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Xbox Series X specs and features

We're getting close to the next-generation of consoles, but what exactly is in the Xbox Series X?

The Xbox Series X is being marketed as the fastest, most powerful Xbox ever, and when you see the spec list, you can’t find much fault with those claims. The next-gen console certainly packs a punch and if you can find somewhere to preorder it, you’ll be gaming in 4K in no time.

The console is set to hit the high street along with its smaller, less powerful sibling, the Xbox Series S, on November 10. Both consoles, although they have different hardware, have come on leaps and bounds since the Xbox One released three years ago, making this new generation unbeatable in terms of raw power.

According to Microsoft, the console is capable of running most of the Xbox Series X launch games at 4k resolution and 60 framers per second. While that’s pretty impressive in itself, there will be a few select and supported titles that will be playable at 8k resolution and 120 frames per second – an accolade that is sure to land some of them on our list of the best Xbox Series X games.

It’s easy to get lost in the claims of marketeers and conversations over teraflops though, so we’ll cut to the chase. Here are the Xbox Series X specs in all their glory.

What are the Xbox Series X specs?

The Xbox Series X boasts a very different design to its predecessor, the Xbox One. Contained within its sleek, black chassis are some of the best components out there which are designed to give you the best gaming experience.

This is what’s inside the console:

  • CPU: 8X Cores @ 3.8 GHz (3.66 GHz w/SMT) Custom Zen 2
  • GPU: 12 TFLOPS, 52 CUs @1.825 GHz Custom RDNA 2
  • Die Size: 360.45mm
  • Process: 7nm enhanced
  • Memory: 16GB GDDR6 w/320mb bus
  • Memory bandwidth: 10GB @ 560 GB/s, 6GB @ 336 GB/s
  • Internal Storage: 1TB Custom NVME SSD
  • I/O Throughput: 2.4 GB/s (Raw), 4.8 GB/s (Compressed, with custom hardware decompression block)
  • Expandable storage: Support for 1TB Seagate Expansion Card
  • External storage: USB 3.2 HDD support
  • Optical drive: 4K UHD Blu-ray drive
  • Performance target: 4K at 60fps, but will support up to 120fps

Impressive, right? If you’re a sucker for Xbox Games Pass and the best Xbox One games, one of the biggest things about the Xbox Series X spec list is that its storage can be upgraded. A special Seagate SSD, which is sold separately, can be plugged in at the back, giving you an entire terabyte of extra storage.

External hard drives still work on the Xbox Series X, but they can only be used to store game data. Unfortunately you’ll need to transfer games to the console’s built-in SSD or expanded SSD to play them.

Graphics wise, this console will pack a punch too since it comes with DirectX ray-tracing. This means the worlds you explore in the next few months will look even more impressive than before and have true-to-life lighting, accurate shadows, and reflections. This technology will really make Cyberpunk 2077’s Night City really feel alive. 

Alongside that, the Xbox Series X has Variable Rate Shading, which helps stablaise frame rates and gives you a higher resolution without impacting the overall image quality. This is done by prioritizing individual effects, rather than every single pixel on the screen.

So if this under the hood look hasn’t put a bee in your bonnet and sent you frantically looking for stock, we don’t know what will. The Xbox Series X is an absolute monster that’ll make playing the latest games and competitive titles a much smoother experience.