Get ready for faster load times, higher resolution, more stable frame rates, and better input latency on thousands of Xbox One, Xbox , and Original Xbox games. The sleek monolithic design of Xbox Series X is the result of combining hardware and software innovations with intentional engineering to achieve the zenith of speed and performance. The Xbox Parallel Cooling Architecture is built with three air flow channels that evenly distribute the temperatures generated by the advanced internal components, keeping the console cool and quiet.
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For everyone else, it may be worth waiting until the next-gen library of games becomes more substantial. The Xbox Series X launched globally on November 10, , giving Microsoft a two-day head start against Sony's PS5 , which released on November 12 in select countries and November 19 for the rest of the world. Xbox Series X stock is hard to come by. Select retailers have shown Xbox Series X stock available to order , but supply has been snapped up almost immediately.
While this is an additional outlay, it does grant you extra access to hundreds of Xbox Game Pass games including Bethesda and EA titles , Xbox Live Gold, cloud gaming and monthly free games , which should save you money in the long term compared with buying games separately. The design of the Xbox Series X is a major departure from its predecessors — the upright tower design is more reminiscent of a desktop gaming PC, although you can position the console horizontally, too.
Measuring The design of the face of the console is pretty straightforward, with the signature Xbox power button at the top-left, a disc drive and eject button at the bottom-left, and a pairing button and USB 3. The back of the console has some cooling vents as well as an HDMI 2. An interesting accessibility feature on the back of the console is that all the ports have tactile indicators little, raised dots which indicate which port you are touching.
For example, the USB 3. This aims to aid reach-around cabling and to make the console more accessible to the visually impaired. On the bottom of the console is a slightly elevated disc-shaped stand, along with some more vents for cooling — as mentioned, the top of the console is designed to help with ventilation, as this is where the Xbox Series X exhausts any heat it generates. The console itself looks minimalistic, sleek… monolithic even. Despite its weight and fairly large size, it looks considerably smaller than its measurements would suggest.
We found it slotted with ease into an Ikea Kallax shelving unit 39cm x 39cm , when oriented either horizontally or vertically, and comfortably blended in with its surroundings. It's sleek, modern, and looks like something a grown-up would actually want to own, and it's a nice evolution from the flat-but-compact One S and One X models. Still, the matte black design does mean the console is easily scuffed and scratched, though it doesn't get dirty.
A major upside of the Xbox Series X is how unexpectedly quiet it is. We've almost become accustomed to consoles revving up like they're about to take off when running games that really put them through their paces; but the Xbox Series X is the quietest Xbox we've had the pleasure of playing on, even if we need more next-gen-specific games to truly make a call on this.
When you're on the home screen, the console puts out around 30dB of sound — that's about the audio level of a whisper — and this changes very little when you actually load up and play games. That said, when installing a larger update we recorded levels up to 45dB, which is roughly as noisy as a printer in action. Even then, that's not too loud, and it barely registers over the sound of actually playing a game.
This was also the case when playing the next-gen titles we've sampled so far. It's welcome news for those who don't want their gameplay interrupted by the whirring of a struggling machine — but with this quietness still comes a fair bit of heat. The Xbox Series X is on a par with the Xbox One X when it comes to heat emission, with heat dispersed through the cooling vents at the top, which we advise leaving ample space for.
The console itself does get toasty, too, but we didn't find that this impacted performance when running more intensive next-gen titles. While the external design of the Xbox Series X is a considerable departure from its predecessors, the console's UI and dashboard have undergone more subtle changes. The main reason for this is because Microsoft rolled out a meaty update to the Xbox One back in August to make its UI more streamlined, and to converge it with that of the Xbox Series X.
That means the Xbox Series X UI still has a tiled layout, with customizable pins, so you can choose which games and apps you want to see first on your home screen, and offers easy access to games, apps, party chat and other features via the Xbox button on your controller. It's a pretty streamlined interface, and allows for plenty of customization options and easy navigation. In addition to being able to move around your pinned games and apps, Microsoft is also letting players express themselves a bit more with the inclusion of new profile themes that act as a background for your profile page.
Players can also now finally use dynamic backgrounds, which offers a more personalized home screen option for those who are bored of the Xbox One's static offering. The Xbox Series X dashboard is quicker to navigate than previously, too, but we did find that there were some pop-in issues when content was being pulled in from the internet.
We would have liked to see an overhaul that really distinguished the Xbox Series X from its predecessor and made it look like something entirely new, with easier ways to navigate to media outside of having to add your streaming apps to a pin group. We've seen the Xbox Series X shave tens of seconds off the load times in games, compared with how they run on the Xbox One S.
