Microsoft Shows off Xbox Series X CPU

Posted on January 6, 2020 by Brad Sams in Xbox, Xbox Series X with 7 Comments

With a surprise announcement last month, Microsoft continues to trickle out information related to its next-generation console, the Series X. With an update to his Twitter profile today, Phil Spencer showed off the next-generation CPU.

While we can’t conclude too many details from the image, it is our first look at the next generation component. In the bottom left, we can see an 8K for the resolution it can output, in the top left is an Xbox logo, and there is a QR code on the chip as well but I can’t get it to scan yet, unfortunately.

While the chip is a copper color, this is more likely because of the lighting in the room and not the actual color of the component. Spencer said he will carry this chip with him much like he did with the Xbox One X chip before its release.

If you compare the chips, and Ken Heslip created an overlay (below), you can see that the core component is significantly larger than the outgoing Xbox One X CPU. With a larger size and likely created at the 7nm scale, as compared to the Jaguar (Xbox One CPU) at 16 nm, there is a lot more power packed into this larger chip than the outgoing console; if the overlay comparison is accurate.

But this also means more heat, which pushes more evidence into the pile that the series X was designed for optimal airflow and heat dispersion.

Microsoft is gearing up for a significant launch of its next-generation console. And as more info surfaces and it looks like Xbox Series X will be the most powerful console released, expect the company to highlight this fact over and over and over, again.

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7 responses to “Microsoft Shows off Xbox Series X CPU”

  1. skolvikings

    I'm still not sure why anyone cares which console is best on paper? Breath of the Wild was one of the best, most beautifully immersive games I've ever played, and that's not even full HD. ¯_(ツ)_/¯

    • bart

      In reply to Skolvikings:

      It's a US thing. 'Biggest gun' etc. ;)

    • remc86007

      In reply to Skolvikings:

      I envy people like you who can stand to look at games like that. I have been gaming since around the year 2000 and through the use of various forms of AA combined with decent resolution, thankfully I have never had to suffer with such a jaggedy aliased mess of a game. The game is barely passable on the little Switch screen, but when you throw it up on a TV it actually hurts my eyes to look at. If the Switch had even the power of its contemporary Iphone, it could run that game beautifully.


      So yes, I think specs very much matter.

  2. Stooks

    Stamping 8K on it is a joke, an insult really. Just like the 4K I see when my Xbox One X boots up.


    There are a few games...maybe 2-3 that actually run at 4K/60fps like Forza (racing games are less taxing big time). Even those games are at Medium PC settings at best. The rest use dynamic resolution (< 4K), low-medium PC settings at 30fps.


    The same games on a PC, with mid level gaming hardware, will run at 1440p high/ultra settings with FPS that do not drop below 60 and average at 75fps+. Once you play on a 144hz monitor using freesync/Gsync with hardware that lets you run high/ultra settings and never drop below 60fps it is so hard to go back to a console.


    The Xbox One X should have been the console that gave us 1080p/High settings/60fps for all games. This next one, 1440p/High settings 60fps or true 4K/high 30fps.


    8K is total marketing BS. Yeah maybe the home screen will be 8K on your....8K TV/monitor???

    • shredenvain

      In reply to Stooks:

      Cmon man. Your comment seems a little angry for someone who owns a xbox one x. The Xbox one X has several native 4k games. As far as you 60fps medium settings goes. Microsoft never claimed the one x would run games at 60fps. Its still got a jaguar cpu after all.

      As far as the xbox series x goes the console will be capable of 8k on some titles. Im not sure why 8k would be necessary myself. The series X is set to deliver 60 fps gaming though. I mean the cpu is the largest console cpu upgrade since the 360/ps3 generation. So calm down the damn system isnt even out and your already throwing shade. One more thing. From your comment it seems you own a gaming pc. Why would you go buy a xbox one x if you already have a more capable pc at home? Doesnt make sense to me.

      • Stooks

        In reply to shredenvain:

        I have always owned both. I mostly play MP games on the Xbox because cheating on the PC is so bad. BFV and COD right now.


        I used to play more on the xbox and less on the PC but most Xbox exclusives came to the PC. Now it’s mostly PC.


        I might go with a PS5/PC this next round since any new Xbox game will be on Windows.

  3. MikeGalos

    Of course, trying to draw conclusions from the outside package of a chip is like looking at a car body and declaring how big an engine it has and whether its radiator is sufficient for the heat you speculate is generated by that guessed engine.

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