The next generation of Microsoft’s Xbox console series was unveiled last week at the Game Awards 2019 — the Xbox Series X. This name caused some confusion among the gaming community though, leading Microsoft to clarify its position.
"The name we're carrying forward to the next generation is simply Xbox," a Microsoft spokesperson said in a statement to Business Insider (opens in new tab). "And at The Game Awards you saw that name come to life through the Xbox Series X." But what does this mean for the future of Xbox consoles?
As the Microsoft spokesperson further stated, “Similar to what fans have seen with previous generations, the name 'Xbox Series X' allows room for additional consoles in the future," So it looks like all future Xbox consoles will live under the Xbox umbrella, with varying models or versions, the first of which is the Xbox Series X.
What’s in the box?
Since revealing the Xbox Series X’s striking visual design at the Game Awards 2019, Microsoft has since shared details on its new console's technical specifications. While we don’t have all the details, we know that the Xbox Series X will offer twice the power of the Xbox One X with an eye-watering 12 Teraflop GPU. Microsoft are also setting their sites squarely on 8K resolution gaming.
On the CPU side, Phil Spencer, Microsoft’s Head of Xbox spoke to GameSpot (opens in new tab) and said that “On the CPU side, which is something we really wanted to push relative to previous generations, we have four times the compute power on the CPU in Project Scarlett.” It will also feature GDDR6 RAM and NVMe SSD which Spencer said was part of an effort to “virtually eliminate load times”.
The future of Xbox looks bright, but we’ll have to wait until Holidays 2020 to get our hands on the Xbox Series X. However, we can look forward to more details about its specifications and the games that we’ll be playing on it throughout 2020. In the meantime, check out our review of their current console, the Xbox One X.