Xbox Sequence X launch date, specs, design and launch titles for the model new Xbox

Xbox Sequence X is the model new Xbox that is due for launch in late 2020. We now have already seen the Xbox Sequence X’s design, know among the many Xbox Sequence X video video games we’ll be getting our arms on when the console releases later this 12 months, which includes the likes of Halo Infinite and Hellblade 2, and have ample data on backwards compatibility and the way in which cross-gen sport possession will work beneath the model new Wise Provide attribute.

Whereas we nonetheless shouldn’t have affirmation of the Xbox Sequence X worth or launch date, we do know a lot about what to anticipate when the model new Xbox launches later this 12 months.

Everyone knows that the Xbox Sequence X design is a blockier mannequin than we have now seen in earlier Xbox consoles, making it look identical to a small gaming PC. Nonetheless, additional importantly, everyone knows what’s contained within the console, due to Microsoft giving us the Xbox Sequence X’s full specs – and we are going to say for sure that the model new Xbox goes to be an absolute powerhouse. Whereas we cowl these in extra factor down beneath, the in want of it is that the model new Xbox is rocking 8x Zen 2 Cores at 3.8GHz, 16GB of GDDR6 memory and a custom-made RDNA 2 AMD GPU that locations out 12 TFLOPs of processing vitality.

By way of totally different Xbox Sequence X choices, everyone knows the next-gen console may have ray-tracing, a super-fast SSD, and potential 8K capabilities, whereas moreover being backwards appropriate with Four generations of Xbox video video games.

Want the entire juicy particulars? Right here is all of the items everyone knows in regards to the Xbox Sequence to date – and what we hope will seemingly be revealed the nearer we get to launch.

[UPDATE: The Xbox Series X could be even more powerful than PS5 – if Microsoft copied Sony’s approach.]

Xbox Sequence X: key particulars

What’s it? Xbox Sequence X could be the next-gen Xbox console.Xbox Sequence X launch date: “Trip 2020” – so between October and December.What can I play on it? Quite a lot of video video games! They embody Halo Infinite, Hellblade 2 and Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, with quite extra to come back again.What is going on to the Xbox Sequence X worth? No prices however, and we’re not anticipating it to be low price. Nonetheless Microsoft has talked about it won’t be making the equivalent pricing errors as ultimate period so perhaps we’ll be pleasantly shocked.Will Xbox Sequence X have VR? Microsoft has confirmed Xbox Sequence X won’t have VR at launch, with Xbox boss Phil Spencer saying the company is prepared until Xbox VR is a “no-brainer”.Can I play Xbox One video video games on the Xbox Sequence X? Yep! All earlier generations of Xbox video video games will seemingly be playable by backwards compatibility.Will coronavirus delay the Xbox Sequence X launch? It doesn’t seem like this could be the case as Microsoft is citing the equivalent launch window.

Xbox Sequence X launch date

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Microsoft has given the discharge window of “Trip 2020” for the model new Xbox – which suggests we’ll likely see the Xbox Sequence X launch worldwide between October and December this 12 months. That’s correct, the model new Xbox will launch worldwide on this window, along with in Japan the place the Xbox mannequin has beforehand had poor product sales.

We’re anticipating the Xbox Sequence X to launch sometime in November as, historically, that’s when Microsoft has launched its consoles.

It’s potential that the discharge date will seemingly be November 26, 2020 (AKA Thanksgiving inside the US) as mage stating the Xbox Sequence X is “coming Thanksgiving 2020” (confirmed above) appeared on loads of product pages everywhere in the world briefly sooner than being reverted once more to to the beforehand launched Trip 2020 launch window.

A Microsoft spokesperson responded to TechRadar to clarify, saying: “An Xbox product internet web page in some areas inaccurately listed the launch date for Xbox Sequence X as Thanksgiving 2020. We’re devoted to launching Trip 2020.” 

Xbox Sequence X worth

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Microsoft won’t be pinned down on an Xbox Sequence X worth stage pretty however – unsurprisingly, given what a sore spot the value of the Xbox One was for followers. At launch, the distinctive Xbox One worth a whopping $499 / £429 / AU$599, which was shortly decreased when Microsoft realized people weren’t forking out.

