Microsoft reveals more Xbox Series X details including 12 teraflop GPU

More tech specs for the Xbox Series X have been announced by Microsoft ahead of the next-generation gaming console's release later this year.

The next Xbox will boast up to 12 teraflops of GPU performance and a 'quick resume' feature that'll let players to transition between multiple games "almost instantly" to pick up right where they left off.

The new details were published in a blog post by Head of Xbox Phil Spencer.

"Xbox Series X delivers a true generational leap in processing and graphics power with cutting edge techniques resulting in higher framerates, larger, more sophisticated game worlds, and an immersive experience unlike anything seen in console gaming," said Spencer.

"You can expect more dynamic and realistic environments powered by hardware-accelerated DirectX Raytracing - a first for console gaming. This means true-to-life lighting, accurate reflections and realistic acoustics in real time as you explore the game world."

What has so far been announced about the Series X's hardware is very similar to that of its main rival, Sony's Playstation 5, which is also set to be released later this year.

The Series X will also support "four generations" of Xbox games, according to the blog post. A feature labelled 'Smart Delivery' means customers won't need to buy multiple versions of the same game to get the best version of it.

"We're making the commitment to use Smart Delivery on all our exclusive Xbox Game Studios titles, including Halo Infinite, ensuring you only have to purchase a title once in order to play the best available version for whichever Xbox console they choose to play on," said Spencer.

"This technology is available for all developers and publishers, and they can choose to use it for titles that will be released on Xbox One first and come to the Xbox Series X later."

CD Projekt has already announced it'll make use of Smart Delivery with Cyberpunk 2077, although it remains to be seen how many other non-Xbox owned game companies will follow suit.

Spencer's post also describes Series X features Variable Rate Shading (VRS), Dynamic Latency Input (DLI) and 'HDMI 2.1 Innovation'.

More information about the Series X is set to be revealed at the E3 expo in June.

Both the Xbox Series X and the Playstation 5 are set to be released in the holiday period of 2020, which generally means November or December.