Xbox Series X is the new name for Project Scarlett

Xbox Project Scarlett finally has an official name. Meet the new Xbox Series X.

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Xbox fans have spent the past couple of years soaking up rumors, leaks, and all manner of things concerning the next generation of Xbox consoles. Now, though, we finally have some solid information, thanks to a reveal trailer showcased during The Game Awards 2019 ceremony earlier tonight.

In the trailer we get our first real look at the final design for the Xbox Series X, which is the official name for what we’ve been calling Project Scarlett up to this point. The design is a bit offputting for some, though I’m personally a fan of the more tower-like design. In an official post shared on the Xbox website, we were able to learn a bit more about the upcoming console which is still slated for a Holiday 2020 release date.

Xbox writes, “Xbox Series X will be our fastest, most powerful console ever and set a new bar for performance, speed and compatibility, allowing you to bring your gaming legacy, thousands of games from three generations and more forward with you.” Over the past couple of years, Microsoft has worked hard to bring several games from previous Xbox generations to the Xbox One, and this won’t stop as we prepare for the inevitable release of Xbox Series X. It looks like the company is going to remain dedicated to compatibility, which is something many fans will be happy to learn.

On top of this, the new design also appears to support both vertical and horizontal layouts, with the blog post stating, “We also designed Xbox Series X to support both vertical and horizontal orientation. It’s bold and unique, very much like our fans around the world and the team of collaborators and innovators who built it.”

You can learn more about Xbox Series X by checking out the trailer above. Also, make sure you keep an eye on our news hub for even more info about the upcoming console.

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    December 12, 2019 6:20 PM

    Josh Hawkins posted a new article, Xbox Series X is the new name for Project Scarlett

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      December 12, 2019 6:22 PM

      Well, that's not confusing at all.

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        December 12, 2019 6:28 PM

        Its a sprinkling of old MS naming - Microsoft Xbox One Series X Pro X Edition Home 2019 SP3 Cloud

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          December 12, 2019 6:43 PM

          I wonder if it's some clever marketing of "As long as they specify "X" series, we know they'll get the good one" ?

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          December 13, 2019 10:44 AM

          ... for workgroups

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        December 12, 2019 6:29 PM

        For the best, you want the Xbox SeX

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      December 12, 2019 6:28 PM

      I'm thinking it will be more priced like a pc now. At least that model.

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      December 12, 2019 6:30 PM

      That design is fucking terrible.

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      December 12, 2019 6:31 PM

      Terrible

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      December 12, 2019 6:33 PM

      XXX is tight

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      December 12, 2019 6:36 PM

      That is going to be a pain in the ass to fit into my entertainment center. WTF.

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        December 12, 2019 6:38 PM

        it comes with straps built in so you can wear it on your back

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          December 13, 2019 7:39 AM

          Truly immersive while playing Death Stranding.

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        December 12, 2019 6:39 PM

        Yeah I was thinking the exact same. I assume it can lay down on it's side.

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          December 12, 2019 10:00 PM

          It’s as wide (tall when horizontal) as an Xbox controller. Odd shape but it makes sense.

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            December 13, 2019 5:46 AM

            Looks about the size of a receiver on its side

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        December 12, 2019 6:44 PM

        What the shit, I just clicked the link......... wow you're right.

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          December 12, 2019 10:12 PM

          The should just get it over with and not delay the inevitable, and just make the thing a cube.

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      December 12, 2019 6:39 PM

      I kind of like it. It's pretty obvious that the design here is for cooling purposes. Will be interesting to see the actual specs.

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      December 12, 2019 6:41 PM

      XBOX SERIES X

      A SERIES OF XBOX SERIES X BOXES

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        December 12, 2019 9:45 PM

        Siri, order me a series of Xbox Series X boxes delivered in serious boxes by Fedex to my postbox.

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      December 12, 2019 6:45 PM

      What the fuck. Didn't we learn that non-standard AV formats are bad and shouldn't be done for AV equipment already?

      That name is terrible too.

      What the fuck is going on over there? They were doing so good.

