We've seen plenty of coverage from various content creators with access to the Xbox Series X over the past few weeks, and today they've been publishing their final major previews ahead of the console's launch on November 10th.
On first glance, there's a lot of positivity flying around! Let's take a closer look:
I’ve been living with the Xbox Series X for a few weeks now, and let me bottom-line it for you before getting into details: everything about this console so far screams how serious Microsoft is about not repeating the mistakes of the Xbox One generation. It is definitively more powerful than its primary competitor on paper, it’s not force-bundled with an accessory the market is going to reject (and thus it’s priced competitively), and in practice its design is compact and quiet and it really does beat down game loading times with its SSD drive.
So far, we've seen measurable performance and graphical improvements with Series X-optimized games, even if they may not be the groundbreaking revelations that folks might expect from next-gen hardware. With backwards compatibility, the boosts we see now are genuinely exciting and will continue to be as more games get proper enhancements. Of course, fast load times keep on impressing, and although there were some hiccups that occurred, I'm still a fan of Quick Resume's functionality...
From my time previewing the console, I believe the Xbox Series X is a great gaming console that lacks the games to show its full and true potential at launch. For those we will have to wait a little longer, but in the meantime, the Xbox Series X is shaping up to be one of the best consoles Microsoft has ever created.
This is a console that, like the PS5, is coming roughly six to eighteen months earlier than its truly tentpole games, but a few days with the Series X tells me it doesn't really need them. It's the console itself I actually want.
Microsoft’s next-gen Xbox comes the closest I’ve ever witnessed to re-creating the superior PC experience of playing games, thanks to SSD storage, a far more powerful CPU, 120Hz support, and impressive backward compatibility features that improve existing games. This is all inside a $499 box that’s quieter and far easier to use and maintain than the $3,000 gaming PC I built a few weeks ago.
While this can't be considered a review since the interface and software isn't final, I'm still very much impressed by the overall experience the Xbox Series X delivers. With my thoughts on Xbox's new console all but solidified to this point, I eagerly await getting my hands on the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series S to see just how it all stacks up to this powerhouse.
A month from now, gamers will begin getting their hands on the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5. And after a few weeks with the Xbox Series X, I’m ready to move on from the current generation of consoles. I can talk about my full experience with the console now, but my original impressions story is still relevant. I don’t want to go back to Xbox One or PlayStation 4. The Xbox Series X is so much better.
From what I've tested so far, the company has good reason to be confident about this quiet, efficient hardware. Unless I'm missing something huge—even Red Rings needed longer than 22 days to manifest—my hardware experience has so far been quite smooth. As a computing device, Xbox Series X may go down in history as one of the most remarkable machines ever made—as compared to other products in its era, power level, and price.
The Xbox Series X is a meticulously crafted harmony of engineering that boasts the sort of polish and prowess that is rarely seen at the start of a console cycle. For now, I'm fully on board for the ride.
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