In a somewhat surprising move, Microsoft announced their next-generation console on the stage of The Game Awards. The console is called the Xbox Series X and yes, it looks like a big black box. We got a fancy trailer accompanying the console, showing it off with style:
Alongside the announcement, they also announced Hellblade 2: Senua’s Saga which is apparently all rendered in-engine. The trailer shows off some insane visuals and it’s quite the icebreaker for the blocky PC-looking console:
Microsoft put up a post about the Xbox Series X soon after the announcement and it gives us a better picture of what the console is all about. It will feature backwards compatibility across 4 generations, all the way back to the original Xbox. The new Xbox Wireless Controller will feature a new D-Pad and a Share button, just like on Sony’s DualShock.
The hardware is similar to what we’ve heard already. Microsoft claims “world-class visuals in 4K at 60FPS, with possibility of up to 120FPS, including support for Variable Refresh Rate (VRR), and 8K capability.” They also stated that their 15 first-party studios are all working on games for the system and each of the games will be coming to Xbox Game Pass as well.
That’s quite the entrance, Microsoft. Let the games begin.