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        December 12, 2019 6:47 PM

        What AV format is it going to use?

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          December 12, 2019 6:49 PM

          I mean the physical construction of the device. That's not going to fit in an AV rack or any entertainment center built for cable boxes, dvd/bluray players, etc. I would have to turn it on its side and MAYBE it would fit in my entertainment center.

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            December 12, 2019 6:56 PM

            Did you see an optical drive in it?

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              December 12, 2019 7:00 PM

              yup

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                December 12, 2019 7:07 PM

                That thing is fucking weird as can be, I hope it's very cool / quiet and powerful.
                Heck of a custom motherboard in that thing, surely.

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            December 12, 2019 7:01 PM

            I think it's meant to be turned on it's side. Technically the 360 through the Xbox One X are all able to be laid flat or on their side.

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            December 12, 2019 7:14 PM

            If the scale of the controller with it is right then on its side it'll be about the same as an AVR in height.

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            December 12, 2019 8:47 PM

            Nintendo did something different with the Nintendo Switch + Dock. Obviously they did it as a design trade off to let it be portable and it is still relatively small, but I don't think it hurt sales just because it doesn't fit in 100% of TV setups.

            I think Microsoft will be fine but I hope it goes horizontal.

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              December 12, 2019 8:52 PM

              I really disliked that there was no where for me to put my switch when I had one. I almost never docked it because it didn't fit in my entertainment center

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                December 12, 2019 9:27 PM

                Knowing Microsoft they will release an Xbox series X edition S about a year or so after, and that will fit in more tiny shelves.

                In all honesty I bet a new entertainment stand to fit this thing would only be a fraction of how much this thing will cost.

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                  December 13, 2019 5:29 AM

                  It's been widely talked about that there are two units in development. It's almost a lock that there will be both at launch. It's assumed the S series will likely not have a disc drive.

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                December 12, 2019 9:35 PM

                I just stuck the dock between my PS4 and XB1 in the narrow gap in between which it fit snugly and allowed the cables to go back with the rest of the cables. Don't need to have the Switch+dock facing you since you're not using the screen.

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              December 13, 2019 7:07 AM

              I'd really like a front loading dock that lets me put my switch into it like a NES cartridge

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        December 12, 2019 7:55 PM

        There isn't really a standard AV format anymore.

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      December 12, 2019 6:47 PM

      Hi I'd like to buy an xbox x. Do you mean a xbox series x or an xbox one x? Or the value xbox s?

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        December 12, 2019 7:21 PM

        “I would like to buy an Xbox”
        “Which one? The first one?”
        “You mean the Xbox One?”
        “No I mean the Xbox”
        “I want the X one”
        “The Xbox One X?”
        “No it was S-something I think”
        “The Xbox One S?”
        “No not that either”
        “Xbox Series X?”
        “Is that the same as the Xbox One X?”
        “No, that’s different”
        “Then what’s the Xbox One?”
        “Do you mean the first Xbox or the Xbox One?”
        “Wat”

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          December 12, 2019 11:24 PM

          Fuckin lol

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          December 13, 2019 11:45 AM

          “Wait, ok, so the first Xbox is just the Xbox, and the second one is the Xbox one?”
          “No that’s the Xbox 360”
          “Xbox 360 is Xbox 2? Then what’s Xbox 3?”
          “Xbox one is Xbox 3 and Xbox 360 is Xbox 2, and Xbox is Xbox 1, but not Xbox One since that’s Xbox 3. But Xbox 3 is not Xbox 360, because that’s Xbox 2”
          “Wait, then what’s Xbox 4???”
          “Xbox 4 is Xbox Series X”
          “And that’s the one that’s faster than the S?”
          “No, that’s Xbox One X which is faster than Xbox One S, but Xbox Series X is newer than faster than both, because it’s the fourth Xbox and the others are the third Xbox called Xbox One”
          “....I hate you”

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      December 12, 2019 6:55 PM

      One might say it’s... Xbox Huge.

