Xbox Collection X: Video games, specs, worth, and the way it compares to PS5

Xbox Collection X: Video games, specs, worth, and the way it compares to PS5


Murderer’s Creed Valhalla is likely one of the hotly anticipated titles coming to the Xbox Collection X in late 2020.

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Microsoft’s eagerly awaited newXbox online game console is nearly right here, and in concept you can shell out an as-yet-unspecified sum of money for the Xbox Collection X by the tip of this yr. As of now, we’re within the portion of the prerelease cycle wherein Microsoft and Sony — additionally slated to launch its personal PlayStation 5 console this yr — leapfrog one another with function and spec reveals. 

Microsoft held the primary of its Xbox 20/20 livestreams in early Might to spotlight upcoming video games in addition to its xCloud cloud-gaming platform and different associated providers. Subsequently, the corporate clarified what we already form of knew, specifically that a part of backward compatibility with older video games contains its OS-level HDR reconstruction expertise, which used Microsoft’s machine-learning expertise to create high-dynamic vary tone maps for video games designed in commonplace dynamic vary.

Now we have a clearer image of what to anticipate from the Xbox Collection X, wanting the forms of solutions we will solely get by truly booting one up and utilizing it (similar to how nicely backward compatibility works), together with specifics just like the configurations, storage capability and so forth.  



The brand new collection brand additionally appeared, because of a brand new “Optimized for Xbox Collection X” badge that some video games will bear.

The Xbox Collection X enters a recreation that appears very completely different than when its predecessor, the Xbox One X arrived three years in the past. Although technically it is competing with different front room consoles (i.e., the PlayStation), in follow it is now challenged by vastly widespread phone-based cell gaming and the Nintendo Swap handheld console, in addition to nascent cloud-gaming choices, on your leisure money and time.

What is the Xbox Collection X launch date, and the way a lot will it price?

Microsoft says it’ll ship this yr, we predict probably across the similar time because the PS5. In 2013, the Xbox One launched per week after the PlayStation 4, which got here out in mid-November. The corporate has already put up a web page for notifications, which can flip into the preorder web page as soon as pricing is accessible.

As for worth, that is additionally nonetheless unknown. The Xbox 360 price $399 when it launched within the US in 2005 and the Xbox One price $499 when it launched in 2013, as did the next flagship Xbox One X in 2017. However provide constraints for widespread elements similar to reminiscence and storage had been already reportedly impacting the PS5 even earlier than Sony was pressured to alter its promotion plans on account of COVID-19, and shortages invariably drive costs up. Microsoft continues to say that the Xbox Collection X launch will not be affected. Present finest guesses peg it at about $500 — rather less than its predecessors once you consider inflation.

In a podcast with IGN on April 1, Xbox boss Phil Spencer says he is feeling “good” concerning the new system’s worth. “I be ok with the worth we’re going to have the ability to get to,” Spencer mentioned. “I be ok with the worth and the efficiency capabilities that we have now for Collection X. I really feel extremely sturdy concerning the general bundle.”

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What are the Xbox Collection X’s specs?

The console’s primarily based round AMD’s current-generation Zen 2 processor structure plus a graphics processor utilizing AMD’s forthcoming RDNA 2 microarchitecture, so presumably constructed on the Navi 7-nanometer course of. 

The system’s CPU is an eight-core customized Zen 2 processor operating at 3.8GHz (3.66GHz with simultaneous mutlithreading). Its GPU is a customized RDNA 2 processor at 1.825GHz with 52 CUs that may create 12 teraflops. This places Microsoft’s new console amongst a number of the higher-end gaming PCs

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Different {hardware} contains 16GB of GDDR6 RAM, a 1TB SSD, an HDMI 2.1 connection carried over from the earlier mannequin and an optical drive for recreation discs. The SSD will incorporate a brand new function known as Xbox Velocity Structure, which can let builders make use of as much as 100GB of recreation property instantaneously. There’s additionally a 1TB enlargement drive for the system that may present much more storage for video games and have the identical performance as the interior SSD. 

A proprietary 1TB Seagate enlargement drive will have the ability to plug into the again of the Xbox Collection X offering further storage for video games. It is designed to have the identical structure as the interior SSD, permitting for a similar efficiency. Exterior drives can nonetheless work with the Xbox Collection X, however they’ll solely retailer recreation knowledge and might want to switch video games to the console’s SSD or enlargement drive with a purpose to play.   

Xbox Series X expansion drive

The Xbox Collection X enlargement drive, made in partnership with Seagate.


