Last Updated August 4th, 2020
Xbox specs, release dates, and upcoming games
Here at Quickscope, we filter the internet noise and provide you with updates on the latest news, specs, and rumors on the Xbox Series X. Check back to this article for release dates, games, and more information on the upcoming console.
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- Microsoft’s next-gen won’t just take place on the Xbox Series X, but also on xCloud, their cloud gaming service
- This will allow you to stream your favorite Xbox games on mobile devices
- Think of it as Microsoft’s take on the Google Stadia.
- The new controller for the Xbox Series X has been revealed to be backward compatible with Xbox One consoles
- All Xbox One controllers will work with the Series X.
- Xbox Games Showcase showed a surprising lack of Series X exclusive games
- However, due to its focus on the Xbox Games Pass, this may not be a negative as it allows consumers far more choices about when and where they can play their games
- Microsoft appears to be gunning for a more mature audience
In a unique update entitled “You are the Future of Gaming”, Xbox has revealed a few exciting claims:
- You can play new games on the Series X day one with the Xbox Game Pass
- You won’t be forced into the next generation
- All Xbox Game Studios games released in the next few years are to going to being released for both Series X and One.
- “You will always be welcome”, enforcing the standards for a friendly all-embracing community on Xbox platforms.
- Xbox has unveiled a tag of excellence functionally named “optimized for Xbox Series X”
- This badge of honor suggests these games will be the best of next-gen, including exciting features from eliminating load-times to hardware-accelerated DirectX raytracing and higher frame rates
- The Series X will be supported by Microsoft’s Smart Delivery system at launch
- This will allow players to play games compatible with both the Xbox One and Series X without purchasing the game again
- Saves, progress, and the like will all be carried over for a seamless experience between consoles
- Microsoft released a blog on their site stating that the Xbox Series X is the "Most Powerful and Compatible Next-Gen Console" and will be backwards compatible with thousands of games at launch.
- Microsoft also released their sign up page to pre-order the Xbox Series X
- Epic Games revealed their Unreal Engine 5, demoing the incredibly realistic graphics on a PS5. It will be used for PS5 and Xbox Series X in 2021
- Microsoft held its first event on Thursday and highlighted 13 third party Xbox Series X games:
- Assassin's Creed Valhalla
- Bright Memory: Infinite
- Call of the Sea
- Dirt 5
- Madden NFL 21
- Scarlet Nexus
- Second Extinction
- The Ascent
- The Medium
- Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2
- Yakuza: Like a Dragon
- Microsoft reveals the boot screen for Xbox Series X. Alongside the boot screen reveal, Microsoft says “our goal remains to launch Xbox Series X and Halo Infinite this Holiday.” Microsoft will now hold monthly “Xbox 20/20” streams in the lead-up to the Series X launch. These start with an event on Thursday where Microsoft plans to highlight third-party Xbox Series X games, including titles that will take advantage of the new Smart Delivery feature.
- The Xbox Smart Delivery program allows you to buy an Xbox One version of a game and get the upgrade to the Xbox Series X version free of charge. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla — the new Viking-based iteration of the popular franchise — will support Smart Delivery, which is an encouraging sign for the next generation of consoles.
- Microsoft tweaks the dashboard UI for Xbox Series X: The software maker is now improving the Guide part of the Xbox One dashboard, which provides quick access to content, friends, and even settings when you tap the Xbox button on a controller. A new default order now means you navigate through the tabs in a left-to-right order and even fully customize how they’re ordered.
- Everything We Know About the Xbox Series X: Here is a quick summary of everything we know about the new Xbox.
- Xbox Lockhart: We knew Microsoft would release two consoles since December. However, we were not expecting a price point of only 300 dollars!
The device would deliver half the performance of the Series X at 4TFlops, but that’s still better than the Xbox One X, which is the most powerful and most expensive Xbox you can buy right now. Apparently, the Series X would cost around $300, which, if real, would be a fantastic price for the console.