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        December 13, 2019 1:07 AM

        That should be the name

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        December 13, 2019 5:31 AM

        Probably still smaller than the original Xbox with the Duke controller. That things was HUGE. Like you could put 4 Game Cube in a square and that would be just slightly larger than the Duke system.

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      December 12, 2019 6:56 PM

      Also huh, the random middle button on the Elite 2 controller has a point now.

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        December 12, 2019 7:00 PM

        What does it do? I can't identify the symbol. I hope it puts the controller in turbo mode!

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        December 12, 2019 7:29 PM

        Random middle button? You mean the button that switches profiles?

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      December 12, 2019 7:03 PM

      So the same week the Mac Pro abandons the upright cylinder design, Microsoft adopts an upright cube design.

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      December 12, 2019 7:04 PM

      someone got paid to make up that name

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        December 13, 2019 5:31 AM

        Just like someone once got paid to come up with that lame Gap logo change with the blue box.

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      December 12, 2019 7:12 PM

      It can be laid down as well. Compared to the controller it seems small?

      https://news.xbox.com/en-us/2019/12/12/microsoft-unveils-xbox-series-x/

      4k@60 FPS

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        December 12, 2019 7:35 PM

        5x5x20 inches maybe. It's just a weird ass form factor. It could have been thinner and deeper.

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        December 12, 2019 7:54 PM

        "4k@60 FPS" (lols in 60fps"

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        December 12, 2019 11:01 PM

        Remember when we thought Xbox One would be 1080p?

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          December 12, 2019 11:18 PM

          ^^^^^^

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          December 13, 2019 6:46 AM

          I completely believe the native 4K on this thing based on leaked specs. But we’ll see about maintaining 60fps at that resolution

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        December 13, 2019 7:06 AM

        I'll believe it when I see it.. the Xbox X is supposed to have a ~12 TFLOPS GPU. So it's a hair faster than the RTX 2080 on paper.
        The 2080 card can do 4K @ 60fps average with some settings turned down on most games, but it's not going to do 4K @ 60fps on "Ultra Settings".

        Though console makers have thrown numbers around for years and still developers seem to push for higher fidelity graphics at 30fps over 60fps frame rates. I think MS would have to really push the whole 60fps thing asking developers to keep that 60fps target.

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          December 13, 2019 7:08 AM

          One X is 6 teraflops. The new Series X is the 12 tflop one.

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            December 13, 2019 8:05 AM

            I should have typed that as Xbox SX or something.. the name is fucking stupid and going to confuse the fuck out of people especially parents who don't follow all this shit.

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      December 12, 2019 7:35 PM

      I mean, looks fine to me? It can obviously be stood up or laid on its side just like previous models (like the 360 did). Basic, plain black rectangle seems nice to me.

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      December 12, 2019 7:42 PM

      I assume their intent is for people to just call it the XBox. Maybe this is even the last traditional console gen upgrade for them. But it's still going to be confusing as hell for people near launch when it's still being compared to the XB1X, I just don't see why they had to put an X in there.

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      December 12, 2019 7:54 PM

      Vertical discs again? That killed a few of my games on the 360.

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        December 12, 2019 8:09 PM

        I think the only game disc I ever put into my xbox was rock band, everything else is digital

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        December 12, 2019 10:14 PM

        the 360 was an anomaly in scratching discs at the slightest movements

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        December 13, 2019 5:39 AM

        I'm sure you can lay it horizontally.

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      December 12, 2019 7:59 PM

      "all your Xbox One gaming accessories, and industry-leading services like Xbox Game Pass to be available when you power on your Xbox Series X in Holiday 2020."

      That's really cool

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        December 12, 2019 9:31 PM

        Pay Microsoft $600 in Holiday 2020...so that you can continue playing the same old shit you've already been playing for the last decade.

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          December 12, 2019 9:32 PM

          To be fair, I feel that the PS5 doing the same thing is smart. Knowing you can "safely" buy a new console and keep playing all your old shit, is kinda great.

