Microsoft is today confirming some new details on the next-gen Xbox console. The company is sharing some new official specs of the Xbox Series X today, with more details expected at E3.
“Compared to the previous generation, Xbox Series X represents a superior balance of power and speed in console design, advancing on all technological fronts to delivering amazing, dynamic, living worlds and minimize any aspects that can take you out of the experience,” said Phil Spencer, head of Xbox at Microsoft.
Xbox Series X will be powered by Microsoft’s custom-designed processor based on AMD’s Zen 2 and RDNA 2 architectures. The company confirmed that the Xbox Series X will offer 12 teraflops of graphics performance, which is twice as more as the Xbox One X, and 8x more than the original Xbox One. In terms of processing power, the new custom-designed processor from Microsoft offers 4x more power than the original Xbox One.
Microsoft also talked slightly about the company’s proprietary and patented Variable Rate Shading system. “Our patented form of VRS empowers developers to more efficiently utilize the full power of the Xbox Series X. Rather than spending GPU cycles uniformly to every single pixel on the screen, they can prioritize individual effects on specific game characters or important environmental objects,” said Spencer.
The new VRS system will allow for more stable frame rates and higher resolution graphics without affecting the image quality. Microsoft also talked about other new features including the next-generation SSD inside the new Xbox, 120 fps support, and Quick Resume.
Xbox One Series X will also support “four generations of gaming”. That essentially means that the Xbox Series X will continue to work with existing Xbox One games, backwards-compatible Xbox 360, and original Xbox games. Microsoft says these games will look better than ever before on the Xbox Series X. Micorosft is also working on features like Smart Delivery to ensure greater compatability for games across all the generations of Xbox going forward.