Microsoft revealed more details about its upcoming next-gen console this morning, and that features the total Xbox Series X specs. But whereas it’s at all times enjoyable to stare blankly at an inventory of gigabytes and gigahertz, let’s dive in and decide aside what issues.

Here is the total record of the Xbox Series X specs direct from Microsoft:

Xbox Series X specs revealed: Here’s what matters and why

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The most essential options on this record are the CPU, the storage, and the GPU. Let’s break down each.

Why the Xbox Series X CPU issues

The Xbox Series X has an AMD CPU that makes use of the corporate’s Zen 2 structure. This means it makes use of an enhanced 7nm course of that may cram 15 trillion transistors onto a chip in regards to the measurement of the Xbox One X’s.

The CPU has eight cores that every one run at a really quick clock velocity for a console. Developers can have an possibility between 3.eight GHz with hyperthreading turned off or 3.66GHz with hyperthreading enabled.

Xbox Series X specs revealed: Here’s what matters and why

What does that imply? Hyperthreading (AMD calls it SMT) is the tech that allows a CPU to ingest information from two lanes. Think of the core as a mouth, and the threads are the arms. With hyperthreading, one thread can actively feed the mouth whereas the opposite hand is getting the subsequent chunk prepared.

Hyperthreading shouldn’t be one thing that the majority video games benefit from — a minimum of not but. And that’s why builders have an possibility.

Expect most video games by the primary 12 months or so to stay with eight cores and eight threads at 3.eight GHz. A Zen 2 chip with eight cores at that clockspeed goes to chew by most current-gen video games with no concern. This is a large improve over Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

Hyperthreading will then give Xbox a specific amount of futureproofing. The remainder of the computing world has embraced a number of CPU threads, and it’s solely a matter of time earlier than video games do the identical. Especially with AMD’s excessive core-count CPUs with hyperthreading promoting so effectively within the desktop market.

Why the Xbox Series X SSD storage issues

Storage is among the most talked about elements of the next-gen consoles. Even earlier than Microsoft began speaking in regards to the Xbox Series X, Sony was speaking up its next-gen resolution to cut back load instances.

Well, now we all know what Microsoft is placing contained in the field. It’s a 1TB customized NVME SSD. An SSD is a solid-state drive. That’s a bunch of superfast flash storage that doesn’t depend on a spinning disc like conventional exhausting drives. NVME means non-volatile reminiscence categorical, and it’s a brand new interface that’s succesful of a better information throughput than the outdated SATA interface.

We have NVME SSDs on PC, and for now, even that’s overkill. No sport maxes out the learn speeds for even a SATA SSD. For reference, SATA Three is able to transfering about 550MB per second. NVME, in the meantime, can run as excessive as 3,500MB per second.

This is one other instance of Microsoft getting ready the Xbox Series X to final for years. Games could not max out SATA right now, however that was largely as a result of criminally sluggish console HDDs (possibly 100MB per second at finest) holding every part else again. Putting NVME in consoles ought to allow an entire new era of video games that don’t simply load ranges quicker, however they need to stream in information throughout the sport quicker as effectively.

What about exterior storage?

Using a superfast NVME SSD contained in the Xbox poses an issue, although. Most exterior storage options are too sluggish. This will make increasing house to save lots of video games costly and, even worse, complicated.

Microsoft has a solution for this, although. It’s placing an expansion-card slot on the again that may settle for a 1TB NVME SSD that’s equivalent to the inner storage. This will be certain that video games run precisely as they need to whether or not they’re on an inner or exterior system.

But even this resolution isn’t good. The Xbox Series X has full backward compatibility with Xbox One and in addition sturdy assist for Xbox 360 and the unique Xbox. Those video games don’t want such a futuristic drive.

Microsoft has a solution for this as effectively. You can plug in an exterior HDD to the system’s USB 3.2 port. This ought to provide you with entry to huge quantity of house for older video games. And USB 3.2 is quick sufficient that you possibly can even benefit from the loading speeds of an exterior SSD.

Why the Xbox Series X GPU issues

The final main {hardware} pillar for Xbox Series X is the GPU. It has 12 teraflops of energy with 52 compute items working at 1.825 GHz. Again, what does all of that imply? It doesn’t matter an excessive amount of.

It’s extra essential that it’s working on a customized model of AMD’s new RDNA 2 structure. AMD hasn’t launched any RDNA 2 GPUs but. But the primary RDNA video playing cards are highly effective and environment friendly. Their performance-per-watt is one among their most spectacular attributes. And which means with console optimizations, builders could get some astonishing outcomes out of RDNA 2.

Digital Foundry is already reporting those kinds of jumps in performance. A two-week-old port of Gears 5 working on Xbox Series X with minimal optimizations is already acting on par with a PC utilizing an RTX 2080 from Nvida. That was a $700 GPU.