The gist of Rayner’s comments – and the article as a whole – is that Microsoft’s work on improved I/O performance, and how it affects loading times, is among the most important additions.
“We have come to expect generational leaps in CPU, GPU, and memory performance with each generation”, says Rayner. “Xbox Series X more than delivers against these expectations. As a game developer, one of the most exciting improvements that far exceeds expectations is the massive I/O improvements on Xbox Series X. “
The next-gen version of Gears 5 Rayner mentions isn’t just a tech test – it will be a launch game for Series X, and will be available as a free upgrade to those that already own it.We’ve already seen a demonstration of the base improvement on loading times from Xbox Series X (above), and that’s one of several tech upgrades that Microsoft is touting for its next machine.
Xbox Series X is scheduled to be released during Holiday 2020. Right now we know the Xbox Series X specs, we have an educated guess on its price based on those specs, and a full comparison with PS5. What we know far less about is Xbox Series X games, but we have a list of confirmed and rumoured titles for the next-gen console.