KEY POINTS

  • Microsoft has unveiled the name of its new Xbox console: the Xbox Series X
  • The new console looks more like a PC than a traditional Xbox console
  • Its specs remain in secret, but Xbox head Phil Spencer says it's definitely more powerful than the Xbox One X

Microsoft has finally unveiled its next-gen gaming console and has given it a name: Xbox Series X. Here's what fans can expect from the Redmond tech giant's new offering.

In a surprise reveal, Microsoft finally unveiled its upcoming next-gen gaming system that will succeed its current consoles. The new console, officially named the Xbox Series X, is unlike any Xbox game console that the company has ever released. In fact, its more like a PC and less like a traditional gaming system, The Verge noted.

The Xbox Series X is a vertically-oriented black slab that features nothing but the Xbox logo, a long opening that will likely be used for discs, USB ports to charge the Xbox Wireless Controller, and some buttons. It also has a uniquely designed grille that will allow heat to escape. The grille has some green light underneath, completing the Xbox look.

The console is roughly as wide as an Xbox Wireless Controller, and about three times as tall, GameSpot noted. Despite its vertically-oriented design, however, the new console is said to be designed for use whether vertically or horizontally oriented.

Nothing is revealed about the new console's specs. Xbox head Phil Spencer, however, said that the Xbox Series X will be Microsoft's “fastest, most powerful console ever.” It will “set a new bar for performance, speed, and compatibility,” and is capable of delivering “four times the processing power of Xbox One X in the most quiet and efficient way.”

Spencer, despite all that, didn't mention anything about the console's actual specs and components. A reveal trailer for the console, as well as a trailer for “Senua's Saga: Hellblade II,” however, gives players a glimpse at what the new gaming system can do.

The announcement trailer didn't reveal anything about the rumored lower-cost model previously referred to as “Lockhart.” The name Xbox Series X, however, seems to indicate the possibility that there's not just one model. Still, Microsoft hasn't said anything about it yet, so fans should take rumors with a grain of salt.

Xbox Series X is scheduled to arrive in time for Holiday next year. Xbox fans still have time to save some money for the upcoming console.