Xbox Series X Graphics: What you need to know

Much has been said about the Xbox Series X Graphics.

Initially announced in 2019 as “Project Scarlett”, Microsoft has since confirmed the name of their next-generation console, as well as the release date, which is set to be on Holiday 2020.

Unlike Sony, Microsoft has not hesitated to reveal every detail there is to know about the Xbox Series X.

In March of 2020, Microsoft revealed all the important technical details of the Xbox One successor. Then, in June, Microsoft revealed even more details and threw in a couple of game trailers to boot, and just recently, Microsoft went all out with a July showcase that featured as many as 18 amazing titles set to hit the Xbox Series X at launch or sometime in the future.

With that said, keeping up with everything can be quite tiring.

This is why we’ve decided to help you out, in particular, with a proper breakdown of the Xbox Series X graphics specs and what they mean.

What Graphics Card is Used in the Xbox Series X

The Xbox Series X will use another heavily-customized AMD graphics card once again, but only this time, it’s based on the RDNA 2 architecture, otherwise also known as the “Big Navi”.

The graphics card will reportedly pack as much as 12 TFLOPS of computing power on top of 52 compute units and will be clocked at 1.825 GHz.

The GPU will reportedly support next-gen ray tracing, 8K resolution, as well as 4K gaming at 60FPS and frame rates of up to 120FPS (presumably at a 1080p resolution).

What Does a Higher Teraflop Count Mean for Xbox Graphics?

Explaining exactly what a teraflop is and why it determines how powerful a graphics card is will take a lot longer. Instead, we will attempt to simplify things but describing it as one of the determining factors for the perfume of a graphics card.

Basically, between two graphics cards, the one with the higher teraflops is faster, especially if both are based on the same architecture and have similar specs in other aspects.

The faster graphics card will then be able to output far more realistic graphics on-screen.

Because of its high teraflops, the Xbox Series X is expected to be the most powerful console on the market when it comes out.


Whether or not this translates to better graphics will depend on how studios utilize this added power.

What are the Xbox Series X GPU Specs?

  • GPU Architecture: Custom AMD RDNA 2
  • GPU: 12 teraflops with 52 Compute Units running at 1.825GHz

Xbox Series X Graphics Performance

When the Xbox One X hit the market, it was considered the most powerful console ever released.

The Xbox Series X will be even more powerful.

However, unlike the Xbox One X, which received relatively limited support and popularity compared to that of its main competition, the PlayStation 4, the Xbox Series X is already looking like it will fare better with enjoy far more exclusive titles, both at launch and down the line.

Unfortunately, there hasn’t been enough evidence yet to show just how much better graphics will be on the Xbox Series X.

Unlike in the PlayStation 5, where Sony has been more than happy to showcase the improvements its next-generation console will come with over its predecessor, Microsoft has not had much to show.

Even worse, the times they did show off did not go on as planned.

A good example of this was Halo Infinite when it was showcased via an 8-minute demo.

If it’s any consolation, we do have a glimpse of what the graphics could look like if fully utilized on the Xbox Series X, as well as the PlayStation 5. 

In the video above, the modern remake of the 2017 title, Observer: System Redux, shows off next-gen improvements. This includes global illumination and ray-tracing, which, even the most powerful gaming PCs today tend to struggle with.

Since the Xbox Series X will have much-improved hardware and that the game will be optimized for it, we can expect graphics to be just as good if not better as that shown-off by Observer: System Redux.

In addition to this, the Epic’s showcase of the Unreal Engine 5 proves just how much better graphics will be on the next-generation console.

Keep in mind, the Xbox Series X sports beefier hardware compared to the PlayStation 5.

In terms of TFLOPs alone, the Xbox Series X has a significant advantage. It has, as mentioned earlier, 12 teraflops. Meanwhile, the PS5 only has 10.28 teraflops of power.

Of course, it’s still up to gaming studios and developers to find a way to utilize this added power. Microsoft also has to do some convincing to incentivize developers to make games look “better” on their next-generation consoles.

But, in general, we should expect the best graphics from the Xbox Series X.

What’s the Xbox Series X Graphics Card Equivalent on PC?

Comparing the Xbox Series X graphics card is difficult.

The main reason for this is that there’s currently no graphics card offered by AMD that can match up to it. Or, at least, in terms of numbers.

Case in point, the AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT graphics card only has 9.75 TFLOPs.

That puts it closer to the performance of the PlayStation 5 (10.28 TFLOPs) as opposed to that of the Xbox Series X (12 TFLOPs).

That’s also not considering the fact that the Xbox Series X graphics card will be based on newer, better, and more efficient GPU architecture. This suggests that that the Xbox Series X graphics card should perform even better than expected.

With that said, if we are to disregard the architecture difference and simply choose a consumer graphics card available today that can match up to the Xbox Series X graphics card, we can only come up with one.

That honor belongs to the Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti.

The most powerful consume graphics card available today, the RTX 2080ti claims 13.4 teraflops.

That’s more than what the Xbox Series X, but it also costs more than the expected $499 to $599 launch price of the entire console itself, as it sells for around $99 to $1,199.

Xbox Series X vs PS5

Because the AMD Navi GPU powering the Xbox Series X is configured to be more powerful than that of the PlayStation 5, we can expect better performance from Microsoft’s next-generation console.

Or, at least, that’s how it should be on paper.

Keep in mind, however, that the graphics cards of both Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 are based on the same architecture. This means that the improvements, though big on paper, should not be as drastic as in real life. Not to mention, the PlayStation 5 has a couple of edges over the Xbox Series X.

One of the biggest advantages of the PlayStation 5 is in terms of loading times.

Thanks to its heavily-customized SSD, loading times on the PlayStation 5 should be close to non-existent.

Then again, the Xbox Series X is expected to come with a custom NVMe SSD as well. It has bigger storage as well, with 1TB over 825GB. Also, much like Sony, Microsoft showcased the benefits of using an SSD on its next-generation console. They’ve since released a tech demo comparing loading times between the Xbox One X and Xbox Series X.

With that said, one thing that we’re sure of is that the Xbox Series X should be closer to reaching 4K at 60FPs than the PlayStation 5.

The Xbox Series X should also offer the best graphics-per-dollar on the market at launch.

Conclusion

The release of the Xbox Series X is imminent. It’s only a matter of time at this point.

The Xbox Series X brings with it more powerful hardware, faster loading times, and better overall value for gamers. This, of course, also means better Xbox Series X graphics.

At this point, the only question is just how much better the graphics will be.

With that said, this mystery should be solved soon enough once the Xbox Series X comes out in November 2020.

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