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Today Microsoft unveiled new hardware details and features for its upcoming next generation console, Xbox Series X.

As detailed in a Xbox Wire post from Xbox head Phil Spencer, the Series X will house a custom AMD processor that boasts 12 teraflops of power for developers to take advantage of. The console will also have hardware-accelerated DirectX ray tracing and variable rate shading which will contribute to next-level graphical fidelity.

The Xbox Series X will also aim to minimize wait times by a substantial amount come next generation. To do this, Microsoft is offering internal SSD storage, innovative HDMI 2.1, 120 fps support, and dynamic latency input (DLI) for wireless controllers. DLI will reduce controller latency and optimize on-screen input. The new console will also offer a new feature called “quick resume,” allowing players to suspend multiple games at once with little-to-no load time when resuming.

As far as next-gen features, the Series X will be fully backwards compatible with all past generations of Xbox. The big new feature, however, is what Microsoft is calling “Smart Delivery;” this will allow developers to opt-in to a ‘buy once, play anywhere’ feature. In other words, players will be able to purchase a game on Xbox One and play it on the Series X (and vice versa) without needing to purchase an additional copy.

Cyberpunk 2077 was used as the first example of what Smart Delivery means for the future of Xbox.

Games from previous generations will experience visual and technical improvements with no work needed from the developers. Additionally, Xbox Game Pass will be a continued service moving into next generation, with plans to continue offering first-party releases on day one.

At The Game Awards 2019, Xbox showed off a trailer for the upcoming Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II. Spencer emphasized that the trailer takes full advantage of the the new console’s technology.

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Tommus Gerwin
Existing somewhere in one of the Final Fantasy universes, Tommus manages to find some spare time to write news for OnlySP. Gaming has been his most consistent pastime since he can remember, and he decided that the best place for him to be was in the midst of it all. To this day he still hails Fallout: New Vegas as his all time favorite game, and dabbles in others such as the Final Fantasy and Metro series. Despite being raised on Nintendo and PlayStation he’s somehow found his home on Xbox Live where he helps out as an Ambassador.

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  1. Will this only apply to digital purchases or disc as well?

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