We're still a long way out from the release of the next generation of consoles, but Xbox seems to be trying to build up the biggest possible headstart over PlayStation. While Sony is yet to reveal almost anything about its new console, Microsoft is already showing off its new hardware.
In a blog post earlier today, Xbox unveiled the hardware specs of the Series X. The new console is billed as the most powerful Xbox ever, of course, but the specifics include 16GB of RAM, 1 TB of internal storage, and a full 12 Teraflops. I'm still not sure what that last bit means, but it all plays in to the features that Microsoft is keen to highlight.
Those include Raytracing, which will make all your games look much prettier by simulating in-game light more realistically, and much faster frame-rates. Load times are down significantly, even switching between games with the Quick Resume feature that allows players to jump between titles.
Interestingly, Xbox is still standing by a release for the Series X "this holiday season". That's always been the message, but there's been speculation that disruption caused by coronavirus could delay the arrival of the new console generation. It's early days, of course, but it'll be interesting to see whether Microsoft can live up to that promise, and how Sony plans to hit back now that their announcement has been forced firmly into second place.