Yesterday, Head of Xbox Phil Spencer confirmed some impressive specs for Microsoft’s upcoming new generation console. The blog goes into some detail and is worth a read for those that like a more in-depth breakdown, however, as can be seen in the summary included in the title image above there are some standout features.
First and foremost is the ’12 TFLOPS of GPU performance’. Along with the robust processing power, Variable Rate Shading (VRS) and Raytracing are big buzz words you’ll probably be hearing a lot about. VRS is big deal because (as described in the blog) ‘rather than spending GPU cycles uniformly to every single pixel on the screen, [developers] can prioritize individual effects on specific game characters or important environmental objects.’ Raytracing is a relatively new technology (this will be the first generation of consoles with this capability being properly utilised) and means that lighting, reflections and acoustics will become even more realistic.
The Quick Resume functionality looks a lot like what we have on the Nintendo Switch currently coming back from Sleep mode – however, as described it will allow this fast return from a suspended state for multiple games. The SSD was also mentioned, however, the exact size was conspicuously not included. While details for other features were also mentioned (like DLI, HDMI 2.1 Innovation, Game Pass and confirmed 120 fps support), the one that stood out was related to what the news blog called ‘Smart Delivery’. It is described as follows:
This technology empowers you to buy a game once and know that – whether you are playing it on Xbox One or Xbox Series X – you are getting the right version of that game on whatever Xbox you’re playing on.
This is really quite awesome. It essentially means that even if you buy a game for Xbox One and then later upgrade to the Series X, you’ll be able to play the upscaled version of the game on the new console without having to fork out any extra cash. A really fantastic pro-consumer decision that already has social media in a bit of frenzy.
Sony… your move.