We used to know it as the “Scarlett Project”. Its official name will be “Series X”. Thursday, December 12, on the occasion of the ceremony of the Game Awards 2019 held in Los Angeles (where the best video games of the year were awarded, including Sekiro, Disco Elyseum, Fortnite and Death Stranding), the US manufacturer Microsoft has officially unveiled the name, appearance and some features of its next console.
The Xbox Series X, which will succeed the Xbox One, has been announced for the end of 2020, according to a press release from Phil Spencer, director of the Xbox branch of Microsoft. The first images of the machine, which is in the form of a tower that can recall the appearance of some PCs, were given in a video.
On the hardware side, the Xbox Series X will be able to run games at 60 frames per second (sometimes with possible spikes at 120 frames per second), which can be displayed on screens of 4K and 8K resolutions. A ” new generation “ SSD drive will “Practically eliminate loading times”, promises Microsoft. The X Series will also feature a new wireless controller, with a button for image sharing. According to the first pictures, it looks, for the moment, to that of the current Xbox One, notes the specialized site Kotaku.
Full compatibility with older games
On the catalog side, Microsoft promises full compatibility with the games of all its old Xbox consoles. “Thousands of games from our previous four generations of consoles, all your Xbox One console game accessories, and advanced services like the Xbox Game Pass [abonnement mensuel pour un accès illimité à des jeux] will be available when you turn on your Xbox Series X during the Christmas 2020 holidays », notes the press release by Phil Spencer. The achievements (“Trophies”) and game saves made on old Xbox will also be transferable and compatible.
Unseen images of games designed for this Xbox Series X were also unveiled at the 2019 Game Awards, with the game's trailer Senua's Saga: Hellblade II (visible below). At the E3 2019 show in Los Angeles, we also saw images of the next episode of the series Halo, Halo Infinite, which is also due out on Xbox Series X.
These announcements from Microsoft come as one of its major competitors, Sony, announced two months earlier that its Playstation 5 will also be released at the end of the year 2020. Previous generations of consoles from Microsoft and Sony – the Xbox One and the Playstation 4, whose first versions were released at the end of 2013, respectively sold 45 million and 102 million copies.