It’s all gone a bit mad this morning with the official announcement of the worst kept secret in gaming, the Xbox Series S, the cut down version of the Xbox Series X. However, you may have missed that price of the Xbox Series X has also leaked out.
Windows Central kicked things off by leaking that the Series S would be $299 and the Series X will be $499. Microsoft have now confirmed the Series S and the price so it seems reasonable the source for the leak also has the price of the Series X correct. Both consoles are set to launch on November 10th.
Previously it had been rumoured that Series X was going to be $599. Alanah Pearce spoke on the Kinda Funny Xcast and said she had been sent an image showing a retail terminal that listed the Xbox Series X for $599 with a November release date.
The Xbox Series S is expected to be a lower powered version of the Xbox Series X, keeping many of the same attributes, such as the ultra-fast SSD storage and Zen 2 CPU, but compromising on the GPU side of things. Where the Xbox Series X is expected to deliver a native 4K resolution, higher frame rates and ray tracing, the cut back Series S is expected to sacrifice these to reach the lower price point for those buyers without a 4K TV or without as exacting demands from their games graphics, while retaining the minimal loading times and enhanced game worlds that the CPU could provide. However, Microsoft have yet to reveal the official specs for the console.
The full specs of the Series X 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|
Writing on Xbox.com, Jason Ronald, Director of Program Management for Xbox Series X said, “Backwards compatible games run natively on the Xbox Series X hardware, running with the full power of the CPU, GPU and the SSD. No boost mode, no downclocking, the full power of the Xbox Series X for each and every backward compatible game.”
Microsoft’s Aaron Greenberg, GM Xbox Games Marketing, recently announced that the Xbox Series X will be released in November, narrowing the release window from “Holiday 2020” to a specific month.
Xbox Series X Launches this November with Thousands of Games Spanning Four Generations https://t.co/mVkdz7HaQV
— Aaron Greenberg 🙅🏼♂️❎ (@aarongreenberg) August 11, 2020
Source: Windows Central