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XBox Series X preview, Austin Evans

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Yesterday Austin Evans (who I hadn't actully heard of untill now) posted an video where he got hands on with and did an analysis of the XBox Series X.  I give Microsoft some credit they really did alow this guy to "bare it all" with the release still months away.

 

 

It's a lot of information that you should see for yourselves but here is some of the points I found interesting:

 

  • As we already knew the CPU is an 8 Core AMD ZEN 2 but what I don't think I knew before is that developers have an option to either enable the SMT treading for more threading for more threads or they can disable and get faster clock speeds which should help with optimization.
  • The CPU is an AMD RDNA 2.0 with around 12 TFLOP's of performance, about what we expected.
  • There is a 1TB custom SSD onboard and also as it turns out that port in the back is for is a proprietary external SSD that slot's in a bit like a PlayStation 2 memory card for storage expansion, my spider-sense tells me they will be quite expensive though.
  • The new controllers aren’t much different, a few small ergonomic changes here and there but they are fully back-compatible with the XBox One Controllers (which are also forward compatible) and you can even use the same rechargeable battery packs so that's a plus.
  • Like many, I was a little concerned about the shape but he shows in the video how it all fits together and cools and it actually makes sense.

 

There are some other things about Ray-Tracing and HDR but it’s better explained visually.  It's also interesting to note that today Sony announced that they will be doing a "Deep Dive" presentation into the system architecture of the PS5 so it will be interesting to see how the two stack up when put against each other.

 

So what are your thoughts on Next Gen?

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