The Xbox Series X is coming and it will be a powerful gaming console, yesterday Microsoft unveiled its full specifications and also showed off its load times. The Xbox Series X will be powered by a custom AMD Zen 2 CPU with eight cores each clocking at a speed of 3.8GHz, a custom AMD RDNA 2 GPU with 12 teraflops and 52 compute units each clocking at a 1.825GHz speed. Everything here is built on a 7nm process and it includes a 16GB of GDDR6 RAM with a 1TB custom NVME SSD storage drive.
We’ve also seen the look of the Xbox Series X console and the compact box design. There are two mainboards and the whole system has a 130mm fan which will serve as the cooling unit. Air will be pulled in from the bottom of the console and it goes out at the top.
On its GPU and gaming capabilities, Jason Ronald, Director of Product Management on the Xbox Series X said, “While the Xbox Series X will deliver a massive increase in GPU performance and continue to redefine and advance the state of art in graphics with new capabilities such as hardware accelerated raytracing, we don’t believe this generation will be defined by graphics or resolution alone.”
For developers hoping to make full use of the 16GB RAM, they can use 10GB out of this for a fast GPU optimal memory, 3.5GB for standard memory the reaming 2.5GB for the operating system. Not only is the 1TB NVME SSD built-in storage removable, it can be expanded via the expansion cards at the back of the unit using a USB 3.2 external HDD support and also a 4K UHD Blu-Ray drive. Not only is the console capable of running 4K games at 60fps, its support also reaches 120fps.
Microsoft demoed the fast load times of the Xbox Series X, it compared State of Decay 2against the Xbox One X. The game loaded 40 seconds quicker on the Xbox Series X.
Microsoft earlier revealed the custom NVME SSD on the Xbox Series X will enable a flash loading time with a new Quick Resume feature to enable games pick up instantly where it was last ended. There is also an “Xbox Velocity Architecture” designed hardware and software integration when streaming in-game assets.
Microsoft also demoed the ray tracing which brings cinematic effects to gaming on the Xbox Series X, this was demonstrated with Gears 5. “This included contact shadows (providing extra depth to objects) and self-shadow lighting on plants and grass, making every scene feel more realistic.” Says Microsoft. There will also be another version of Gears 5 at the launch of the Xbox Series X. Microsoft says owners of the Gears 5 on Xbox One will be getting this version for free.
Xbox Series X Complete Specifications
|CPU||8x Cores @ 3.8 GHz (3.6 GHz w/ SMT) Custom Zen 2 CPU|
|GPU||12 TFLOPS, 52 CUs @ 1.825 GHz Custom RDNA 2 GPU|
|Die Size||360.45 mm2|
|Memory||16 GB GDDR6 w/ 320b bus|
|Memory Bandwidth||10GB @ 560 GB/s, 6GB @ 336 GB/s|
|Internal Storage||1 TB Custom NVME SSD|
|I/O Throughput||2.4 GB/s (Raw), 4.8 GB/s (Compressed, with custom hardware decompression block)|
|Expandable Storage||1 TB Expansion Card (matches internal storage exactly)|
|External Storage||USB 3.2 External HDD Support|
|Optical Drive||4K UHD Blu-Ray Drive|
|Performance Target||4K @ 60 FPS, Up to 120 FPS|
Microsoft plans show more about the Xbox Series X to developers in June.