Xbox Series X: Everything we know so far

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The Xbox Series X is on its way at the end of this year, but what do we know so far about Microsoft’s newest console? Find out everything that’s been revealed so far, from the release date to information about console-exclusive games, right here with us.

And before we get started, don’t forget to register your interest now so you can stay on top of the latest information about the Xbox Series X as soon as it arrives.

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The Xbox Series X is on its way at the end of this year, but what do we know so far about Microsoft’s newest console? Find out everything that’s been revealed so far, from the release date to information about console-exclusive games, right here with us.

And before we get started, don’t forget to register your interest now so you can stay on top of the latest information about the Xbox Series X as soon as it arrives.

The fastest and most powerful Xbox yet

Unsurprisingly, the Xbox Series X will be able to run circles around the Xbox One. It’s got a whopping four times the processing power of the Xbox One X, and it’ll be capable of handling 4K and even 8K visuals. You can expect the visuals to be sharper and more realistic than ever before, with hardware-accelerated ray-tracing – in other words, light will behave much like it does in the real world, making games look a lot more like real life.

On top of that, the next-generation SSD, or solid state drive, means that games and assets can be loaded in a fraction of the time, meaning that load times as a whole will be virtually eliminated.

Current-gen consoles are already capable of suspending games, or essentially leaving them on pause while you head off and do something else, but the Xbox Series X has something even better up its sleeve. A recent Gamespot interview with Jason Ronald, the Partner Director of Program Management for Team Xbox, revealed that with the new console, you’ll be able to suspend and resume multiple games at once. That means you won’t have to wait for games to load from scratch every time you feel like a change of scenery.

Vertical or horizontal?

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The new Xbox has had a bit of a refresh on the design front, resembling a PC more than its predecessor. You’ll be able to stand it either horizontally or vertically.

Console-exclusive games

If you’re worried about not being able to play the latest Xbox games unless you upgrade to the Xbox Series X, don’t be. The Xbox Series X won’t have any console-exclusive games for at least a couple of years, according to a recent interview between the head of Xbox Game Studios, Matt Booty, and MCV. That means you’ll still be able to enjoy plenty of upcoming Xbox titles on your existing console.

And of course, if you do decide to upgrade to the new Xbox, you’ll get to see all the technical wizardry that the Xbox Series X is capable of, as showcased in the trailer up top, as well as the below trailer for Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II.

But Hellblade II is far from the only game you’ve got to look forward to. You can check out some of the amazing games confirmed so far for next-gen consoles right here.

Backwards compatibility

Xbox is pretty darn good at backwards compatibility, and the Xbox Series X is no exception. Four generations of Xbox games will be available to you on your new console, and what’s more, Microsoft have said that they’re committed to making sure Achievements and game saves from Xbox Game Studio games can be shared across devices.

Controllers and accessories

Games are one thing, but how about your console accessories? Well, there’s good news on that front too, as your Xbox One accessories will also be compatible with the new console. And if you want, you can even use your Xbox Series X controller with your Xbox One or PC.

Speaking of your new controller, the design’s had a bit of a refresh too. It’s now fractionally smaller, has a circular D-pad, and a handy Share button to make sharing gameplay clips and screenshots a cinch.

Xbox Series X release date

The Xbox Series X is due to launch in winter 2020, and you can register your interest right here to make sure you get the latest updates as soon as they arrive.

For now, that’s all we know about the new Xbox console, but Xbox have already confirmed that they’ll be headed to E3 2020 in June, so we’re keeping our fingers crossed for more info soon.

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