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Xbox bosses tweet pics of the upcoming Xbox Series X APUs, AMD shows unofficial console connector renders at CES

The Project Scarlett APU powerring the upcoming Xbox Series X console has a die 11% larger than the one featured on the currnet Xbox One X. (Source: David Prien's Twitter)
The Project Scarlett APU powerring the upcoming Xbox Series X console has a die 11% larger than the one featured on the currnet Xbox One X. (Source: David Prien's Twitter)
Based on the APU images unveiled by the Xbox directors, the new chip is estimated to have a die 11% larger than the current one featured on the Xbox One X console. This should allow for more Zen 2 cores, hardware-based ray tracing and 8K video decoding. In other news, AMD goofs around by showing unofficial footage of the Xbox Series X rear connectors.
Bogdan Solca,

Even though Microsoft did not deliver an official presentation for the upcoming Xbox Series X console at CES this year, AMD spilled the beans with some unofficial renders featuring the console connectors on the back, while the Xbox director Phil Spencer and senior director of hardware David Prien showed off pictures of the console APU on their Twitter accounts.

AMD took the liberty to present unofficial 360-degree renders of Microsoft’s next gen console, but was quick to set the record straight declaring that “the Xbox Series X imagery used during the AMD CES press conference was not sourced from Microsoft and does not accurately represent the design or features of the upcoming console. They were taken from TurboSquid.com.” Blunder aside, the renders show a similar selection from the current Xbox One X, including a two-pin power connector that indicates the existence of an internal power supply, along with an Etheret jack, two USB-C ports and two HDMI connectors. There is also one more USB port in front, most likely for charging the wireless controllers. Additionally, it looks like the HDMI ports support in and out connections, allowing other consoles or even cable boxes to be routed through the Xbox Series X console. The commercial version of the console might feature a different connector lineup, so take this AMD “oopsy!” with a grain of salt.

As for the APU pics, a direct comparison with the current Xbox Scorpio model made by WCCFTech suggests that the Project Scarlett chip is almost 11% larger in order to accommodate additional AMD Zen 2 cores coupled with hardware-based ray tracing capabilities. Moreover, the maximum resolution supported by the new console is supposed to be 8K, but games running at this resolution are hardly playable on high-end desktops right now, so support for 8K may only be available for video decoding.

More official details on the Xbox Series X are expected to be unveiled this summer at the E3 event.

Unofficial render of the Xbox Series X rear connectors (Source: AMD CES 2020 presentation)
Unofficial render of the Xbox Series X rear connectors (Source: AMD CES 2020 presentation)
Tray of Xbox Series X APUs (Source: David Prien's Twitter)
Tray of Xbox Series X APUs (Source: David Prien's Twitter)
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Bogdan Solca, 2020-01- 7 (Update: 2020-01- 7)
Bogdan Solca
Bogdan Solca - News Editor
I stepped into the wonderous IT&C world when I was around 7. I was instantly fascinated by computerized graphics, be them from games or 3D applications like 3D Max. I like to keep myself up to date with all the new technologies that get released at an ever increasing rate these days. I'm also an avid SciFi reader, an astrophysics aficionado and, as of late, a crypto geek.