Microsoft has today announced several new details about their next-gen Series X console – and it sounds like Sony's PlayStation 5 has its work cut out trying to keep pace.
Writing in a new Microsoft blog post, Head of Xbox Phil Spencer outlined what the tech giant described as as "The future of gaming".
The blog is fairly robust but was shared with IGN ahead of time and Executive Editor of News Joe Skrebels summarises the core details as the following:
"Xbox Series X will have 12 teraflops of GPU power, support backwards 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. Those are just some of the technical details of the new console listed by Head of Xbox Phil Spencer in an Xbox Newswire blog post today."
For those who don't understand, a Teraflop is essentially a measure of how many complex calculations the console is capable of processing at any one time. In the case of the Xbox Series X, it is capable of handling 12 trillion floating-point calculations every second, on average.
In essence, the more Teraflops, the more high-quality graphical output and other systems the console can run at any one time.
Comparatively, it's believed (but not confirmed) that Sony's PS5 console is capable of 9.2 Teraflops of power.
Previously the PS4 Pro was capable of 4.2, whilst Xbox One X was capable of 6.
Microsoft plans to release the new console this Holiday and will likely save the majority of its big console launch plans until E3 2020 later this year.
PlayStation, on the other hand, are keeping a lot of the core details about their PS5 close to their chest, with no such plans to attend E3, although it's believed a Sony media briefing could be on the cards sometime soon.
Writing in a new blog, Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox, said:
“Xbox Series X represents a superior balance of power and speed in console design, advancing on all technological fronts to delivering amazing, dynamic, living worlds and minimise any aspects that can take you out of the experience.
“Our job at Team Xbox is to give teams the tools they need to achieve their ambitions and tap into the console’s power with efficiency, a few of which we’re detailing today.”
"Raw power is just part of the story".
To see the full details as shared by Microsoft, follow the link to discover what else you can expect when Xbox Series X launches this year.
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