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Xbox Sequence X video games, specs, value, the way it compares to PS5, Xbox Sequence S


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Microsoft’s eagerly awaited new Xbox online game console is nearly right here, and you can shell out $500 (£450, AU$749) for the Xbox Sequence X when preorders open on Sept. 22. Or, you would possibly resolve to avoid wasting a pair hundred and go for the lesser — however nonetheless very appealing– Xbox Sequence S. We now have a clearer image of what to anticipate from the Xbox Sequence X, wanting the sorts of solutions we are able to solely get by booting one up and beginning to play.

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The Sequence X enters a scene that appears very totally different than when its predecessor, the Xbox One X, arrived three years in the past. Although technically it is competing with different front room recreation consoles, notably its sibling the Sequence S and the upcoming Sony PS5, in follow it is now challenged for a share of your leisure money and time by vastly standard phone-based cellular gaming and the Nintendo Change handheld console, in addition to nascent cloud gaming choices and established PC gaming.  

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What is the Xbox Sequence X launch date, and the way a lot will it price?

The Sequence X prices $500; preorders start Sept. 22, and the console will ship on Nov. 10. Hopefully the method can be smoother than the PS5 preorders, which retailers started too early.

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In case you have been hoping to select up an Xbox One X or One S All-Digital for a pittance if the 2020 mannequin turned out to be a budget-buster, hope once more: Microsoft has discontinued manufacturing of each fashions, so that may stop to be an possibility as soon as inventory runs out until you decide to purchase a used console. The Xbox One S will keep round, nonetheless, and at $300 the compact, 1440p Xbox Sequence S looks as if a great center floor for those who’re on a finances. The most affordable possibility is to maintain onto your present console for some time longer till the reductions start.  

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What are the Xbox Sequence X’s specs?

The console is predicated round AMD’s current-generation Zen 2 processor structure plus a graphics processor utilizing AMD’s forthcoming RDNA 2 microarchitecture, so presumably constructed on the Navi 7-nanometer course of. 

The system’s CPU is an eight-core customized Zen 2 processor operating at 3.8GHz (3.66GHz with simultaneous multithreading). Its GPU is a customized RDNA 2 processor at 1.825GHz with 52 CUs that may create 12 teraflops. This places Microsoft’s new console amongst a few of the higher-end gaming PCs. 

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Different {hardware} consists of 16GB of GDDR6 RAM, a 1TB solid-state drive, an HDMI 2.1 connection carried over from the earlier mannequin and an optical drive for recreation discs. The SSD will incorporate a brand new characteristic known as Xbox Velocity Structure, which can let builders make use of as much as 100GB of recreation belongings instantaneously. 

The Xbox Sequence X enlargement drive, made in partnership with Seagate.

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A proprietary 1TB Seagate enlargement drive will have the ability to plug into the again of the Xbox Sequence X, offering much more storage for video games. It is designed to have the identical structure and provides the identical efficiency as the interior SSD. 

Exterior drives can nonetheless work with the Xbox Sequence X, however they’ll solely retailer recreation knowledge and might want to switch video games to the console’s SSD or enlargement drive with the intention to play. We do not understand how a lot it would price, however Seagate’s pre-preorder web page is up and awaiting your e mail handle. Ostensibly, the drive can be accessible at launch.

Unsurprisingly, it incorporates Microsoft’s DirectX 12 Final, the most recent model of the corporate’s graphics programming interface (which is in Home windows 10), notably its GPU assist for DirectX ray tracing and Variable Fee Shading (DXR 1.1).

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Together, these all will permit the Xbox to drive increased body charges — 4K decision at 120 frames per second — with variable fee refresh assist when related to TVs or screens with an HDMI 2.1 connection. Each it and the PS5 additionally declare 8K functionality at a decrease body fee, although then the query arises: do you really need it?

Specs

Processor

8-core AMD Ryzen Zen 2-architecture CPU at 3.8GHz (3.6GHz with SMT)

Graphics

AMD Navi/RDNA 2-family GPU with 52 CU at 1.825GHz (12TFLOPS FP32)

Video reminiscence

16GB GDDR6 with 14Gbps 320-bit interface (10GB at 560GB/s allotted to GPU, 6GB at 336GB/s allotted to remainder of system with 3.5GB for GPU)

Storage

1TB NVMe SSD PCIe 4.0; proprietary 1TB SSD add-on module; USB 3.2 exterior HDD assist

Optical drive

Sure, 4K Blu-ray

Most output decision

8K 60fps; 4K 120fps

Audio

Ray traced

New controller options

Share button, Dynamic Latency Enter

VR assist

unknown

Console streaming

Sure (Console Streaming)

Backward compatibility

Xbox One and supported Xbox 360 and Xbox video games

Subscription tie-in

Xbox Sport Go, Xbox Sport Go Final

Dimensions

5.9 x 5.9 x 11.9 in/151 x 151 x 301 mm

Preorders begin

September 22

Launch date

November 10

Worth

$500

With all of the up to date parts, the Xbox Sequence X actually looks as if a giant step up from its predecessor. The solid-state storage will permit quicker startup of video games and shorter loading display occasions than the earlier fashions’ laborious disk drives supplied, even for older video games. Whereas Microsoft vaguely says the up to date processor has “4 occasions the processing energy of the Xbox One,” any velocity replace helps and can apply to all video games.

