IThis review of the Xbox Series X Console describes Microsoft’s next-generation consoles, all the details about the system (including technical specifications), and what you’re thinking about doing this major upgrade. Console gamer.
The console was provided by Microsoft, but the thoughts and opinions are our own.
Xbox Series X Review: Hell of the Start
Console model: Xbox Series X (Reviewed Console) / Xbox Series S
Developed by: Microsoft
Release date: November 10, 2020
price: $ 499.99 for Xbox Series X, $ 299 for Xbox Series S
With less than a week to retail release of the next-generation Microsoft and Playstation systems, console gamers will have to ask themselves which one to get. Is It Worth Getting A New Xbox Now? I have many other questions. For example, at what frame rate and resolution can you play? This review answers all of these questions and gives you insight into why you think it’s the best time to own an Xbox.
Microsoft Xbox Series X Technical Specifications
In this section, we’ll take a look at the technical specifications of the most compelling Xbox Series X of the two Xboxes that Microsoft will launch in just five days. Many of these names and numbers may not make much sense to some, so we’ll also follow up on frame rates and resolutions, as well as the experience of systems with their own two eyes.
- CPU: 8X core @ 3.8 GHz (3.6 GHz w / SMT) Custom Zen 2
- GPU: 12 TFLOPS, 52 CU @ 1.825GHz Custom RDNA2
- Memory: 16GB GDDR6, with 320-bit wide bus
- Storage: 1TB Custom NVME SSD
- Audio support: Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1, Dolby True HD, Atmos and 7.1 L-PCM
- Input: 1x HDMI 2.1 Port, 3x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Port 802.11ac Dual Band Wireless Internet
- Dimensions: 15.1cm x 15.1cm x 30.1cm
- Weight: 9.8 lbs.
So what do you get with all this hardware? For beginners, it can output in 8K HDR. It’s not entirely useful at this time, but it will help make the console available in the future over the next few years. In addition, most games can be played in 4K HDR at 60 FPS, and some games can be played in 4K HDR at 120 FPS. This is very impressive. The era of 30 FPS on the console is over …
If you remember that games on the XBOX 360 were played at 1080i at 30 FPS at launch and many games on Xbox One were played at 1080p at 30 FPS at launch, you’re seeing even if the performance has improved significantly. There is nothing compared to the one. Series X. This significant performance improvement should also apply to all existing games on current generation consoles. So if you’re currently playing something on your Xbox One, the Series X experience should be significantly improved. Series X is backward compatible with all three other Xbox consoles, including many controllers.
An important aspect of hardware is the “Bang for your Buck” experience. For many PC players, Microsoft sells decent PCs in a very good price range, with important dedicated optimizations focused on improving load time and game quality of life: quiet performance. You may want to consider controlled heat release. The Xbox Series X is much quieter than what we’re used to, and after a long turn on, the controlled heat is as expected.
I’ve played some older games on the platform to see what works without a dedicated upgrade patch. The result is faster load times (10-50% unscientific) and some improvement in graphics quality.For example, the function of water Elder Scrolls Online When launched, I saw an unexpected and noticeable improvement.
For reference, the Xbox Series X has a faster loading time compared to the PS4 Pro with the SSD drive installed.
Xbox Series X setup and dashboard
Setting up the Xbox Series X was quick and smooth, but there was one surprising problem. It is “setup using the app”. The first time you launch the console, you will be prompted to continue by installing the app on your phone and managing your login and configuration through it. The fact that this is an option is not clear (you can skip it using the small option icon). So it’s not worth anything to anyone who doesn’t want to worry about another app.
The console has a trust mode so you can determine the degree of security your physical console requires. Automatic login, password request, password and confirmation request, etc. One of my favorite little perceptions was how fast the launch was. Black screen, logo, etc. – Get direct access to your dashboard in 1 second with the push of a button.
The dashboard is now a familiar, optimized Xbox dashboard. It looks very “Windows-like”, feels like a mobile-PC crossover, and thankfully it’s pretty fast. Former console users will feel at home, which can sometimes be overwhelming due to the large number of options currently available. There is also a “quick resume” game option that allows you to keep multiple games “on hold” in the background, so you can switch between games without having to start from scratch. The launch time for this feature is still truly stress tested, but in general it looks like you can keep 3-5 games and replace them quickly.
For those who enjoy talking to electronics, accessibility options offer both narrator and voice control for the upcoming AI overlord. For those who want to push a button, the Xbox controller will take a step towards its origins and will feel completely familiar, even to the unexplained battery. Seriously, I was shocked by the lack of charging cables for the battery and controller. There are improvements. Dedicated share buttons are welcome. The added textures become noticeable over time and begin to be exhausted in long game sessions.
