XBOX Series X: The other console
The wait has been long enough. 7 years for a new console, seriously Microsoft? Nevertheless, Microsoft did a great job as always. Xbox Series X will be available in India from 10th November, so let’s take a look at it once.
An overpowered console for a reasonable price (for this gen at least). Xbox one was revolutionary enough to quick resume games from where we left them if we didn’t switch off the console whereas the series X quick resumes games until you cut its power. At this point this is not a console, it’s a complete well-built PC.
Xbox Series X – Specifications
- CPU: 8x Cores @ 3.8 GHz (3.6 GHz w/ SMT) Custom Zen 2 CPU
- GPU: 12 TFLOPS, 52 CUs @ 1.825 GHz Custom RDNA 2 GPU
- Die Size: 360.45 mm2
- Process: 7nm Enhanced
- Memory: 16 GB GDDR6 w/ 320b 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
- Expandable Storage: 1TB Expansion Card (matches internal storage exactly)
- External Storage: USB 3.2 External HDD Support
- Optical Drive: 4K UHD Blu-ray Drive
- Performance Target: 4K @ 60fps, Up to 120fps
It will perform better than any 500$ CPU you can make, and the consoles of this gen can be preferred overs PCs for gamers with low budget. But not everyone has a 4K monitor, so the 4K is still a bit overkill. But as always consoles is better for RPG’s than competitive gaming.
Now about the build quality. The chassis is solid and dense – it’s one of the least-fragile designs I’ve seen on a console. On the note of hardware, I will also say that while the Series X/S controllers are very similar to the previous generation, I think that the subtle improvements, especially in regards to the feel and texturing of it, are going to be popular with users.
PS5 is overshadowing the release of the new Xbox series, and this beast hasn’t been getting the attention it deserves. If it receives good exclusives, it will be the superior console for sure.