Since the inception of the first gaming consoles in the 1970s, the world has been smitten. In 2022, our passion for gaming, and the consoles that facilitate our fun, has only increased. For some, it provides an escape and can bring people closer together.
With generations of people growing up as digital natives, it’s no surprise that people of all ages turn to games for entertainment, enjoyment, and to connect with others – no matter their technological age. Not sure of yours? Find out if you’re in the tech dark ages or walking the cutting edge in this tech age quiz.
Whichever side of the divide you fall on, you’re bound to be impressed by the Xbox’s sheer technological prowess. Powered by our passion, gaming consoles have progressed significantly, and your newest Xbox is a far cry from the consoles of old.
So what exactly is under the sleek exterior of your Series X?
An upgraded CPU
The central processing unit (CPU) is a crucial part of any gaming system, be it an Xbox, smartphone, or PC. The X Series of consoles boast impressive specs with no less than eight Zen 2 Cores of 3.8GHz (or 3.6GHz with SMT).
Older Xbox versions also featured eight cores, generally six for gamer use and two for background processes and functions, but the Series One X and One S models ran custom Jaguar Cores at 1.75GHz.
The newer Series X model core upgrades give you what’s best described as “raw power” – and further CPU customizations mean improved security, too, according to a write-up by Euro Gamer.
A GPU of epic specs
Long recognized as a stalwart of quality gaming experiences, any system’s graphics processing unit (GPU) is a key indicator of how well the system will perform. It also dictates what developers can and cannot do or include when designing games for end-client use.
Much like the upgraded CPU, the new Xbox Series X GPU offers improved power and performance. Something we’ve come to expect from Xbox as each series release has seen significant improvements in this area. Let’s take a look at how GPU has changed across models:
One S: 1.4 TFLOPS, 12 CUs at 914MHz, custom GCN GPU
One X: 6 TFLOPs, 40 CUs at 1.172GHz, Custom GCN + Polaris Features
Series X: 12 TFLOPs, 52 CUs at 1.825GHz, Custom RDNA 2
Less hardware-related, we love the Xbox Series X’s cross-gen features. Not only does the system now allow cross-gen multiplayer action (good news for those with gaming friends who haven’t upgraded yet), but the Smart Delivery system means only purchasing titles once, no matter which generation console you decide to play the game on.
For example, if you buy a title on your Series X, you’ll automatically be given the version optimized for this console. But if you open the same title on your older Xbox, you’ll be delivered a backward-compatible version.
Have you upgraded your Xbox yet? Xbox has recently released new controller colors to add to the overall sleek aesthetic. Drop us a comment below and let us know whether you’re seeing the benefits of the boosted Series X CPU and GPU systems.