I’ve been using the $500 next-gen Xbox Series X for 2 weeks, and it’s made me excited for next-gen game consoles (MSFT)

Xbox Series X

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Seven years after the ill-fated launch of the Xbox One, Microsoft is about to launch a new video game console that far better represents the vision of the Xbox.

I’ve spent the last two weeks using the $500, next-gen Xbox Series X — the more powerful of two new Xbox consoles that are scheduled to launch on November 12. It’s a fast, sleek, modern-feeling console with a ton of power.

But you expect that much, right? We’re talking about a $500 video game console in the year 2020. It better be fast and sleek and quiet and powerful.

What’s been most critical to me as a daily user has been how easy it is to use the Series X. Nearly everything about how the console operates is an invitation to action.

Menus are snappy, and jumping from game to streaming app to game is a breeze. When you need to load a game or an app, they tend to load very fast. This last point cannot be overstressed: Game loads on the Series X are very fast. And load times within games — say, if you’re killed by demons in “DOOM Eternal” or get beat up by some jerk in “Yakuza: Like a Dragon” — are even faster. 

Not since game consoles switched to wireless controllers have I felt such a major change. Load times still exist, but they’re minimized to such a point as to render loading screens comical. Outside of booting a game from zero, most game loads I’ve experienced on the Series X are below 10 seconds. 

It sounds banal, and it is, but it’s also a precious gift: Reclaimed time! That philosophy seemingly applies across the board with the next-gen Xbox. 

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If you’re at all familiar with the operating system on the Xbox One, you’ll be immediately familiar with the next-gen Xbox OS — it’s more or less identical, but significantly faster. Jumping from the Home screen to the Xbox Store to a game is a near-instant process. It feels more like switching between apps on a smartphone than switching between software on a game console.

Notably, you probably won’t be loading that many things from zero because of Quick Resume —  a feature that keeps several of your most recent games/apps running, accessible from wherever you left off. 

Think of Quick Resume kind of like a game save, but one that doesn’t need to be loaded: You turn on the console, select the game you want to play, and jump back in right where you last were. This works for several games at once, and includes games from previous generations as well as new games made for next-gen consoles.

All of that said, what matters most about any new game console is what the experience is like playing games. There is no new “Halo” game to discuss here (that was delayed), nor is there any other monumental “must play” launch game that I’ve been spending time with. 

Instead, I’ve been playing a few next-gen launch games (“Dirt 5” and “Yakuza: Like a Dragon”), and a …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Tech


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