One of the key features coming to Microsoft’s next-gen console, the Xbox Series X, will be the ability to play multiple games by putting one on standby then resuming another. Xbox head Phil Spencer and partner director of program management for Team Xbox, Jason Ronald, sat down with Gamespot to talk about how this will work in practicality.
“Today, we have the capability of instantly resuming the last game that you were playing,” Ronald told GameSpot. “Why can’t you do that for multiple games? Many players choose to play multiple games at the same time, being able to instantly jump right back where I was, those are things that we can do with the platform level to make the gaming experience better.”
Suspending your games makes it easier to transition from one title to the next. The Xbox One does this to one degree, but it is loud and lengthy to switch between Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Red Dead Redemption 2. Spencer, who has a Series X at his home, claims it is as silent as the Xbox One X and far more powerful. The core of making this possible is the specs of the machine, which consists of 8-core targeting around 3.5 GHz, Xbox Series X GPU, and custom processor, 12 TFLOPS of computer power, GDDR6 memory for the RAM (16 GBs total), and an NVMe SSD. The strength of the system includes a large fan at the top to push air for the system to “disappear” in your gaming setup, which could make for a streamlined experience, which is Microsoft’s goal.
The Series X was unveiled Dec. 13 at this year’s The Game Awards. Spencer came up to show off its PC-esque shape with some tidbits about what to expect from the followup to the Xbox One X.
No word on how many games you can jump between at a time yet. There is plenty more Xbox has held away from the public about the Series X, so we will have to wait and see in the coming months.
The new generation is coming next year. Both the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 are set to arrive by the end of 2020.
What do you think about switching between games at anytime you want for the new Xbox? Are you skeptical or excited about these new possibilities? Let us know all of your thoughts on the Series X in the comments.