Xbox Series X is the next Xbox console, debuts at The Game Awards

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Microsoft has officially announced the name of the next Xbox, and it’s not exactly what we expected. The Xbox Series X is coming next holiday season, and it looks more PC-like than any game console we’ve seen before.

Announced via a short teaser during The Game Awards 2019, the Xbox Series X console is the official name of Project Scarlett, and its form factor is vertical, with a disc drive visible on the front. The console was teased with images of Master Chief, as well as a Forza car and a football player – presumably from FIFA or PES. With Microsoft boasting that the console will have four times the processing power of the Xbox One X, the possibilities seem pretty limitless for the type of games we’ll end up seeing.

A new controller will ship with the console, which is quite similar to the Xbox One controller. It features a share button similar to the PS4 controller, as well as a new directional pad based on the design of the Xbox Elite Series 2 controller. The console itself can be placed vertically or horizontally and looks like a PC – to the point that we thought it might have been a PC before Microsoft confirmed that it was indeed its next-gen console.

Another game was shown during the presentation, and it is a sequel to Ninja Theory. Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II will be released on the Xbox Series X, and the trailer was almost photorealistic and again featured Melina Juergens in the lead role. Given the dark and emotional impact of the previous game’s ending, it will be interesting to see where the story goes. This is the second game currently in development at Ninja Theory, with the studio currently working on the multiplayer action game. bleeding edge will be coming to Xbox One next year.

Talk to GameSpot, Xbox head Phil Spencer has revealed that the console will indeed have 12 TFLOPS of GPU power, GDDR6 RAM and an NVMe SSD. The system will also allow you to pause and resume multiple games, unlike the one game limit on current systems.

Sony has yet to confirm the design of its PlayStation 5, but we don’t expect it to be radically different from its current console. We’ll likely hear more in early 2020 and keep you posted on the latest news.

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