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Check out the Xbox Series X

  • Revealed during The Game Awards.
  • I can’t decide if I love or hate the design.
  • Microsoft falls short on the name game again.

There was a lot of things I was expecting to see last night at The Game Awards. Winners and losers, world premieres, and maybe something as wild as Josef Fares (in)famous 2017 on stage speech that rattled the cages of both Hollywood and EA with some presumably “jet lag” fueled commentary. You know, just Game Awards business as usual type events. What I didn’t expect, was Microsoft to pick last night to pull the curtain back on what was until yesterday known only as Project Scarlet.

 

The trailer that plays out is advertising 101 with incredibly flashy visuals, motivational background narration with hype inducing music, and then ultimately the reveal. Gone is Project Scarlet, and in its place an obsidian obelisk. A literal tower of a console, one of the beefiest looking console designs to emerge since the days of the original Xbox. The big boy took the stage, with the Xbox Series X being the official title of Microsoft’s newest system.

Microsoft’s Phil Spencer, head of the Xbox division, had the following to say about the Xbox Series X:

For eighteen years and three console generations, the Xbox community has shown us the power both games and fun can have on all of us. As we enter a new generation of gaming, we see a future where you’re instantly absorbed in your games – where worlds are even more lifelike, immersive, responsive and surprising – and where you are at the center of your gaming experience. With the new Xbox Series X, we will realize that vision. 

Xbox Series X will be our fastest, most powerful console ever and set a new bar for performance, speed and compatibility, allowing you to bring your gaming legacy, thousands of games from three generations and more forward with you. Its industrial design enables us to deliver four times the processing power of Xbox One X in the most quiet and efficient way, something that is critically important in delivering truly immersive gameplay. We also designed Xbox Series X to support both vertical and horizontal orientation. It’s bold and unique, very much like our fans around the world and the team of collaborators and innovators who built it.

As of yet no specifics have been given as to just what’s under the hood of the console, and as we know size isn’t everything. If the bulk of the Series X’s shape isn’t utilized properly it could trail behind in the next inevitable console war. But considering Microsoft’s success with the Xbox One X, I’m hesitant to think that the company will give up that progress, although to be fair stranger things have happened.

At a glance, with what we know right now, I can say I like the hefty design. Visually it’s pleasing to me, and I think it’ll fit in well among my consoles. But without knowing just what we’re working with in full, without seeing those final specifications, it’s too soon to tell if it’s worth getting excited about or not. Phil Spencer was also on stage at The Game Awards attempting to hype the crowd of the exclusive game potential of the future, but it’s hard to get excited about that when most of Xbox One’s exclusive were either dead in the water or dead on arrival. Holiday 2020 could shape up to be a time of great success or great failure for Microsoft’s Xbox division. I will say that at least their first reveal of the Series X went better than for the One. 

No major PR disasters yet. Although the name of the console has earned it a nickname online here and there, and in growing numbers of due to the ‘Series X’ moniker (I’m sure you can figure it out). I can appreciate a good joke, but that’s reaching a bit to make that one work. What are your first impressions of the Xbox Series X? Let us know down below.

 

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  1. I don’t mind the shape too much, but the name is pretty dumb. It’s a mouthful and too similar to their previous gen consoles like the Xbox One X.

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