Microsoft Reveals Xbox Series X Specs, Internal Design

Posted on March 16, 2020 by Mehedi Hassan in Xbox, Xbox Series X with 15 Comments

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.

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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