The slow trickle of next gen information will continue on May 7th with Microsoft taking to the stage to reveal games for their next console, the Xbox Series X. The event will occur online on at 8.am PT which is an extremely friendly 4pm in the afternoon for us Brits.
You want to see games for the Xbox Series X? We want to show you games for the Xbox Series X.
— Xbox (@Xbox) April 30, 2020
One thing to note is the reveal specifically states games from “global developers partners” and not Microsoft. The console maker has already said they will not be making any exclusive games for the new console themselves, instead all games release by Microsoft in 2021 will be for both Xbox One and Xbox Series X, with the X getting an enhanced version. Xbox Game Studio titles will be will be shown later in a summer showcase.
However, we do know that the first gameplay for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will be shown by Microsoft during the event.
The console ran in trouble a few weeks ago when a criminal mastermind (or possibly a spotty 14 year old kid in a bedroom in Surrey) managed to steal the source code for a load of AMD’s graphics chips including the one that is heavily rumoured to be in the Xbox Series X.
Here is a statement from AMD.
At AMD, data security and the protection of our intellectual property are a priority. In December 2019, we were contacted by someone who claimed to have test files related to a subset of our current and future graphics products, some of which were recently posted online, but have since been taken down.
While we are aware the perpetrator has additional files that have not been made public, we believe the stolen graphics IP is not core to the competitiveness or security of our graphics products. We are not aware of the perpetrator possessing any other AMD IP.
We are working closely with law enforcement officials and other experts as a part of an ongoing criminal investigation.
The full specs for the console 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.