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The next-gen Xbox is called Xbox Series X

Xbox Series X looks like an expensive gaming PC.

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Xbox Series X console

Xbox Series X looks like an expensive gaming PC.

Phil Spencer stopped by The Game Awards tonight to announce the name of a new Xbox hitting store shelves for holiday 2020.

The console is called the Xbox Series X which we assume to be the higher-powered model, previously codenamed Anaconda. A lower-powered version, codenamed Scarlett, is also reported to be in development.

A brief trailer showed off the new console, which is vertically oriented, slate black and sports green lights at the top. No word yet on what the differences in specs will be among the consoles in the line. We’ll also have to wait a little longer for a concrete release date.

Take a look at the Xbox Series X World Premiere reveal trailer.

On Xbox Wire, Microsoft says of the new console:

“From a technical standpoint, this will manifest as world-class visuals in 4K at 60FPS, with possibility of up to 120FPS, including support for Variable Refresh Rate (VRR), and 8K capability. Powered by our custom-designed processor leveraging the latest Zen 2 and next generation RDNA architecture from our partners at AMD, Xbox Series X will deliver hardware accelerated ray tracing and a new level of performance never before seen in a console.  Additionally, our patented Variable Rate Shading (VRS) technology will allow developers to get even more out of the Xbox Series X GPU and our next-generation SSD will virtually eliminate load times and bring players into their gaming worlds faster than ever before.”


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