The next Xbox console, slated for the holiday season of 2020, finally has a name: Xbox Series X. The system previously dubbed Project Scarlett also features a bold, vertical design and slightly modified controller, as seen in the above gallery.
Xbox chief Phil Spencer took the stage at Thursday night’s The Game Awards to unveil the new monolith-shaped console, which Gamespot says is about as wide as an Xbox One controller and about three times as long. His appearance came at the end of a trailer full of apparent Xbox Series X “real-time” rendering, including Halo’s Master Chief, a red sports car (possibly from the Xbox-exclusive racing series Forza), and a soccer game.
Important details were confirmed by a few corners of the new Xbox console: an apparent disc drive; a vented top with a backlit painted or green color; and a slightly modified Xbox One gamepad update. This new controller largely resembles the current generation standard controller, but has a new circle base on its d-pad and a new button in the center of the controller that resembles an “upload” icon from Windows. Spencer has confirmed that this will function as a “share” button (much like a similar button on PlayStation 4’s DualShock 4) and that the new Series X controller will be compatible with existing Xbox One systems, not just the Xbox One. new Xbox Series X.
In a press release released shortly after the Game Awards unveiling, Microsoft confirmed some good news for anyone with tightly organized shelves near their gaming TV of choice: The Xbox Series X “supports both vertical and horizontal orientation.”
Spencer spoke up at The Game Awards to offer a few sales pitches about the console, although most of these were reruns of statements from this year’s E3 reveal. He told players to expect to be “instantly absorbed in your games,” presumably a hint at the console’s reliance on SSD architecture for faster game loads. He emphasized three points: “performance, speed and compatibility.” And he announced that “our 15 Xbox game studios” are all working on games for the new console before revealing the first game built with Xbox Series X in mind: Hellblade II: Senua’s Sagacreated by Ninja Theory (a studio that Microsoft formally acquired in 2018).
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