The Xbox Series X always loaded quicker — in some cases by a few seconds, and in others almost halving the load time. To give you an idea of how much faster these load times are, we timed how long it took to load into a game from clicking the 'Continue' button on the menu screen, for the same games on the Xbox One S and Xbox Series X. While some titles benefit more than others from faster load speeds, a saving of even a few seconds is welcome.
While games such as Ori and the Blind Forest load fairly quickly anyway, so the difference is less noticeable, it's with titles like Sea of Thieves where the power of the SSD really shines — we saw the loading time for Sea of Thieves cut down from seconds to just When it comes to next-gen titles, we found the few loading screens we were presented with lasted mere seconds. The speed advantage was really shown off by Yakuza: Like a Dragon's fast travel, which comes in the form of a taxi ride.
It took around 4. While fps feels buttery-smooth in games such as The Falconeer, these games do sacrifice resolution as a result. We'd advise setting this before playing any games, as it ensures the balance of contrast is spot-on, giving you the best visuals possible. For our initial review, we primarily had access to a selection of backwards-compatible titles which are the best indicator of the boost in performance the Xbox Series X delivers over its last-gen counterparts.
With the above settings enabled, we found that the games immediately looked better on the Xbox Series X — which isn't particularly surprising, given that Microsoft has implemented native HDR for these titles. We go into detail as to how this performance boost improves Xbox Series X Optimized titles further down, but in short, when playing backwards-compatible titles on the Xbox One S and Xbox Series X versions side-by-side we could clearly see the visual upgrade.
It means that games that were previously locked to 30 frames per second can now hit 60fps - some games can even hit fps. So, for compatible games, it feels less of a technological step back when you decide to revisit some of your favorite Xbox One games.
If, for some reason, you don't want to play these games at a higher framerate, you can also turn it off on a per-game basis. However, we'd recommend leaving it on as it makes games look visually smoother and feel far more responsive. We've included some of the games which benefit from FPS Boost below, but you can also check out the full list here.
We were able to download 18 games of varying sizes before having to utilize the console's expandable storage. That's a fair chunk to play through, then, but we'd advise picking up the Seagate Storage Expansion Card if you really want to take advantage of features such as Quick Resume and the plethora of titles available through Xbox Game Pass. When the console detects that it's approaching its storage capacity, it asks if you want to install on the card instead, while also offering a pretty straightforward option for freeing up space by deleting games.
However, it's worth noting that these can only play Xbox One and backwards-compatible games with the SSD allowing for faster loading times. So, for example, you can download Doom Eternal 's multiplayer but not the campaign, or vice versa. We're curious to see how many games will support this kind of installation functionality in the future, because it's a welcome feature and should help with storage management.
The Xbox Series X Controller feels familiar in the hand yet subtly different, with improved tactile textures and refined geometry making for a more ergonomic, and more comfortable, playing experience. It sports a similar shape, and keeps the traditional button and trigger layout.
On closer inspection, though, you begin to notice the subtle differences Microsoft has implemented. Other color variants of the controller are available though you'll need to buy these separately , including Electric Volt, DayStrike Camo and Pulse Red, and some may be less prone to scuffs. That's a minor quibble, though, and overall we found that the Xbox Series X controller resembles a more premium controller, both in look and feel.
The revised pad now has a tactile texture on the triggers, grips and bumpers, which we found made the controller feel more secure in our hands. In addition, while the controller is the same size as its predecessor, the bumpers and triggers have been rounded and reduced in size by a few millimeters, which makes the gamepad feel less bulky.
If you're someone with small hands, past Xbox One controllers have felt quite tanky, but this simple change improves comfort levels in a subtle but noticeable way. The Share button essentially acts as a capture button, allowing you to easily snap screenshots of your game — a single click takes a snapshot, while holding the button down for longer records a second video by default you can adjust the video duration in the Capture settings.
This is much easier than on the Xbox One, where you have to press the home button and then X or Y, but we did find it a bit fiddly to quickly take a screenshot — your experience may vary depending on how big your hands are. What results is a kind of traditional D-pad, laid over a disc. Again, this is a small but welcome change and is intended to give more control and leverage over the D-pad — while generally feeling more comfortable. It keeps the 3. In addition to the cosmetic changes, the Xbox Series X controller brings improvements in functionality too.
