Microsoft Finally Spills the Beans on Xbox Series X

Microsoft Finally Spills the Beans on Xbox Series X

We know the price, the release date, and the specs.

pocru by pocru on Sep 10, 2020 @ 03:01 AM (Staff Bios)
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After being forced to reveal the price tag of the Xbox Series S, the smaller and weaker next-gen console for people with tighter budgets, Microsoft has decided to go all-in and has now given us all the information we really should have gotten all the way back in July. Thus, we now know how much the Xbox Series X costs, and exactly how the two consoles are different... and when we can expect them to come out. 

First and foremost: the consoles are set to launch on November 10. A lot sooner than you might think, so if you weren't already saving up your pennies and dimes, you'd better start doing that in a hurry. 

After the release date, the biggest news is the price tag: as just about everyone expected, the Xbox Series X will cost 500 bucks, a solid 200 more than the Xbox Series S. And as we also expected, the hardware differences between the consoles don't stop at the disk drive.

CPU
  • Xbox Series X: Custom AMD Zen 2 CPU at 3.8GHz (3.66GHz with Simultaneous Multithreading)
  • Xbox Series S: Custom AMD Zen 2 CPU at 3.6GHz (3.4GHz with Simultaneous Multithreading)
GPU
  • Xbox Series X: Custom AMD RDNA 2, 12.15 TFLOPS, 52 CUs at 1.825GHz
  • Xbox Series S: Custom AMD RDNA 2, 4 TFLOPS, 20 CUs at 1.565GHz
Memory
  • Xbox Series X: 16GB GDDR6, 10GB at 560 GB/s, 6GB at 336 GB/s bandwidth
  • Xbox Series S: 10GB GDDR6, 8GB at 224 GB/s, 2GB at 56 GB/s bandwidth
Internal Storage
  • Xbox Series X: 1TB Custom NVME SSD with 2.4 GB/s (Raw), 4.8 GB/s (Compressed)
  • Xbox Series S: 512GB Custom NVME SSD with 2.4 GB/s (Raw), 4.8 GB/s (Compressed)
Performance
  • Xbox Series X: Targeting 4K at 60 FPS and up to 120 FPS
  • Xbox Series S: Targeting 1440p at 60 FPS and up to 120 FPS
Eyeballing the specs, it seems the biggest difference is storage (with the Series X having double the Series S) and graphics (with the Series X offering 4K while the S is sitting at 1440p). But since 4K gaming also requires a 4K TV, which costs somewhere in the $500 range, most people who don't have that kind of setup are probably better off with the Series S.

Still, at least we know.

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