Microsoft provides details on some of the best technical features of its next-generation consoles.
Now that AMD has introduced its new Radeon RX 6000 cards, Microsoft can now openly discuss the latest technical details of the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S that remained to be seen in detail, both powered by the Zen 2 chip and RDNA 2 architecture, being the only consoles that will give “total support” to all its technical innovations, which they assure offers a “significant increase in the performance and efficiency” of the platform, “in addition to adding new possibilities of hardware acceleration, including Raytracing, Mesh Shaders, Sampler Feedback, and Variable Rate Shading “.
On Xbox they have not hesitated to extol the virtues of ray tracing using Watch Dogs Legion as an example, noting that this technology allows developers “to offer a new level of graphic fidelity and immersion through realistic lighting techniques, shadows, and reflections.” Other advancements such as Sampler Feedback “greatly improve memory efficiency by allowing games to load into memory itself”, substantially improving console performance.
In order to improve the efficiency of resources available to developers, Variable Rate Shading (VRS) technology gives creatives greater control over the resources of the Xbox Series X and S GPUs, dedicating more of these to the areas that they want to highlight while removing other less visible ones. Thanks to this, they comment, games like Gears 5 for Xbox One “can increase their performance by 15%, thus achieving higher screen resolutions and better rates of images per second with the same image quality.”
“All these technical improvements will be available via hardware on Xbox Series X and Series S, and we are excited that they will also reach PC,” they add, as this will create a more comfortable work environment for creatives who work on these platforms and the PC. “From the beginning of the development of Xbox Series X | S, we knew that we wanted to lay the foundation for the next ten years of innovation in the world of video games on consoles, PC and the cloud,” they comment in a message posted on Xbox Wire. They relied on RDNA 2 technology to achieve this, “and not only have we delivered on this promise, but we are going further with additional next-generation innovations .”
Microsoft assures that it has waited for the premiere of this new range of Radeon RX 6000 cards to support the “most advanced technology” of AMD and with it, create the best and most spectacular gaming experiences on Xbox Series.