Unsurprisingly, it incorporates Microsoft’s DirectX 12 Final, the newest model of the corporate’s graphics programming interface (which is in Home windows 10), notably its GPU help for DirectX ray tracing and Variable Fee Shading (DXR 1.1). Together, these all will permit the Xbox to drive greater body charges — 4K decision at 120 frames per second — with variable price refresh help when related to appropriate TVs or displays (i.e., they’ve an HDMI 2.1 connection). 

As for the precise dimension of the brand new console, it’ll measure 151mm by 151mm by 301mm (roughly 6 by 6 by 12 inches).       


Processor 8-core AMD Ryzen Zen 2-architecture CPU at 3.7-3.8GHz
Graphics AMD Navi/RDNA 2-family GPU with 52 CU at 1.825GHz (12TFLOPS FP32)
Video reminiscence 16GB GDDR6 with 14Gbps 320-bit interface (10GB at 560GB/s allotted to GPU, 6GB at 336GB/s allotted to remainder of system with 3.5GB for GPU)
Storage 1TB NVMe SSD; proprietary 1TB SSD add-on module; USB 3.2 exterior HDD help
Optical drive 4K Blu-ray
Most output decision 8K
Most body price 4K/120fps
Audio Ray traced
New controller options Share button, Dynamic Latency Enter
VR help Unknown
Console Streaming Sure
Backward compatibility Xbox One and supported Xbox 360 and Xbox video games
Subscription tie-in Xbox Recreation Move
Launch date Thanksgiving 2020
Worth Unknown

With all of the up to date elements, the Xbox Collection X definitely looks like a giant step up from its predecessor. The solid-state storage will permit quicker startup of video games and shorter loading display instances in comparison with the earlier fashions’ onerous disk drives, even for older video games. Whereas the up to date processor vaguely has “4 instances the processing energy of the Xbox One,” any velocity replace helps and can apply to all video games as nicely.

For video games that incorporate it, the DXR acceleration provides builders the chance to render much more correct lighting, shadows and reflections with out negatively affecting efficiency and with out loads of the optimization overhead in any other case required. And VRS lets builders select the place they’ll save processing energy whereas rendering a body primarily based on how visually essential an space is and the way noticeable a barely rougher render may be. That implies that video games integrating it could additionally have the ability to maintain greater body charges with better-looking graphics in choose scenes than they may in any other case have had.

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Along with supporting variable refresh charges — which lets the console sync recreation body charges with appropriate TVs or displays to attenuate artifacts like stutter and tearing attributable to mismatches — HDMI 2.1 provides ALLM, or Auto Low Latency Mode, which routinely units the show to its lowest latency mode, and has been accessible in TVs from producers like Sony and LG for not less than a yr. Needless to say to run 4K/120p, you will want an HDMI 2.1 connection within the TV or monitor as nicely. 

Microsoft’s bringing again Fast Resume, a function it launched after which deprecated about 5 years in the past. Beforehand, it allowed you to droop (fairly than exit) a single recreation and choose it up precisely the place you left off, however now it is going to be in a position to take action for a number of video games.  

Will Xbox One and older video games work on it?

Microsoft says sure, going again so far as the unique Xbox, and that a lot of them will play and look higher, because of the aforementioned upgrades that apply to each recreation operating on the console. After all, the satan’s within the element on the subject of compatibility, so we’ll have to attend for hands-on tryouts to learn how broadly it applies.

Not like the transition from earlier generations, although, this one ought to go extra easily. The brand new {hardware} is usually simply quicker variations of the earlier elements, and the final Xbox One working system additionally used DirectX 12 and supported HDMI 2.1, or not less than nothing that requires emulation or rewriting. 

Microsoft has introduced not less than two new options to enhance the expertise of operating multigenerational video games: The aforementioned HDR reconstruction, for routinely tonemapping SDR video games to HDR, and Sensible Supply. While you pay for a recreation, it provides you the rights to that recreation for each Xbox One fashions and the Collection X and routinely chooses the proper model — nevertheless it’s additionally optionally available for builders and publishers, and is not clear whether or not it applies to older video games you have already paid for. It additionally appears to be supposed to encourage upgrading from the Xbox One to the Collection X with out discouraging game-buying for the older console: “This expertise is accessible for all builders and publishers, they usually can select to make use of it for titles that will likely be launched on Xbox One first and are available to the Xbox Collection X later.”

Up to now, 12 video games have introduced help for Sensible Supply, together with Microsoft’s Halo: Infinite, CD Projekt Crimson’s upcoming sci-fi RPG Cyberpunk 2077, Murderer’s Creed Valhalla, Hellblade 2 and others.

