XBox Series X - Casual Gamers Guide

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Most things are now known about the XBox Series X release, due before the end of 2020 and hopefully in time for Christmas this year.  There is a lot of focus on Power, Components and many comparisons being made between the new Xbox and a high powered PC, but what does this all mean for the casual gamer, and will the Series X be an upgrade that the casual gamer needs?

There is a lot of talk around 'Teraflops' - This is basically the ability of the processor that is central to the operation of the console.  To give you a basic idea - the Xbox One S has 1.4 Teraflops of processing power and the Series X will have 12.  That is a huge increase in processing power.  Whilst the Xbox One X was more powerful than the One S, it doesn't have the power that the Series X will have. 

So power aside, what else is new? Loading speeds are going to be much faster. I'm not sure how much this affects the casual gamer, as having been playing since the days of the ZX Spectrum, loading speeds now still impress me compared to a fifteen minute loading time from a tape.  But to some it will be important and a significant improvement.   This is mainly through use of an internal Solid State Drive, with the ability to buy expansion Solid State Plug in drives to hold anything above the already included 1 TB.  This is one area that I feel could get expensive to make the most of.  I currently have an 8TB External Drive plugged into the back of my Xbox to hold all my games and those I have downloaded from Game Pass.  With games likely to be significantly larger in size than previously, 1 TB wont last long. As an example Red Dead Redemption 2 on currently generation was nearly  89GB, that is almost a tenth of your storage gone with one game.  That said, existing drives should still work, but may not take advantage of the faster load times.   One idea could be to have the games you are currently playing installed to the Console and those on the 'waiting list' or played less on your external. 

What else do we know? The console isn't everything.  Microsoft are heavily promoting the game pass service, to the point where X - Cloud is included, and all Microsoft Studios games, including Halo Infinite, are going to be available to game pass subscribers from day one, without having to purchase the game itself.  Game Pass works as more of a rental service, where you pay a monthly fee and have access to the games on game pass at that time.  As new games arrive, older ones leave and you have an ever changing library of games to play.  These are all digital games, removing the need for physical discs, and also any chance of trade in you may once have had. 

Backwards compatibility is always important. The Series X will run all Xbox One games (except those that required the Kinect) and all games from Xbox 360 and Original Xbox that are already backwards compatible so thats good news from Microsoft. 

What we don't yet know at this point are prices. And if there are likely to be any variants of the console. Sony have opted for two PS5's at launch, one with a disc drive and one without so it will be interesting to see if Microsoft do the same.   Prices are expected to range from £400 to £500 for the console, however this is yet to be confirmed. 

Although I am a casual gamer, I am hoping to be able to buy a Series X at launch. The two things that appeal to me are the new games (including Halo Infinite) and the processing power of the console. 

What are your thoughts on the next generation of consoles? 

John

12 comments

  1. Oh I can already sense this being added to a certain 12 year olds Christmas list, although it might be the PlayStation.

    I’m still wowed by technology all the time. Especially when I think back to my old sega mega drive!

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  2. I haven't heard much about these new consoles, as I game on my laptop these days. Though my brother is looking at getting a PS5

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  3. This is really helpful! Steve isn't sure whether he is going to get an Xbox Series X or the new PS5 yet so this is a great guide for him.

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  4. I had play station 2 and 3 when I was young but not Xbox! I still regret not having an Xbox to this day.

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  5. That's good that it will have back capacity and you won't need to go out and buy loads more games. I'm not a gamer so these things don't bother me as much but I know my fiance is waiting for the new playstation to come out x

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  6. My son is studying games design at university and I know he wants the new X for Christmas........waiting to see how much it is going to be

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  7. The girls are obsessed with the Xbox consoles . I haven’t a clue about all the latest things with them but I know they would define interested in this and need it all ! :)

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  8. I have to admit I am not much of a gamer at all but both my husband and son are excited about the new Xbox coming out and I know my son will be asking for one when it comes out! I do like the idea of being able to have something like the game pass and having games available over disks that get lost, scratched or broken though!

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  9. Pretty neat! We have all Nintendo consoles except Gamecube and Gameboy. We are Nintendo fans here

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  10. Kristine Nicole Alessandra4 September 2020 at 09:03

    Great to know. I don't play games much, but my sons and my grandson love to play games on XBox. This new Series X is still a little pricey but I am sure the features are worth the cost.

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  11. I know my brother can't wait for it to be released, I keep hearing him talking about it.

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  12. My brother has been talking about the series X although I honestly have no idea why he was so excite but its easy to see now.

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