Xbox Series X - S

A disastrous first year like the Xbox One generation, or a strong return to the Xbox name in the industry?

The previous generation of Xbox was not the best in its beginnings, as the Xbox One platform was released at a price more expensive than the PS4, and it did not offer players the experiences they were accustomed to in the Xbox 360 generation. Xbox was floundering in the first two years until Phil Spencer came to head the Xbox division and changed the course of the game. All events. During the 5 years we have witnessed the release of a group of powerful exclusives such as Halo 5 Guardians, Gears of War 4-5 and other games that are etched in the memory of all Xbox One owners. Add to that the provision of the Xbox Game Pass service, which has become the ideal solution for those looking for the largest number of games for the lowest price.

The successes of the Xbox One in the late generation turned the attention to the new Xbox consoles, the Xbox Series X|S. It has been a full year since the two platforms were launched in the global markets, and here we are conveying to you our experience of the two devices after testing them over the last 12 months. In this article, we will talk about all the advantages and disadvantages that we found in the new generation of Xbox platforms, and do we advise you to purchase any of them at the present time, or should you wait before getting a new generation device.

Features that make you want to own one of the two Xbox consoles

We’ll give you an overview of the most important features of the Xbox Series X|S, and then talk about each one separately:

  • Quick Resume
  • VR
  • FPS Boost
  • 120 FPS
  • Xbox Play Anywhere
  • Share button on the new controller
  • Quick Resume is one of the best features that have been introduced in the history of the gaming industry. With this feature, you can play more than one game on your Xbox Series X|S platform, and it allows you to move between them with ease. It also keeps all those games running in the background so you don’t need to reload them from scratch again. For example, we finished Ori and the Will of the Wisps last August, and forgot to turn it off completely from the device. We decided a few days ago to go back and try the game again, and it still worked on the home screen!
  • VRR is an acronym for Variable Refresh Rate and is currently only available on Xbox Series X|S. This feature will need a screen that supports it and states that the screen adjusts the number of times the image is refreshed every second to match the frame rate outside your device. This means that if the game is running at 50-60 fps, you will not feel that the frames are reduced to 50, but you will feel that you are playing at 60 fps without experiencing any problems.
  • FPS Boost is a new technology that engineers across Xbox have worked on and that allows them to increase the number of frames per game to 60 or 120 frames per second without the need for any intervention from the game developer itself. This makes the experience of many old games on the new generation more enjoyable and smoother, and virtually does not require any effort or additional work from the developers of various games.
  • The new generation of Xbox consoles are the best that gave us 120 frames per second as many games supported this feature on Xbox Series X|S, but did not support it on PlayStation 5. The credit here is due to the FPS Boost technology and the ease of upgrading games on Xbox as it is It requires much more effort on the PS5 platform because it is designed in a way that does not allow complete freedom for developers.
  • One of the great and important features that Xbox brought to us is the Xbox Play Anywhere feature where if you purchase a game developed by Xbox Studios on your Microsoft account, you will be able to enjoy it on your PC, Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S without having to pay any money additional. In addition, you will be able to transfer your progress and everything you do in the game between different platforms without any problems. This comes at the same time that PlayStation is asking for $10 to upgrade copies of games between PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5!
  • The sixth and final feature of the new generation is the Share button that has been added to the control hand. This button was present in the last generation on the PlayStation 4 platform, and it was easy for the user to shoot clips and take screenshots easily. On the Xbox you had to open the settings menu and register or take pictures with it. Adding the Share button made it as easy as the PlayStation 5. Tap one and it will take a picture, or long press and the device will start recording a video. The device has the ability to record a 720p video clip of up to 3 minutes, or a 1080p clip of up to one minute. The solution here is to connect an external USB 3.0 hard drive which allows you to record up to an hour of videos in 1080p and 60fps.

Are there exclusive games that can only be tried on the new generation?

Currently, there is only one game that can be played on Xbox Series X|S only and that is Microsoft Flight Simulator. Any other game released by Xbox studios during 2021 like Forza Horizon 5, Psychonauts 2, and Halo Infinite, you can try and enjoy them on your Xbox One. Of course, the resolution, graphics and frames will be lower than the new generation, but you will still get a pleasant experience.

What is the difference between Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S?

In terms of graphics and frame quality, there is really no noticeable difference between the two platforms. The Xbox Series S will give you the same graphic quality and frames as the Xbox Series X. The main difference is the resolution because the Xbox Series X targets 4K 2160p, but the Xbox Series S targets roughly 1080-1440p.

There are slight differences in some games where, for example, you will find a game that supports 120 frames per second on Xbox Series X but does not support those frames on Series S. Also, some games support ray tracing technology on Series X only. But if you decide to buy the Xbox Series S, you will get a great experience and there are many powerful games that support ray tracing technology on the smaller platform such as Watch Dogs Legion, Metro Exodus, Resident Evil Village, and others.

What does Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for you to sign up for annually?

That in short is the best service in the history of the industry. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for $15 per month for more than 500 games, including all past and future exclusives from Xbox Studios. You will also get an Xbox Live Gold subscription so you can try out paid games online on your Xbox. In addition, the service offers you an EA Play subscription within it, which means that you will be able to try out various Electronic Arts giant games including series:

  • Mass Effect
  • Battlefield
  • FIFA
  • Need for Speed
  • Dead Space
  • Mirror’s Edge
  • Titanfall
  • And all the giant sports launched by the company over the past years

In the end, would we advise you to buy an Xbox Series X or Series S right now?

If you own an Xbox One console, late 2021/early 2022 is the perfect time to update to the new generation. The last game released from Xbox Studios for Xbox One is Halo Infinite, and all 2022 games like Redfall, Starfield and Forza Motorsport will be made available exclusively for the next generation Xbox Series X|S consoles. This will define Xbox in 2022 because it is the complete opposite of PlayStation. Sony PlayStation intends to release its upcoming giant exclusives like God of War Ragnarok, Horizon Forbidden West and Gran Turismo 7 on PlayStation 4 as well!


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