Microsoft has on the very least promised that it’s realized from this pricing mistake, with Phil Spencer stating that this time “we shouldn’t be going to be misplaced on vitality or worth.” That doesn’t suggest that the model new Xbox will seemingly be low price, ideas you, it merely means the value stage will seemingly be greater aligned with the console’s vitality and the value components of the opponents. 

In the end, Jason Ronald, director of the Xbox platform, gave solely a obscure reassurance when speaking to Dwelling home windows Central, saying that Microsoft knew “what low-cost worth components are for a console and type of what purchasers anticipate about that”.

Price will as a minimum partly be determined by the value of the elements going into the console: Xbox Sequence X goes to be rather more extremely efficient than each the Xbox One S or Xbox One X, and which will likely suggest we’re an excellent bigger ticket on any bundles and Xbox Sequence X pre-orders. 

It might very nicely be a while sooner than we get affirmation of the Xbox Sequence X worth – most likely months. Historically we have now seen every Microsoft and Sony reveal their console pricing spherical June or July, nevertheless this time points are a bit fully totally different. The brand new topic of pricing has many on the sting of their seats, as we see merely how extremely efficient the PS5 and Xbox Sequence are, and marvel how expensive the know-how will seemingly be. 

Nonetheless, it does seem like the Xbox Sequence X could very nicely be cheaper than the PS5. Sony Interactive Leisure’s president and CEO Jim Ryan has hinted that the PS5 could not have the ‘lowest worth’ in battle in opposition to Xbox Sequence X

In a wide-ranging interview with GamesIndustryBiz, Ryan addressed speculation throughout the PS5 worth. Whereas not revealing the value, Ryan immediate the PS5 worth could very nicely be a significant hit on avid players’ monetary financial savings, and undoubtedly not committing to beating the Xbox Sequence X on worth.

Speaking on whether or not or not the potential for a Covid-19-related recession will impact product sales of the PS5, a high-value gadget, Ryan talked about:

“I really feel one of many easiest methods that we are going to deal with that’s by providing the easiest value proposition that we are going to. I don’t basically suggest lowest worth. Price is a mixture of many points. In our area it means video video games, it means number of video video games, depth of video video games, breadth of video video games, prime quality of video video games, worth of video video games… all of these things and the way in which they avail themselves of the attribute set of the platform.”

It appears like we’re in the meanwhile in a single factor of a standoff, with every companies able to see what the other will worth its next-gen {{hardware}} at – most likely to permit them to undercut each other. It looks as if Sony and Microsoft will seemingly be prepared until the ultimate potential second to set their pricing, with a great deal of time sooner than then to make modifications. Nonetheless, ample time will ought to be put apart sooner than the consoles launch between October and December for people to get these pre-orders in.

Xbox Sequence X specs

(Image credit score rating: Microsoft)CPU: 8x Zen 2 Cores at 3.8GHz (3.6GHz with SMT) 7nmGPU: 12 TFLOPs, 52 CUs at 1.825GHz, Personalized RDNA 2Memory: 16GB GDDR6Storage: 1TB custom-made NVMe SSDOptical drive: 4K UHD Blu-rayPorts: HDMI 2.1 output, 3x USB 3.2, networking port, expanded storage slot, vitality enter120 fps supportPotential 8K resolutionsRay-tracing technologyVariable Price Shading for additional regular physique ratesCompatible with Xbox One accessoriesSmart Provide

We now know what Xbox Sequence X looks as if and what it’s packing beneath the hood, and will probably be an absolute beast of a console. The model new Xbox’s gaming PC design is pretty apt, considering the next-gen console’s inside {{hardware}} is corresponding to at the least one – so make sure you check out our Xbox Sequence X spec analysis.

Digital Foundry analysis
The fogeys over at Eurogamer’s Digital Foundry purchased an in depth take a look on the {{hardware}}, and alongside Microsoft have launched the {{hardware}} that may seemingly be powering the Xbox Sequence X. In keeping with Digital Foundry, the specs confirm that the Xbox Sequence X will definitely be twice as extremely efficient as a result of the Xbox As quickly as X… in practise.

