2020 has definitely been a weird year so far, but even with everything going on we’re still looking forward to the release of the next generation of gaming consoles this fall. If nothing else, faster consoles help to raise the low bar for PC games. Today, Microsoft revealed a ton of information about the Xbox Series X console, including the full set of specs for the system.
Microsoft confirmed previously-stated specs with the reveal. The CPU in the Series X is an 8-core custom Zen 2 AMD CPU that runs at 3.8 GHz. The GPU is a custom RDNA 2 AMD GPU. It runs at 1.825 GHz, has 52 compute units, and can handle 12 TFLOPS. The System on a Chip that houses all this is built on a 7-nm process.
Xbox Series X memory & storage
The system offers 16GB of GDDR6 memory running on a 320mb bus. Microsoft says the memory bandwidth is 10GB at 560 GB/s or 6GB at 336 GB/s. The system includes a 1TB custom NVMe SSD. As I conjectured previously, the “mystery slot” on the back of the system is a memory expansion port. Because the system is built on ultra-fast loading, simply plugging in a USB HDD won’t work for gameplay; at least not for Xbox Series X-specific titles.
The system does support external hard drives via USB 3.2, and Microsoft has confirmed that the drive is a 4K UHD Blu-ray drive.
On top of all this, Digital Foundry did a deep-dive video on the system that shows off the system’s internals, puts the Xbox One X and Xbox Series X side-by-side, and gives a better overall idea of the size of the system.
The front of the system is similar in length to that of the Xbox One X, and DF characterized the system’s size by recalling the classic meme for the Nintendo Wii: “two Gamecubes duct-taped together.” Only this time, they’re talking about size, not specs, because if the specs above are any indication, this thing is a beast of a game console.
The whole video is worth watching. DF’s Richard Ledbetter simulates assembling the system, and you can see the new storage card up close and personal.