Xbox Series X To Launch On Thanksgiving 2020 [UPDATE]

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UPDATE: According to Microsoft's Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb, the Xbox Series X Thanksgiving release date is inaccurate. While the Xbox Series X website did at one point list Thanksgiving as a release date, that was apparently incorrect. That said, Hryb did confirm a 2020 holiday release, so expect the console to hit store shelves around that time of year anyway.

Original story is as follows...

Today has been a great day for both PlayStation and Xbox fans. Sony unveiled the specifications for its upcoming PlayStation 5 and Microsoft announced the official release date for the Xbox Series X. The upcoming next-gen console from Microsoft will be launching on Thanksgiving (November 26), which is just before Black Friday.

Additionally, the company has also revamped its Xbox Series X website, which now has an official letter from Xbox head Phil Spencer. The letter has listed down all the features we'll be seeing in the Xbox Series X.

Here's a rundown of everything you can expect from the upcoming console:

  • Next Generation Custom Processor: The Xbox Series X will be powered by a custom-designed AMD CPU that will be based on the latest Zen 2 and RDNA 2 architecture.
  • Variable Rate Shading (VRS): VRS is a technology that will help the Xbox Series X to produce high-quality images without causing any impact on performance.
  • Hardware-accelerated DirectX Raytracing: If you thought that Raytracing was only reserved for PC gamers, you have been proven wrong. The Xbox Series X has the capable hardware to Raytrace images.
  • SSD Storage: Say goodbye to slow loading times as the internal storage on the Xbox Series X is being upgraded to a superfast NVMe drive.
  • Quick Resume: Leveraging the power of the hardware, you can suspend games and multitask on the Xbox Series X without having to turn off the game.
  • Dynamic Latency Input (DLI): DLI is a technology that reduces latency between your inputs, resulting in a smoother gameplay experience.
  • HDMI 2.1 Innovation: The Xbox Series X will feature several new HDMI features such as the Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) and Variable Refresh Rate (VRS) for ultra-smooth gameplay and crisp image quality.
  • 120FPS Support: The upcoming Xbox is capable enough of running games as slick 120fps.
  • Four generations of gaming: Want to play all Xbox games on a single platform? The Xbox Series X is backward compatible, meaning you can play all Xbox games ever released on any Xbox version on the Xbox Series X.
  • Smart Delivery: Smart Delivery is a Microsoft policy that doesn't charge you extra money to play an Xbox Series X game on other platforms (Xbox One and PC). Meaning, you only have to buy the game once.
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