Microsoft has released a new video for the Xbox Series X, and Xbox Head Phil Spencer has published a letter describing the new console in greater detail.
The video is exactly as expected, a visually impressive CGI trailer, but it reveals nothing new about the next-generation console. All of these new details come from Phil Spencer himself, and finally add some clarity to the console’s impressive nature that Microsoft has been boasting about over the last year.
The Xbox Series X uses a custom-designed AMD Zen 2 and RDNA 2 architecture. It can deliver four times the processing power of an Xbox One, and provides twice the GPU performance of an Xbox One X, the most powerful console on the market.
The new console will also use DirectX Raytracing. This is a lighting effect that allows developers to render lighting in real-time, making for a much more realistic experience in any game, and adding a level of detail that only PCs have been capable of until now.
The new console will also use external SSD expansions. These are smaller than expected, similar to memory cards for the PlayStation 2 or GameCube, but pack in a lot more memory. Microsoft has partnered with Seagate to create these, and it looks as though they’ll be necessary to make the most of the Xbox Series X.
The full specifications for the Xbox Series X are as follows.
CPU – 8x Zen 2 Cores at 3.8GHz (3.6GHz with SMT)
GPU – 12 TFLOPs, 52 CUs at 1.825GHz, Custom RDNA 2
Die Size – 360.45mm2
Process – TSMC 7nm Enhanced
Memory – 16GB GDDR6
Memory Bandwidth – 10GB at 560GB/s, 6GB at 336GB/s
Internal Storage – 1TB Custom NVMe SSD
IO Throughput – 2.4GB/s (Raw), 4.8GB/s (Compressed)
Expandable Storage – 1TB Expansion Card
External Storage – USB 3.2 HDD Support
Optical Drive – 4K UHD Blu-ray Drive
Performance Target – 4K at 60fps – up to 120fps