The next Xbox is called Series X and it looks like a PC tower

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The Game Awards

The Game Awards kicked off with a bang as Microsoft offered a first proper look at the next Xbox and revealed the console’s name: Xbox Series X. Previously known as Project Scarlett, the next-generation Xbox resembles a PC tower and it arrives holiday 2020.

Microsoft said in a blog post the Series X design allows it to pack in four times the processing power of Xbox One X “in the most quiet and efficient way.” You won’t necessarily need to stand the console vertically in your home entertainment system — it supports a horizontal orientation too.

Along with its upcoming console, Microsoft revealed its new Xbox Wireless Controller. It suggested that it redesigned the peripheral to be more comfortable for a wider range of people. The controller has a DualShock 4-style Share button for capturing screenshots and game clips, and an upgraded D-pad that’s based on the Xbox Elite Series 2 controller. As you might expect, it’ll work with Windows 10, but it’s compatible with Xbox One as well. The controller will be bundled with every Series X console.

A console needs games, of course, and the reveal included a world-premiere look at Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II, which is a sequel to Ninja Theory’s Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice. Microsoft didn’t offer concrete details on exactly when the Xbox Series X will be beyond that holiday window or how much it’ll cost. But it answered a couple of core questions about the upcoming console: what it looks like and what the thing’s actually called.

RIP, Project Scarlett. Nice to meet you, Xbox Series X.

Xbox Series X


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