X box series X is here – My Opinion
Great daybecause it is the start of a next console generation. And Microsoft has sent methe Xbox series X for review. So in this video, we’regonna talk about the hardware and we’re gonna play fourgenerations of Xbox games on it. This is gonna be awesome,let’s take a look. (upbeat music) Now, I’m gonna go ahead andstart with the hardware, but I assume at this point, most of you have probablywatched unboxing videos and things like that soyou’re probably somewhat familiar with the design of this. This sort of black monolith here. Although I have to be honestthat when I did unbox it and look at it, it actuallywas a little bit smaller than I expected it to bebased on photos I saw. You can see it heresitting with other consoles in my game room for a size comparison. And then really here it iscompared to two Game Cubes. So it’s a little bittaller than two Game Cubes, but not by much. A big selling point forthe Xbox Series X model is of course the abilityto play physical media. So it’s got that DVD Blu-rayslot there on the front. Now, I get the feelingthis is primarily designed to be stood upright onits end like you see here. But I do wanna pointout that there are some rubber nubs here on theside where you could also put it on it side likethat if it’s a little bit more convenient for you, but I like the look ofit actually standing up. And then on the top, you’llnotice there are some vents and if you look down there closely, actually there is a massive fan that spins while it’s running. I guess the way it worksis that it sucks air from the bottom and pullsit out through the top. I will say, though, that it is very quiet. In the week or so thatI’ve had this thing, running tons of games on it, it wasn’t very loud atall, so that’s really nice. On the back, you have two USB ports. You have an ethernet port,there’s where your power goes, your HDMI out. And then notice that thereis a storage expansion port and that is somethingthat I think a lot of us are gonna be takingadvantage of this generation. We’re gonna get into moredetail of that in a bit. When it comes to the new controller, I think Microsoft was probably thinking, well, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it because in many ways, thenew Xbox Series controller feels very similar tothe Xbox One controller, which is not a bad thingbecause that’s a controller I really liked, although there are some subtle differences here. The obvious one being the D pad. Instead of having thetypical cross like you had in the Xbox One controller, it is now a concave D pad,which is actually similar to the elite controllersthat you had last generation. And I have to say I like this a lot; it’s very comfortable. Here you see me playing SSX 3. This is an original Xboxgame that uses both the thumb pads as well as the D pad a lot. This is obviously a gamethat I know really well and you do use the D pad alot when you’re doing tricks. And for me, it was veryeasy to play this game. I was able to play forhours with that D pad and I just like it a lot. Another change that theymade is that it’s slightly more textured underneath thecontroller on the handles. And you’ll notice itimmediately when you pick it up. It actually feels really good. I wouldn’t say it’s rubberized, and I wouldn’t say that it’s hard either. It’s really interesting to hold. It definitely feels like it’s gonna stay in your hands longer if you get sweaty, so I think it’s a very good thing. Another change is the share button there so you press it once to do a snapshot, you hold it down to capture a video, and then you double tap itif you just wanna bring up your gallery of media. But there was one thingabout the new controller that I wasn’t crazy aboutand I was kinda baffled with. And that is the new triggers. So, for the most part, thetriggers work just fine in 99% of the games that you might play. However, you guys know me, Ilove my arcade racing games and so one of the firstbackwards compatible games that I put in was SplitSecond on the Xbox 360. Now you see me playingthe game just fine here, but I immediately noticed that, when using the right trigger, and I would let go, it wouldalmost kinda feel sticky. It’s really hard for me to kinda describe, but basically it’s almostlike the controller was sort of holding onto thetrigger for just, you know, half a second, it was really weird. I noticed it immediately,it was almost like, again, it was just sticky, but it’s not because if you’re outside of thegame, the trigger works fine. But inside the game, itwould hold onto it for just a little bit. So I was really curious,like okay, is this just the controller? Is mine maybe a little bitdefective or acting kinda weird? So I switched over to thispurple Xbox One controller and played the game just fine. So it’s definitely somethingwith the new controllers. It’s not every game; I don’twant you to think that. It’s just that some of these arcade games when you’re holdingdown the right trigger, it just holds onto it for a second. I thought that was really weird. And I do wanna mention thatI did update the firmware for the controller.
