How big is the Xbox Series X? Microsoft hasn't offered exact dimensions yet, but extrapolating on the size of the USB-A port in the official renders gives us some pretty close estimations. Our best guess puts the Xbox Series X at around 310 mm x 160 mm x 160 mm, if accurate, gives us a good sense of scale for comparing it to other known consoles.
Our 3D printing team whipped up some three-dimensional models based on the glimpses Microsoft has shown us of the Xbox Series X, as well as some of our own expectations. The scaling is based on our roughly estimated sizes of the Series X, and the known sizes of the PlayStation 4 Pro (PS4) and the Xbox One X. The below embeds show how the Xbox Series X stacks up when compared side by side to its contemporaries, although the reality may differ once we get the official measurements from Microsoft. So far, we're going off 3D renders in Microsoft's trailers, which may not feature true to life accuracy either.
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Update January 8, 2020: We've updated our models to include ports and vents, based on recent information we've received.
Update December 23, 2019: We've updated the 3D models with revised sizes based on new information, shaving a few millimeters off the overall footprint.
Xbox Series X vs. PlayStation 4 Pro vs. Xbox One X 3D models
While the overall volume of the Xbox Series X is around twice that of the Xbox One X, it's not as huge as some of the epic memes suggest. Stacked up side by side, you can get a better view of how it might fit into your setup.
The Xbox Series X can be positioned either vertically or horizontally. When positioned vertically, it's not far removed from something like an Amazon Echo Plus or a compact desktop PC.
Although details are scant, we expect the form factor is influenced by the need for airflow. Microsoft has spoken about how it intends for the Xbox Series X to be near-silent, which, given its potential power, is critical to avoiding excessive noise or even overheating.
Xbox Series X 3D models
If you want a closer look of Xbox Series X stacks itself, we embedded a separate file above. So far, we've only seen glimpses of the console from specific angles. We're unsure what the underside looks, but it seems to have feet to help elevate and stabilize it when placed vertically on a surface. Although, there also seems to be something else on the underside when viewing stills with increased contrast.
We're unsure what ports the Xbox Series X will pack, although we have heard that the HDMI-in port may have been dropped. The ports on the back represent our best guess, based on what we have with today's Xbox One X. Microsoft has shown that the Xbox Series X still utilizes USB Type-A ports on the front, complete with the familiar Xbox power button, pairing button, and eject button next to the disc drive (yes, there is still a disc drive).
Update: We recently received information about the ports on the back too, adding two more USB-A, HDMI-out, SPDIF, and power. Sadly, it looks like the HDMI-in is removed. The slot you see is likely used for debugging, and won't make it to production units.
The trailer showed what appears to be some form of lighting emanating from the top of the device, although it now appears as if the green is actually just the color of the plastic on the interior of the device, based on new information we've received.
So, what say you?
What do you think of the design? Let us know in the comments, and also let us know if you'd like us to try and compare the Xbox Series X to any other well-known devices.
The Xbox Series X is targeting a holiday 2020 launch window, and we can't wait.
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