AMD Reveals Xbox Series X Ports – Updated with AMD Statement

It has been a big day for Xbox fans as not only has Microsoft officially shown off the next-generation CPU, we are also learning more about the console features. AMD showed off the upcoming console during their keynote and it revealed the ports that are included.

On stage at CES, AMD ran a promo video that showed off many of their upcoming products which include next-generation consoles from both Sony and Microsoft. While Sony’s name was only shown, AMD did show off the series X which includes the ports on the back of the device.

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The next-generation console includes two USB-C, two HDMI ports, ethernet and of course, a power slot too. None of this is all that surprising but I am curious if Microsoft will be allowing HDMI pass-through as they have done with the current generation of consoles. It’s also hard to see but there is a port next to the ethernet jack that may be optical audio out.

The dual-HDMIs on the current-gen hardware was initially part of the big TV-integration push when the console was launched. But during its lifecycle, some of those features were removed but the hardware passthrough has remained; it looks like the feature will be sticking around for the next generation too.

The addition of two USB-C ports is helpful as this port-style is becoming more common and makes the hardware ‘future proof’ if there is such a thing. Either way, the Series X will have USB-C which will make it easier to plug in your accessories on the back of the device.

We are still missing a few key features of the next-generation console including its true performance characteristics as well as pricing. But, unlike in previous years, it doesn’t look like Microsoft is shy about holding this information back, so we may see it sooner rather than later.

Update: AMD is denying that this imagery from AMD is accurate, the statement is below:

“The Xbox Series X imagery used during the AMD CES press conference was not sourced from Microsoft and does not accurately represent the design or features of the upcoming console. They were taken from”

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  • MikeGalos

    06 January, 2020 - 6:55 pm

    <p>Of course having a USB Type C connector tells us almost nothing about what capabilities are on those USB ports since the Type C connector only says what the minimal capabilities of the port are. (As anyone knows who has tried to get Type C to connect when dealing with multiple vendors or not knowing things like the left and right ports having different capabilities on some Apple MacBook products)</p>

  • brettscoast

    Premium Member
    06 January, 2020 - 8:02 pm

    <p>Thanks Brad look forward to seeing more soon</p>

  • Stooks

    07 January, 2020 - 2:56 am

    <p>Too bad no Display port. Most gaming monitors only do FreeSync over the Display port and not HDMI. </p>

  • madthinus

    Premium Member
    07 January, 2020 - 6:24 am

    <p>Must say that is a pretty dumb move to run with an image they did not source from their partner. </p>

    • lvthunder

      Premium Member
      07 January, 2020 - 10:38 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#510501">In reply to madthinus:</a></em></blockquote><p>My thoughts exactly.</p>

    • skolvikings

      07 January, 2020 - 10:46 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#510501">In reply to madthinus:</a></em></blockquote><p>There could be a multitude of reasons why they didn't, and some of those possibilities could be Microsoft messing up something. Who knows? It's not really crucial to the point of why AMD mentioned Xbox in their presentation.</p>

  • tl_lives

    07 January, 2020 - 9:57 am

    <p>okay a stupid question as I've never had an XBox before… with 2 HDMI ports, does that mean I can have 2 screens hooked up to it and if we play a 2-player multiplayer game each of us would have our own screen instead of the usual 1/2 screen top/bottom split? And how would a single player game work with 2 screens?</p>

    • lvthunder

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      07 January, 2020 - 10:40 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#510546">In reply to TL_Lives:</a></em></blockquote><p>One port is an HDMI In. So you can hook up your cable box to the XBox then watch both through one HDMI port on the TV.</p>

  • Mema

    07 January, 2020 - 1:12 pm

    <p>Is it not Microsoft that is denying that the imagery is accurate?</p>

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