I was actually promptedto, when I first set up the Xbox Series X, so it’s a little odd. Maybe it’s something thatcan be fixed in the future, and I wanna be clear. I’m not necessarily saying thatthe controller’s defective. I honestly don’t know. I’m gonna very curious to seeif other reviewers noticed it. It’s weird because itdoesn’t happen in all games; it just seems to be some ofthese Xbox 360 arcade games that have you just holding downthat trigger the whole time. And like I said, itdoesn’t do it with previous generation controllers. Very weird. As for the hardware in the console itself, well, you know, this isthe latest and greatest coming from Microsoft andit’s the next generation of consoles, so of courseit’s gonna be extremely beefy out of the gate. And the specs for the XboxSeries x are really impressive. Now, I’m not gonna getinto the terra flops and the RAM and allthat sorta stuff because I think most gamers just wanna know, okay, what do I actuallyget from all this? And basically this generation of consoles is really preparing youpretty much for the best 4K experience that you can get out there. But also for the futurewhen you might get, say, an 8K television at, like say, 120 hertz. And the other big benefit isjust extremely fast load times. When it comes to the visuals, well, you can see my TV here. It’s relatively new and supports up to 4K. And I’ll admit, gameslook gorgeous on this. You see me playing the newYakuza game here like a dragon. I noticed immediately howdetailed Japan streets look in this game. Now, I know the Yakuzagames have been doing this for a while, but you know,coming back from Japan last year, and seeing this right here, what I noticed was just thelittle details in the signs. Again, I’m not necessarily saying this is next generation graphics or anything. I think you could probably dosomething similar, you know, previous generation. But it doesn’t look bad. It’s funny ’cause I was actually stopping and just looking aroundthe city; it was very cool. And by the way, at this point,I should probably mention that you are watching thisgame play footage in 1080P and not 4K. And the reason for that is because the way I’m capturing the footagehere is using a hog pog video capture device right there, connected to my laptop. It’s the best that I can do currently. So I can’t actuallycapture raw 4K footage yet, but I’m working on it. Here is Gears five, a game thatalready looked really great on the Xbox One X, butnow it has been patched and updated to takeadvantage of some of the new hardware on the Xbox Series X. Playing through this, it’s, again, these Gears games are so wellmade and look great anyways. I can’t necessarily sayit’s that noticeably better, but it definitely runs great, plays great, I was having a ton of fun. And then here’s Forzaseven, and a couple things I noticed on here that Ithought were pretty cool little touches were, for instance, the multiple mirrors thatlet you see behind you when you’re driving in the trucks. I don’t remember ifprevious versions did that, but it was something again that I noticed that it’s rendering as you’re playing. Also, the white leathergloves when you’re driving in the Volkswagen Golf, looks really real. Plus, notice actuallythat there is a reflection of the steering wheel on theunderside of the windshield. I thought that was a really nice touch. Now, I know that Forza Seven’sbeen out for a couple years, so probably people who arefamiliar with the series already know about those little details, but it was really coolfor me to see that running in 4K on my televisionat a high frame rate. It was very impressive. And then there’s the talkabout the new generation and all of the improved load times. And I’m here to tell youthat that is absolutely true. I think that’s one ofthe features that’s gonna really get people excited and interesting in upgrading to thenext generation because it’s definitely a leap forward. So for instance, here’s me justwaking up the Xbox Series X from sleep mode. It’s instantaneous as you can see. I mean, literally it’s justa couple seconds at the most. But let’s go ahead and takea look at a better example. This is Red Dead Redemptiontwo, a game that is notorious for its long load times. So on the left you havethe Xbox One X version, and then on the right youhave the Xbox Series X. Now, these games are the same game disk, they are using the same patch, so they’re the same version. And they are also using my same save file. And what you’ll see hereis that Xbox Series X boots up in about 30 seconds, while the Xbox One Xcontinues to chug along adding about an extra minute.
