The Xbox Series X is basically a PC
The battle between Xbox and the Playstation systems have been going on for YEARS between gamers and game developers! And last night the surprise reveal of the Xbox Series X, Microsoft answered that question of, Where is XBOX going. The NEW Xbox Series X is slated for a holiday 2020 release, unsurprisingly corresponding with competitor Sony’s release date for its Playstation 5.
For a long time now, Microsoft has been going out of its way to downplay the “box” part of “Xbox.” Whether it’s pledging to bring all of its first-party titles to PC, releasing some of them to platforms like Steam and the Nintendo Switch, launching its Game Pass service for Windows, or pushing xCloud streaming, the message has been clear: you don’t have to buy an Xbox to play Xbox games.
With its chunky prismatic frame, the Series X feels like it won’t be constrained in any physical dimension. It’s reminiscent of compact gaming PCs like the Corsair One. That has its drawbacks — even in horizontal orientation, it definitely won’t fit in my TV cabinet. But the advantage is that Microsoft now has a lot more thermal headroom to play with than ever before.
Size doesn’t guarantee performance, of course. Microsoft started out this generation with the largest, least powerful console, and now has the smallest, most powerful machine around. From what we’ve heard about the Series X, though, it’s shaping up to be a potent machine even by gaming PC standards. That wasn’t the case with the Xbox One and PS4, both of which were built around low-power AMD CPUs. But Microsoft says that the Series X will target 4K/60fps performance with Zen 2 and RDNA architecture from AMD, leveraging hardware-accelerated ray tracing, GDDR6 memory, and NVMe solid-state storage.
The console—previously known by its codename, Project Scarlett—looks more like a PC tower than something you’d find in a living room entertainment system. Given its name contains three “X”s, I don’t see why Microsoft didn’t plaster “XXX” across the front, but, no, the company opted to keep things sleek and black and very, very blocky-looking. Apropos of its cheesy slogan, “Power Your Dreams,” the Xbox Series X’s new trailer is set to a backtrack of writer Alan Watts’ “The Dream of Life” speech.