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            December 12, 2019 9:57 PM

            Agreed

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            December 12, 2019 10:03 PM

            Yes, yes it is.

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            December 12, 2019 10:03 PM

            Yeah, no shit. I fucking hate having to dig up old consoles and controllers if I want to play something that hasn't been ported over. Most of the time it just means that I'll find something else to do or find an emulator

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            December 13, 2019 3:48 AM

            Backwards compatibility is why I’ve stayed with the platform.

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            December 13, 2019 4:55 AM

            At this point, there's no excuse for not having it.

            But man, if Sony were to manage PS5 having full BC (basically, letting us use our PSN-purchased PS1, 2, 3 games), their library would make me never look back and go all in there.

            Especially since MS has this obvious commitment to PC shit now, so I can safely just upgrade my PC (which I was going to do for Cyberpunk anyway) and play all their stuff there.

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              December 13, 2019 4:59 AM

              I think it'll never be 123, only 4 onwards. They'll remake or resell the others.

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              December 13, 2019 10:37 AM

              Sony will never do that. I can see them having back compat from 5 to 4. But everything else they will re-release and ask you to buy it again.

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            December 13, 2019 5:59 AM

            Yep

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            December 13, 2019 8:20 AM

            But that's Sony so no one will complain about it. It'll be the greatest thing ever! Innovative!

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              December 13, 2019 11:28 AM

              I agree with your point, ms should be thanked for this good behaviour too.

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          December 12, 2019 11:02 PM

          Actually sounds like two decades. Has support for original Xbox games.

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          December 13, 2019 5:52 AM

          Which is what most of us do with our pcs already except its more like $1000 and end up playing Minecraft or some other old game.

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      December 12, 2019 8:39 PM

      Ahh the Wii U naming. Nothing will go wrong there!

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      December 12, 2019 8:57 PM

      Fucking atrocious

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      December 12, 2019 9:55 PM

      A trailer for a new console lul.

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      December 12, 2019 11:00 PM

      I already have a computer tower on one side of my entertainment center and the subwoofer on the other. Dunno where I'd cram that.

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      December 12, 2019 11:12 PM

      A series of box errors at one Xbox boxing plant has resulted in a series of Xbox Series Xs were boxed in Xbox One X boxes.

      Microsoft apologises for the confusion.

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      December 12, 2019 11:38 PM

      Huh. Interesting form factor. I'm not their potential customer but if I was I wouldn't be able to fit it on my desk.

      The name sucks but shouldn't be a big deal, people will just ask for 'new Xbox' at store.

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      December 12, 2019 11:44 PM

      X Box Series One

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      December 13, 2019 1:29 AM

      With a name like that they’re almost certainly launching with tiers, allowing them to have a $500 console as well as a $400 console so the whole thing isn’t a catastrophe. It may also mean that they may have more iterations down the road like you see with the Apple Watch series, smartphones, etc.

      “Series” lets them have a unified name for a more diverse product line than we usually get. I suppose having 2k and 4k consoles side by side is what made them feel safe enough to do this.

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        December 13, 2019 1:31 AM

        Also, the shape is controversial but I like it, it should be dead silent with very good cooling. It seems to use the same thermal principles behind the 2013 Mac Pro where components are on a vertical heat sink “chimney” and hot air is pushed out the top.

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        December 13, 2019 1:47 AM

        There's going to be Xbox X Cloud, Xbox X Elite, Xbox X Slim, but collectively they will be the Xbox X Series.

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          December 13, 2019 3:42 AM

          grandma better not accidentally buy a Xbox One X

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          December 13, 2019 3:58 AM

          This is my thinking as well. Although everything I’ve read is that there will be only two SKUs at launch. A high end and a lower end. Rumors had been floating they had all but canned the low end unit. Not sure why.

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        December 13, 2019 2:49 AM

        Yeah there is no way there won't be a Series S as well.

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        December 13, 2019 3:25 AM

        Sure seems like it. Sounds like a good approach to me. I mean in what other hardware category is there only one option at launch for something? Aside from like the Apple watch.

