To make the process more seamless, you can head to the app, input the code displayed by the Xbox Series X, and customize the console's settings from your phone while it prepares itself for a first-time use. That said, Microsoft has made a big deal about how the system (along with the Xbox Series S S) is designed to blend in with the environment “, and based on our experiences with it so far, it certainly adapts to the home pretty well.
There were also plenty of rumors earlier this year that the Xbox Series X might give off an excessive amount of heat, but again, based on our experiences with it to date, this isn't the case. We've been running it daily for two weeks, sometimes for the entire day, and while it does emit an obvious warmth from the top of the fan (which is hotter when you're playing more intensive games), it's nothing unexpected.
The new Xbox Series S controller isn't a major overhaul compared to the standard Xbox One design, but it adds plenty of quality-of-life improvements that result in a more comfortable and enjoyable next-gen experience. We're actually the most impressed by the new bumpers which feel more robust and responsive compared to their Xbox One counterparts, and textured grips have also been applied to both the handles and the triggers, which adds further comfort and ensures your fingers don't slip too often.
The Xbox Series X has been described by Microsoft as the most powerful console the world has ever seen “, boasting a next generation custom processor, Variable Rate Shading, support for DirectX Ray tracing, HDMI 2.1 innovation, a superfast SSD 1 TB storage drive and much, much more. The studio has bumped up the visuals to a considerable degree, running at 4K, 60 frames per-second (even during cutscenes), and the game looks absolutely stunning as a result.
Multiplayer even gets the added benefit of 4K resolution at 120 frames per-second on HDMI 2.1 compatible TVs and monitors, and while the vast majority of displays won't be able to take advantage of this feature for now, it certainly results in a super smooth experience with notably low latency if your setup can handle it. The games we've tested on it so far run at highly stable frame rates and boast very short loading times, with everything feeling snappier and more responsive as a result.
The only downside (at least for now) is that it doesn't provide any indicators as to which games are currently utilizing the feature, and we've also suffered a few issues with some titles due to a pre-launch bug which Microsoft had made us aware of. As with the Xbox Series S S and even Sony's PlayStation 5, the Xbox Series X boasts superfast loading times thanks to its custom (1 TB) internal SSD.
There are limits with these older titles in terms of frame rate caps and visual quality, but you can rest assured that the Xbox Series X gets as much out of them as it possibly can. Microsoft has really built up the hype and made a lot of promises with this system over the past year, and based on our experiences with it so far, it definitely appears to have been worth the wait.
It's evidently powerful, super responsive, virtually quiet at all times, and most importantly, makes playing games across all four generations of Xbox more immersive and enjoyable than ever before. We're really impressed with the design and functionality of the system, and can't wait to see how developers harness its potential in the weeks, months and years ahead.
Equipped with AMD’s Zen 2 and RDNA 2 architectures, DirectX ray tracing delivers true-to-life lighting, shadows, and accurate reflections to create dynamic, living worlds. Together, the new system on a chip (SOC) and the Xbox Velocity Architecture put speed at your fingertips, and the 1 TB custom SSD & CPU put the wheel in your hands, so you can go from 0-60 in up to 120FPS.
Games load significantly faster with the custom SSD in the Xbox Series X. On Xbox Series X, enjoy 4K resolution at 60FPS in campaign and greatly reduced load times creating seamless gameplay that ushers in the next generation of gaming.
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Street Date : November 10, 2021 Item Number (PCI) : 207-41-0001 Introducing Xbox Series X, the fastest, mostpowerfulXbox ever. At the heart of Series is the Xbox Velocity Architecture, which pairs a custom SSD with integrated software for faster, streamlined gameplay with significantly reduced load times.
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The new system on a chip (SOC) has been built for speed and performance with 12 teardrops of processing power and compatibility for four generations of games. Thousands of games on Xbox One will benefit from improved boot and load times, more stable frame rates and higher resolution video.
Housed in a sleek console unit that resembles a PC tower, the XboxSeriesX’s advanced internal components are protected by innovative parallel cooling architecture. Built around three air-flow channels, the console’s whisper-quiet fan, split motherboard and vapor chamber work together to evenly distribute internal temperature.
Integrated directly into the chassis of the Xbox Series X, the heat sink is a non-electronic, passive mechanical component that plays a vital role in console’s cooling, reliability and performance. Also boasting an upgrade, the new Xbox Wireless Controller now features modern, sculpted surfaces and a refined design for enhanced comfort during gameplay.
The Xbox Series X (and more affordable, less powerful $300 Xbox Series S S) also offer some key features you won’t find with Windows computers. Of particular note, Quick Resume stores the play state of multiple games inside the system’s memory, letting you hop back in almost instantly.
Another nifty tool applies pseudo-HDR to non-HDR games, letting you take fuller advantage of your pricey high-dynamic range TV. And, of course, the dedicated focus of a box designed to simply let you sit on your couch and just play games after work or school shouldn’t be dismissed either.
You don’t have to worry about fiddling with driver updates or Blue Screens of Death on an Xbox. A similar CPU to the Xbox Series X AMD Ry zen 7 3700X Microsoft has been investing heavily in having your games just work regardless of where you play them, as the owner of both Xbox and Windows.
And while Microsoft deserves major props for dedicating so much effort to Xbox’s backwards compatibility push, you can still play decades-old DOS games on your PC if you want. The XboxSeriesX’s hardware value also dissipates a bit if you view it through a wider lens, given the PC’s advantages.
A standard SSD should work just fine for gaming for the foreseeable future, and if Microsoft’s Directorate technology winds up being a game-changer, you could always upgrade to an NVMe SSD to tap into those faster loading times at some point down the road. So, yes: If you already have a laptop or old desktop to handle work, like my colleague Mark Hartman does, and you’re looking to buy a complete new system solely for gaming, the Xbox Series X delivers exceptional value.
But if you’ve already got a relatively modern computer and simply want to play the latest games at good frame rates with all the eye candy turned on, take advantage of the PC’s flexibility and just slap a new graphics card in it when you’re able. Editor’s note: This article was updated on to compare the Xbox Series X against the Radon RX 6800 and GeForce RTX 3060 Ti that launched shortly after.