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The Xbox Series X is Microsoft's next-gen console

By Kenneth Ang - on 13 Dec 2019, 6:14pm

The Xbox Series X is Microsoft's next-gen console

Well, at least we know it won't be called the "Xbox Two".

Earlier today at the Game Awards, Microsoft unveiled the newest member of the Xbox console family – the blocky, CPU-esque Xbox Series X. The console, which is slated to release worldwide sometime near the end of 2020, was formerly known to us only as "Project Scarlett". It'll go up directly against Sony's PlayStation 5, featuring a custom-designed CPU based on AMD's Zen 2 architecture and Radeon RDNA graphics. 

On top of the trailer, Microsoft made use of the Series X to showcase game developer Ninja Theory's newest title, Senua's Saga: Hellblade 2, a sequel to their previous, acclaimed title Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice

On the technical end, although the console is reported to have around four times the processing power of the Xbox One X, Microsoft didn't drop any exact details on its specs. Still, what we do know at this point is that it will ship with a plethora of next-gen features, such as 8K gaming, 120 fps frame rates and ray-tracing support, among other things.

Oh, but it doesn't stop there. In their pursuit of greater responsiveness, the Xbox Series X will also sport an Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) as well as Dynamic Latency Input (DLI), which Xbox chief Phil Spencer says will "make Xbox Series X the most responsive console ever". Speaking of which, Microsoft also talked about their new controller design, which will primarily feature a more refined shape and a new "Share" button to facilitate the capture and sharing of in-game media. 

If anything, that sounds oddly reminiscent of Sony's DualShock 4 controller, but hey, we like to be surprised as much as the next guy.

Anyway, apart from making the console sound edgier, the term "Series X" implies that this won't be the only console Microsoft puts out this gen. Who knows, they just might go with what Nintendo did for the Switch previously, with both a separate, improved "Gen 2" version as well as a "Lite" version. How that's going to work is anyone's guess, but at this point, we think Xbox fans are just happy to lay eyes on a new console.

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