The next generation of Xbox is coming on November 10, in two varieties: the Xbox Series X for $500 and the trimmed down Xbox Series S for $300. Lest you think the lower-priced console is underpowered, though, Microsoft has released a video showing off what the new hardware can do. And it’s pretty impressive.
The lengthy video gives a broad overview of the technical aspects of the Series S, and for the most part, it’s very similar to Series X. It the same essential CPU architecture, Velocity architecture to manage loading prioritization, and includes DirectX ray tracing. The primary difference, according to Microsoft, is that Series X is engineered for 4K while Series S is meant for 1440p resolutions with upscaling to 4K.
Some of the flashiest parts of the video show off individual features. A load time comparison for The Outer Worlds shows Xbox Series S loading into a save in 12 seconds, while an Xbox One S takes 53 seconds. Both Sony and Microsoft have made a point of promoting the load times in their next-gen consoles thanks to the included SSDs.
The video also shows off the Quick Resume feature, as the system quickly swaps between several games back-to-back. It shows swapping between four games, but doesn’t mention how many the feature will support in total. The ability to quickly swap and jump into games is one of the more underrated features of the next generation, and Sony has a similar feature for PlayStation 5 to jump straight into individual game modes.
Finally, the video shows Gears 5 multiplayer running at 120 FPS. While Gears 5 is a current-gen game, Microsoft has staked 120 FPS as its upper goal for next-gen frame rate.
Both Xbox Series X and Series S will be available for pre-order on September 22, and both can be bought with a payment plan through Xbox All Access. Microsoft also announced that Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and PC will include EA Play access. The launch line-up for Xbox is shaping up too, as Ubisoft moved the Assassin’s Creed Valhalla release date to coincide with the Xbox launch.