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Xbox Series X console design, including ports, size and dimensions, explained

What you're getting with the tower-like design.

The Xbox Series X console design - alongside the name and the Xbox Series X controller - were revealed in December 2019 as part of the annual Game Awards.

It confirmed a new approach for an Xbox console - a tower-like design - which has a larger volume than previous systems.

Though Microsoft didn't reveal Xbox Series X ports, size or dimensions at launch, several leaks and estimates give us a good idea what to expect ahead of time.

There is also the Xbox Series S - Microsoft's cheaper, lower resolution next-gen console, which comes with its own smaller form factor.

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We know several other things about Microsoft's new console - including Xbox Series X specs, the Xbox Series X controller details and confirmed Xbox Series X games.

Xbox Series X console design images and trailer

First, let's take a look at the Xbox Series X console design - which was revealed at the Game Awards in 2019 with a first-look trailer:

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Here's a closer view of the system itself, using both trailer stills and official press shots released by Microsoft so far:

And as a bonus, here's what the Xbox Series X would look like if yeeted into the sea:

It's worth saying for those possibly put off by the tower design is that it can be housed vertically or horizontally - giving you a few options with your home set up.

Xbox Series X size and dimensions explained - how big is the Xbox Series X compared to other consoles?

Digital Foundry expert Rich Leadbetter was able to have some hands on experience with the upcoming Xbox Series X and, thanks to that, we know exactly how big the Series X truly is.

Here are the dimensions, weight and total volume for the Xbox Series X:

  • Dimensions - 15.1cm x 15.1cm x 30.1cm
  • Total Volume - 6.86 litres
  • Weight - 4.45kg / 9.8lbs

So, as you can tell, the Xbox Series X is definitely not the same size as a fridge. If you want to know more, check out the Digital Foundry Direct below, which is about their hands on experience with the Xbox Series X:

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Interested in learning more about Microsoft's next-gen plans? Here is everything we know about Xbox Series S vs X, the full set of confirmed Xbox Series X specs and features and the console design, size, dimensions and ports, the Xbox Series controller and confirmed Xbox Series games, including those which support Xbox Smart Delivery. The Xbox Series line of consoles will also support the ongoing library of Xbox Game Pass games. When you're ready, you can look for some Xbox Series X/S stock.

Which Xbox Series X ports are supported, including HDMI 2.1 details

The first 'real' look at the Xbox Series X console design comes from a leak (via CurryPanda on NeoGAF) which shows the ports supported by the system.

Credit: CurryPanda on NeoGAF
Credit: CurryPanda on NeoGAF

These include:

  • A power input (which doesn't confirm whether the power brick is internal or external)
  • Ethernet connector
  • Two 'Superspeed' USB ports (unknown whether this is the same as the single USB port on the front of the system)
  • Toslink audio port
  • 1x HDMI 2.1 output (allowing Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) and Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) support for a smoother delay. This single ports also means no HDMI in, as seen with the Xbox One)
  • A Kensington lock
  • An SSD expansion card port

Thanks to some analysis from Digital Foundry for the above.

We should add this is not to be confused with the ports revealed at the AMD event in January 2020 - which was later revealed to be based on a fake 3D model. Oops!

We know several other things about Microsoft's new console - including Xbox Series X specs, the Xbox Series X controller details and confirmed Xbox Series X games.

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