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        December 13, 2019 6:22 AM

        🤔 yes, but it begs the question; if "Series X" is the name of their high-end, early-adopter, expensive unit, what are they going to call the more mainstream version later on down the line? "Series XS"? "Series Y"?

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          December 13, 2019 6:41 AM

          S they will keep the same naming convention there currently have.

          If the rumors are true about 2 Xbox SKUs at launch the Series X will be the $500+ high end box. And the Series S will be the $250-300 low end box (similar CPU much less powerful GPU targeting 1080p instead of 4k).

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          December 13, 2019 8:20 AM

          Series Cybertruck. They’re following the Tesla naming conventions.

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      December 13, 2019 3:18 AM

      Did Microsoft hire the Wii U marketing team?

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      December 13, 2019 4:51 AM

      😳 wow. Lotta hate in this thread, I'm surprised.

      I, for one, think the form factor and name is fine. I think it would sit next to my subwoofer. Sorta like a mini-ITX desktop tower.

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      December 13, 2019 5:05 AM

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        December 13, 2019 5:34 AM

        Yup. Honestly thought it was a trailer for Everything HD (Everything Everything?) or something else from the same studio.

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      December 13, 2019 5:34 AM

      This thing will be $499 no doubt. I'll need to start saving now. Plus $70 for a game I'm sure.

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        December 13, 2019 5:37 AM

        Yeah. New releases have been $60 for a while now. Pretty sure 2020 is the year they go up in price.

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          December 13, 2019 5:41 AM

          That's what I'm thinking too. Media hasn't been talking about it, but look at how much detail is going into AAA games, and it's going to have to increase for 4k rendering. Also considering how soon after release games are being discounted, I can't see how they will keep a $60 price point with the next gen. That'll end up being a point in Nintendo's favor next holiday.

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        December 13, 2019 5:51 AM

        I'm going to guess the top end model will go $799 with the bottom end model being $299.

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          December 13, 2019 5:57 AM

          $800? No way; that is a suicidal price point.

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            December 13, 2019 6:38 AM

            I'll pay it if it means guaranteed 4k @ 60fps

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              December 13, 2019 6:40 AM

              one x can already push that in certain titles so i would imagine that being the standard (with some exceptions obviously for story-rich SP games etc) on much more powerful hardware should be feasible within a ~ $500 price point.

              hell maybe they'll go loss-leader and do a $399 or $449 launch, who knows.

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                December 13, 2019 8:29 AM

                I think they're betting on Game Pass Ultimate subscription fees more than console sales, at this point, so selling at a loss would make more sense.

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          December 13, 2019 6:33 AM

          The ps5 will prob. have an expandable SSD. I can see them hitting $450 for the 256gb model. Xbsx will need to be similar.

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            December 13, 2019 6:34 AM

            256GB seems suicidal too; that's barely enough for an OS, scratch space, and two games.

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              December 13, 2019 6:35 AM

              Maybe 512gb then? 256 would be the minimum, certainly.

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              December 13, 2019 6:43 AM

              certainly not the way the PS4 manages space.

              i'm not sure if the XBone is any better, but PS4 would routinely require 2x the space of the install to download/patch games. it was super fucking annoying.

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                December 13, 2019 6:50 AM

                A PS4 dev may correct me, but what I've read is that the PS4 downloads delta updates but then replicates and patches a duplicate of the entire game install, which is why you see the endless "Copying..." when patching big games. The idea is that if the console loses power or something mid-patch, the base game install won't be corrupted and require you to redownload it. I agree the whole thing is very annoying in practice.

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                  December 13, 2019 6:53 AM

                  yeah. i barely play my PS4 but when i do i'm reminded how arduous and shitty the data management process is.

                  i would honestly prefer a corrupted install that needed to be completely rebased upon power loss than the hours i've sat in front of that stupid box waiting for it to install/patch.

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            December 13, 2019 6:47 AM

            Dude think about the size of your average game these days. The way the PS4's file system and delta updates work, you could barely fit Modern Warfare in 256GB and have room left over for the necessary system cache.

