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Xbox Series X: Everything we know about Microsoft’s flagship next-gen console

Trusted Reviews has compiled everything we know about Xbox Series X including the latest news, release date, specs, games, price and rumours.

After months of build-up and excitement, the Xbox Series X launch is just around the corner. Microsoft and Sony have released the full details of their respective next-gen consoles, confirming that the Series X is the most powerful console of the bunch. We’ve gathered all the latest news, leaks and rumours in this guide so you can know all there is to know about the Xbox Series X.

The latest news comes via VentureBeat‘s Jeff Grubb. It seems the Xbox Series X could run cooler than rumours have suggested. Grubb inserted thermocouple thermometers into the Series X, the PS4 Pro, the Xbox One X and the RTX 3080 to see what temperature they reached in a controlled test. The Xbox Series X managed to keep its cool against the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X, boding well for the newer generation.

It has also been rumoured that the Xbox Series X could receive VR capabilities. Microsoft Flight Simulator forum member Cygnifick (via Tom’s Guide) discovered references to “Scarlett_VR” in code for the game’s VR closed beta earlier this week. Project Scarlett was the original codename for the Series X.

Microsoft has already confirmed that the Xbox Series X will launch on November 10 and be priced at £449/$499, the same as the PS5. Pre-orders for the Series X opened in September, making the console already somewhat hard to come by.

The company also unveiled the Xbox Series S, switching out the Series X’s 4K capabilities, for a more modest (and more affordable) 1440p performance. The Series S is priced at just £249/$299.

Read on for all latest official news, leaks and rumours on the Xbox Series X, including specs, games, release date and design, or see the key facts at a glance below. Make sure to bookmark this page as we continue to update our guide in the lead up to the launch.

Xbox Series X – Key facts

  • Xbox Series X is Microsoft’s next console following the Xbox One, One S and One X 
  • The next-gen Xbox will launch on 10 November alongside the Series S
  • The Series X will cost £449, while the Series S will cost £249
  • Launch games include Yakuza: Like a Dragon, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and more
  • Will be backwards compatible will all existing Xbox games and peripherals
  • Project xCloud and Xbox Game Pass will be supported on release
  • The full specs list for the Xbox Series X has been released

Xbox Series X news – Loading times will be a game changer for next-gen

Hands-on impressions for the Xbox Series X have begun emerging across the internet, providing a small yet valuable look at some of the next-gen console’s features. Gamespot‘s Michael Higham spent this past weekend playing with a variety of backwards compatible games on the console such as The Outer Worlds, Final Fantasy XV and NieR: Automata.

Microsoft has limited exactly what outlets are allowed to talk about right now, with the recent previews being restricted to select titles, quick resume and the quality-of-life changes we can expect from the Xbox Series X. Some of the changes are fairly substantial, with the ability to switch between six games at any time proving relatively seamless, largely thanks to vastly increased loading times (via The Verge).

Game Xbox Series X Loading Time Xbox One X Loading Time 
Control 10 seconds  58 seconds 
The Outer Worlds  11 seconds  53 seconds
Final Fantasy 15 13 seconds 1 minute and 11 seconds 
Call of Duty Warzone 16 seconds 21 seconds 
Destiny 2  43 seconds 1 minute and 52 seconds 

IGN also notes that the available memory of Xbox Series X will peak at 802 GB, with the rest of its internal SSD being dedicated to the operating system and other essential system files. So if you’re hoping to hold a bunch of games, you might need to shell out some extra pennies for external storage solutions – which aren’t cheap.

Xbox Series X release date and pre-order – When is it coming out?

The Xbox Series X is confirmed to launch on the 10 November, alongside the more affordable Series S console. Both are now available to pre-order, and you can find out more details here.

The PS5 is confirmed to launch a week later on 19 November in the UK, with pre-orders already live. However, with limited stock it’s proving difficult to secure the console.

Xbox Series X Price – How much will it cost?

The Xbox Series X is confirmed to cost £449 / $499. That’s the exact same price as the PS5, although Sony is also selling a digital-only model that lacks a disk drive and costs a more affrodable £359.

