Microsoft reveals the big secret of the new console

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Microsoft recently dropped the Xbox Series X cases completely. We can now estimate very well how powerful the new console really is. To date, Microsoft has left one secret unanswered. But that too has now been aired.

Xbox Series X: That's why Microsoft's console is really that big

When the final design of the Xbox Series X was officially unveiled for the first time, some players were amazed. Because compared to the previous consoles, the new console looked quite large. However, this was not a display error. Microsoft's new Xbox Series X is actually everything else compact, as the first dimensions and weight indicate:

consoleXbox One SXbox One XXbox Series X
Dimensions
  • W: 29.5 cm
  • H: 6.5 cm
  • D: 23 cm
  • W: 30 cm
  • H: 6 cm
  • D: 24 cm
  • W: 15.1 cm
  • H: 30.1 cm
  • D: 15.1 cm
volume4.41 liters4.32 liters6.86 liters
Weight2.9 kg3.69 kg4.45 kg

The Xbox Series X is not only significantly larger, but also heavier. But there is a good reason for that, like Microsoft in an interview with Eurogamer explained. This is how three goals were set at the start of console development:

  • The graphics performance should be doubled compared to the Xbox One X.
  • CPU performance should be quadrupled.
  • The console shouldn't be louder than the Xbox One X.

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These three goals would have turned out to be a problem with a more compact design. After all, the built-in hardware requires significantly more power for such a large amount of additional performance. This ensures that more waste heat is generated in the end and a larger power supply is required.

So that the cooling could still be accomplished, Microsoft decided to split the Xbox Series X motherboard into two parts. All of the components that need to be cooled particularly well were installed on one part – including the SoC, RAM and voltage converter. The second part of the motherboard, on the other hand, only had space for I / O components.

A large heat sink was installed on the first part of the mainboard. The structure in the housing divides the air flow so that it hits both the heat sink and the I / O components and the power supply. Due to this changed structure and the use of a significantly more powerful fan, the airflow is said to have increased by a whopping 70 percent – and only in this way could Microsoft ensure that all three goals that had been set at the beginning of the development were achieved.