The company not only announced its upcoming console's official name but also previewed Xbox Series X's bold new design while on stage at the Game Awards. "Our 15 Xbox Game Studios are developing the largest and most creative diverse line-up of games in our history". Xbox chief Phil Spencer said it's made to "deliver four times the processing power of Xbox One X". We're talking, of course, about what its Xbox One replacement console, codenamed Project Scarlett, will actually be called when it hits the streets - not to mention what it'll look like sitting in our living rooms.
While the full technical details of the console have not yet been revealed by Microsoft, the company has stated that the chip is being powered by a custom chip from AMD that is based on Zen 2 and RDNA architecture.
The Series X, as shown at the show and in its new trailer, does look a lot like a tower PC in miniature, though Spencer clarified in the blog post that it will support both horizontal and vertical orientation, in much the same way as the PlayStation 2 and 4 do. The controller also looks similar to that of the current models apart from a different style d-pad and a curious new share button in the middle of the controller.
As for the choice Series X naming scheme, Spencer says that it will allow Microsoft the flexibility to add more than one variant of the console available for sale next year.
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"We wanted to design a console where the form was driven by the function and the function-as I said-was to really play the highest power, most immersive games possible."
The new Xbox Wireless Controller will be compatible with Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs, and will be included with every Xbox Series X.
The Xbox Series X will feature Variable Rate Shading technology, "Auto Low Latency Mode" for minimized input lag, and a "next-generation SSD" that can "eliminate load times".
Alongside Xbox Series X, Xbox also unveiled the new Xbox Wireless Controller. Although this is pure speculation until the "Lockhart" console gets announced.