            These machines will ship with 1TB bare minimum if not 2, and I doubt it will be expandable, although if it is you'll probably be looking at buying a branded drive straight from Sony/MS rather than the anything-goes approach they have now.

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              December 13, 2019 8:04 AM

              I was thinking of those ps5 cartridge things that were being talked about a few weeks ago, but searching again it seem they are now known to be for some other product.

              So I agree, 1tb is most likely heh.

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                December 13, 2019 8:22 AM

                I think even that might be on the small side, now that 2TB SSDs are getting pretty commonplace. It's arguably in their interest to take a small hit on storage now that they're selling the bulk of their games digitally. More room for games = more inclination to keep buying stuff.

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              December 13, 2019 10:40 AM

              Dude, Series X has USB ports on the front. I will be shocked if I can't plug in the exact same USB 3.0 external drive I have now. Maybe I won't play the games from that drive or it will act as a archive location. But no way MS goes to the branded expansion storage like they had with the 360. They learned that lesson.

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          December 13, 2019 7:28 AM

          I doubt they would price it that high.. I'm guess they will probably take a loss on hardware and sell it for $499, or possibly $549 to $599 isn't a stretch either.
          I mean AMD's top end Radeon VII that is pretty much the same performance target is $699. Which analysis on the graphics card's wholesale parts put it at around $650 to $700 so they weren't making much money on those GPUs at all.


          We don't have all the specs yet but I'm pretty sure the Xbox Series X when you look at all the pieces is well north of $500 for all the components. But for the thing to sell it really can't be priced far off from what the PS5 will launch at.

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      December 13, 2019 5:45 AM

      From The Verge:

      GameSpot also says the console is roughly as wide as Xbox One controller and roughly three times as tall.

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      December 13, 2019 5:54 AM

      Xbox: Series X: Xtreme Xcaliber Edition: Xylophone

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      December 13, 2019 5:57 AM

      The small one in 5 years will be the XBox Series XS

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      December 13, 2019 6:37 AM

      Don't care about the name. Like the design of it. Can't wait!!

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      December 13, 2019 6:43 AM

      I really like the look of that. It's so sleek. It won't fit cleanly in my entertainment rack but considering I don't use physical discs and the controllers are wireless it's not a big deal.

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      December 13, 2019 6:51 AM

      they should launch a smaller no disc driver version at launch too

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      December 13, 2019 7:37 AM

      The more I think about it, I think Microsoft is going to be rolling with 3 consoles holiday 2020

      Xbox Series D - 4 TF, less ram and storage. 1080p only. No optical Drive price $299
      Xbox Series One X - The same X we already have, it will be $399 as it is now
      Xbox Series X - 12 TF, lots of ram, storage, and optical drive. $599-$799

      The one X will continue on until the Series X can be brought down close to the One X's price. I'm sure the Xbox One S digital will still be a thing at a lower price ($179?) but it will be phased out. There will be no streaming only Xbox because Microsoft wants that on as many other devices as possible.

      That's just speculation on my part.

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        December 13, 2019 7:40 AM

        DOA if there Series x is more than $600usd, I can't see them ever doing that

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          December 13, 2019 7:55 AM

          Agreed, and we have some evidence of this. Previously when retailers (GameStop) tried to push bundles only at launch the public hated it. Just no justification for those forced price points.

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        December 13, 2019 7:43 AM

        This is a next gen console, it plays next gen games. There's no way they use the word "series" on the One.

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          December 13, 2019 7:45 AM

          yah if they continue to sell the Xbox1X for a while they will just keep it the same name.. i can't see MS rebrand it for the exact same product.

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        December 13, 2019 7:50 AM

        I think there will be only one new model when it launches to capture the early apopters and because shipping quantities will be too low.

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        December 13, 2019 7:53 AM

        Why would there be such a gap between the highest one and lowest one? How are game devs supposed to target those? The extra power hopefully will drive not just visuals but interesting game mechanics.

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          December 13, 2019 8:06 AM

          I think the argument is that they have the same CPU, so they would play the same games, just at 1080p and 4k.

