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.

Xbox Series X: Watch Microsoft’s next-gen console showcase here [live stream]

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.

Backward compatible

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”.

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Watch: Meghan Markle reads to son Archie for his birthday [video]

Watch as Meghan Markle read one of Archie's favourite stories in celebration of his first birthday.

Watch: Meghan Markle reads to son Archie for his birthday [video]

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry recently shared a sweet storytime video of their son, Archie for his first birthday.

In the footage, Meghan reads one of the royal baby’s most beloved stories, Duck! Rabbit! while his father, Prince Harry, stands behind the camera capturing the scene. Archie, who was thoroughly entertained while sitting on his mother’s lap, helped her turn the pages before eagerly reaching for the next storybook.

Save with Stories

It is reported that the video was part of a campaign with #SaveWithStories, a project the couple are backing which aims to provide support to children and families around the world who have been hit hardest by the globe’s latest health pandemic. The organisers are working in partnership with Save the Children and No Kid Hungry to raise funds to provide books, educational materials, virus protection and nutritious meals to children in need.

"Duck! Rabbit!" with Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex (and Harry, The Duke of Sussex behind the camera), read to their son Archie for his 1st birthday. Happy Birthday, Archie! . Thank you #DuchessMeghan for helping us to raise urgent funds for our coronavirus appeal by reading "Duck! Rabbit" by @akrfoundation, illustrated by @tlichtenheld (published by @chroniclekidsbooks). . As the world grapples with the coronavirus pandemic, children’s lives are being turned upside down. By donating to Save with Stories, you can support the most vulnerable families in the UK and around the world by helping to provide early learning packs, supermarket vouchers, essential household items and virus protection. . Please donate today by visiting our website. Link in bio. . Or you can text STORIES to 70008 to give a one-off donation of £5. . Together, we can help families get through this. . You can only donate via text from a UK mobile. You’ll be billed £5 plus standard rate text message. We receive 100% of your donation. By texting STORIES you agree to calls about fundraising appeals, campaigns, events and other ways to support. Include NO PHONE to opt out of calls. Queries? 02070126400. Read our Privacy Policy The Save the Children Fund is a charity registered in England and Wales (213890) and Scotland (SC039570) . #SaveWithStoriesUK #SaveWithStories #GrowingThroughThis

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Stepping down

Archie, who is Queen Elizabeth’s eighth great-grandson, has had a busy first year since his parents’ decision to step down from their “senior royal” roles. Since the end of March, the family has been splitting their time between the United Kingdom and North America.

“This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity,” the couple said at the time.

As of recently, the family moved to a home in Los Angeles after several months in Canada. Archie, who is seventh in line to the British throne, spent his first Christmas and New Year’s Day in the commonwealth nation.

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