While The Game Awards were mostly disappointing, Microsoft surprised many by choosing that stage to announce the name of their next generation console. Previously called Project Scarlett the new console from Microsoft which will launch during the holiday season in 2020 is called Xbox Series X and is designed in a more unique manner as it once again works like the Xbox 360 where players can choose to store it both vertically, as it was presented, or horizontally.
Alongside the new console the company also revealed that the controller has been given a bit of an update as it now features an additional “Share” button that makes capturing screenshots and game clips easier and they have also re-designed the D-pad to be similar to their Xbox Elite Series of controllers and it will not only be compatible with the new console but older ones as well.
The company also revealed some technical standpoints by stating that the console can present “4K resolution at 60 frames per second, with possibility of up to 120 frames per second, including support for Variable Refresh Rate (VRR), and 8K capability. Powered by our custom-designed processor leveraging the latest Zen 2 and next generation RDNA architecture from our partners at AMD, Xbox Series X will deliver hardware accelerated ray tracing and a new level of performance never before seen in a console. Additionally, our patented Variable Rate Shading (VRS) technology will allow developers to get even more out of the Xbox Series X GPU and our next-generation SSD will virtually eliminate load times and bring players into their gaming worlds faster than ever before.”