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          December 13, 2019 8:09 AM

          As long as the CPU and RAM are close in both models you can cut things like the disk drive, storage, and GPU. Especially if you are targeting 1080p instead of 4k.

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            December 13, 2019 8:21 AM

            RAM probably doesn't need to be too close in the 1080p model

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          December 13, 2019 8:12 AM

          Based on everything I read about the system it sounds like they want to treat the new line of Xbox devices like PCs; the highest and SKU will run everything at 4K 60 frames per second and all that, and it will just scale down for the other SKUs.

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            December 13, 2019 8:23 AM

            Based on what I am already seeing with 2019 games running on the X1X vs the launch Xbone this seems the most plausible. X1X looks best obviously with much lower load times while the launch Xbone will run things they just look soft/fuzzy and takes forever to load.

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        December 13, 2019 7:59 AM

        It's been known there are two versions in development. MS won't risk trying to manufacture more than just 2 SKUs. The inventory logistics would not be practical. I'm sure they're challenged enough with the number of pack-in configs they push; mostly online. Top end price is going to be $499 USD. And, I bet they're doing a ton of market research to try to understand which version will sell better, the $499 (but I'm hoping for $349) or the $299 model. At least, I really hope that discless version is true and that they bring it in at $299. It's all speculation.

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        December 13, 2019 8:13 AM

        Makes no sense to keep the 1x. Hopefully MS is targeting something like $499 for the primo 4k version, and 299 for the 1080p version. Anything else is probably kinda dumb.

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        December 13, 2019 8:14 AM

        yeah that seems plausible. since it's "SERIES" they will take advantage of lots of SKUs and price points.

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        December 13, 2019 8:30 AM

        The nerds would love that, but it muddles the message TVTVTVTV and Microsoft should really focus on Look DOGS in COD!!! GAMES and a ONE console that brings YOU ARE THE CONTROLLER! awesome games that looks next gen at a 100 DOLLARS MORE THAN PS4! competitive price.

        1 Microsoft Console that lives up to its name.. XBOX 4 or is it 5?? ONE.

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        December 13, 2019 10:30 AM

        I think they kill the Xbox One X really quickly. That's what the Xbox Series S is for.

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        December 13, 2019 10:43 AM

        There won't be 3 SKUs and the high end won't be above $499.

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          December 13, 2019 10:46 AM

          I could see 3 SKUs possibly, I mean I think this makes a lot of sense:

          * $499 - Series X
          * $299 - Mid-tier
          * $99 - All-Digital with a focus on xCloud

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            December 13, 2019 10:49 AM

            I think they eventually get to that last one on your list, but not at launch. I think they wait to see how the all digital One S does over the next 12 months. Also, Stadia getting shit on is telling them a lot about people's appetite for streaming games experience. Obviously Google fucked up by making people pay full price for games. But the performance matters to people too.

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      December 13, 2019 8:17 AM

      Terrible name and ugly design. Great start.

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      December 13, 2019 8:23 AM

      Looks cool

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      December 13, 2019 9:51 AM

      I think the tower design is kind of nice to break out of the mold. I feel like belongs on a shelf a little better / little more stylish. A little like a subwoofer. I'm open to it. Wouldn't mind a return to the Xbox 360 White as well. Someone pls photoshop that

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      December 13, 2019 10:28 AM

      I like the look. If it can deliver 4k/60 at $500 it would probably be a insta buy for me.

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        December 13, 2019 10:46 AM

        This is how I feel. I have been pricing out components for a new PC build. But do I really want all the hassle of that when I still won't have a machine that will do 4k@60? Not to mention there are no good HDR monitors out there. The best visual experience will be a Xbox Series X in my living room for $500. Done deal.

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          December 13, 2019 10:58 AM

          Yeah one of the LG oleds + this and you are at maybe $2k? Seems like a much better deal especially if you already have the TV.

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            December 13, 2019 11:29 AM

            let's be honest we're all going to get a PC as well :/

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