Xbox Series X Design Revealed

Just when we'd gotten used to the idea of Xbox Project Scarlett being the codename for the next-gen Xbox, our attachment was snatched away to deliver the design concept for the Xbox Series X.

What is the Xbox Series X?

Xbox series X is the official name for the next-gen console coming from Microsoft at the end of 2020, and it launches alongside Sony's PS5 around the same time, so it'll be interesting to see which console packs the most power.

While on the subject of power, the Xbox Series X console is due to ship with GDDR6 RAM as standard and boasts a speedy NVMe SSD to make those games load at the blink of an eye. 

And How About the Design?

In terms of the design of the console, the guys at Microsoft have taken the bold move to design a console that sits three times as high as an Xbox One controller while maintaining the same width as the current-gen controller. It certainly seems like some gamers are going to need to rearrange their home setups to accommodate for the skyscraper of a console!

Talking with GameSpot, Phil Spencer states that "There's always this tension between design and the kind of acoustics and cooling and function of the console," further adding, "and we were not going to compromise on function. I'm just incredibly impressed with the design that they came back with."

The controller that comes bundled with the Xbox Series X isn't much of a talking point, not offering too much in the way of differences to that of the current-gen Xbox One controller. A new share button is being incorporated into the controller's functionality in addition to a hybrid D-pad. The overall design of the controller, however, has changed to accommodate 98% of the sizes of the player's hands, which is a relief as I've got tiny hands!

So What About the Name?

Spencer tells GameSpot that "in the name 'Series X,' it gives us freedom to do other things with that name so that we can create descriptors when we need to." so, in other words, it sounds as though we could be seeing a couple of variations of the console once it launches in fall next year. Think Nintendo Switch, then Nintendo Switch Lite, could be seeing something similar when the Series X release?

There's plenty of wiggle room once release date arrives, and as we've had no indication on price, it is wise to speculate that there'll be a hefty price tag to get our hands on this one, so a Series X 'Lite' variant could suit lower budgets.