Microsoft dates the market launch of Next-Gen Xbox to the end of next year. Thanks to the Zen-2 processor and navi graphics, the maximum possible is 8K resolution, 120 Hertz and raytracing. Concrete specifications for the installed hardware remains the manufacturer, however, guilty.
AMD hardware enables real-time raytracing
As already suspected, in addition to Sony, Microsoft's new generation of consoles relies on AMD hardware. An unspecified, specially tailored Zen-2 processor with a graphics unit based on AMD's new Navi graphics architecture is expected to quadruple performance in relation to an Xbox One X. Calculated in pure terms, this results in a raw performance of 24 teraflops – an unrealistically high value, which at least suggests that Microsoft incorporates large performance gains via software.
Along with this, Microsoft promises variable refresh rates of up to 120 FPS. It also supports hardware-accelerated real-time raytracing and resolutions up to 7680 × 4320 pixels. The extent to which resolutions and frame rates correlate is not yet known.
Loading times are almost completely eliminated
Particular emphasis was placed during the announcement also a desired significant shortening of loading times. First and foremost responsible for this is the use of an SSD like the PlayStation 5; previous consoles still rely on HDDs. This SSD should also be able to act as a virtual memory, so no data transfer from drive to RAM would be necessary – even here, however, missing specific information on the technology. Regarding the memory, however, it was confirmed that it is GDDR6 – here, too, latencies are reduced.
Market launch with Halo Infinite in late 2020
Meanwhile, the look of the console remains a mystery, as well as connector details or compatibility with Xbox One games. Sony recently revealed that the PlayStation 5 is not only backwards compatible with PlayStation 4 games, but can also take over their scores. Even for the question of the price, it is still too early: Until the release of the console is still one and a half years. As a draft horse right to start Microsoft wants to use Halo Infinite.