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Microsoft details the Xbox X and xCloud series in the new live stream next week

This year’s annual game developer conference (GDC) may have been postponed due to the new outbreak of the coronavirus, but that doesn’t stop Microsoft from streaming what it had planned for the show. The Xbox maker has revealed that it is planning to stream a series of developer-focused keynotes, including one specifically on the Xbox Series X and Project xCloud on March 18.

So far Microsoft has surprised Xbox fans with the presentation of the X Series hardware design during last year’s Game Awards and confirmation, last month, of the 12 performances of the teraflop GPU. Microsoft’s one-hour live streaming will focus on how game developers can take advantage of its next-generation Xbox hardware and we’ll likely have some new details. The company has revealed the Xbox X series features and hardware specifications gradually, and will likely continue next week.

Xbox Series X will include a custom designed CPU based on AMD’s Zen 2 and Radeon RDNA 2 architecture. Microsoft is also using an NVMe SSD on the Xbox Series X to increase game loading times. The next generation of Xbox will also support 8K games and frame rates of up to 120 fps in games. Microsoft has partnered with HDMI forum and TV manufacturers to enable Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) and Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) on the X Series as part of its HDMI 2.1 support.

Microsoft is still making fun of the power and hardware support of the Xbox Series X, but the company has revealed some aspects of the software side. In particular, the console will be able to resume multiple games instantly and even resume titles after restarting the X Series for a system update.

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We will also be hearing more about the DirectX ray track next week. A separate talk on “What’s New in DirectX” is scheduled for 1:20 pm PT / 4:20 pm ET on March 18th. Microsoft will discuss ray tracing, mesh shading techniques and more.

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