Xbox Series X launch: supply chain a non-issue; demand, safety are factors

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Microsoft Corp. this week said that while the supply chain to launch the Xbox Series X this holiday season is not an issue, global demand and safety are pending factors.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella told CNBC this week that supply chains are not a real issue regarding the launch of the Xbox Series X, Surface Neo, and Surface Duo in Q4 2020.

“I think the bigger issue is…around the demand side of this going forward,” he said.

“…on the supply side we are getting back on rails and the question now will be more getting the products done and then launched. We are going to focus mostly on quality as well as the situation in terms of demand and more importantly safety for the people,” Nadella concluded.

The Xbox Series X will include an 8-core 3.8Ghz Custom Zen 2 CPU and 12TFLOPS 1.825 Ghz Custom RDNA 2 GPU by AMD, 16GB GDDR6 RAM, 1TB Custom NVME SSD, 1TB Expansion Card, USB 3.2 External HDD Support, and a 4K UHD Blu-ray disc drive.

The Xbox Series X is said to include performance twice that of the Xbox One X and eight times that of the Xbox One.

As a result, the hardware will support up to 120 frames-per-second graphics fidelity.

A new feature called Smart Delivery will optimize performance of prior generation titles from Xbox to the Xbox One for the Xbox Series X.

Dynamic Latency Input will allow input synchronization for more precise and responsive controls.

Finally, Quick Resume will allow users to continue multiple games from a suspended state without long load times.

Graphics fidelity includes 4K at 60FPS, Variable Refresh Rate, Variable Rate Shading, 8K functionality. The hardware itself can be placed in vertical or horizontal orientation.

Final specifications include a next-generation SSD, Auto Low Latency Mode, and Dynamic Latency Input to limit latency.

The Xbox Series X will be backwards compatible to all prior Xbox consoles, including Xbox One gaming accessories.

In addition, the Xbox Wireless Controller has been refined to include a new Share button and an advanced d-pad from the Xbox Elite Series 2 Wireless Controller. It will be compatible with Xbox One and Windows PCs.

Announced titles include Halo Infinite and Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II.


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