The next Xbox One to come at the end of next year will not have to wait until E3 2020 to show itself. At the Game Awards ceremony – the Oscars for video games – Phil Spencer, the big boss of the Xbox division, took to the stage to reveal the name of his next baby, his shape, and his main characteristics.
Will the Xbox Series X have a new controller? Will the old ones be compatible?
Yes, the Series X will be delivered with a new gamepad. It is very similar to the previous generations, with an asymmetrical arrangement of the joysticks (unlike the DualShock). Microsoft announces that it has redesigned its shape to make it even more comfortable and suitable for all hands.
The first new feature announced: the addition of a button dedicated to sharing content, both captures and videos taken in games and that you want to show to your friends.
The second new feature is the evolution of the multidirectional cross. It seems to be modeled on the so-called “faceted” model that Microsoft delivers with the recently released high-end Elite Series 2 controller (and tested on 01net.com).
As for the old Xbox One controllers, yes, all will be backward compatible with the new console. No need to buy new ones to play with 2, 3 or even 4, you can reuse the one(s) you currently have.
Will I be able to enjoy my Xbox One games on the Xbox Series X?
Yes, Microsoft confirmed that the new console would support backward compatibility with current games. We still don’t clearly know whether this applies to both those purchased in physical form and those acquired in dematerialized form.
The games offered as part of the Xbox Live Gold offer are also compatible with the X Series, as is the entire Xbox Game Pass title catalog.
Microsoft has also ensured that it works with its studios to ensure that all titles released before the Xbox Series X is released but which will be used on it are optimized as best as possible. Thus, all backups and other successes can be kept or continued on this new console.
What are the performances announced?
Microsoft officializes that Series X can develop four times more computing power than the One X.
It can run games in 4K at 60 frames per second (fps) and can even, according to Microsoft, display them at 120 fps in some cases. As announced at E3 2019, 8K would also be possible in some games.
Finally, it will be equipped with a 4K Blu-ray player, which will allow it to play movies encoded in this format and purchased commercially on physical media.
What are the known components?
This new console uses a processor specially designed in partnership with AMD that integrates both pure computing units and graphic elements. Thus, the CPU part is well built based on the Zen 2 architecture, that of the current Ryzen 3000. The 3D part has units carved on the model of the Radeon RX 5500 XT, RX 5700, and 5700 XT cards, the AMD RDNA.
Where these units differ from current AMD PC graphics cards is in the hardware support for ray tracing, well confirmed by Microsoft, which was until now the preserve of Nvidia’s GeForce RTX.
The whole will be cooled by a large device, expelling the hot air upwards (or to the side depending on the inclination) with a very measured noise, according to Microsoft.
On the storage side, the SSD is well confirmed. Several technologies for virtualizing and using this storage space could be implemented.