Microsoft’s Next-Gen Console Revealed As Xbox Series X

The Game Awards might be known for some big announcements, but Microsoft took it to a whole new level in the 2019 edition. 

A new console, the new console, called Xbox Series X for the time being, coming in holiday 2020, is not yet available for pre-order.

Microsoft says they want to give “more information” before opening the floodgates for orders, but their shock announcement at Thursday’s Game Awards took nearly everybody by surprise in any case.

In announcing Xbox Series X, formerly known as Project Scarlett, Microsoft have beaten Sony to the punch in announcing their next-generation games console.

Little is actually known about Xbox Series X, other than its distinct PC tower-like look and a new dedicated share button on the controller.

No price was revealed, but according to an article on Gamespot, Microsoft wants to be transparent about what gamers will be paying for before going ahead and allowing them to be first in line for purchase.

The design of the console is what’s got many gamers talking on social media immediately after the announcement dropped. Shaped like a Gaming PC tower, the console’s square footprint is roughly as wide as an Xbox One controller and around three times as tall. Featuring a disc drive for games and other media, there is little else to talk about in what is a very clean and modern looking form factor for the Xbox Series X.

The console will also feature an NVMe SSD and use super-fast GDDR6 memory as RAM.

But, that name though? Microsoft’s Phil Spencer hinted that the name may change prior to an official release, telling Gamespot “Series X gives us the freedom to do other things with that name so that we can create descriptors when we need to”.

Make sense? No, not really and it is one of the only points of confusion that has come out of the reveal.

In terms of the most important thing, the games, Microsoft already has some big titles to in the new console window, Halo Infinite and Hellblade 2 for starters. There is also the large lineup of Microsoft Game Studios development teams working on new titles and the work being done around the xCloud games streaming platform.

In short, we now have a name and a look at Microsoft’s flashy next-generation games console. There is much more specific information to follow, but for the time being, Sony has been beaten to the punch and that will see Xbox head Phil Spencer sleeping comfortably for the next night or two.

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Price of Xbox Scorpio’s could make or break its success

Microsoft will launch their much-talked abut high end games console onto the market in a few months, but if the price isn’t right, then you can forget about it being a success.

The Scorpio is always running at its highest capability of performance. Old games will not only look graphically enhanced, but they will run better overall as well. At least that is what Microsoft’s Phil Spencer is claiming.

Microsoft had planned on releasing two more consoles in the Xbox One generation. First was the Xbox One S, released last year, followed by the Scorpio in late 2017. Microsoft’s aim is all about immersion and creating a console that appeals to the core gamer – not the casual.

Speaking on YouTube last week, Spencer promised that the Scorpio will deliver the best console version of games, both third party and exclusive.

There is little doubt that the Scorpio will outshine Sony’s PS4 Pro in almost every aspect. The next time you hear Sony talk about new hardware will likely be the announcement of their next generation console – so Microsoft have the market interest for the time being.

With the PS4 Pro, it looked like Sony were leaning toward targeting that core audience as well, but the effort seemed lackluster from the start. In terms of sales, the PS4 Pro is well down on what Sony would have hoped and that will result in big drops in price prior to Microsoft’s launch of the Scorpio.

How the Scorpio is priced will be important to its success. For a console that is the closest thing ever to a high-end PC, pricing point will make or break its potential mass sales.

The price and release date for the Scorpio will be announced at E3 in June.

 

Xbox Scorpio is already beating PS4 Pro

Microsoft Scorpio is an impressive system, but could it be the next-gen console it has the timing to be?

We are in the middle of a big change to the console gaming space, and it is Sony that has suddenly become the big loser. With the big push toward 4K gaming, both Sony and Microsoft are releasing ‘more powerful’ versions of the PS4 and Xbox One.

Starting with the PS4 Pro, Sony will be the first to drop their upgrade this November, and yes, it will be more expensive than the existing consoles currently on the market. Continue reading Xbox Scorpio is already beating PS4 Pro