Since it was first announced in December 2019, Microsoft has been unveiling details about the Xbox Series X in bits. The Xbox Series X is considered as the “fastest and most powerful console ever” and this is clearly obvious when you look at the specs on paper and compare it with its rival PS5. It somewhat outshines the PlayStation 5 in terms of its specs. We’ve got information about the Xbox Series X price in Nigeria, release date, full performance specs, details about backward compatibility, accessories, and upcoming games this holiday.
Xbox Series X price in Nigeria and availability
The Xbox Series X price in Nigeria is at N195,000 – N205,000 ~$499 and the Xbox Series S starts at N115,000 – N125,000 ~ $299. Microsoft claims that stocks are limited for the initial preorder phase. Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S will first be available in 37 countries on November 10 followed by 41 countries by this holiday. We don’t know the exact release date in Nigeria but we are hoping to see it before November ends or the beginning of December.
You will be able to pre-order Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S from the following countries starting September 22: U.S., Canada, the UK, Australia, and New Zealand.
You can also pre-order online across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa from Microsoft Store, Amazon, MediaMarkt, GameStop, FNAC, Elkjøp / Elgiganten, and other participating retailers.
Xbox Series X features eight cores Custom “Zen 2” CPU at 3.8GHz. This helps to activate the ‘Fast Resume’ feature, enabling users to continue numerous games virtually immediately from a suspended state.
The GPU is customized and it is based on Radeon RDNA 2 architecture. It has a processing power of 12 teraflops. This makes it more than capable of gaming with native 4 K 60fps. It also enables the console to reach 8 K resolution and run games up to 120 fps. As seen on the high-end Nvidia graphics cards, this GPU also supports real-time ray-tracing.
At least on paper, the Xbox Series X specs have a bit of an advantage over the PS5. The Series X, for example, has a processing power of up to 12 teraflops, while the PS5 delivers 10.3 teraflops. The 1 TB SSD of the Series X also has a higher capacity than the 825 GB SSD found on PS5. Other hardware includes 16GB of GDDR6 RAM.
If 1 TB SSD of storage is not sufficient, there is an expandable storage slot in the back that will give you an additional 1 TB of storage. It also supports an external HDD via USB 3.1, which is good for those who want to further extend the storage.
The 1TB Expandable storage by Seagate
The Xbox Series X external Storage expansion card is designed to be plugged directly into the proprietary port on the back of the Xbox Series X. It seems like the proprietary port is used so that the Xbox Series X expansion card speeds fit the internal SSD speeds. This indicates that there would be no performance change while playing games from the expansion card.
Xbox series X design
The design of the Xbox Series X is totally different from its predecessors. It has a tower design similar to a gaming PC. However, Series X can rest vertically or horizontally.
The console is black in color with an indented cooling vent at the top surface when sitting vertically. The cooling vents have a green color light from inside. Looking at the top left corner of the console, there’s a tiny Xbox logo and a 4 K Ultra HD Blu-ray physical disc drive slot just below it.
The rear of the Xbox Series X features power ports, two USB 3.2 ports, Ethernet LAN, and one HDMI 2.1 output. A “storage extension” also exists for the optional proprietary SSD card. The console measures 15.1 cm x 15.1 cm x 30.1 cm and weighs 4.45kg.
Xbox Series X user experience
The Xbox Series X OS will come with the one that is now available on the Xbox One S and Xbox One X, but the Xbox Series X interface will come with some design refinements, new fluent concepts, new fonts, etc. which will also be available for the Xbox One S and Xbox One X.
Xbox Series X controller & accessories
A marginally improved version of the current-gen Xbox Wireless Controller will be available for the Xbox Series X. A dedicated Sharing button for screenshots and video recording has been added, and the D-pad is now enhanced. A textured dots has been added on the bumpers so as to help in a firmer grip. One good thing about this new controller is that it has a USB-C port to let you charge and play at the same time. The new controller will operate on Windows PCs as well as cell phones (Both Android and iOS). It is priced at N25,000 – N35,000 ~$59.99.
A $25 Rechargeable Battery + USB-C are the official Xbox Series X accessories that can be purchased from Xbox online retail stores.
Microsoft confirmed that all of your current Xbox One accessories will be compatible with the Xbox Series X.
What’s in the box when I purchase the next-gen console? You will get an Ultra High-Speed HDMI cable, Xbox controller, and of course, the console.
For all the three previous Xbox console generations, the Xbox Series X is backward compatible to all of the games, and the games can even play smoother, due to th upgraded performance of Xbox Series X. All you need to do is mount your Xbox One games on an external hard drive and play them instantly when plugged into the Xbox Series X.
As for the original Xbox and Xbox 360 games, Microsoft has not explained whether they are backward compatible but it is very possible that Xbox Series X will be able to play both original Xbox and Xbox 360 games that are already backwards compatible on Xbox One.
Xbox Series X Games
Several Xbox Series X have been announced and these include:
- Halo Infinite
- Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
- Control: Ultimate Edition
- Cyberpunk 2077
- STALKER 2
- Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2
- Far Cry 6
- FIFA 21
- Hitman 3
- Psychonauts 2
- Gears Tactics
- Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
- Watch Dogs: Legion
- Ori and the Will of the Wisps
- Forza Motorsport
- Warhammer 40,000: Darktide
Xbox Series X Specs
GPU: 12 TFLOPS, 52 CUs @1.825 GHz Custom RDNA 2 GPU
CPU:. 8X Cores @ 3.8 GHz (3.66 GHz w/SMT) Custom Zen 2 CPU
Memory: 16GB GDDR6 w/320 bit-wide bus
Memory Bandwidth: 10GB @ 560 GB/s, 6GB @ 336 GB/s.
Internal Storage: 1TB Custom NVME SSD
Expandable Storage. Support for 1TB Seagate Expansion and USB 3.1 external HDD (All sold separately).
I/O Throughput. 2.4 GB/s (Raw), 4.8 GB/s (Compressed, with custom hardware decompression block)
Video & Audio Capabilities
Resolution: True 4K
High Dynamic Range: Up to 8K HDR
Performance Target: Up to 120 FPS
Optical Drive: 4K UHD Blu-Ray
HDMI Features: Auto Low Latency Mode. HDMI Variable Refresh Rate. AMD FreeSync.
Sound capabilities: Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1 , Dolby TrueHD with Atmos Up to 7.1 L-PCM
Ports & Connectivity
USB: 3x USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports
HDMI: 1x HDMI 2.1 port
Ethernet: 802.3 10/100/1000
Wireless: 802.11ac dual band
Accessories radio: Dedicated dual band Xbox Wireless radio.
Specs sheet source: Xbox.com
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