Hands-on with Xbox Series X: Quick resume, backwards compatibility and faster load times

The Xbox Series X is right here. Type of. Whereas now we have a remaining {hardware} unit of the coming-soon new sport console from Microsoft, our hands-on expertise up to now is with a handful of backwards-looking options and technical enhancements to how video games load. 

Meaning no impressions — but — of next-gen video games operating at 4K. As an alternative we acquired to attempt a collection of beforehand launched video games operating in backwards compatibility mode and acquired to play with the improved loading occasions and a brand new characteristic referred to as Fast Resume, which is frankly one of the vital spectacular issues we have seen in sport {hardware} in a while. 

PJDM’s Jeff Bakalar and Gamespot’s Michael Higham each acquired to check out these new options on Xbox Sequence X {hardware} and spoke about their experiences within the accompanying video. 

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“I kinda slept on that a bit of bit,” Jeff says in regards to the Fast Resume characteristic. “Now, having performed a bunch of video games with Fast Resume, proper now, for me, that is the kind of game-changing characteristic of Sequence X.” 

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Michael was impressed with the load occasions from the brand new NVMe SSD. “Now [Xbox Series X] has caught as much as one thing gaming PCs have had for some time,” he says. “So no extra doom-scrolling on the Twitter timeline whilst you’re ready for a sport to load.”

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Listed below are Jeff and Mike’s foremost takeaways:

  • The console has run practically silently to this point, though these older video games aren’t precisely taxing the {hardware}
  • Loading occasions are a lot sooner than the Xbox One X (Microsoft’s high-end model of the Xbox One). That features each preliminary boot-up, loading saves and transitioning between sections of a sport. 
  • In an unscientific take a look at, loading a Red Dead Redemption 2 save took round two minutes on an Xbox One X and about 30 seconds on the Xbox Sequence X. 
  • Fast Resume seems like a game-changer. You may leap between video games in about 10 seconds and Mike had 4 completely different video games operating without delay. Video games resume within the precise state you left them in, no reloading saves or returning to menu screens required. 
  • The brand new controller could be very comparable, however advantages from a greater grip floor on the again, an 8-way d-pad, and is a tiny bit smaller. And, it is acquired a USB-C port. 

Further particulars of the Xbox Sequence X are coming, together with our impressions of latest Sequence X video games and way more in regards to the {hardware} itself, the working system and the multimedia options. 

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Dan Ackerman