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These are (probably) the actual ports on the Xbox Series X

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Yesterday, AMD revealed the Xbox Series X in all its glory, gleefully showing off the system’s ports and how they’re configured on the machine. As AMD is the company supplying Microsoft with the chips that’ll power the next-generation Xbox, it was a safe assumption that AMD would be privy to unreleased information Unfortunately, AMD bought the render on the cheap from TurboSquid.com, and it wasn’t a legitimate look at the ports the system would offer – something AMD had to admit with a bit of embarrassment.

Now, perpetual Microsoft and Windows insider Thurrott’s Brad Sams has given us a look at what the Xbox Series X port configuration looks like as the system stands right now. The information comes from “multiple people familiar with the hardware.” This sort of thing is subject to change, but it’s probably the most accurate look at the system’s ports for the moment.

Truth be told the array of ports isn’t too different from the illegitimate render, but the configuration and placement are. There’s also one port that seems to be missing, and depending on the user, may or may not be an important one.

According to Thurrot, the Xbox Series X will two SuperSpeed USB-A ports, ethernet, a single HDMI port, optical audio, and a power connection. There is also a single front USB A port. There is also another port on the back that may be used for debugging – but nobody seems to know exactly what’s it’s for, and it may only feature on SDKs. The biggest difference between the TurboSquid Render and the apparent actual hardware is that the Xbox Series X will only feature one HDMI port. That means you’ll no longer be able to use the Xbox to route through cable or satellite TV, or other media players or set-top boxes.

As somebody who hasn’t used the HDMI in on his Xbox other than to test that it works, it’s not something that’ll affect me at all – but I’m sure many bought into Microsoft’s idea of the Xbox being the central hub in the living room, and the Xbox Series X apparently ditches that ethos.

Last Updated: January 8, 2020

10 Comments

  1. Raptor Rants

    January 8, 2020 at 08:51

    But can it run Crysis?

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    • HairyEwok

      January 8, 2020 at 08:51

      The only thing this Xbox is doing now is causing a crysis.

      Reply

      • Raptor Rants

        January 8, 2020 at 09:21

        The only thing causing a crisis is Microsoft’s marketing team (Yet again).
        If they would just market the darn thing honestly none of this would be an issue.

        Console. More powerful than previous XBox. Upgraded visual fidelity. Capable of more complex game visuals.

        Boom. Winner winner chicken dinner.

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        • HairyEwok

          January 8, 2020 at 09:27

          Considering the shit storm that is MS marketin, I highly doubt it will ever be straight forward. Even Sony’s PS marketing team is being a all hinty hinty about their PS5.

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        • HairyEwok

          January 8, 2020 at 09:27

          Considering the shit storm that is MS marketin, I highly doubt it will ever be straight forward. Even Sony’s PS marketing team is being a all hinty hinty about their PS5.

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          • Raptor Rants

            January 8, 2020 at 09:40

            Hinty Hinty is fine. Teasing information in marketing is very effective.

            I’m referring more to the concrete promises that are half truths or things promised that never get realised on launch.

            MS have already promised what level of performance the machine can do. And you know what? Devs are going to crush those performance promises because suddenly they have more power to work with and they will use that power. Suddenly the promised performance isn’t there with the games launching for the platform because the devs are pushing the hardware limits.

            I reckon just sticking to promises of better looking games and better image quality, better load times, etc is fine. Don’t try put definitive performance stats on it though.

            That all being said I am very excited and curious to see just how good the new consoles are going to be. Consoles have always been able to do more with less hardware and the hardware, while not technically being current gen, is going to do some amazing visuals I think.

    • Pariah

      January 8, 2020 at 08:51

      At 7 frames per second, probably. 😉

      Happy new year. <3

      Reply

  2. Mark Treloar

    January 8, 2020 at 13:28

    “AMD had to admit with a bit of embarrassment” – You have to wonder though, if media outlets were responsible for actually printing facts instead of click bait headlines if an apology would have even been necessary

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  3. Uberutang

    January 8, 2020 at 15:27

    I use HDMI in for my ps4 pro, just to humiliate it.

    Reply

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