3/05/2020 Xbox Controller Specs:
- Controller Design: The decrease in size is the most obvious change, but the d-pad got an upgrade to resemble the Xbox Elite Controller with a cross-segmented style. The new controller will also include a share button something Sony has already implemented in their controllers.
- Dynamic Latency Input: This is to allow developers to make games more responsive to players.
Dynamic Latency Input (DLI): We’re optimizing latency in the player-to-console pipeline, starting with our Xbox Wireless Controller, which leverages our high bandwidth, proprietary wireless communication protocol when connected to the console. With Dynamic Latency Input (DLI), a new feature which synchronizes input immediately with what is displayed, controls are even more precise and responsive.
- Reverse Compatibility: The Xbox Series X controller will also be compatible with past consoles!
This means you will be able to take advantage of the new features and updated ergonomics on previous hardware if you’re a PC gamer or an Xbox gamer not ready to upgrade your console. Additionally, all existing Xbox One controllers will work on the Xbox Series X as well.
- Could We See Xbox Gameplay Tomorrow?: klobrille, a popular leaker, retweeted a post from Reddit that says Microsoft will attend AMD’s Financial Day tomorrow and would reveal some Xbox gameplay at the event. Specifically an unnamed racing game. However, later Klobrille came to the realization he may have gotten fooled too, and the rumor was most likely false. Check out the tweets for yourselves!
After further investigation, I’ve come to the conclusion this specific rumor is very likely not true. I’ll not delete the original tweet just for fun. I hope this adds more transparency and I’m sorry for sharing in the first place. More relevant stuff to come prior to E3 though.
- Microsoft Might Win the Console War: As speculation over the potentially high price of the PS5 has caused some of the hype to die down. Microsoft is packing the punches with these awesome features and specs:
Xbox Series X will have 12 teraflops of GPU power, support backward compatibility back to original Xbox games, include hardware-accelerated raytracing, supports up to 120 frames per second, and supports quick resume for multiple games simultaneously.
- Stream Xbox Games from the Cloud: Microsoft’s push into the mobile gaming space is exciting, but also tells us fans the potential with the new Xbox with cloud gaming. If we can expect to be able to game from our phones how powerful can we expect the Xbox Series X to be? Below is the official update from Microsoft about this new service:
Get a first look at game streaming with Xbox in Project xCloud (Preview). Play over 50 Xbox favorites on your Android phone or tablet, streaming directly from the cloud over Wi-Fi or your mobile network As we continue to roll out this test, we invite you to help shape the future of game streaming.
- Coronavirus could delay launch: With Nintendo CEO Shuntaro Furukawa saying last week that production of the console will be impacted, while Apple products like the iPhone and AirPods are seeing the effects as well. We should be prepared for a delay in the launch of the Xbox Series X. Here is a note from the Jefferies Group to investors:
The video game sector is currently manufacturing, or beginning to, a once-in-several-years’ product generation change for the 2020 holiday season. If [company] shutdowns exceed a month or so, game schedules will be delayed. New consoles may likewise suffer supply issues from a prolonged disruption, ahead of their Fall 2020 planned launches.
- Top EA executives are getting a little bit excited!: Most of our favorite sports games like FIFA and Madden are developed by EA. This is great news for sports gaming enthusiasts who are thinking about upgrading their console. Here are official statements from EA employees.
The power of the new consoles is gonna be substantially greater than existing consoles said EA CFO, Blake Jorgensen.
We can do a lot more [with PS5 and Xbox Series X]. Things we’re doing will blow people’s minds.
- Xbox will be more powerful than the PS5: According to Phill Spencer, the Executive Vice-President of Gaming at Microsoft, beating the PS5 is not just about throwing more pixels up on the screen.
Spencer has previously said that Microsoft’s console will “set the benchmark” for console gaming with more processing performance and graphics power than ever before — a whopping four times as much as the Xbox One X, the most powerful console of this generation. It’s even been rumoured that the new Xbox will be more powerful than the PS5.
