Xbox Series X unveiled as the next Xbox console by Microsoft

Microsoft has announced the title and revealed the design of its next Xbox console, set for release in late 2020.

The Xbox Series X is a plain, black, rectangular box that looks similar to a PC tower and was unveiled as a surprise at The Game Awards 2019 in Los Angeles on Thursday (local time).

The new Xbox Wireless controller was also revealed, featuring an advanced D-pad and a 'share' button similar to that of the PlayStation 4.

Microsoft also announced Senua's Saga: Hellblade II with a reveal trailer, choosing the Ninja Theory game to showcase the graphical power of the Series X.

Previously referred to as Project Scarlett, the Series X will showcase games in 4K at 60 frames-per-second, and have both 8K capability and 120 frames-per-second capability.

"Powered by our custom-designed processor leveraging the latest Zen 2 and next-generation RDNA architecture from our partners at AMD, Xbox Series X will deliver hardware-accelerated ray tracing and a new level of performance never before seen in a console," says Microsoft.

"Additionally, our patented Variable Rate Shading (VRS) technology will allow developers to get even more out of the Xbox Series X GPU and our next-generation SSD will virtually eliminate load times and bring players into their gaming worlds faster than ever before."

Microsoft said that all 15 of the game development studios it owns are developing titles for the Series X.

Those studios are as follows:

  • 343 Industries
  • The Coalition
  • Compulsion Games
  • Double Fine
  • The Initiative
  • inXile Entertainment
  • Mojang
  • Ninja Theory
  • Obsidian Entertainment
  • Playground Games
  • Rare
  • Turn 10 Studios
  • Undead Labs
  • World's Edge
  • Xbox Game Studios Publishing

Xbox's main rival PlayStation will also be releasing a new console in the holiday period of 2020 (November - December).

Sony beat Microsoft in revealing the name of its next console but is yet to unveil how the PlayStation 5 will look.