So it’s very impressivewhat the new console does. Here’s another test Idid with Call of Duty Modern Warfare two. So from the time that Iclick to start the game, it starts booting into it. It’s actually going tosync with my save game over the network real quick there, and then basically I’m in playing the game in about 26 seconds. I thought that was pretty impressive. I don’t remember what itwas on the Xbox One X, but that’s pretty fast. (video game sounds) The other feature thatMicrosoft has been touting for the Xbox series ofconsoles is quick resume. Now, the idea here being that any game that’s optimized for theXbox series will have quick resume built in,which allows the system to basically take asnapshot of where you’re at. And then you can go back toit pretty much at any time. For instance, I’m playingHot Shot Racing right now, and then if I bring upthe menu by pressing the button on the controller, and then scroll downand choose Forza Seven, then as you see here, itflips over to a quick save I’ve already created, or Iguess the system already created the last time I played it. It takes about a second or two, and then you’re back in thegame exactly where you left off. And it’s kinda funny doingthis in driving games, especially when they’re so different as an arcade racing game andthen going to Forza Seven. But then let’s go ahead andbring up the menu again, go ahead and swing back to Hotshot Racing, and here we are. And so this is definitely a cool feature if the games support it andI think most of them probably will because this isincredibly handy going forward. I can see this being veryuseful ’cause a lot of gamers like us are bouncingaround from one game to the next. And while we’re on the subjectof hard drive space and stuff like that, let’s goahead and talk about file sizes because this is gonna be an issue I think in the next generation withgames getting just so massive. So this console here, the Xbox Series X comes with one terabyte of storage, which may sound like a lot,and I think for, you know, starting off, I thinkit’s a pretty decent size. However, I quickly filled it up. Now, I might be a specialcase because I was doing a lot of testing. I immediately put about30 games on the hard drive ’cause I’m reviewing it and I’m putting four generations of Xbox games on it, but let me tell you, as you see here, file sizes are all over the place. Now, older games are gonna be smaller, newer games are gonnabe many many gigabytes. And so I think this is gonna be an issue for this generation because again, just games are so massiveand there are so many options out there. And again, especially onthe Xbox Series because it has all that backwards compatibility and so you are tempted to just load in every Xbox game youown, but again, be aware you’re gonna fill that hard drive. And this isn’t necessarilyan Xbox issue either. It’s gonna just be everyconsole going forward. When you have all these games downloading and installing on the hard drive, especially if you consider Game Pass and all the games that you get access to, man, it’s so tempting tojust fill that hard drive up. And speaking of backwards compatible, while you guys know thatI love collecting for Xbox and again, I have so many great games I was so interested inchecking out on here, starting all the way backwith the original Xbox. You know, one mistake Ido need to correct though. And that is a couplemonths ago when I was first talking about the XboxSeries, I made the assumption and I thought was trueis that the new console was gonna work with justpretty much every game ever released on an Xbox console. And man, I really wish that was the case, but sadly that is not true. It basically requires additional licensing as well as work from Microsoftto bring those older titles up to the current generation. So I thought all my previous Xbox games were gonna work on this,sadly not all of them do. Although I do have to say,it is hundreds of titles. You see here going through the menu, this is the Microsoft storethat you get access to on the Xbox, you can see allof the previous generation right here, and this iseverything from the Xbox to the Xbox 360.
It’s pretty impressivehow many games are here, but you know, it’s not all of them. And so I’m gonna throwin a couple games here including Morrowind. I don’t know if anyone whoactually played Morrowind on the original Xboxwhen there were so many great mods for it on the PC, but it does look and run really well here, probably as good as it ever did. Probably a better exampleis Panzer Dragon Orta, which is a game that wasexclusive to the original Xbox and basically has better graphics here. Now, to be fair, thesewere basically re-released or updated for the XboxOne and that’s the version that you’re playing here. So it’s not necessarily new, but again, it’s running in 4K, it looks great. Now let’s go ahead and throwin some Xbox 360 games, and I do find that there is more support for Xbox 360 games. I picked a handful of themhere that I wanna check out, including Splinter Cell Blacklist. This is a game that I reallyenjoyed when it came out just because it was alittle bit different. And jumping back into it here, I was kinda surprised andblown away by just how good this game still looks and plays today. It’s funny because I’m capturingall the gameplay footage in this video and every once in a while, I get sucked back into oneof these old games again, and this is definitely one of them. I’m capturing the gameplay footage here and then hours go byand I’m