Xbox Series X Launch Games
Performance is very important, but not all, when choosing which console to get. When choosing which game to get, the console-specific game is often different, especially if the performance is similar in many respects.
In recent years, Sony has released many of the best games in the gaming arena, which is probably why it’s so hard to find a PS5 at this time.That’s what reinforces this idea Demon’s Souls Remake Is the launch title and for a very compelling reason to get the PlayStation 5 on the first day. Perhaps it’s too convincing for many, including myself, to miss. However, the Xbox doesn’t currently have that strong lineup, so let’s talk about why the Xbox is also worth considering.
First, as mentioned earlier, Series X is backward compatible with all Xbox systems manufactured to date. I’m not sure if all Xbox games will work on Series X, but it’s said that there are thousands of games you can play on the first day. This means that if you want to keep playing your Xbox One game, you may be able to play it from the beginning, just by improving performance.
In addition, Xbox has a feature called GamePass that many people already know. This allows players to pay a monthly subscription fee and access new games on the first day at no additional cost. This often saves hundreds of dollars for players in a particular year. What’s really cool is that the Game Pass is just an improvement.
You may have heard that Microsoft has partnered with Electronic Arts to bring EA Play games to the Game Pass without increasing consumer costs. On top of that, I’ve heard that Microsoft bought Bethesda earlier this year, so the game options on the Game Pass will only increase over the next few years.
And even if EA and Bethesda argue that they make mediocre games at best, you can try them out at no additional cost or essentially risk. Who wants to seize the opportunity for games like Rage 2 in a market where game prices are 69.99? With a Game Pass, you don’t have to buy it to play, so you don’t have to.
Finally, perhaps even more compelling is the XBOX All Access. With this business model, you can purchase Series X and a 24-month game pass for just US $ 35 per month for two years. This is incredibly affordable and gives you access to the Microsoft console for those who don’t have enough cash or credit to make a full purchase on the first day!
Final Thought: Need to Get an Xbox Series X? How about Series S?
Getting a new console on launch day / week / month has always been a huge issue. So I anticipate my response by emphasizing that your situation is unique to you and will be the best judge of whether this is a good expense. That said, I can definitely emphasize the pros and cons!
Are you an Xbox gamer?
Yes. The fact that previous titles are naturally ported without even being updated is simply glory. It’s faster to load, will be available in the future for future titles and releases, and you’ll enjoy many of the perks and quality of life features added in the new console. Eventually you’ll need more storage space and you’re looking at $ 220 to buy a 1TB expansion card for your machine, so don’t get the cheaper Series S, even if it’s attractive. It is recommended.
Are you a PC gamer?
Please consider. If you don’t have a devout PC, you won’t get the performance that the Xbox shows at an affordable price. In addition, many of the Xbox games you get through your Game Pass can also be played on your PC, so you get two platforms on one platform. This, of course, will be added to what comes next, such as Android remote play and cloud gaming.
Are you a PlayStation gamer?
Be tempted. Console gamers have extensive friend lists, achievement points, and controller knowledge, which makes them much less likely to swap platforms. That said, if you’re considering swapping, this may be the best time to go. Microsoft is showing a first-party development effort that we haven’t seen since we first let go of Bungie. For an RPG gamer like me, it’s probably focused on PCs and PlayStations, but it’s all changing because Microsoft owns inExile, Obsidian, and Bethesda.
Are you a switch or a casual gamer?
Yes. This is a great hardware upgrade for those who haven’t yet rushed into the more expensive “hardcore” console, but Microsoft has a very clean access with good design choices and dashboard optimizations. We also provide an experience. This is a big investment if you are ready for the next step in the game.
With all that in mind, a true review of the new Xbox and Playstation consoles will be known for a year or so if the games built for each platform are in full swing and hundreds of hours of usage testing on hardware is complete. not. .. However, what is clear at this point is that those who play games on the Xbox will have a very smooth transition, a solid and noticeable hardware upgrade, and will bring an entire backlog of Xbox history, so absolutely if the means allow. It means that you need to upgrade to. You can play Fable, Fable 2, and Fable 3 right now as you make a fuss about the upcoming Fable 4. This is a very welcome return to consumer-centric development and we hope it will be well rewarded.
So what are your plans for the next generation? Would you like to upgrade as soon as possible, or are you waiting for a while to see how the game rocks? Please let us know in the comments.
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