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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.

The next generation of console gaming is now under a week away, with the Xbox Series X finally launching on next Tuesday. Both Sony and Microsoft have revealed full details about the Series X, Xbox Series S and PS5, so it’s time to make your decision if you haven’t already. The revealed specs appear to confirm Microsoft’s flagship gaming experience will indeed by the most powerful console of the new generation. Along with the power behind the new machine, we’ve got all the latest news, leaks and rumours surround everything else you need to know about the Xbox Series X.

Microsoft confirmed that the Xbox Series X will launch on November 10 and come in at a price of £449/$499, the same as the PS5. You’ve been able to put down your pre-order for the Series X since September, making the console already somewhat hard to come by.

Microsoft also unveiled the smaller and cheaper Xbox Series S, ditching the 4K capabilities of the more powerful Series X for a more wallet-friendly price. The more modestly sized console instead offers 1440p performance and costs just £249/$299.

Trusted Reviews has brought together everything you need to know about the Xbox Series X right here. If you’re looking for the key facts on release date, price, games, backwards compatibility controller and more look no further, read on for our handy guide. We’ve got one of these exciting consoles in the office now too, so look out for our in-depth thoughts on the next-gen console in the coming weeks.

Related: PS5 Unboxing 

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

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Xbox Series X unboxing – Our first hands-on look at the next-gen console

We’ve had the Xbox Series X for a couple of weeks now, and now we’re finally allowed to show you exactly what the retail console looks like, and what will come in the box on November 10. You can check out our full unboxing right here.

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.

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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 before 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 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.

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

The console has been officially revealed and it’s much easier to determine the more specific parts of the design as the release closes in. 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.

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Xbox Series X controller – Has anything changed?

Fitting nearly in with Microsoft’s theme of making its ecosystem as accessible to all gamers as possible, the company has confirmed the new consoles and all future hardware will be “forwards compatible” – meaning existing games controllers and peripherals with be compatible with the Series X and beyond.

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, with images showing small tweaks to the D-Pad and a more grip-friendly rear of the device. There’ll also be it 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?

It’s a resounding yes for backwards compatibility from Microsoft, who have been working for many years to bring many Xbox 360 and original Xbox titles to modern platforms, alongside 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.

The turnaround of backward compatible titles has slowed a tad as the Xbox One lifecycle has drawn nearer to a close, however, we’re expecting it to kick into full gear comes the Series X release. 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?

We’re under a week away from the launch of Xbox’s next-gen console and some may still not have made up their minds on the new device. With a delay to Xbox’s huge Halo: Infinite release and many upcoming games still going to be available on current gen, many may doubt the value in upgrading. However, for hardcore Xbox fans and those who want higher performance than what’s currently on offer, there’s still plenty of reasons to make the jump.

Nevertheless, 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.