Microsoft has confirmed all of the technical specifications for the Xbox Series X, as well as releasing a couple of videos that show the rather impressive loading times and quick resume feature for multiple games. Let’s start with the hardware first some of which was previously announced. When it comes to the CPU the Xbox Series X will have 8x Cores @ 3.8 GHz (3.66 GHz w/ SMT) Custom Zen 2 CPU and the GPU goes up to 12 TFLOPS thanks to a Custom RDNA 2 GPU. The systems internal memory is 16GB GDDR6 and the internal storage is a 1TB custom NVME SSD. That storage can be expanded externally with a 1TB expansion card. The systems target performance is 4K at 60fps though there is room for developers to hit 120fps. The latter is part of the HDMI 2.1 standard.
The full specs can be seen in the table below and they will allow the developers to take advantage of DirectX raytracing so lighting and sound reacts much more naturally.
|CPU||8x Cores @ 3.8 GHz (3.66 GHz w/ SMT) Custom Zen 2 CPU|
|GPU||12 TFLOPS, 52 CUs @ 1.825 GHz Custom RDNA 2 GPU|
|Die Size||360.45 mm2|
|Memory||16 GB GDDR6 w/ 320mb bus|
|Memory Bandwidth||10GB @ 560 GB/s, 6GB @ 336 GB/s|
|Internal Storage||1 TB Custom NVME SSD|
|I/O Throughput||2.4 GB/s (Raw), 4.8 GB/s (Compressed, with custom hardware decompression block)|
|Expandable Storage||1 TB Expansion Card (matches internal storage exactly)|
|External Storage||USB 3.2 External HDD Support|
|Optical Drive||4K UHD Blu-Ray Drive|
|Performance Target||4K @ 60 FPS, Up to 120 FPS|
In addition the specs, Microsoft has released two tech demo videos which show the Xbox Series X faster loading times as well as the quick resume feature that supports multiple games.
With the loading time the Xbox Series X gets into the game within 8 seconds while the Xbox One version lags quite a way behind. In terms of quick resume in this tech demo there are five games with one running and four paused in the background. Jumping between them is very quick and you can jumps from Forza Motorsport 7 to Ori and the Blind Forest for example. Now, we’re just waiting for Sony to spill the beans for what the PS5 will have under its hood.