For video games that incorporate it, the DXR acceleration offers builders the chance to render way more correct lighting, shadows and reflections with out negatively affecting efficiency and with out a variety of the optimization overhead in any other case required. And VRS lets builders select the place they’ll save processing energy whereas rendering a body primarily based on how visually necessary an space is and the way noticeable a barely rougher render is perhaps. 

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That implies that video games integrating it could additionally have the ability to maintain increased body charges with better-looking graphics in choose scenes than they may in any other case have had.Along with supporting variable refresh charges — letting the console sync recreation body charges with suitable TVs or screens to attenuate artifacts like stutter and tearing attributable to mismatches — HDMI 2.1 provides ALLM, or Auto Low Latency Mode, which robotically units the show to its lowest latency mode, and has been accessible in TVs from producers like Sony and LG for not less than a 12 months. Understand that to run 4K/120p, you may want an HDMI 2.1 connection within the TV or monitor as effectively. 

Microsoft’s bringing again Fast Resume, a characteristic it launched after which deprecated about 5 years in the past. Beforehand, it allowed you to droop (relatively than exit) a single recreation and decide it up precisely the place you left off, however now it is going to be ready to take action for a number of video games.

With all these upgraded specs, we additionally do not know of how a lot the carbon footprint will change — regardless of rumors on the contrary, Microsoft hasn’t remodeled 1 / 4 of 1,000,000 carbon-neutral Xbox Sequence X consoles.

Will Xbox One and older video games work on it?

Microsoft says sure to backward compatibility, so far as the unique Xbox, and that many video games  will play and look higher, due to the aforementioned upgrades that apply to each recreation operating on the console. After all, the satan’s within the particulars on the subject of compatibility, so we’ll have to attend for hands-on tryouts to learn how broadly it applies.

In contrast to the transition from earlier generations, although, this one ought to go extra easily. The brand new {hardware} is usually simply quicker variations of the earlier parts, and the final Xbox One working system additionally used DirectX 12 and supported HDMI 2.1, or not less than there’s nothing that requires emulation or rewriting. 

Microsoft has introduced not less than two new options to enhance the expertise of operating multigenerational video games: the aforementioned HDR reconstruction, for robotically tonemapping SDR video games to HDR, and Sensible Supply. Once you pay for a recreation, it offers you the rights to that recreation for each Xbox One fashions and the Sequence X and robotically chooses the proper model — but it surely’s additionally non-obligatory for builders and publishers, and it is not clear whether or not it applies to older video games you’ve got already paid for. And it appears like there’s a few $10 premium for the additional copy in a variety of instances. (Record of video games optimized for Sequence X and S and Sensible Supply assist.)

Nevertheless, all video games are natively suitable with the Xbox Sequence S, so for those who purchase for that and improve in just a few years you should not must pay once more.

Will there be a brand new controller, too?

Yup, although not as radically redesigned because the console, and it is going to be backward-compatible with older fashions. It is primarily based on the present Xbox Elite Wi-fi mannequin however has a reworked D-pad and a share button. Microsoft has additionally accomplished some work on lowering the wi-fi lag — and thereby rising the responsiveness — between the show and the controller with what it calls dynamic latency enter.

The brand new, however barely totally different, Xbox controller.

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The D-pad, triggers and bumper even have a tactile matte end to provide the controller a bit extra grip when taking part in.

One other facet of the controller staying the identical is using AA batteries as a substitute of a built-in rechargeable battery. Microsoft says this alternative was to maintain the flexibleness for these players who need disposable batteries and those that favor rechargeables. 

Video games? Video games!

Microsoft naturally has all of its studios engaged on video games for the console, which we lastly acquired a complete take a look at on the July occasion; we had the primary vital reveal of third-party video games in early Could.

Microsoft’s first-party video games and builders engaged on titles.

Screenshot by CNET

Microsoft additionally confirmed that every one its titles can be accessible to Xbox Sport Go subscribers on Day 1. Beforehand, it had supplied up the information that its xCloud cloud gaming service, at present in beta, will formally launch in September as a part of the $15-per-month Xbox Sport Go Final service, and subsequently rolled out beta entry early to subscribers.  