Digital Foundry observed an unoptimized mannequin of Gears 5 working on the Xbox Sequence X working on the equal of ‘Extraordinarily’ graphics settings on PC, and it comes with enhanced shadows and ray tracing. The place the scale back scenes ran at 30FPS on the Xbox One X, Digital Foundry reported that on the Xbox Sequence X, it runs at a ‘flawless’ 60FPS. Moreover, that’s an early port – on launch we must always at all times see even greater outcomes.

As anticipated, the Xbox Sequence X processor is constructed proper right into a custom-made Endeavor Scarlett SoC (System on Chip), which makes use of an enhanced mannequin of TSMC’s 7nm course of. That seven nanometers is important. The smaller the tactic, the additional atmosphere pleasant the chip might be. Which implies it would current additional effectivity for a lot much less vitality.

Guaranteeing the chip inside a video video games console can perform properly with out using quite a few vitality (and getting scorching) is extraordinarily very important. Primarily based totally on the prototype {{hardware}} Digital Foundry seen, the Xbox Sequence X reportedly ships with a 315W vitality present – delivered internally nevertheless the console will also be equipped with parallel cooling construction, allowing cool air in and letting that cool air stream by separate areas of the console.

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The processor is a customized AMD Zen 2 CPU with eight cores and 16 threads, with a peak tempo of three.8GHz, and a base tempo of three.6GHz.

As Digital Foundry reveals, these frequencies aren’t absolutely locked, which suggests the Xbox Sequence X may alter the flexibility of the CPU based mostly totally on workload and thermals. So, do you have to’re participating in a sport that desires plenty of processing vitality, the Xbox Sequence X could give its CPU a carry, after which gradual it down whilst you don’t need it.

Within the meantime, the GPU of the Xbox Sequence X is revealed as a custom-made design with 12 teraflops of compute effectivity, with 3328 shaders allotted to 52 compute gadgets, and runs at a locked 1,825 MHz. Apparently, there’s no improve clocks for the GPU. It is going to always run at that tempo.

The Xbox Sequence X moreover makes use of AMD’s RDNA 2 construction, and gives ray tracing for photo-realistic lighting. What does this suggest within the true world? It seems the Xbox Sequence X may have the graphical vitality acquirement to a gaming PC with an Nvidia RTX 2080 graphics card. So, a very succesful gadget actually, nevertheless maybe not able to compete with most likely probably the most extremely efficient gaming PCs.

The Xbox Sequence X moreover will get 16GB of GDDR6 memory – an enhance from the Xbox One X’s 12GB GDDR5. That gained’t all be utilized in video video games, nonetheless. Video video games will get a whole of 13.5GB – 10GB of GPU optimum memory and three.5GB of regular memory, whereas the remaining 2.5GB is reserved for the working system.

The earlier GDDR6 memory should additionally present an infinite leap in effectivity. Match that with a super-fast NVMe SSD, and the Xbox Sequence X ought to essentially really feel very spritely when used.

There’s nonetheless plenty of questions over what kind of effectivity we are going to anticipate from the Xbox Sequence X, nevertheless that’s by far the easiest take a look on the {{hardware}} we’ve seen.

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8K performance
No matter 4K being the aim, Microsoft has talked about the Xbox Sequence X has 8K performance. Phil Spencer even modified his Twitter profile {photograph} to (what appeared to be) a picture of the next-gen Xbox Sequence X’s processor. It talked about ‘Endeavor Scarlett’ on it, and was marked with ‘8K’ (pictured above), suggesting Microsoft plans on doing larger than merely talking the talk about when it comes to 8K. 

Variable Price Shading
Microsoft is aiming to get Xbox Sequence X video video games to run at 60 FPS in 4K, calling the issue a “design goal”. The console will help as a lot as 120 FPS too. The Xbox Sequence X could even attribute Variable Price Shading, which prioritizes outcomes on fully totally different in-game characters and objects for a “additional regular physique worth and higher choice”, in keeping with Microsoft.

