Xbox has released some new details about the XBox Series X console. These updates excite us, but also slightly worry us about some things since the Coronavirus is a pandemic and the world as we know has come to a virtual halt.
That being said, let’s see how XBox is handling this pandemic.
Has the Release Date Been Delayed?
The release date is still showing the original date. According to Xbox.com, the release date for the XBox Series X will still be the Holiday Season 2020.
Custom Designed AMD Processor
The XBox Series X uses a custom-designed processor from AMD leveraging the latest Zen 2 and RDNA 2 architectures. The console declares to deliver four times the processing power of an Xbox One and enables developers to leverage 12 TFLOPS of GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) performance which is twice that of an Xbox One X and more than eight times the original Xbox One.
Patented Variable Rate Shading?
So what is Variable Rate Shading (VRS) and why should you care? Rather than spending GPU cycles uniformly to every single pixel on the screen, video game developers can prioritize individual effects on specific game characters or important environmental objects. This technique results in more stable frame rates and higher resolution, with no impact on the final image quality.
Still too technical? Basically, game developers can increase realism and graphic quality without slowing down your system and load times quite as much.
Hardware-accelerated DirectX Raytracing
You can expect more dynamic and realistic environments powered by hardware-accelerated DirectX Raytracing which is a first for console gaming (it has existed with PC gaming for some time). This means true-to-life lighting, accurate reflections and realistic acoustics in real-time as you explore the game world.
What Else will the XBox Series X Offer?
Xbox has previously stated some of the following, but it’s always nice to list a reminder of what to expect from the next generation of consoles.
SSD Storage: With Xbox’s next-generation SSD, nearly every aspect of playing games is improved. Game worlds are larger, more dynamic and load in a flash and fast travel is just that – fast.
Quick Resume: The new Quick Resume feature lets you continue multiple games from a suspended state almost instantly. It will allow you to return to where you were and what you were doing. This means less waiting for long loading screens.
Dynamic Latency Input (DLI): Xbox optimizes latency in the player-to-console pipeline starting with our Xbox Wireless Controller. This leverages the high bandwidth, proprietary wireless communication protocol when connected to the console. With Dynamic Latency Input (DLI), a new feature that synchronizes input immediately with what displays, controls are even more precise and responsive.
HDMI 2.1 Innovation: Xbox partners with the HDMI forum and TV manufacturers to enable the best gaming experiences. They use features such as Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) and Variable Refresh Rate (VRR). ALLM allows Xbox One and Xbox Series X to automatically set the connected display to its lowest latency mode. VRR synchronizes the display’s refresh rate to the game’s frame rate, maintaining smooth visuals without tearing. Ensuring minimal lag and the most responsive gaming experience.
120FPS Support: With support for up to 120 FPS, Xbox Series X allows developers to exceed standard 60FPS output. This gives you a sense of heightened realism or fast-paced action.
What You Really Want to Know, the Games
Xbox is stating that you will be able to have backward compatibility with your existing Xbox One game. This includes backward-compatible Xbox 360 and original Xbox games.
The Smart Delivery technology also allows you to purchase the game, just once. This means you are able to play it on Xbox One console, or the new Xbox Series X console. Your copy of your favorite game on the Xbox One will play on the Xbox Series X. Pretty nice!
And, Xbox Game Pass will continue to be used with the new console.
Stay Tuned for More Updates!
As we get updates with Xbox news, we will publish for you to know and be excited about!