an idea of what kind of price point we’re looking at. Microsoft has been quite forthcoming about what its latest home console will contain, issuing a glut of information for eager gamers to devour on the official Xbox blog. While PS5 rumors have been harder to come by, we actually know quite a bit about the new Xbox console.
We still don’t know the official Xbox Series X release date, but there are plenty of reasons to get hype about everything this new Xbox console has in store for us. Keep reading to learn what we know about the Xbox Series X so far, from rumored specs to potential titles.
Xbox Series X Specifications
The full official specifications of the Xbox Series X haven’t been revealed yet. However, Microsoft has offered a sneak peek at some of the features we can expect. For instance, we know that the console will get a serious power upgrade, up to around four times more than the previous system, the Xbox One X.
Current estimations indicate that the Xbox Series X will feature a custom AMD Zen 2-based CPU, a custom AMD Navi-based GPU, and 16GB of GDDR6 RAM. It will feature 4K Blu-ray capability, an SSD with supposed read speeds up to 2GB/s, and support for 8K and 4K video at 120Hz.
As far as the system itself, it will feature a vertical profile instead of a horizontal base like previous Xbox systems. It’s estimated to stand about 310mm x 160mm x 160mm. In fact, it appears to resemble a PC tower more than a typical gaming console, which gives it an intriguing look. Thus, it will stand upright instead of horizontally. Microsoft hasn’t indicated whether it can be laid on its side just yet, but that likely won’t be possible due to a need to optimize airflow and prevent overheating.
It’s a sleek-looking machine, from what we’ve seen in early renders, as you can see below.
Though there’s yet to be a release date out in the open for the Xbox Series X just yet, there have already been a number of titles confirmed for its eventual holiday 2020 release. This includes a host of hotly-anticipated titles, with plenty more to come once developers get into the swing of announcing additional software.
- Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2
- Halo Infinite
- Rainbow Six Siege
- Gods & Monsters
- Cyberpunk 2077
- The Lord of the Rings: Gollum
However, not every single one of these titles will be released solely for the Xbox Series X. Some games, like Cyberpunk 2077 and The Lord of the Rings: Gollum, will end up on current consoles as well so that those who aren’t going to be upgrading to thee Xbox Series X immediately can still join in on the fun. A current launch lineup hasn’t yet been established for the console, but as 2020 continues to wear on, that should change soon enough.
There will, at the very least, be a few established exclusives not set for the PlayStation 5 or Nintendo Switch, and those alone should draw crowds to pick up a system and see what it has to offer. Microsoft has remained quiet on whether there will be any additional established franchises making their return on the system.
Microsoft has yet to make any kind of concrete announcement about what kind of price point the Xbox Series X will launch at However, rumors flying around since the project was let out of the bag price it around $499. This is more in line with the price point previous Xbox consoles have released at, but there’s the possibility that due to its advanced feature set, it could fetch an even higher price.
With aforementioned specs that dwarf even that of some computers, it’s going to represent the most powerful system Microsoft has created for gamers yet, so much so that the Xbox One X will likely be demoted to the “base” or “mid-tier” option when the new system debuts. It’s a guessing game we’ll all have to play for now until more concrete information finally begins circulating.
Right now, there’s no official release date for the Xbox Series X. We will continue to update this post as soon as we have more information. For now, all we know for certain is that Microsoft plans to release the Xbox Series X in late 2020. The console is expected to ship in time for the Christmas shopping season. Similarly, most of its hotly-anticipated game lineup will also likely launch around when the system does so that buyers have something to tear into with all their shiny new hardware.