Ultrawide help
Not solely will video video games look greater, they could very nicely be bigger. In an interview with PCGamesN, Samsung revealed that it’s talking with Microsoft and pushing the gaming behemoth to undertake ultrawide help for the Xbox Sequence X.

Large-fast SSD
The Xbox Sequence X will make good use of getting an SSD – a ‘Quick Resume’ attribute for the console will mean you can “just about instantly” proceed with plenty of video video games, with out the need to take a seat by load screens. 

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Improved latency
Microsoft moreover targets to boost latency by choices equal to Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) and Variable Refresh Price (VRR).  In keeping with Microsoft, “ALLM permits Xbox One and Xbox Sequence X to robotically set the linked present to its lowest latency mode”. Whereas “VRR synchronizes the present’s refresh worth to the game’s physique worth, sustaining clear visuals with out tearing”. These choices function to attenuate lag and make gaming additional responsive.

Nonetheless, don’t anticipate video to do the Xbox Sequence X’s vitality justice. Xbox boss Phil Spencer believes that it’s been troublesome to exhibit merely how a whole lot of a leap Xbox Sequence X will seemingly be over Xbox One, as sooner and further regular physique fees aren’t one factor that really comes all through in films. 

Chatting with ex-Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-aime on his new podcast (thanks, GameSpot), Spencer lamented the reality that avid players could not acknowledge the flexibility of Xbox Sequence X merely however. 

“Certainly one of many points I’ve talked about publicly … nevertheless it is laborious to come back again all through, is the way in which by which it feels to play video video games on a subject the place physique fees are bigger, physique fees are additional regular,” Spencer outlined. “The fluidity of it, exhibiting that in video kind, is just not potential. How do you current how one factor feels?”

Backwards compatibility with Xbox One tools
Microsoft has moreover confirmed that every one your current Xbox One tools will work with Xbox Sequence X, along with present controllers and headsets. Nonetheless we might doubt that moreover consists of the ill-fated Kinect motion tracker.

That suggests that the Xbox Elite Wi-fi Controller Sequence 2 will seemingly be forward appropriate with Sequence X, nevertheless Microsoft will also be launching a next-generation wi-fi controller to accompany the model new console.

Xbox Sequence X design

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Xbox Sequence X has a completely fully totally different design to its predecessors. For a start, the next-gen console has an upright tower design – identical to that of a gaming PC. Nonetheless, Microsoft has confirmed Sequence X can sit horizontally or vertically. 

From what we have now seen inside the Sequence X reveal trailer, the console is black with barely indented cooling vents on the best (with what seems to be a inexperienced gentle inside). The Xbox model sits small on the best left hand nook of the console and there’s nonetheless a disc drive – which is positioned vertically on the left hand facet moreover.

The Xbox Sequence X has the subsequent ports: HDMI 2.1 output port, three USB 3.2 ports, one networking port, an expanded storage slot and an affect enter port.

The console reportedly measures 15.1cm x 15.1cm x 30.1cm and weighs 4.45kg/9.8lbs. 

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Whereas these images have been circling for a while now, we nonetheless weren’t absolutely sure what that thriller port was – until now. Thurrott claims that sources “accustomed to the company’s plans” have acknowledged the port as being for storage progress.

Microsoft hasn’t confirmed it that’s the case, nevertheless we might not be shocked if it was seeing as exterior storage was supported with the Xbox One – nevertheless whether or not or not we see it included inside the final Sequence X product continues to be not sure. 

Together with the console design, we moreover know what the model new Xbox model will seem like. 

Seen on Reddit by Dwelling home windows Central, an official trademark itemizing for the Xbox Sequence X model was filed on April 16, 2020, exhibiting a very fully totally different look to what we have now seen for Microsoft’s consoles thus far.

The symbol reveals the phrase ‘Sequence’ in a vertical formation, subsequent to a stylized ‘X’. It’s a additional mature and minimalist design for Xbox, nevertheless it is significantly simplistic and – in our opinion – appears additional suited to a sports activities actions mannequin. 