like, oh crap, I gotta try other stuff too. Deus Ex: Human Revolution was a game that, when it came out, I wasvery excited for because I felt like it finallygot back to its roots of what made Deus Exso great to begin with. Such a great game, andagain, it’s really fun to play even today. (video game sounds) And then of course Mass Effect Two, one of my all-time favorite RPG’s. This was a game that I thinkjust got everything right; the characters, the story, the graphics, the combat, you know, themorality system in here. Such a great game, so much fun to replay. And of course I have abunch of Xbox One games I’ve been playing overthe last couple years that work on the Xbox Series. And you’ll notice that,in the packaging of some of the more recentones, at the top there, it will actually sayXbox One/Xbox Series X. Now, the caveat is thatdoesn’t necessarily mean that there is a differencein the game itself. It just means that it will work. I think in some cases,some of the developers are releasing patches thatmaybe unlock the frame rate or something like that, but just be aware. And as you would expect,those Xbox One games running on the Series X look great. Here is Star Wars: Squadrons,a game I just recently picked up so I’m notsuper far into this game, but as you guys know,I’m a huge Star Wars fan, I’m a huge fan of Thai Fighterand X Wing back on the PC so this is one I’m reallylooking forward to playing, as well as Crash Bandicootfour, it’s about time, and if I didn’t mention it before, again, one of the nicethings that Microsoft does with all this backwardscompatibility is that your save game transfersfrom, say, your Xbox One over to your Xbox Series X. So again you don’t have torestart all these games, which is super nice, soagain, with Crash four, I put in the game andinstall to the hard drive of the new console, and thenI just synced my saved game and I just picked it up andstarted right where I left off. As well as some othergames here, including Shadow of the Tomb Raider. Also gonna play some TonyHawk Pro Skater one and two. And again, you know, Idon’t necessarily think you’re getting a lot ofbenefit on the Xbox Series X other than perhaps youcould connect it to an 8K television, and ofcourse you will benefit from the quicker load times. I guess I should say unlessthe game is optimized to take advantage of the new hardware, or they release a patch to do that. Now, I know people werecurious, myself included, to see if Microsoft was gonnachange the Xbox interface for the next generation. And as you can see here, it’spretty much a carbon copy of the Xbox One interface, which I think is both good and bad. When I first got an XboxOne, I found this interface to be, well, frankly pretty confusing because I wasn’t exactlysure where everything was. I mean, it’s cool becausethere’s a lot of stuff going on and it’s pretty easy to getlost in it and find games and stuff like that. But it’s also a little bitdifficult to kinda figure out where is your screenshotsand your media at? Where do you find settingsand things like that? So I guess Microsoftprobably took an approach of if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it. But me personally, I thinkit would’ve been pretty cool for Microsoft to kind ofredesign the interface a little bit, make ita little bit special, a little bit differentto kind of, I don’t know, put a stake in the ground that this is the new interface for a newgeneration of Xbox consoles, but they decided to not do that. So what are my final thoughtson the Xbox Series X? Well, despite some of theissues that I ran into, which I think will probably be fixed by firmware updates and software updates, I really do like the hardware. Microsoft is taking what they did so well with the Xbox One X, aconsole I really really love playing, and just pouredit all into this Series X and made it even better. So I think the future ofthe console is very good, but let’s be honest, thelaunch titles for this system are pretty mediocre. I mean, there’s no one title, at least in my opinion, that just screams must play on this console. And so the fact thatthey have such excellent backwards compatibilitywith four generations of Xbox games, plus whenyou factor in game pass, there’s a lot to love with this. So even though there’snot a lot of launch games out of the gate, well, thereare still hundreds of games that you can play. Now, I’ve been trying to decide if I think people should get it ifthey have the Xbox One X. And I have a hard timerecommending it because the game play experiencefrom the Xbox One X to the Xbox Series X, I don’tknow if you’re gonna notice a whole lot of difference other than just the shorter load times whenyou’re playing your games. I think we need to get alittle bit further along, maybe into next yearwhere there’s gonna be some amazing Xbox exclusives. Me personally, if there was fable on this, if there was a brand new fable on this, I would say heck yeah orHalo or something like that. I guess my point is I thinkif you are on the fence, you can probably wait a little bit. The other thing too is if, you know, if you never did get anXbox One or and Xbox One X, then maybe you skipthat generation of Xbox, then this might be a reallygood time to jump in on it. So you know, that’s kindamy thoughts on that. Love to know what you guys thinkdown in the comments below. Did you pre-order the Xbox Series S or X? And what are your thoughts so far? Love to know. All right guys, thank youvery much for watching. Thank you for subscribing and take care.