E3 may have been cancelled but Microsoft is still full on the road to the next generation of console with the Xbox Series X and yesterday they dropped more information including tech demo videos to show real time comparisons between the Xbox One X console, currently the most powerful home console in the world and the Xbox Series X…which is just staggering to see in action finally!
Starting with the tech demo videos, Xbox has revealed just how fast the Xbox Series X console will be thanks to finally making the jump to SSD storage for the console, this is a custom built SSD for the console and will improve load times significantly from the Xbox One X:
Demo uses backward compatible Xbox title to demonstrate load time technology and does not represent gameplay optimized for Xbox Series X. Through Xbox Series X’s revolutionary Velocity Engine Architecture, gamers will experience more time playing and less time waiting as loading times will be greatly decreased and fast travel systems will be just that: fast.
Demo uses backward compatible Xbox titles to demonstrate Quick Resume technology and does not represent gameplay optimized for Xbox Series X. Quick Resume is a new feature powered by the technical capabilities and the innovative Xbox Velocity Architecture Engine in the Xbox Series X. Quick Resume enables players to seamlessly switch between multiple titles from a suspended state almost instantly, returning you to where you were and what you were doing, without waiting through long loading screens.
These tech demo videos are quite honestly, insane and as someone who only recently moved from an original Xbox One to the Xbox One X and was impressed with the jump in performance, what has been shown really are mind-blowing and perhaps showcasing the biggest jump in hardware performance than any previous new console generation.
We now know the the full system specs as well and they are impressive:
- CPU 8x Cores @ 3.8 GHz (3.6 GHz w/ SMT) Custom Zen 2 CPU
- CPU 12 TFLOPS, 52 CUs @ 1.825 GHz Custom RDNA 2 GPU
- Die Size 360.45 mm2
- Process 7nm Enhanced
- 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
It is interesting to know that the console will have expandable storage via an expansion card, which suggests to be that Microsoft will release its own branded expansion card which means a price that they can set themselves and no third party version to look to try and cut costs as a customer. If you have ever price searched the Xbox own branded external drives you will notice a high price for only average storage capacity compared to those you can freely get elsewhere. Will see how this develops following launch.
Microsoft and Xbox are very confident about the Xbox Series X and whilst the cancellation of E3 may have prompted the early release of the above, I sense this was always the plan as Microsoft are no longer waiting to see what Sony are releasing about the PlayStation 5 at this point outside of the pricing model which hopefully they will announce during their now “online briefing” instead of the big E3 showcase they originally had planned.
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