Microsoft said it is a Windows 10 based device and pretty well all we needed to know was that it was a great gaming console.We lamented that Microsoft was following the industry trend of not fully disclosing specifications “under the bonnet” but a teardown reveals all.
If you are a gamer read iFixit’s teardown in detail, but if not here are a few salient specifications.
- 1.75 GHz AMD "Jaguar" 8-core CPU and overclocked 914 MHz Radeon Graphics GPU with HDR video
- 8GB DDR3 SDRAM
- 8GB eMMC NAND flash memory (short term accelerator storage)
- Up to 2TB, SATA III, 5400RPM, 6GBps HDD
- BD-ROM (Blu-ray)
- Wi-Fi AC, dual band, 2 x 2 MU-MIMO, Bluetooth 4.x, IR Blaster
- 2 x HDMI 2.0
- 3 x USB 3.0 – will accept external HDDs
As I mentioned in the iTWire article, this may well be a great home entertainment system. At $549 for the big 2TB model, it fulfils multiple functions including as a media centre (it should accept a USB dual TV Tuner); 2TB NAS; 4K, HDR, content player; Blu-ray; and you can play games as well – all for about the cost of many bare 4K Blue-ray players.