Xbox Series X and Series S
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The Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S are consoles developed by Microsoft and released on November 10, 2020. They are successors to the Xbox One and Microsoft's entry in the ninth generation of console gaming.
Why They Rock
- The new controller is almost identical to the Xbox One's, and adds a share button, uses USB-C for charging, and is backwards compatible with the Xbox One. The Xbox One controller is also fully compatible with the Series X/S for those that prefer it.
- The Series X supports 8K resolution and 120 FPS, and has an 8 core CPU and 12 TFLOP GPU that supports ray-tracing; this makes the Xbox Series X the most powerful console in the ninth generation.
- The Series S is considerably weaker in terms of graphical power, but it is an understandable sacrifice for a cheaper pricepoint.
- Extremely fast loading times thanks to the new SSD, especially on previous gen Xbox games. This is also helped by the Xbox Velocity Architecture, which significantly reduces loading times on games optimized for Series X|S.
- Very quiet cooling system. (Tip: If you have to put the Series X on its side, leave a good amount of space for each of the 3 vents, especially for the green one on top.
- Quick Resume, a new feature that allows players to switch between multiple games and apps at once without having to close them. Originally, you could just have 1 game and 1 app on at a time.
- It's backwards compatible with 39 original Xbox games, 568 Xbox 360 games, and almost every Xbox One game.
- With the RetroArch emulator, you can also run games for other systems, e.g. PlayStation 2.
- The Series X|S has a program called Smart Delivery, which is a program that allows games from the Xbox One to be upgraded to the Series X|S versions at no additional charge.
- The budget-oriented Series S is perfect those who don't mind not using discs. (Though this could be a problem for those who have lots of on disc Xbox One games and a limited budget.)
- Disappointing launch game lineup with a lack of system seller exclusives. However, this is mitigated with the amount of backwards compatible titles on offer.
- The Kinect and any games that use it aren't compatible. This is probably due to the fact that the head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, killed the Kinect add-on when he took control of the Xbox brand.
- The storage expansion cards are pretty expensive, costing almost as much as the Xbox Series S itself.
- 512 GB of storage is way too small and limited for the digital only Series S, especially considering the huge file size of most current-gen Xbox games, thus requiring the player to purchase a storage expansion card to expand the memory.
- Due to the Xbox Velocity Architecture, Series X|S games cannot be played on traditional external hard drives. They must be installed on the consoles' SSDs or the Seagate expansion card. To be fair, existing Xbox One games along with 360 games can still be played with external hard drives.
- Just like the PS5, the Series X and S have a huge scalping problem, with double the MSRP being a common price on Ebay and Amazon. However, because of that, Sony temporarily shut down production of the PS5 while Microsoft keeps cranking out the Series X and S.
- A few weeks before the official launch of the Series X and Series S, Microsoft released three fully-functioning refrigerators designed off the Series X, based off of the joke that the Series X looked a lot like a refrigerator.
- The first fridge was given to the rapper Snoop Dogg, who is an avid Xbox gamer.
- The second fridge was given to the YouTuber iJustine.
- The third fridge was given away via a Twitter contest.
- Much like the Xbox One S and X, the Series X|S has several Easter eggs placed around the console. For instance, 'Hello from Seattle' is written on one of the bases for the consoles, and a Master Chief logo is etched on their motherboards.