Microsoft calls Xbox Series X 'the most-powerful gaming console,' confirms Hellblade II runs on Unreal Engine 5

Hellblade II Giant
Hellblade II Giant (Image credit: Microsoft)

What you need to know

  • The Xbox Series X is Microsoft's upcoming next-generation console.
  • Today, Microsoft confirmed a few key details about the device.
  • Instead of calling it the most powerful Xbox, the team is now saying it's "the most-powerful gaming console."
  • Senua's Saga: Hellblade II will also be built on Unreal Engine 5.

Today, Microsoft confirmed a few key details about the Xbox Series X on Xbox Wire (opens in new tab). The company sent Windows Central a press release with the highlights of the post. Firstly, instead of calling the Xbox Series X the most powerful Xbox ever, the team is referring to it as "the most-powerful gaming console." This appears to be based on the teraflop (TFLOPS) difference between the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 (PS5). The Xbox Series X features 12 TFLOPS while the PS5's maximum figure is 10.28 through overclocking. While these figures aren't the only bearing on gameplay performance, additional graphical horsepower aids developers in drawing more from the console.

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The Xbox Wire post said the following about the technical specifications.

Xbox Series X, the most-powerful gaming console, empowers developers to deliver on their creative visions and dreams. It packs an unprecedented 12 teraflops of GPU power and enables new technologies and features like hardware-accelerated Direct X ray tracing, variable rate shading, framerates up to 120 FPS, and Quick Resume for multiple games, all of which cumulatively will deliver a new level of fidelity, immediacy, precision, and accuracy never before seen in console gaming.

However, the bigger news is that Senua's Saga: Hellblade II, will be built on Unreal Engine 5. A few weeks ago, Epic Games stunned the world by revealing Unreal Engine 5 running on PS5. If that presentation is any indication of quality, Hellblade II should look amazing on Xbox Series X. Xbox Wire added the following.

The power of Xbox Series X was first demonstrated with the unveiling of Senua's Saga: Hellblade II. The team will be building the game on Unreal Engine 5 and leveraging the power of Xbox Series X to bring the Hellblade franchise to levels never before seen. The footage shown was captured in-engine and reflects the power of Xbox Series X available to developers to deliver new universes, experiences, and games in ways you have never imagined.

The team will continue to update the post as new information is available. Hopefully, we'll see extended footage from some first-party games soon.

Both the Xbox Series X and PS5 are expected to launch in Holiday 2020.

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Asher Madan

Asher Madan handles gaming news for Windows Central. Before joining Windows Central in 2017, Asher worked for a number of different gaming outlets. He has a background in medical science and is passionate about all forms of entertainment, cooking, and antiquing.

  • There are more important things than raw power, though.
  • What.. An SSD? 😂
  • Lol, i know right?
  • Haha! This!^
    Anyways, always better to be at the top regardless of raw power being the most important thing or not, closes off that argument nicely and shuts up the 'opposition'. We can now move on to other things without getting constantly harassed about being underpowered... Why do you think the other camp has been bringing up SSD?? Wow, talk of being desperate for any type of 'win'! 😂 Lol!!
  • I think he was talking about gameplay.
  • What's wrong with gameplay?
  • Nothing, that's the point, you don't need raw power for great gameplay.
  • SSDs will make great gameplay! Either console should be great when games aren't dropping frames and texture popping to load off a spinning platter.
  • True. Ultimate the series X will render games better just because of it's sheer compute advantage over the PS5.
  • How about games for one?
    Power only became important for you guys since 2016-2017 or so... And that too only for consoles...
    If power was a real top priority for people they would be on PC.
  • Sounds like MS is even more confident about Xbox it seems. Calling it the most piwerful Xbox means just that, the best and most powercul Xbox. Calling it the most powerful "console" means theyre confide t it will outpace PS.
  • Well, Sony's revealed all their specs now, they know they have an advantage.
  • I just wonder how much powerful will it be. Sony has done a fsntastic job making "SSD" the next big thing in console gaming, but i have more confidence in MS software ability. I honestly think i wont be overwhelmed at Sonys showcase tomorrow.
  • I just wish they would hurry up and make an Xbox that's so powerful that they say, "Xbox whatever is so powerful that it will make you $h!t yourself". Haha.
  • The best part of the Xbox Wire article, however, is the section about Project xCloud. It's small and lacking information density, indicating that it's waiting to be update with future information. The section also leaves space for establishing a relation between xCloud and the next generation of Xbox. Maybe they will announce they are upgrading their xCloud server blades to ones based on the Series X or S?
  • They already announced a while back that Project xCloud servers would be upgraded to Xbox Series X.
  • We'll see how Sony's event is tomorrow. After the Series X "Gameplay" reveal I'm leaning towards PS5 this time around. Don't lie to your fans. XBox may be doomed to repeat the same disaster as the XBone reveal.
  • They still haven't showed their first party games. And yes, it was a mistake. Even they admit that. It was to show smaller companies and what they can do with the system.
  • That wasn't the "main" reveal though
  • I am too. I haven't owned a ps since the 3rd, but have had a 360, one s and one x. I think ps gets better exclusives and I already have a decent pc, so I'll be able to play most Xbox exclusives.
  • As far as I am aware if you have a decent PC, there won't be anything available on Xbox that you won't have access to on PC.
  • ...and in fact you may have access to more on PC than the Xbox even when coming out of the Store. I'm looking at you, Gears Tactics!
  • Yeah, go for PS5, at least you're sure that you'll get to play all of XB and PS's upcoming games.
    I mean that's what I did this gen. Played all MS's games that I wanted to play on PC.
  • Yeah a PC as absolutely viable. Mind you to match the Series X your looking at spending a fair amount. You'll need an expensive SSD especially for ganes that take advantage of it, and at bare minimum a new RDNA 2 GPU which should release for PC around the time Series X and PS5 come out. It won't be cheap to match the Series X for power and speed. But it is doable if you have the funds. My advice is wait awhile of you want to build a PC. The whole SSD part of the new consoles has left PC gaming in a bit of a mess at the moment. Both in loading terms and drawing assets. But parts of the Velocity Architecture are coming to PC gaming hopefully again around the same time as Series Xlaunches. But you should be able to match the Series X speed and power at the end of the year for around $1500 if your building from scratch. If you have an existing PC with an RTX 2080 TI, that should be fine. But won't match the Series X when games are optimized for it.
  • I thought ninja theory already said hellblade 2 was on unreal 5 a while ago. I don't think they are 'rebuilding' anything. That unreal 5 engine demo was just a demo that told the masses about it. It was had been in development with previews for years
  • I'm hyped for this game!