Over the past couple of days, we learned a lot about the Xbox Series X console. We saw what special expansion cards look like, made sure that the new console will be 100% compatible with games for old consoles, learned details about the parameters, learned the dimensions of the console, appreciated the design of the new gamepad. But that’s not all. A separate page has appeared on the Xbox website with a huge list of new technologies, functions and features of the console, and there is something to pay attention to.
However, for starters, let’s recall that a Microsoft representative said earlier that the new console would eventually be called simply – Xbox. And the Xbox Series X is supposedly the name of the whole line. But for now, we see that Microsoft uses exactly the full name everywhere. So, let’s move on to the new data. As we know, the heart of the new console will include AMD GPUs with RDNA2 architecture supporting hardware acceleration of ray tracing. Now Microsoft indicates that the new console will also support machine learning for games with DirectML. According to the site, DirectML will leverage the unprecedented power of console hardware, benefiting from more than 24 TFLOPS (FP16) and more than 97 TOPS (INT4) performance. Intelligent Delivery technology will reduce the size of game installation packages, as developers can choose which parts of the game should be loaded on the SSD console. Also, the console will be able to display an image in 4K resolution, even if it was not originally designed for such quality.
The same audio tracing technology that we mentioned earlier is called Project Acoustics. The funny thing is that Microsoft talked about it a year ago, but for some reason everyone forgot about it. Project Acoustics models wave effects such as occlusion, obstruction, transfer and reverb effects in complex scenes without the need for manual zone marking or intense ray tracing by the processor. The new Xbox can also convert SDR content to HDR, making older games better. We’ve already heard about variable speed shading, but now we can talk confidently. The Xbox Series X will definitely support variable refresh rate technology, so gaming TVs with support for this technology can be expected.