- Have Graphics Peaked?: No one wants to hear that these new consoles won’t be better than the last, but that could be the case with the graphics. Here is what one developer had to say:
While we’re sure to get a whole bunch of new games, a developer has warned to expect less of an update to the graphics. As we approach photo-realism, it seems more and more likely that consoles are going to hit a graphical brick wall.
- Up Close and Personal: A new trailer for the Xbox Series X levitating over water was released yesterday and it did not disappoint. We got to see all the ports and every inch of the upcoming console.
- The best of both worlds: The rumors around the PS5 price point has led to a lot of speculation around the two Xbox consoles slated to be released this coming Holiday season. According to this leak comparing the Xbox projects to the PS5, we know those prices:
Specs to be almost on par with Xbox Series X (which will be $100 more), and more powerful than Xbox Lockhart (a console that’s $100 less with 4TFlops of compute power compared to the PS5’s 10TFlops)
This would mean we would expect the Xbox Series X to cost $599 while the Lockhart Xbox (not named yet) will cost $399. The PS5 will cost $499.
- We know the tech: “With the GPU improvements and AMD’s improved chip architecture, a vastly more powerful CPU, hardware-accelerated ray tracing, variable-rate shading, faster memory, and a fast solid-state drive, the next-gen consoles are shaping up to be a great leap beyond their current counterparts.”
- Have developers already picked their favorite console?: The Xbox Series X will not have any exclusive games at launch, unlike the PS5.
- Has the PS5 already won the console war?: Former vice president Mike Ybarra stated in a tweet he would buy the PS5 over the Xbox Series X.
- The leak from Italy: Assassin’s Creed Ragnarok listing was posted on Gamestop Italy. We expect the game to be released on both the PS5 and Xbox Series X.
- Fake News on Xbox Series X Ports: During the AMD CES press conference an image was shown to depict the Xbox Series X. That picture was not sourced from Microsoft but actually taken from TurboSquid.com.
- More power more problems for the Xbox: Developers will not strain their relationship with Sony to push the upcoming Xbox to new limits.
- Price speculation: The consoles are expected to cost over $400.
- Grand Theft Auto 6: will miss the console launch.
- The Xbox Series X size: It really is that big compared to existing consoles.
Confirmed so far:
- Release date: Holiday 2020 which could be anywhere between October and December 2020. If we had to bet we would expect the release to be before Thanksgiving. The original Xbox was launched Nov.15th, Xbox 360 and Xbox One both on Nov. 22nd, and Xbox One X on Nov. 27th. Source: Laptopmag
- How many devices?: Multiple consoles have been confirmed; the family of new systems will be named ‘Xbox’ and the ‘Series X’ is just one of the consoles within the family. Source: Techradar
- Hardware: A custom AMD processor based on AMD’s Ryzen Zen 2 generation, and graphics chips based on AMD’s latest “RDNA” generation with GDDR6 graphics memory. Source: businessinsider. We can expect better graphics and smoother gameplay as what is expected with a new console release. but the consoles will also now feel faster because of the upgrade of the storage drive.
- Storage: With the upgrade to SSD storage drives from primitive console drives in current consoles will warrant faster performance from all aspects of using the console. For example, games will load significantly faster but also navigating around menus, online game stores, and opening apps. Source: businessinsider.
- Halo Infinite | Release date: Holiday 2020
- Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 | Release Date: Holiday 2020
- Watch Dogs Legion | Release Date: Holiday 2020
More to be announced
Rumors and speculation:
Price: The Xbox Series X will cost $600. Quickscope rated this Unlikely
- Forbes estimated the console could be released at $600. As the writer at Forbes points out this price point could potentially guarantee this console war going to Sony just like how the underpriced PS4 out of the gates outsold the Xbox One.
Official releases from Microsoft:
At the moment the only official releases we have from Microsoft were from the Game Awards on 12/12/2019. We will continue to update anything from Microsoft for you as well.
You can check out the trailer here. I have to admit I have watched it multiple times.
A tweet from the verified Xbox account confirming the hardware and specs we have listed above.
Here is the link from that tweet that takes you to the Project Scarlett page
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