Microsoft announces next-generation Xbox Series X console and unveils Hellblade 2

A first look at how the games will look in a couple of years.

The prefix will go on sale in the fall of 2020 and will be made in the form of a vertical tower. Apparently, this is exactly the most powerful version, and a cheaper console will be shown later. Its graphic power is 12 teraflops, the central processor is 4 times faster than on the XOX.

According to Phil Spencer, the form is defined by the function: the prefix was made so that it almost did not make noise. They promise to make cooling efficient and quiet so that the console “dissolves” in the room.

Spencer confirmed that the Xbox Series X can be put on its side. It is designed for vertical and horizontal use.

Xbox Series X is built on the basis of NVMe SSD and GDDR6 – this will instantly return not to one, but to several games at once. The company wants the player to see as few downloads as possible.

Series X supports “thousands of games” four generations of Xbox for backward compatibility and all peripherals from Xbox One. The device will go on sale with an updated gamepad – it will have a new cross and a dedicated “Share” button for recording video and taking screenshots.

Spencer explained the name of the console with the desire to achieve flexibility – now the company will be able to release new lines of consoles, attributing them to different “series”. With Xbox One, it was harder to crank.

In addition, Microsoft promises that players will be able to buy the same games on the Xbox One and Xbox Series X – for example, in Halo Infinite, you can easily transfer your achievements and progress from one generation to another.


One of the first exclusives of the console will be Hellblade 2. Microsoft claims that everything shown in the video is done on the engine: specifically, Unreal Engine 4. The game does not yet have a release date – it is not yet clear whether it will be a starting title.

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