At this year’s Game Awards in Los Angeles, Microsoft took to the stage to announce the name of its next generation console: the Xbox Series X.
Previously known as Project Scarlett, the Xbox Series X is the latest innovation from the Seattle-based tech giant. Xbox’s Phil Spencer claimed that it is the most powerful console that Microsoft has ever developed, stating: “Next Holiday, Xbox Series X will lead us into the future of console gaming. It will set a new bar for performance, speed, and compatibility.”
The console will support real-time ray tracing, and is fitted with a third-generation Ryzen CPU as well as Navi graphics technology. Surprisingly, the Xbox Series X will also be fully backwards compatible with previous generations of Xbox consoles.
Aesthetically the Xbox Series X is a featureless black box with an upright design, it looks every inch a clean and hyper-modern piece of hardware. In contrast the controller appears to have changed very little from its Xbox One counterpart, however Microsoft has confirmed that the Series X controller will come equipped with a ‘share’ button much like the Dualshock 4 controller has.
A video showcase was shown alongside the announcement, giving audiences an idea of what to expect from the Series X. Microsoft also seized the opportunity to announce an Xbox Series X exclusive title, Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II – the sequel to Ninja Theory’s 2017 masterpiece, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice.
The Xbox Series X is due to launch worldwide Holiday 2020.