Early today Microsoft to everyone surprise announced the specification of the new Xbox Series X:
- AMD Zen 2 with RDNA 2 architecture giving a whooping 12 TFLOPs of GPU power.
- Variable Rate Shading (VDS) instead of spending GPU cycles uniformly across every pixel, VDS can prioritise on specific game element increasing the resolution and quality.
- Hardware accelerated Ray Tracing the first time on console, proving real time lighting and reflection.
- SSD storage for speed for loading.
- Quick Resume similar to the Nintendo Switch allowing you to a suspend state a game during play. The Xbox Series X will support multiple game quick resume.
- Improved controller latency with Dynamic Latency Input (DLI).
- HDMI 2.1 support.
- Supporting games up to 120 fps.
The Xbox Series X will also provide back compatible from the original Xbox games, Xbox 360 and Xbox One games, as well as Xbox One Game Pass. Microsoft also announced Smart Delivery to support buying a game once and getting the version which is optimised for Series X. Already CD Projekt announced that Cyberpunk 2077 will support Smart Delivery.