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https://news.xbox.com/en-us/2020/10/28/a-closer-look-at-how-xbox-series-xs-integrates-full-amd-rdna-2-architecture/

"The long-term strategic relationship between Xbox and AMD over the past 15 years, beginning with the Xbox 360, is at the heart of the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S. With the upcoming launch of the Xbox Series X|S on November 10, together we are ushering in the next generation of gaming delivering a level of power, performance and compatibility never before seen in console gaming, powered by AMD’s latest “Zen 2” and RDNA 2 architectures. Xbox Series X|S are the only next-generation consoles with full hardware support for all the RDNA 2 capabilities AMD showcased today."

The full list of RDNA 2 features on Xbox Series S and X:

  • Hardware accelerated DirectX raytracing (showcased in Watch Dogs Legions), which allows improved lighting, reflections, and acoustics.
  • Mesh shaders, which allow developers to manipulate game geometry in real-time, providing a higher level of fidelity and immersion than was previously possible.
  • Sampler Feedback, which only loads the portions of textures that are visible to the player into the RAM, offering 2.5x greater RAM efficiency (effectively a 2.5x increase to the amount of RAM available to developers)
  • Variable Rate Shading, which allows developers to focus GPU resources on the portions of any given frame that most need those resources

MS also talks about their partnership with AMD to work on DirectML, which is a set of hardware accelerated machine learning features that can be used to improve NPC AI, make more lifelike animations, and enhance resolution with ML powered Super Resolution (Microsoft's counter to Nvidia's DLSS).

Last edited by shikamaru317 - on 28 October 2020