Xbox Series X: Full hands-on preview, games, UI and more

The Xbox Series X is nearly a month away from common launch (as is the Series S and the PS5). We have been testing a prototype model of the Sequence X for a number of weeks, first looking at backwards compatibility and load times, and now taking a look at common impressions of the primary new-for-Sequence-X video games and the precise new Xbox UI. 

PJDM’s Jeff Bakalar has dived into these new options, and describes them within the video right here.

“Whereas sure, that is technically a prototype system,” Jeff says, “I do suppose I’ve received a very good thought of what it is like proudly owning this next-generation console.”

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Fairly and quiet 

Jeff calls the general design of the Sequence X “undeniably smooth,” with an industrial edge. It is a foot tall, with a 6-inch by 6-inch footprint. “I ended up holding mine standing up behind my TV,” he says, “so I may preserve the highest warmth exhaust fan as clear as attainable.” 

I had related house and air flow considerations after I took a few new Xbox non-functional mockups to Ikea to see how they’d match into numerous front room media console furnishings. Whether or not you place the primary vent on the highest or facet, you will want to depart loads of room for airflow. 

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What Jeff discovered spectacular concerning the console immediately was how quiet it truly runs. “I’ve by no means heard it rev up as soon as my complete time with it, in stark comparability to one thing like a PS4 Professional.” 


The person interface on the Sequence X is surprisingly much like the present model on the Xbox One. Jeff factors out that it is a lot quicker, nevertheless, relating to navigation and transitions. “Zipping round via menus is a a lot better expertise,” he says. 

“That mentioned, as a result of it is not a departure from last-gen’s UI, every thing feels precisely the identical.” Should you did not love the Xbox One format, you are not going to like this one.  



Loads of room, for now

Increasing the storage is simple, in the event you use the official Seagate 1TB add-on drive ($220!), which plugs right into a proprietary port on the again. Sequence X video games will solely run from the interior or proprietary drive, however legacy video games can dwell on a typical USB drive. 

Sequence X optimized video games (like Halo 5) can run from 35GB to 99GB, so arduous drive house could get eaten up rapidly. 

Oh yeah, and video games

“New Sequence X video games have been scarce throughout this preview interval,” Jeff says. However, the last-minute addition of racing recreation Filth 5 gave him an opportunity to see the complete energy of Xbox Sequence X kicking out a 120Hz sign. In an choices menu, you’ll be able to select picture high quality, body price or 120Hz modes, very similar to you’ll be able to on some Xbox One X and PS4 Professional video games

“In framerate mode,” he says, “there’s a noticeable quantity of display screen tearing.” Additionally value noting, while you soar into 120Hz mode, a minimum of in Filth 5, the output decision drops to 1440p from 4K. “For what it is value, going forwards and backwards between 4K and 1440p made it actually powerful to note the compromises.” Simply keep in mind, not a variety of present TVs assist 120Hz alerts anyway, so do not get too wrapped up in that. 

We’ll deliver you additional hands-on experiences with the Xbox Sequence X within the coming weeks, together with a full assessment of the retail model of the brand new console. 

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Dan Ackerman