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In keeping with the patent, that’s the Xbox Sequence X model we’ll see on all of the items from the console itself to garments, keychains, toys and even kitchen utensils. Although, we count on Microsoft is just making an attempt to cowl all bases and it’s unlikely we’ll see an Xbox Sequence X spatula anytime shortly. 

Xbox Sequence X controller

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Microsoft is releasing an Xbox Sequence X controller to accompany its subsequent period console. The model new Xbox Wi-fi Controller will apparently be additional accessible to everyone, as Microsoft has made an effort to refine the size and kind. 

This shouldn’t be too gorgeous to anyone that’s been following the tech massive, because it has been making waves for accessibility in gaming for a while now with merchandise identical to the Xbox Adaptive Controller. Along with enhanced accessibility, we’ll even be getting a loyal share button (lastly) which will mean you can share screenshots and films along with your mates.

Microsoft has moreover revealed that it is optimizing latency inside the “player-to-console pipeline” starting with our Xbox Wi-fi Controller, by a model new attribute known as Dynamic Latency enter. In keeping with the company, this attribute “synchronizes enter immediately with what’s displayed”, making controls “additional actual and responsive”.

Xbox Sequence X: what will I be participating in?

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We purchased our biggest look however on the upcoming Xbox Sequence X video video games lineup via the Xbox Sequence X gameplay reveal on May 7, with Microsoft revealing a roster of third-party video video games coming to the model new Xbox along with Mud 5, Scorn Madden 21 and further. We moreover purchased to see gameplay for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla for the first time. All the video video games confirmed are optimized for the Xbox Sequence X (and may subsequently benefit from its extremely efficient specs).

For a full take a look on the handfuls of Xbox Sequence X video video games which had been confirmed to date, check out our full Xbox Sequence X video video games round-up. 

Nonetheless what else will we study Xbox Sequence X video video games to date? All through the Xbox Sequence X’s official reveal, Phil Spencer talked about Sequence X video video games will seemingly be “additional lifelike, immersive and gorgeous” and that the Xbox Sequence X will “lead us into the way in which ahead for gaming”. He moreover acknowledged that 15 Xbox Sport Studios are developing an infinite next-generation library that options Hellblade 2: Senua’s Saga and Halo Infinite.

Not a Halo fan? Do not be involved, Xbox Sequence X will seemingly have the ability to Four generations of backwards compatibility – with the attribute on the market from launch. Which implies the Sequence X might be succesful to play present Xbox One video video games like Future 2 as  properly as backward-compatible Xbox 360 and genuine Xbox video video games. Not solely that, nevertheless these video video games will “play greater than ever sooner than” due to Microsoft’s new HDR reconstruction method and the Xbox Sequence X’s Quick Resume attribute – with out requiring additional work from builders.

In addition to, the Xbox Sequence X’s extremely efficient specs will permit select backwards-compatible titles to run at bigger resolutions or double the physique worth.

Not solely is Microsoft doubling down on backwards compatibility, nevertheless the agency will also be introducing a model new system known as Wise Provide to the Sequence X that, in some respects, could very nicely be seen as forwards compatibility. 

With the Xbox Sequence X, Wise Provide will seemingly assure that you’ve the suitable mannequin of a sport, regardless of which Xbox console you’ve bought it on, allowing prospects to enhance appropriate video video games to next-gen variations freed from cost by this method. Not solely that nevertheless save data might be succesful to be carried backwards and forwards between the Xbox Sequence X and Xbox One, allowing players to pick out up and play on every current-gen and next-gen consoles. We already know among the many video video games which may profit from this attribute, along with Cyberpunk 2077.

In addition to, Microsoft will stay away from siloing by taking a cross-generation technique to its first-party video video games. Chatting with Stevivor, Phil Spencer talked about Microsoft wishes to create a console that makes use of Xbox Play Anyplace so that you probably can switch seamlessly between items: “Our goal for our first-party video video games is that your entitlements will seemingly be cross-generation and your Achievements will switch efficiently collectively along with your save sport because of that’s the place they stand.”

