Xbox Series X Graphics: What you need to know

With the release of the Xbox Series X, many next-gen console fans are curious about its graphical capabilities. Such as the actual graphics card used, its specifications, and what all that means in terms of how smooth and aesthetically pleasing games will be. As a result, in this article, we have gone into great detail about the Xbox Series X graphics specs and what they mean in terms of performance.

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 packs as much as 12 TFLOPS of computing power on top of 52 compute units and will be clocked at 1.825 GHz. It will support native 4K gaming at 120 FPS though frame rates will vary for some games.

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 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 and provide quite an upgrade in graphical performance.

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 far more exclusive titles, both at launch and down the line.

Since the Xbox Series X will have much-improved hardware and those gaming titles will be better optimized for it, we can expect graphics to look fantastic. Some of these titles will even be utilizing ray tracing in addition to the 12 TFLOPS of and 52 compute units of the next-gen console will lead to considerably more computing power. This will surely result in higher fidelity and more aesthetically pleasing graphics.

Below we have official Xbox Series X gameplay showing off the graphics of a few games.

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

Also 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 significant improvements in graphical performance from the Xbox Series X including resolution and FPS.

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 in terms of numbers yet. But the AMD Radeon 6000 Series GPUs will change that.

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 in terms of teraflops, it would be the Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti with 13.4 teraflops.

That’s more teraflops than what the Xbox Series X has, but it also costs significantly more than the expected $499 to $599 launch price of the entire console itself. Which bodes well for what graphical performance we can expect from the Xbox Series X.

Xbox Series X vs PS5 Graphics

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 120FPS than the PlayStation 5. The Xbox Series X should also offer the best “graphics-per-dollar” console wise on the market at launch.

Conclusion

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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