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Microsoft used its in-development Forza Motorsport because the poster little one for utilizing the whizzy new options of the Sequence X. Halo Infinite, which was some of the extremely anticipated launch titles, was delayed till 2021. Titles slated to launch inside a month of the 2 Xbox consoles embrace:

Extra notable titles confirmed for the console embrace:

Xbox Sport Go will proceed to be the foremost vault subscription possibility for the console. Although Microsoft hasn’t talked about it explicitly, it is also seemingly that the Sequence X will provide Xbox Console Streaming — a characteristic that permits you to play Xbox One video games in your telephone which are operating in your console — which is at present nonetheless in preview. 

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You may additionally have the ability to hand off video games from the console to PC or cellular machine through what was previously known as Venture xCloud integration. (The service, simply launched as a part of Xbox Sport Go Final however nonetheless thought-about in beta, permits you to play Sport Go video games in your telephone or pill which are operating on distant pseudo Xboxes relatively than in your native console.)

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How does the Xbox Sequence X evaluate with the PS5 and Xbox Sequence S?

Broadly talking, the PS5 and Sequence X provide roughly the identical specs vis-a-vis processing energy, storage and new graphics options like ray tracing. One potential efficiency benefit the PS5 might need is its new {hardware} decompression silicon, which might velocity up loading of high-resolution textures much more. Sony additionally overhauled the controller, now dubbed DualSense, so as to add some intriguing-sounding haptic suggestions and adaptive triggers.

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The Sequence S, with its $300 value and smaller footprint, appears like a very good different to both console for those who’re finances constrained, particularly since 1440p is ideal for connecting to a comparatively cheap monitor as a substitute of a TV. As ever, it comes right down to which video games you wish to play most.

Confirmed specs

PlayStation 5

Xbox Sequence X

Xbox Sequence S

Processor

8-core AMD Ryzen Zen 2-architecture CPU at as much as 3.5GHz

8-core AMD Ryzen Zen 2-architecture CPU at 3.8GHz (3.6GHz with SMT)

8-core AMD Ryzen Zen 2-architecture CPU at 3.6GHz (3.4GHz with SMT)

Graphics

AMD Navi/RDNA 2-family GPU with 36 CU as much as 2.23 GHz (10.Three TFLOPS, FP unit unknown)

AMD Navi/RDNA 2-family GPU with 52 CU at 1.825GHz (12TFLOPS FP32)

AMD Navi/RDNA 2-family GPU with 20 CU at 1.565GHz (4TFLOPS)

Video reminiscence

16GB GDDR6 with 256-bit interface (448GB/sec)

16GB GDDR6 with 14Gbps 320-bit interface (10GB at 560GB/s allotted to GPU, 6GB at 336GB/s allotted to remainder of system with 3.5GB for GPU)

10GB GDDR6 (8GB at 224GB/s allotted to GPU, 2GB at 56GB/s allotted to remainder of system)

Storage

825GB SSD at 5.5-9GB/sec; NVMe SSD slot; assist for USB HDD

1TB NVMe SSD PCIe 4.0; proprietary 1TB SSD add-on module; USB 3.2 exterior HDD assist

512gb NVMe SSD PCIe 4.0; proprietary 1TB SSD add-on module; USB 3.1 exterior HDD assist

Optical drive

Sure, 4K Blu-ray

Sure, 4K Blu-ray

No

Most output decision

8K 60fps; 4K 120fps

8K 60fps; 4K 120fps

1440p 120fps

Audio

3D, accelerated by customized Tempest Engine {hardware}; for headphones solely at launch, supplemented by digital encompass for speaker audio

Ray traced

Ray traced

New controller options

Haptic suggestions, adaptive triggers, USB-C connector

Share button, Dynamic Latency Enter

Share button, Dynamic Latency Enter

VR assist

Sure, suitable with PSVR headset

unknown

unknown

Console streaming

Sure (Distant Play)

Sure (Console Streaming)

unknown

Backward compatibility

PS4 video games, some peripherals

Xbox One and supported Xbox 360 and Xbox video games

Xbox One and supported Xbox 360 and Xbox video games

Subscription tie-in

PS Now

Xbox Sport Go, Xbox Sport Go Final

Xbox Sport Go, Xbox Sport Go Final

Dimensions

15.Four x 4.1 (3.6) x 10.2 in/390 x 104 (92) x 260 mm

5.9 x 5.9 x 11.9 in/151 x 151 x 301 mm

10.Eight x 5.9 x 2.5/275 x 151 x 63.5mm

Preorders begin

Now

Sept. 22

Sept. 22

Launch date

Nov. 12

Nov. 10

Nov. 10

Worth

With optical drive: $500, £450, AU$750; with out optical drive: $400, £360, AU$600

$500, £450, AU$749

$300, £250, AU$499

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