Will there be a brand new controller, too?

Yup, although not as radically redesigned because the console, and it is going to be backward-compatible with older fashions. It is primarily based on the present Xbox Elite Wi-fi mannequin however has a reworked D-pad and a share button. Microsoft has additionally finished some work on lowering the wi-fi lag — and thereby growing the responsiveness — between the show and the controller with what it calls dynamic latency enter.

Xbox Series X controller

The brand new, however barely completely different, Xbox controller.


The D-pad, triggers and bumper even have a tactile matte end to present the controller a bit extra grip when enjoying.

One other facet of the controller staying the identical is the usage of AA batteries as a substitute of a built-in rechargeable battery. Microsoft says this alternative was to maintain the pliability for these avid gamers who need disposable batteries and those that desire rechargeables. 

Video games? Video games!

Microsoft has all 15 of its studios engaged on video games for the console, however we had the first important reveal of third-party video games in early Might.  

Microsoft’s checklist of companion studios and publishers.

Screenshot by Bryan Van Gelder/CNET

Along with Halo: Infinite, anticipated to be a launch title, we additionally learn about a sequel to Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice from its Ninja Principle studio, Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II, that will likely be an unique. Listed below are the notable titles confirmed for the console (these accessible at or close to launch are in daring):

Xbox Recreation Move will proceed to be the main vault subscription choice for the console. Although Microsoft hasn’t talked about it explicitly, it is also probably that the Collection X will provide Xbox Console Streaming — a function that permits you to play Xbox One video games in your telephone which are operating in your console — which is at present nonetheless in preview. You may additionally have the ability to hand off video games from the console to PC or cell system by way of Challenge xCloud integration. (The service, additionally in beta, permits you to play Recreation Move video games in your telephone or pill which are operating on distant pseudo Xboxes fairly than in your native console.)

How does the Xbox Collection X evaluate to the PS5?

Broadly talking, the 2 consoles provide roughly the identical specs vis-a-vis processing energy, storage and new graphics options like ray tracing. One potential efficiency benefit the PS5 may need is its new {hardware} decompression silicon, which might velocity up loading of high-resolution textures much more. Sony additionally overhauled the controller, now dubbed DualSense, so as to add some intriguing sounding haptic suggestions and adaptive triggers.

However it actually comes right down to video games, and we nonetheless do not know loads concerning the PS5’s recreation lineup. Sony was slated to disclose extra throughout a livestream in early June, nevertheless it was bumped on account of protests over institutionalized racism and violence towards black individuals within the US.  

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Comparability of PS5 and Xbox Collection X

PlayStation 5 Xbox Collection X
Processor 8-core AMD Ryzen Zen 2-architecture CPU at max 3.5GHz 8-core AMD Ryzen Zen 2-architecture CPU at 3.6 or 3.8GHz
Graphics AMD Navi/RDNA 2-family GPU with 36 CU at 2.23 GHz (10.Three TFLOPS, FP unit unknown) AMD Navi/RDNA 2-family GPU with 52 CU at 1.825GHz (12TFLOPS FP32)
Video reminiscence 16GB GDDR6 with 256-bit interface (448GB/sec) 16GB GDDR6 with 14Gbps 320-bit interface (10GB at 560GB/s allotted to GPU, 6GB at 336GB/s allotted to remainder of system with 3.5GB for GPU)
Storage 825GB SSD at 5.5-9GB/sec; NVMe SSD slot; help for USB HDD 1TB NVMe SSD; proprietary 1TB SSD add-on module; USB 3.2 exterior HDD help
Optical drive Sure, 4K Blu-ray Sure, 4K Blu-ray
Most output decision 8K 8K
Most body price 4K/120fps 4K/120fps
Audio 3D, accelerated by customized Tempest Engine {hardware}; for headphones solely at launch, supplemented by digital encompass for speaker audio Ray traced
New controller options Haptic suggestions, adaptive triggers, USB-C connector Share button, Dynamic Latency Enter
VR help Sure, appropriate with PSVR headset Unknown
Console streaming Sure (Distant Play) Sure (Console Streaming)
Backwards compatibility PS4 video games Xbox One and supported Xbox 360 and Xbox video games
Notable launch recreation(s) Godfall Murderer’s Creed Valhalla, Cyberpunk 2077, Halo: Infinite, Rainbow Six Siege, Madden NFL 21, Yakuza: Like a Dragon
Subscription tie-in PS Now Xbox Recreation Move
Launch date Vacation 2020 Vacation 2020
Worth Unknown Unknown

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