The wait is almost over, COVID-19 permitting, for the Xbox Series X and although the name may be slightly ambiguous, the specs are not.
Obviously the images of the Series X have been circulating long enough for everyone to now accept the awkward shape of the next generation. The look is not unpleasant, just impractical when it comes to placement in my games room. The latest, and greatest, generation of Xbox consoles may well be relegated to the floor, on a carpet, doesn’t seem right really. That fact aside the new shape is designed for superior airflow, makes sense but I’m pretty sure that my carpet will have some input into that.
So without delay, let us look at the super techy specs.
|CPU||8x Cores @ 3.8 GHz (3.66 GHz w/ SMT) Custom Zen 2 CPU|
|GPU||12 TFLOPS, 52 CUs @ 1.825 GHz Custom RDNA 2 GPU|
|Die size||360.45 mm2|
|Memory||16 GB GDDR6 w/ 320mb bus|
|Memory Bandwidth||10GB @ 560 GB/s, 6GB @ 336 GB/s|
|Internal storage||1 TB Custom NVME SSD|
|I/O Throughput||2.4 GB/s (Raw), 4.8 GB/s (Compressed, with custom hardware decompression block)|
|Exandable storage||1 TB Expansion Card (matches internal storage exactly)|
|External storage||USB 3.2 External HDD Support|
|Optical drive||4K UHD Blu-Ray Drive|
|Performance target||4K @ 60 FPS, Up to 120 FPS|
That all sounds fantastic, but what does it really mean. The essence to take away from this is that the system will be powerful, more powerful than the Xbox One and a fair bit faster than the Xbox One X. How much more power I hear you say.
|Xbox Series X||Xbox One X|
|CPU||8x Zen 2 Cores at 3.8GHz (3.6GHz with SMT)||8x Custom Jaguar Cores at 2.13GHz|
|GPU||12 TFLOPs, 52 CUs at 1.825GHz, Custom RDNA 2||6 TFLOPs, 40 CUs at 1.172GHz, Custom GCN + Polaris Features|
|Process||TSMC 7nm Enhanced||TSMC 16nmFF+|
|Memory||16GB GDDR6||12GB GDDR5|
|Memory Bandwidth||10GB at 560GB/s, 6GB at 336GB/s||326GB/s|
|Internal Storage||1TB Custom NVMe SSD||1TB HDD|
|IO Throughput||2.4GB/s (Raw), 4.8GB/s (Compressed)||120MB/s|
|Expandable Storage||1TB Expansion Card||–|
|External Storage||USB 3.2 HDD Support||USB 3.2 HDD Support|
|Optical Drive||4K UHD Blu-ray Drive||4K UHD Blu-ray Drive|
|Performance Target||4K at 60fps – up to 120fps||4K at 30fps – up to 60fps|
The above comparison lays it out clearly, the Series X is packing some serious heat compared to the, currently, worlds most powerful games console. This raw power will translate to games directly, the most notable feature being support for ray tracing, more on that when we see it in the wild.
My favourite feature is the ability to expand the system storage via a method that looks to hook it directly into the system bus mimicking the embedded internal storage, that’s super cool but no doubt expensive.
As with every generation of console, fans are ultimately seduced by the technical specifications. The reality of the console will be something slightly different, especially after a few years, but day one I expect a few games to show of some of the new power but they certainly won’t test the console. This is seen every generation, I remember standing in line at E3 in 2013 for my first experience of the Xbox One, it was exciting and the games blew me away, but they didn’t really, I was just excited and it was the new hotness. The games didn’t push to console, not really, which is a good thing because who wants the next generation to peak on day one, not one person.
All that being said, I’ll be there on day one.
- May 30, 2020