We found the controller to be more responsive, which is likely down to the lower latency Microsoft has boasted about paired with more frame rate stability , while connecting the gamepad wirelessly via Bluetooth to a range of devices — including the Xbox One, an iPhone 11, and a Mac — was straightforward. Like Microsoft, Sony also has a step-down digital-only version of its next console, but here, the differences are a lot more basic.
The difference in power generally means early Series S and Series X games run at different resolutions but often perform similarly. For example, Watch Dogs: Legion targets 4K at 30fps on the Series X and p 30fps on the Series S, and both support ray-tracing for better-looking reflections. Check out both in action here. How big are these consoles?
The Xbox Series X measures Both can be stood horizontally or vertically, but the Xbox Series X can struggle to fit in some entertainment centers. The Series S is much smaller and fits just fine. You can still use your existing hard drives on the new console, but Series X and Series S games can only be installed on the new cards. Games made for the Xbox One and older consoles will run just fine on standard USB external hard drives, however.
The PS5 similarly limits the use of external drives to PS4 games. Absolutely not. You can transfer your old saves to the new console, no problem. You can transfer them over the internet using Xbox Live, over a local network, or using an external drive.
Although both consoles are now technically available, stock shortages mean both are pretty hard to find at major retailers right now. The website Stock informer is a helpful resource for seeing if any retailers have stock, but be warned that Amazon has said some of its preorders might not arrive until as late as December 31st. Despite the differences in resolution, Microsoft says both consoles are targeting frame rates of 60 frames per second and can support up to fps.
For example, Rocket League will have a performance mode on both consoles that will allow it to run at fps, albeit in both cases at a reduced resolution compared to its 60fps mode. That said, there are some games that target different frame rates across the two consoles. For now, however, the trend has been for games to feel just as smooth to play regardless of the console, but to look less detailed on the cheaper machine because of their lower resolution.
Although Microsoft has said the Series S targets p, some early Series S games are running at p. That may change as developers get more comfortable working with the new hardware, but based on past experience, it might not. Fortnite , for example, runs at a maximum of p on the Xbox One X , while Doom: Eternal tops out at p.
Its D-pad is also a circle like the recent Xbox Elite Series 2 controller , rather than a cross like it was on the Xbox One. New hardware needs new games to make the most of it, and Microsoft and its partners have announced a host of games that are coming to its new console.
Unfortunately, Microsoft recently delayed Halo: Infinite , meaning it will now release in , rather than arriving alongside the new console. Another interesting title in the launch lineup is Dirt 5 , which can run at up to fps on the Xbox Series X.
A high frame rate like this is especially important in a fast-paced racing game, and it means Dirt 5 feels more responsive to play on compatible TVs. What was more surprising was when Microsoft said that would be true for even its own flagship games. If Microsoft keeps that promise, it would be a big departure from how console manufacturers have treated these games in the past, where these exclusive games have previously been an essential part of the sales pitch for new hardware.
We want every Xbox player to play all the new games from Xbox Game Studios. There are some caveats you should be aware of. Does Microsoft have any next-gen gaming options for you? Thanks to game streaming, it does. The feature, which was known previously as xCloud, could give you a way to play many of the biggest Xbox Series X games without having to own any gaming hardware at all. Rather than focusing on older titles, as Sony did with PlayStation Now, Microsoft says its new games will be available to stream the day they release and lists recent first-party titles like Forza Horizon 4 , Gears of War 5 , Tell Me Why, The Outer Worlds, and Ori and the Will of the Wisps as being among the plus games available to stream at launch.
There are currently a couple of compromises to this approach, as we found recently when we tested the service for ourselves. For starters, load times and lag and noticeable, and are worse than competing cloud gaming services from Google and Nvidia.
Getting into gameplay can take between a minute and a minute and a half, and fast-paced games can feel sluggish. It also includes an Xbox Live Gold subscription, which gives access to online multiplayer on Xbox. With its new consoles, Microsoft has outlined three ways your old games will eventually be playable on its new hardware. Some games will be backwards compatible, some will receive enhancements, and others will receive a free upgrade when newer versions are released.
With the Xbox Series X, Microsoft is making big promises about your ability to play your old Xbox games on its new hardware. That includes almost every game released for the Xbox One , barring those that required its Kinect camera accessory. That said, in some cases, those older games can still benefit from more modern hardware such as the faster solid-state drive, and games with dynamic resolution scaling can run at higher resolutions. Backwards-compatible original Xbox and Xbox games run at an enhanced p resolution.
In particular, Microsoft says games can be updated to run at double their original frame rate on both the Series S and Series X. Although this will theoretically offer the biggest upgrade, the feature is being selectively used.
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