The less powerful Xbox Series S will be able for a much cheaper £249 / $299 price point, but will lack native 4K support.

Xbox Series X games – What are the launch games?

Microsoft has now confirmed a long list of titles that will also arrive on the next-gen console including new Halo and Fable entries. But which games will be avaialbe on day one?

For a full list of the confirmed Xbox Series X launch games, look below:

  • Assassins Creed Valhalla (Smart Delivery)
  • Borderlands 3 (Smart Delivery)
  • Bright Memory 1.0
  • Cuisine Royale (Smart Delivery)
  • Dead by Daylight (Xbox Game Pass + Smart Delivery)
  • Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition
  • Dirt 5 (Smart Delivery)
  • Enlisted
  • Evergate
  • The Falconeer (Smart Delivery)
  • Fortnite
  • Forza Horizon 4 (Xbox Game Pass + Smart Delivery)
  • Gears 5 (Xbox Game Pass + Smart Delivery)
  • Gears Tactics (Xbox Game Pass + Smart Delivery)
  • Grounded (Xbox Game Pass + Smart Delivery)
  • King Oddball
  • Maneater (Smart Delivery)
  • Manifold Garden (Smart Delivery)
  • NBA 2K21
  • Observer: System Redux
  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps (Xbox Game Pass + Smart Delivery)
  • Planet Coaster (Smart Delivery)
  • Sea of Thieves (Xbox Game Pass + Smart Delivery)
  • Tetris Effect: Connected (Xbox Game Pass + Smart Delivery)
  • The Touryst (Xbox Game Pass + Smart Delivery)
  • War Thunder (Smart Delivery)
  • Warhammer: Chaosbane Slayer Edition
  • Watch Dogs: Legion (Smart Delivery)
  • WRC 9 FIA World Rally Championship (Smart Delivery)
  • Yakuza: Like a Dragon (Smart Delivery)
  • Yes, Your Grace (Smart Delivery)

There are many other AAA games expected to arrive beofre the end of the year, including Cyberpunk 2077, but Halo Infinite has sadly been delayed to 2021.

Microsoft has also confirmed that Xbox Series X won’t have any traditional exclusives for a couple of years at the earliest, hoping to maintain parity across its family of consoles, so nobody is left behind as we transition into a new generation of consoles.

This might underwhelm those looking to shell out on a shiny new machine with games you can’t play anywhere else, but knowing those who can’t afford such a thing won’t lose out is excellent to see.

Many games will support the Smart Delivery feature, which means anyone who buys a game on the Xbox One / Xbox One X will get a free copy of the Xbox Series X version in the future.

Xbox Series X

Xbox Series X specs – Is it the Xbox more powerful than PS5?

The Xbox Series X is shaping up to be a significant upgrade over its predecessor, even trumping the Xbox One X when it comes to sheer capabilities and processing power. Sony has also revealed the specs for PlayStation 5. It lags behind Microsoft in some areas, yet steams ahead in others to show that neither company is afraid of pulling punches this generation. 

You can find the full list of specs for yourself below:

    • 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
    • Process 7nm Enhanced
    • 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)
    • Expandable 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

Given that the Xbox One X is already capable of running some major blockbusters at a full 4K resolution, it was no surprise when Phil Spencer revealed that the Xbox Series X would support 4K gaming and frame-rates of up to 120fps. 

Related: Xbox Backwards Compatibility 

Xbox Series X will also support hardware-accelerated DirectX ray tracing, a feature which will be one of the main focal points of the coming generation. This feature sees in-game light look and behave significantly more realistically, and adds a beautiful polish to the visuals. The inclusion of support for variable refresh rate meanwhile means the new hardware can eradicate screen stutters and the like for a far smoother look overall. 

One of the most exciting additions of the Xbox Series X is the implementation of SSD technology. Replacing the standard hard drive, this new use of memory storage will allow for games to load faster than ever before, while also speeding up general processes around the user interface. Xbox One is notorious for being cumbersome to navigate, so here’s hoping Microsoft has learned a thing or two in this department. 

