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Reviews Are Coming in for Xbox Series X – Here’s What They Are Saying

Microsoft's Xbox Series X and Series S are slated to release November 10 and reviews are pouring in. The first of the new wave of next-generation console release is receiving decent press so far.

The main issue most reviewers have with the new Xbox? A lack of day-one exclusives. The availability of consoles also sits high on the list of negatives in most reviews.

Xbox Series X Console Review

Price

Instead of a single console this year, Microsoft, much like Sony, decided to release two. The Xbox Series X and its little brother, the Xbox Series S release side by side on November 10 at drastically different prices.

The Series X will retail for $500/£450/AU$750, while its less-powerful counterpart will sell for $300/£250/AU$500. The more expensive variant includes beefier internals and a disc drive, while the cheaper alternative sacrifices the disc drive and some graphical power.

It seems as if most reviews are fine with the prices of the new Xbox generation because they go hand in hand with previous generation pricing.

4K and 120Hz Gaming

For gamers who want to experience PC like quality, Series X is a must.

While this isn’t exactly pocket money, it’s a pretty decent price for the new Xbox – it’s the same price as the Xbox One was at launch, and matches the MSRP of the (now discontinued) Xbox One X, both of which are nowhere near as powerful as the Xbox Series X. And, considering that the Series X has specs similar to a gaming PC, the $500 mark is pretty good going – you’ll be hard-pressed to find a gaming PC at this price tag.

 Vic Hood, Nick Pino, and Adam Vjestica for TechRadar

Despite its decrease in power compared to Series X, Series S can achieve 4K gaming at 60 FPS in certain titles. It will reach 1080p and 1440p in all other games.

Notable reviewers are saying the Series X's ability to consistently run games at 120Hz is probably the console's biggest selling point over the previous generation. However, most screens are locked at 60Hz.

So to get the most out of Series X and its capabilities you’ll need not only a 4K TV but a TV that can run games at 120 Hz. There aren’t very many of those on the market right now, and they’re very expensive. Especially when you can snag otherwise excellent 4K TVs for less than $700.

Jess Grey for Wired

The Series X will be the first console to fully support 120Hz gaming and will be the deciding factor for gamers to switch off of the old generation. The market for high refresh panels will soon grow exponentially because of this switch.

Xbox Series X Controller Review

Many reviewers are praising the newly designed controller of this next-generation.

The controller keeps the shape of the previous generation but adds textured triggers and a share button.

As many reviews point out, Series X and S, unfortunately, continue to use AA batteries in the controller instead of a rechargeable one.

There are also two small changes around the wireless technology of the controller. As with the last version, it supports the Xbox wireless pairing protocol used by the Xbox One and Bluetooth for easy pairing with other devices, such as phones and tablets. The Bluetooth has been upgraded to Bluetooth Low-Energy, which should lead to longer battery life in that mode. Sadly, the Xbox controller continues to demand AAs instead of an internal rechargeable battery.

Mike Epstein for IGN

As many people say, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" and Microsoft did pretty much that in regards to its next-generation controller.

Xbox Series X/S Day One Exclusives

Unlike the large collection of games slated to launch alongside the PS5, Microsoft dropped the ball with launch titles for its new consoles. Early this fall. Halo developer 343 Industries delayed Halo Infinite to 2021. The lack of true exclusives on launch day upset many early reviewers and may even discourage potential buyers.

The Series X has … Dirt 5. During testing, I've found myself bored by the Series X launch lineup. Granted there are other launch titles that don’t involve mud and driving around in a circle really fast. Yakuza and Bugsnax are fun, but there isn't a killer game or much here to anchor conversation and interest. That’s not going to happen until Halo Infinite hits retail shelves in 2021. Assassin's Creed: Valhalla comes close, but it's such a solitary experience and doesn't exactly have the scope and spectacle of a Halo game.

Jess Grey for Wired

Microsoft is trying its best to include launch titles by adding to its Game Pass library and adding new Games for Gold members.

Backward compatibility will also be a feature carried over from the previous generation.

The Verdict

So far, Xbox Series X and S reviews are generally positive or average.

Most reviewers think the widespread adoption of 120Hz will benefit the console. However, others think it may be too soon and question whether gamers will have the hardware to execute it.

4K gaming is a must for this new generation, with the Xbox Series X certainly fulfilling this. The controller keeps its style but is an upgrade to the Xbox One.

Key Opinions

If you are weren't lucky enough to snag the Series X or Series S, these key opinions from the most read reviews may help you decide to switch to the PS5 or not. If you haven't pre-ordered one, you may be out of luck as the stock is expected to be low.

The Xbox Series X utilizes its powerful specs to significantly reduce load times and increase overall game performance and visual fidelity. But, while features such as Quick Resume, Smart Delivery and backwards compatibility give it that extra boost, it’s hard to deny that it’s lacking in key areas, notably significant UI improvements and captivating exclusive launch titles.

TechRadar

High frame rate gameplay is incredible. Understated design. Game Pass is great. Comfy controller. Powerful enough to last many years. Limited launch titles. The user interface still needs work. Getting the most out of it requires an expensive TV. No controller innovation.

Wired

Good stuff
Performance and backward compatibility
120Hz modes for smoother gameplay
Quick Resume feature

Bad stuff
The non-removable stand looks weird horizontally
No AAA launch games
Expensive expandable storage

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