In a new Xbox blog post, Phil Spencer has given us new details about the Xbox Series X’s power, graphics, and more.
The Xbox Series X’s “custom designed processor leveraging AMD’s latest Zen 2 and RDNA 2 architectures” allows the system to work with 12 teraflops of GPU. Such power would mean pristine graphics, higher frame rates, and bigger game worlds.
To get some context, a teraflop is a measure of how many calculations a computer or console can process per second. So, the Xbox Series X is capable of processing trillions of calculations per second. This means it will be an incredibly powerful console.
To give you even more context, 12 teraflops will mean that the Xbox Series X will be twice as powerful as the Xbox One X and “more than eight times the original Xbox One.” The PlayStation 5 is rumored to have 9.2 teraflops GPU.
The Xbox Series X will have “hardware-accelerated DirectX Raytracing.” Raytracing has been all the buzz lately, and its incorporation into the newest Xbox is a first for console gaming. The technique should result in superior lighting, accurate reflection, and more. But none of it will affect your frame rate. The new Xbox should support 120 frames per second, also a first for console gaming.
The Xbox Series X will have an SSD (Solid State Drive) this time around, instead of the hard disk drives other Xbox systems have. This should increase load times and also allow for larger game worlds. But, hopefully, you won’t be loading very much. The Xbox Series X boasts a Quick Resume feature, which should enable players to resume suspended games with incredibly short wait times.
Backwards compatibility has been a big deal for Xbox, and the new console is no exception. Players should be able to play all Xbox One games. Additionally, all Xbox 360 and original Xbox games already supported on the Xbox One are also playable. As you might imagine, Xbox Game Pass is supported on the console. Considering that it’s one of the best deals in gaming, that’s a big draw for the console.
All of this is good news for players, but it’s also great news for developers. It gives them more tools than ever to make the best game for console possible. Console gaming is becoming more and more powerful every day. Maybe the Xbox Series X will mark a turning point where consoles can compete with PC gaming. Hopefully, the PlayStation 5 will do this as well, but details about the Sony console are scarce.
Are you excited about the Xbox Series X? Thinking about purchasing it? What do you think about the next generation’s increase in power and graphics? Let us know in the comments below!
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