Xbox Series X: Watch Microsoft’s next-gen console showcase here [live stream]
Microsoft will be showcasing the next big thing in gaming today: The Xbox Series X. Here's when to watch and what to expect.
Today is the day! Microsoft will present the first official Xbox Series X showcase during a special episode of Inside Xbox. Other than confirming the console’s specs, Microsoft will likely also announce new Series X games.
Microsoft’s Xbox Series X console showcase
When is the Xbox Series X live stream?
It’s today, 7 May! The stream will kick off at 16:00 BST, which is 17:00 if you’re in South Africa. We’ll include the live stream below. Do take note that it will go live from 17:00.
In addition, Microsoft warns that the content will be age-restricted.
Some of the games to look forward to on the Xbox Series X include Halo: Infinite, Senua’s Sage: Hellblade 2, Watch Dogs Legion, Gods and Monsters, and Dying Light 2
When will the Xbox Series X go on sale?
Microsoft will hopefully reveal a date during the live stream. The only confirmation we’ve received about a release date, is that the Xbox Series X will be ready in time for the 2020 holiday season.
December 2020 seems to be the date set aside for the Series X’s release. That said, it’s still unclear whether it will be a global launch, or for the United States only. Only time will tell.
Microsoft initially planned to reveal the Xbox Series X at E3, which was set to take place in June 2020. However, most major tech and gaming events were cancelled due to the spread of COVID-19.
Watch: Microsoft’s Xbox Series X live stream
What to expect from the Xbox Series X
Powerful next-gen custom processor
The Series X is Microsoft’s most powerful console to date. It’s powered by the company’s custom-designed processor which leverages AMD’s latest Zen 2 and RDNA 2 architectures.
In other words, the Xbox Series X will deliver a true generational leap when it comes to processing power and graphics capability. In addition, it will also deliver higher framerates, thanks to cutting-edge tech.
Xbox is continuing its commitment to compatibility. In other words, the Series X will be able to play Xbox One games, including selected Xbox 360 and original Xbox games. Neat, right!
Even titles from Xbox Game Pass will benefit from steadier framerates and faster load times, not to mention improved resolution and visual fidelity.
Hardware-accelerated DirectX Raytracing
Gamers can expect “more dynamic and realistic environment powered by hardware-accelerated DirectX Raytracing” something that no other gaming console can claim.
It will create accurate reflections and realistic acoustics, in real-time no less, while you explore your game of choice; Microsoft refers to it as “true-to-life” lighting.
SSD storage and 120 FPS
The Series X packs plenty of power; the box makes the console look more like a PC case than a console; which is an interesting decision.
The addition of the SSD storage means the end of jarring load screens and that’s a win on any day of the year. The Xbox will also offer 4K graphics at 60fps, as well as support for ray-tracing, 8K, and 120 fps.
Variable rate shading (VRS)
Microsoft’s patented form of VRS “empowers developers to more efficiently utilise the full power of the Series X”. According to Microsoft, the technique “results in more stable frame rates and higher resolution”.
“Rather than spending GPU cycles uniformly to every single pixel on the screen, they can prioritise individual effects on specific game characters or important environmental objects”.