Microsoft is revealing the full specs for its Xbox Series X console today, and it includes support for removable storage and much faster load times for games. The software giant will be using a custom AMD Zen 2 CPU with eight cores clocked at 3.8GHz each, a custom AMD RDNA 2 GPU with 12 teraflops and 52 compute units clocked at 1.825GHz each. This is all based on a 7nm process and includes 16GB of GDDR6 RAM with a 1TB custom NVME SSD storage drive.
Microsoft is using two mainboards on this Xbox Series X compact design, and the entire unit is cooled through air being pulled in from the bottom and pushed out at the top via a 130mm fan.
That’s some serious firepower, but the Xbox One series didn’t lack power either, yet lost the market share battle to the PS4 without putting up much of a fight. Firepower means nothing without the games to back it up, and that’s where the Xbox One simply failed to deliver. Show us the games, because without those, all this hardware is useless.
That being said, I’ve always had a soft sport for chimney-like computer designs since the PowerMac G4 Cube, and this fits right in there. Perhaps not the most practical design, but it sure does stand out.
The Xbox subscription (gamepass) might be the main deal. I have both consoles, and use PS4 for exclusives, or games I got on monthly plus list. However I prefer the Xbox One X for multi-platforms.
Having a larger (and arguably better) free game library, along with objectively better hardware (X vs Pro), makes it the ideal machine for multi-platforms (or the occasional Xbox exclusive). They still lack the God of War or Spiderman caliber action, but what currently exists cause me to spend more time on that platform.
The next-gen brings several new things (nvme, ray tracing, maybe real 4K), but none of them matter as much as the content. For a “dad” gamer, I don’t worry about getting things on launch time (I had several things pre-ordered stay in shrink wrap for months). What I need is accessing a large enough library of high quality content. If they can keep the gamepass rolling, I would probably get the next-gen Xbox too (one or two years after the launch).