The Xbox Series X: First thoughts

Written by Alex Maidment (nSanity Beach)

At the 2019 Game Awards, Xbox surprised us all. They announced the name of their upcoming next gen games console and gave us a first peak of what it might look like.

With a year still to go until the launch of the console, it was the image of the new box that surprised me the most about the announcement. It’s something I didn’t think we’d see until at least February/March time 2020.

The name

The Xbox Series X. It’s… Ummm… Different? A 4th generation console and yet another name. Let’s see, we started with Xbox, then moved to Xbox 360, followed by the 720, hang on, I mean the Xbox One… And now the Series X. There’s no continuity here whatsoever, especially when you compare it to Playstation’s offering, the PS5 – because 5 comes after 4!

The series part is the more intriguing part of the name as it signifies there is more to come. Who knows, maybe there’ll be a Series Y and Z? Or maybe it’s because there is a multi-console strategy at play here and the leaked cheaper console is part of the same Series X – the Series Xs? Or X2? Xx? I don’t know!

It’s honestly not the name unexpected but to be honest I didn’t really know what to expect, part of me even thought that they might continue with the Xbox One name.

I don’t want to say too much against the name as I wasn’t super keen on the Xbox One name when it was first announced but it’s really grown on me the XSX/Series X/Xbox SX will probably grow on me as well!

The look

Again, it’s a little different. In fact, it’s a lot different from anything we’ve really seen in the console market. It’s somewhere between a subwoofer and a PC tower – probably more on the PC tower side, which makes sense as that’s pretty much what it is.

Despite the slightly odd look, I kind of like it, certainly more than the PS5 dev console we’ve seen. I think this new design will look sleek under my TV or on my desk. Now, there’s still time for it to change, as the PS5 likely will as well when it’s officially unveiled. But if they keep this look, I don’t mind. It’s a little on the large side, but what can you expect? It’s packing some pretty beastly specs in that tall slate box.

What else?

While we don’t have the exact specs right now, we know it’s going to be pretty epic with an SSD, ray tracing support, 4K with support for 60 FPS and above as well as a custom CPU and solid GPU.

We have no idea on the cost right now but we do know Microsoft don’t want to be undercut by Sony.

It’s great to see that they have released the name and given us a glimpse of the console itself and one thing I’m really happy about is the backwards compatibility, not just for games but for the accessories – finally, I don’t have to retire my set of controllers!

Let’s just say that so far, I’m really looking forward to the release next year!

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