Microsoft Reveals Xbox Series X Specs, Internal Design

It’s time. Microsoft is today revealing the full Xbox Series X specs today. The company is also giving us our first look at the internal design of the Xbox Series X, detailing almost every single one of the major components that make up its next-generation gaming console.

Microsoft put a lot of focus in its partnership with AMD when it comes to the Xbox Series X. “Xbox Series X is the biggest generational leap of SOC and API design that we’ve done with Microsoft, and it’s really an honor for AMD to be a trusted Microsoft partner for this endeavor,” said Sebastien Nussbaum, CVP of Semi-Custom Products and Technologies​ at AMD.

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The full specs of the device are as follows, and it details some of the specs Microsoft has revealed previously and confirms the 1TB expandable storage option:

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 mm
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

Microsoft is putting a lot of focus on hardware-accelerated DirectX ray-tracing on the Xbox Series X. Microsoft says game developers already building or optimizing games for the Xbox Series X have experienced extremely fast load speeds, improved graphics via the hardware-accelerated ray-tracing, and take full advantage of 120fps support.

The company is also showing off its new Quick Resume technology in action, which is powered by the new custom NVMe SSD storage inside the Xbox Series X. Microsoft says the new Quick Resume feature will allow gamers to switch between multiple games instantly and pick up exactly where they left off.

The feature will also store the game states in the SSD, allowing users to come back to their games even after the console turns off, or after a system update. “One of the testers on the team unplugged his console for a week, then took an update, and was still able to continue right where he left off without so much as a loading screen,” said Microsoft.

And then there is backwards compatability — Microsoft says gamers can expect improved boot and load times, more stable frame rates, higher resolutions, as well as improved image quality for backwards compatible games on the Xbox Series X. Moreover, Microsoft is still working on new techniques that will improve all the existing Xbox games when running on Xbox Series X.

If you are interested in the very technical in-depth breakdown of the new Xbox Series X hardware, make sure to watch the video by Digital Foundry below:

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  • red77star

    16 March, 2020 - 8:44 am

    <p>Pretty impressive specs. This is a good alternative to PC for gaming. I am PC gamer and would never buy console but that's just me. Again, pretty pretty impressive!!! And guys 8/16 core setup with 16Gb of RAM is a new standard here. This console will out-date many PCs in those things.</p>

    • Thretosix

      16 March, 2020 - 9:59 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#531423">In reply to red77star:</a></em></blockquote><p>For the cost you really can't go wrong. Let's hope they back up the system with some great games. It's sad the Play Anywhere thing basically died off.</p>

      • zicoz

        16 March, 2020 - 10:31 am

        <blockquote><em><a href="#531448">In reply to Thretosix:</a></em></blockquote><blockquote><em>For what cost?</em></blockquote><p><br></p>

        • orangeuglad

          16 March, 2020 - 6:51 pm

          <blockquote><em><a href="#531456">In reply to zicoz:</a></em></blockquote><p>I'm definitely interested in that too…</p>

      • solomonrex

        16 March, 2020 - 10:41 am

        <blockquote><em><a href="#531448">In reply to Thretosix:</a></em></blockquote><p>I don't understand how 'Play Anywhere' died when Halo is on PC again, and even in Steam.</p><p><br></p><p>I think as a branding, yes, they stopped using it. But their first party games are very much crossplatform. I play Forza h4 on both xbox and PC interchangeably.</p>

      • evox81

        Premium Member
        16 March, 2020 - 11:05 am

        <blockquote><em><a href="#531448">In reply to Thretosix:</a></em></blockquote><p>I wouldn't say Play Anywhere is dead. Perhaps they've de-emphasized the term a bit, but their communications suggest a pretty strong commitment to the concept (along with Cross Play).</p>

  • zicoz

    16 March, 2020 - 10:32 am

    <p>How to make your current hardware look like shit 101.</p>

    • Stooks

      16 March, 2020 - 7:38 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#531457">In reply to zicoz:</a></em></blockquote><p>Happens every generation.</p>

  • jeff.bane

    16 March, 2020 - 10:53 am

    <p>Very impressive. It's essentially a capable Ryzen gaming PC for $500 dollars (assuming it's $500 dollars).</p>

  • ubelhorj

    Premium Member
    16 March, 2020 - 1:11 pm

    <p>It's good to see the SSD included. I finally gave in and picked up an Xbox this weekend for a game I really want to play. Going from a gaming PC with all SSD storage to the Xbox's 5400 RPM HDD is by far the most frustrating part. Loading times are shockingly bad.</p>

  • skolvikings

    16 March, 2020 - 4:46 pm

    <p>That demo video is ridiculous. What kind of unoptimized game takes over 1 minute to load on a Xbox One X?</p>

    • ecumenical

      16 March, 2020 - 5:24 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#531555">In reply to Skolvikings:</a></em></blockquote><p><br></p><p>Have you not played a lot of games this gen? Plenty of games on Xbox and PS4 have ridiculous loading times. Last of Us/Uncharted and Sea of Thieves come to mind right away. </p>

  • orangeuglad

    16 March, 2020 - 6:50 pm

    <p>I am definitely looking forward to this as I am a console gamer. But as more specs are released, I'm getting worried it will be priced too high.</p><p><br></p><p>When is that price point gonna be released? </p>

  • codymesh

    17 March, 2020 - 7:22 am

    <p>this appears to outmatch the average mid-range gaming PC, which is quite amazing. What will the pricing on this be? </p><p><br></p><p>Game developers are getting smart, they are able to deliver 4k 60fps experience on this new console without the need for the equivalent of a 2080ti. PC gaming needs to start getting smart as well.</p>

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