Microsoft has shocked fans with an early reveal of its next-generation console at the 2019 Game Awards. The formerly code-named Xbox Scarlett will be known as the Xbox Series X, a confusing and controversial name.
Critics say the name is too close to the Xbox One X, Microsoft’s improved last-gen console. Undoubtedly, a few fans will be getting the wrong console from unsuspecting parents next Christmas. Naturally, everyone is just going to call it the Series X.
Thankfully, Xbox head Phil Spencer also revealed the design, which has been relatively well-received. Microsoft is going for something much closer to a mini PC tower this time, with a vertical square cuboid. Its top curves pleasantly into the center with holes for ventilation. The Xbox logo sits minimally in the top right corner, with the disk drive underneath it coming from the bottom.
However, though the promotional material is all vertical, Spencer confirms that it’s designed to work in both orientations. That’s good news for anyone with a traditional TV entertainment stand.
“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,” said Spencer in a blog post. “Its industrial design enables us to deliver four times the processing power of Xbox One X in the most quiet and efficient way, something that is critically important in delivering truly immersive gameplay. 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.”
The console will launch with a new controller that looks very similar to the previous generation. Microsoft says its size and shape is more accommodating, while a new share button will make screenshots and video capture easier. More importantly, it’ll steal the advanced D-pad from the Xbox Elite Series 2.
source – Windbuzzer