Microsoft revealed its Xbox Series X console last month, but the company strangely didn’t show off the rear of the device. During AMD’s CES keynote today, the chipmaker revealed the rear of the Xbox Series X briefly, showing off all of the connectivity ports. While many were wondering if Microsoft would drop its dual-HDMI ports from the Xbox One, there will clearly be two HDMI ports on the Xbox Series X. It’s not clear if Microsoft will continue to use these HDMI ports to support pass-through of cable TV boxes, though.
Microsoft is also including two USB-C ports, an Ethernet port, and optical out. Microsoft doesn’t appear to be using USB-A at the rear of the Xbox Series X, but the company is including a traditional USB port at the front. There’s also a regular two-pin connector at the rear of the Xbox Series X, suggesting that Microsoft is once again using an internal power supply on its next-generation Xbox.
The Xbox Series X will include a custom-designed CPU based on AMD’s Zen 2 and Radeon RDNA architecture. Microsoft is also using an NVMe SSD on Xbox Series X, which promises to boost load times. Xbox Series X will also support 8K gaming, frame rates of up to 120 fps in games, ray tracing, and variable refresh rate support. Microsoft is planning to ship the Xbox Series X “holiday 2020.”
AMD’s rear ports reveal comes just hours after Xbox chief Phil Spencer revealed the Xbox Series X APU on Twitter. Spencer changed his display picture to a chip of Project Scarlett, the codename for the Xbox Series X. The chip itself doesn’t reveal much more than we already know about the Series X, but it includes an 8K stamp which suggests Microsoft will target this resolution at some point with its next-gen console.
Update, January 6th 6:15PM ET: Article updated with Xbox Series X processor images.