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We’re moreover anticipating Microsoft’s game-streaming service Endeavor xCloud to be out of public testing by the purpose Xbox Sequence X releases (with a launch date slated for this 12 months) so we must always at all times hopefully be succesful to have the benefit of Sequence X video video games on-the-go.

For people who aren’t pretty provided on upgrading to Sequence X pretty however, nevertheless nonetheless want to check out the easiest upcoming video video games, Microsoft has acknowledged that there won’t be Xbox Sequence X distinctive video video games for as a minimum a 12 months and, for the foreseeable future, new video video games are consider to work all through the Xbox family of items. Which implies you’ll nonetheless be succesful to play them on Xbox One.

Xbox 20/20

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We knew what the Xbox Sequence X will seem like, a few of the choices on present, and an outstanding deal about specs the next Xbox is boasting. Nonetheless May 7 was as soon as we first observed Xbox Sequence X gameplay revealed.

In keeping with Microsoft, this event would see us followers getting a main take a look at next-gen gameplay, trailers and sneak peeks from Xbox’s third-party companions, an substitute on how devs are utilizing the Xbox Sequence X and, lastly, affirmation of the Xbox Sequence X video video games which will use Wise Provide.

With no take a look on the console itself, or its interface choices, this was all about third-party titles – and in the long run we felt it was considerably underwhelming, with no standout titles to shout about. 

Nonetheless, this May 7 event is just the start of Microsoft’s next-gen reveal plans. In keeping with the company, this event will kick off Xbox 20/20, a stream which may occur each month all via the rest of the 12 months inside the lead-up to the launch of the next-gen console.

“Starting with the May 7 episode of Inside Xbox, we are going to seemingly be showcasing what happens subsequent on this planet of Xbox, every month, which is why we’re calling it ‘Xbox 20/20’,” Jerret West, CVP of gaming promoting at Xbox wrote on Xbox Wire.

“These month-to-month moments will occur all via the rest of the 12 months and can seemingly be a way for us to work together, be a part of and have enjoyable with you about what’s in retailer for the next period of gaming, along with what’s subsequent for Xbox Sequence X, Xbox Sport Studios, Xbox Sport Transfer and Endeavor xCloud. Every month will carry one factor fully totally different.”

Microsoft has already confirmed we’ll be seeing additional of Xbox Sequence X first-party video video games at Xbox 20/20 in July, along with Halo Infinite.

We anticipate that these streams will absolutely substitute the Xbox’s presence at E3 2020, which Microsoft was confirmed to be attending until it was cancelled – given the circumstances correct now, a distant event makes plenty of sense.

What about Endeavor Lockhart?

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The Xbox Sequence X shouldn’t be going to be the one new Xbox in Microsoft’s next-generation lineup. Whereas we have now been all pretty excited when Microsoft unveiled the next Xbox on the Sport Awards 2019, it appears that evidently the upcoming console’s title shouldn’t be pretty what we thought – and it will belong to a family.

Whereas we assumed that the model new Xbox generally known as ‘Xbox Sequence X’, Microsoft has clarified that, in actuality, the family of consoles will seemingly be known as ‘Xbox’ and that ‘Sequence X’ is just considered one of many consoles all through the family. 

This clarification from Microsoft serves to extra gasoline rumors that one different new Xbox console is on the way in which by which. Rumors have circulated for some time a number of lower-cost next-gen Xbox console which will sit barely beneath the high-end Xbox Sequence X – codenamed ‘Endeavor Lockhart’.

Endeavor Lockhart will allegedly be disc-less console – a trait that it’ll carry forward from the Xbox One S All-Digital Model – nevertheless Kotaku’s sources think about will most likely be significantly additional extremely efficient than Microsoft’s current disc-less subject, and may embody every a solid-state laborious drive and a sooner CPU than any current sport console.

The report goes on to say that Microsoft knowledgeable builders to shoot for a 1440p choice and 60 frames-per-second physique worth with Endeavor Lockhart and 4K/60 with Xbox Sequence X, and people self similar builders have likened the effectivity of the lower-end console to the PS4 Skilled. 

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