By Dean Moses
It has been six months since the Xbox Series X released, and with restock issues still plaguing consumers attempting to purchase the system, we take a look at how Microsoft’s big black box is fairing.
The Spring Creek Sun reviewed Sony’s PlayStation 5 (PS5) back in November for the launch day platform; however, now we have finally gotten our hands on the Xbox Series X, so how is the rival comparing all these months later?
Opening the package, excited gamers are greeted with the words “Power your Dreams.” This welcome is intended to tease players with a new generation of graphical and technical abilities. Unfortunately, the array of exclusives from which to showcase this capacity is almost nonexistent, leaving the power rather untapped.
Although exclusives are rather sparse, leaving it far behind the PS5 in terms of unique releases. Yet where Xbox Series X has the advantage is the video games that are already on the market. The Series X has the ability to play a variety of previous generation games dating all the way back to the original Xbox. Far from merely allowing gamers to experience retro titles, in some cases it also updates them into 4K and faster frame rates, along with other enhancements.
Additionally, while the PS5 has all of the exclusive’s when it comes to streaming video games, the Xbox Game Pass far surpasses that of the PlayStation Now with its digital selection. The Xbox Series X offers a larger category of games to play both new and old, coupled with the ability to simply insert your Xbox and Xbox 360 games, the latest system is truly an all-in-one deal. (It’s rumored that the Xbox Game Pass will allow you to play games on both your system and on any phone device.)
In terms of the machine itself, the design is far less bulky than what it may have appeared in photographs and videos. It is also pleasantly silent, with the sound of internal being undetectable to the ear. Still like the PS5, memory will soon become an issue for many gamers since after updates you are afforded 700 GB of space.
Another cool aspect about the Xbox Series X is how fast your system starts and the ability to resume gameplay as you switch between games and applications. This allows for a seamless transition, rather than flipping through a series of menus and sign-in information.
So, is the Xbox Series X just for you? Well, that depends on the types of games you like to play. While there are handful of exclusives for Xbox Series X, the roster for PS5 packs a tough punch. To name a few the PS5 currently has Demon Souls, Spider Man Miles Morales, Returnal, Astro’s Playroom and more. While the Xbox Series X only has Gears of War 5, Forza Horizon 4, Medium, Halo: The Master Chief Collection and a few more.