Xbox Series X 2020: New Xbox Coming Out In 2020
We enter a new era. The main hype of Xbox Series X is that it’s called “next generation console”. Back in 2001, Microsoft’s Xbox console hit the market, offering new gaming console to gamers, a direct competitor to PlayStation. By 2004, over 24 million units were sold and Xbox truly gained its reputation and stood head-to-head with PlayStation’s PS2, which forced Sony to innovate. Later on, Xbox360 was released in 2005 and Xbox One in 2013 as well as the upgraded version Xbox One X in 2016. Both consoles were direct competitors of PS3 and PS4 respectfully.
By Pavel Kuharik
When Is Xbox Series X Launching?
It was first revealed last year at The Game Awards hosted at Microsoft’s Venue in L.A, but so far, the official date hasn’t been set. The console is said to be released by the near end of 2020. Strategically, it’s an ideal time for a release, just before the holidays start. What more could one wish but to receive Xbox Series X as a holiday present. Do you plan to buy Xbox Series X?
A lot of popular games and franchises are coming out for Xbox at the end of the year so, now would be a great time to start earning some EAB Points and turn them into gift cards, for which you will be able to purchase those games and have a blast on your next-gen console.
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How Much Will Xbox Series X Cost?
The previous version stood at $500 price or more, depending on the hardware. The next generation Series X will have tremendous hardware upgrade and even though the official price hasn’t been set yet, considering the hardware specifications, it’s doubtful that it will cost below $600. The pricing will be officially be revealed a couple of months before the release.
While a lot of sources mention the price tag to be set at $500 or even less, there is just a huge doubt that Microsoft could endure selling at this price, considering what they packed into this console. Just for example, the series will have a graphics card that is more powerful than AMD’s Radeon 5700 XT and is priced at around $300.
The critics have split opinion on the price.
Series X Design
During Microsoft’s announcement of this console, the first trailer came out and the console looks like a small PC case with a vent on the top and the Xbox logo.
Its rectangular shape and slick corner design with a glowing vent on the top makes it truly different from everything we’ve ever seen before. There are certain rumors regarding the name, “Series X”, which basically made some critics speculate that this series will have future variants and upgrades of the console.
Though it seems like the console should stand vertically, Microsoft confirmed that it can also be placed in a horizontal position. The device looks robust, and elegant in its own right, despite some memes already out there. It will also feature three USB-A ports, 2.1 HDMI port, and an Ethernet port.
What are the Specifications?
What Microsoft announced holds true for now, but the year is long and a lot of hardware for PC will be coming out, making Xbox’s hardware less powerful, but for the speculative price of between $500-$600, here is what you can expect to gain in terms of gaming experience and the three most important features of Xbox Series X.
- Processor: Custom AMD Zen 2-based CPU (8x @ 3.6 GHz)
- Graphics: Custom AMD Navi-based GPU (12 TF RDNA 2.0)
- Memory: 16GB GDDR6
An Octa-Core processor that clocks at 3.6GHz and a 12 Teraflop graphics card, combined with 16GB of GDDR6 is an insane combination for the speculated price. If you were to buy this hardware to install it in your PC, you would be paying at least $700 or more for the PC equivalents in terms of power. Not to mention that you would probably even have to buy a new motherboard that can support the hardware, making it definitely more expensive than the aforementioned price.
The 12 Teraflop is an interesting hardware for the gaming world and will allow players to play at 120hz and in 4k and 8k resolution. Assuming 8k is supported (based on the sheer power of this card, there would be no reason to believe it’s not), then 1080p resolution would be playable at 120hz, 4k resolution at 60fps and 8k at 30 fps. The best choice would probably be 4k at 60fps and it will make a truly immersive gaming experience. Also, the console will feature an SSD instead of a standard mechanical hard drive, making the loading times smoother.
Will Xbox Series Come With a VR Support?
Simple answer. No. The reason is financial, combined with the market trends. Microsoft’s Phil Spencer said that VR is a no-brainer for the Xbox Series X, because it’s not a highly sought-after hardware yet. With VR devices still riding high price tags, the demand for VR is much lower than for consoles and PCs.
Overall, not many people buy VR and the developers are less keen to make VR ported video games because the cost of making a video game VR compatible is higher than what the market demand would pay for. In the end, it’s all about what people are willing to buy and unfortunately, VR is not the gaming leader yet and maybe it never will be, but we never know when the trends will shift.
The year 2020 still belongs to PCs, but based on what we’re seeing from Sony and Microsoft so far, this is a year of consoles and Xbox Series X still stands victorious with its powerful hardware packed inside.
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