Monday, 5 Dec 2022

Microsoft’s new console Xbox Series X is REALLY fast

Microsoft has teased gamers with a taste of the speeds they can expect from its next-generation Xbox console.

A video released by the tech giant shows the current Xbox One X alongside the Xbox Series X, loading the same State of Decay 2 game.

Within 11 seconds, gameplay commences on the Xbox Series X while its predecessor takes another 40 seconds or so to get started.

As Microsoft notes, the demonstration uses a backward compatible Xbox title and not a game optimised for Xbox Series X, meaning titles eventually built specifically for the new console using the maximum technology available may not load quite as fast.

Another video also reveals the speed its new Quick Resume technology works at, allowing players to seamlessly switch from one game to another, almost instantly.

It comes as the console maker revealed more detailed specs about its upcoming gaming device, which includes support for a 1TB expansion card, on top of an internal 1TB, helping to power such fast loading demands.

"While the Xbox Series X will deliver a massive increase in GPU performance and continue to redefine and advance the state of art in graphics with new capabilities such as hardware accelerated raytracing, we don't believe this generation will be defined by graphics or resolution alone," said Jason Ronald, director of product management for Xbox Series X.

You can take a look at the machines Quick Resume Tech Demo in the below video, as well as full specs published by Digital Foundry (Via VG247.com)

Xbox Series X video specs

XBOX SERIES X

XBOX ONE X

XBOX ONE S

HDMI Resolution &
Framerate
2160p (4K) @ 120Hz
4320p (8K) @ 60Hz
HDMI VRR & AMD FreeSync
2160p @ 60Hz
HDMI VRR & AMD FreeSync
2160p @ 60Hz
HDMI VRR & AMD
FreeSync
HDR HDR10
Dolby Vision Low Latency
HDR10
Dolby Vision Low Latency
HDR10
Dolby Vision Low Latency
HDMI 2.1 Features Auto Low Latency Mode
Variable Refresh Rate
Fixed Rate Link
Auto Low Latency Mode
Variable Refresh Rate
Auto Low Latency Mode
Variable Refresh Rate
Content Protection HDCP 2.2 HDCP 2.2 HDCP 2.2
Video CODECs VP9, H.265 HEVC/MSP,
H.264 AVC/MVC/SVC,
MPEG-2, MPEG-4 Part 2,
VC1/WMV9
VP9, H.265 HEVC, H.264
AVC, MPEG-2, MPEG-4 Part
2, VC1/WMV9
H.265 HEVC, H.264 AVC,
MPEG-2, MPEG-4 Part 2,
VC1/WMV9


Xbox Series X interfaces & ports

XBOX SERIES X

XBOX ONE X

XBOX ONE S

Wireless IEEE 802.11ac dual band
(5GHz & 2.4GHz), 2×2
wireless Wi-Fi with Wi-Fi
Direct for home networks
IEEE 802.11ac dual band
(5GHz & 2.4GHz), 2×2
wireless Wi-Fi with Wi-Fi
Direct for home networks
IEEE 802.11ac dual band
(5GHz & 2.4GHz), 2×2
wireless Wi-Fi with Wi-Fi
Direct for home networks
Ethernet IEEE 802.3 10/100/1000 IEEE 802.3 10/100/1000 IEEE 802.3 10/100/1000
Accessories Radio Dedicated dual band Xbox
Wireless radio
Dedicated dual band Xbox
Wireless radio
Dedicated dual band Xbox
Wireless radio
USB Port 3x USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5Gbps) 3x USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5Gbps) 3x USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5Gbps)
HDMI Out 2.1 2.0b 2.0a
HDMI In N/A 1.4b 1.4b
S/PDIF N/A Yes Yes
IR Receiver Only Receiver + Blaster Receiver + Blaster
CEC Yes No No
Kinect Port No External USB Adapter External USB Adapter
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