The future is now as Microsoft has revealed its new video game console, the Xbox Series X. The next-gen console was revealed during the Game Awards, with the company showcasing a trailer that reveals the design, which is quite a bit different than what we're used to with the Xbox One. It looks far more like a PC tower than it does a current-gen console, but Microsoft has liked to change things up from generation to generation. This will be no exception.

The Xbox Series X is being billed as "the fastest, most powerful Xbox ever." The trailer doesn't showcase too much, other than a very flashy look at the console from just about every angle. It gives a sense of size, with the width roughly the size of the controller. It's worth noting that they seem to be going with an if it ain't broke, don't fix it approach with the controller, as it looks identical, at least on the surface, to the one that is currently used for the Xbox One. Microsoft says they've made some changes to the size and shape to "accommodate an even wider range of people." They've also added a share button.

The console is designed to work in both vertical and horizontal positions, much like the Xbox 360. It will also support backwards compatibility for every previous generation of Xbox, which will provide potential buyers with thousands of games right off the bat. Backwards compatibility has become more popular and expensive in recent years, but this sounds far more extensive than what we've seen previously. It's also promised that the Series X will boast four times the processing power of the Xbox One X, in a quiet and efficient manner.

On the specs front, the console will utilize 4K at 60 frames per second (FPS), with the possibility of up to 120FPS, including support for Variable Refresh Rate (VRR). The Series X will also come with 8K capability. It also has a custom-designed processor and, rather importantly, Microsoft claims that the GPU and next-generation SSD will virtually eliminate load times. Another item of note; the company says all of the Xbox One gaming accessories will work with the Series X, which could be a savior for the bank account.

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As many have pointed out, it seems Microsoft has designed an easy-to-use gaming PC. But that may be a wise decision. Ultimately, gaming consoles have become multimedia devices that are used to watch movies, stream content, listen to music and do a number of things beyond playing games. To that point, it does appear the console does still have a disc slot, which means, like the Xbox One X, this should be a way to get a 4K Blu-ray player, in addition to a new console.

Senua's Saga: Hellblade II was the first game announced for the console. There is no word on pricing yet, but the Xbox One launched in 2013 for $499, for whatever that may be worth. Sony is also looking to introduce the PlayStation 5 next year, so the next-gen console wars are upon us. Be sure to check out the Xbox Series X reveal trailer for yourself. This news comes to us via official website.

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