Microsoft has also partnered with luxury audio brand Bang & Olufson to bring high end audio to the gaming sphere. B&O has yet to reveal what exactly it is the company is bringing to the table, but we don’t expect it to be cheap. Xbox Head of Hardware Partnerships Matt Kesselring has described the product as “a new premium tier of gaming audio […] that travels with you everywhere you love to play Xbox”. Whether that means a small wireless speaker or a premium gaming headset, we’ll have to wait to find out.

Xbox Series X

Xbox Series X Design – How does the new console look?

Now that the console has been officially revealed, it is much easier to determine the exact parts of its design. Recently, The Verge posted images of the Xbox Series X being compared to the Xbox Series X and Xbox One X. It is one chunky fella, towering over both all of its siblings in terms of both height and width.

In addition to these new images and size comparisons, we also have a concrete idea of all of the ports the Xbox Series X will have in both the front and back. We’ve listed all of them below:

  • 2 USB
  • 1 HDMI
  • 1 Ethernet
  • 1 Storage Expansion port

On the front you’ll find another USB port, the power, eject and sync buttons. It’s a simple and elegant design, even if the sheer size of the system will take some getting used to. However, Microsoft has said it will be whisper quiet when running games, which has become a trend with the majority of its consoles in recent years.

Xbox Series X

Xbox Series X controller – Has anything changed?

Microsoft has confirmed that the console, and all future hardware, will be “forwards compatible” which means all existing games, controllers and other peripherals will be fully compatible with the new console. However, that doesn’t mean a new controller won’t be introduced, although it remains largely unchanged from the previous iteration.

Phil Spencer recently told gamers: “We’re optimizing latency in the player-to-console pipeline starting with our Xbox Wireless Controller, which leverages our high bandwidth, proprietary wireless communication protocol when connected to the console. With Dynamic Latency Input (DLI), a new feature which synchronises input immediately with what is displayed, controls are even more precise and responsive.”

The company has said the new controller will be very familiar but comes with a few worthwhile quality of life changes. For starters, it will have a dedicated share button much like the PS4 controller. That means the act of sharing screenshots and video clips will no longer be a nuisance of switching between multiple menus before returning to your game.

Related: Cyberpunk 2077 preview

Xbox Series X backwards compatibility – Can I play my existing games library

Yes! Microsoft has been leading the charge with backwards compatibility in recent years, bringing a number of Xbox 360 and original Xbox titles to modern platforms with a range of visual and performance improvements. It’s been a delight to revisit classics through digital downloads or simply inserting your disc into a modern console.

While the company has stopped adding games to this library for the time being, it’s bound to kick back into gear once Xbox Series X rolls around. Microsoft has confirmed as such, and from launch you should have access to your entire physical and digital libraries simply by logging into your Xbox Live account. A Smart Delivery system has also been revealed, which means if you purchase something for Xbox One, you’ll automatically be upgraded to the Series X release. Cyberpunk 2077 will the first of many to adopt this feature. If that wasn’t cool enough, Microsoft’s also confirmed any save you have on the older console will also be carried over when you upgrade.

The Xbox Series X won’t be Microsoft’s final console either, as Spencer revealed in an interview with Wired. The more consoles Microsoft releases, the more central backwards comparability will become as gamers seek to upgrade their consoles without losing out on any of their existing library.

Should you wait for the Xbox Series X?

With just two months left to go, the answer to this question will be an emphatic ‘yes!’ to hardcore Xbox fans. However, with the Series X’s killer app – Halo: Infinite – being delayed until 2021, Microsoft’s current band of consoles might be a better buy for anyone hoping to dive into some casual gaming.

After all, with the Xbox One being at the end of its lifecycle, the console has a huge library of games just waiting to be played, not to mention that the Xbox One X can now be picked up for a fraction of its original price.

If you also nab a Game Pass subscription, then you’ll have access to several of the Xbox One’s top tier titles from the get-go. For anyone who hasn’t made the jump to Xbox, current-gen exclusives like Gears 5, Halo: The Master Chief Collection and Forza Horizon 4 are well worth a look.

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