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The Xbox Series X – One week later

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As you’ve probably gathered from the title, I’ve had the opportunity to use the Xbox Series X for a full week and my impressions are honestly kind of mixed, but I was expecting this. Let’s get this out of the way, in its current state, the Xbox Series X feels more like an iterative update than a generational leap, and that’s not a bad thing. This feeling is likely tied to the fact that I’ve been playing the same games I was enjoying a week earlier on my Xbox One S. It’s no secret, it is missing the jaw dropping, system selling launch title the other guys have.

Knowing this, why the Series X? Simple, access to four generations of Xbox. Being able to grab a game from the backwards compatibility library and replaying it with a higher framerate and expanded resolution is pure bliss. Re-experiencing older titles in a modern technical context has always been a passion of mine. I’m subscribed to the notion that titles from previous generations must continue to adapt and move forward (or in better terms, evolve) with the platform, and currently Xbox allows this, albeit in a limited capacity.

Since the arrival of disc-based consoles, we’ve all grown accustomed to things like increased load times and the occasional in-game framerate drop. But what I’ve enjoyed the most with my Xbox Series X experience thus far are the massive load time reductions and framerate stabilization brought forth by the new system architecture. With reduced load times, you can now transition between levels instantaneously, or restart events in mere seconds.

I also like that I can now quick resume up to three titles on the console. In simple terms, it’s an easy way to cycle through the last three games that are stored in memory. This means I can be playing Ultra Street Fighter IV and immediately change things up by quick resuming my previous Tetris Effect: Connect session. It’s a welcomed quality of life improvement in this fast-paced world.

Currently, the Xbox Series X allows you to experience 40+ games from the original Xbox library, 500+ titles from the Xbox 360 lineup as well as all Xbox One releases. Even without the killer launch lineup, gamers have plenty of enhanced titles to choose from.

The promise of an improved gaming experience got me into the ninth generation of console gaming with an Xbox Series X. I am happy Microsoft chose to continue to embrace its past while looking ahead into the future. So yes, this may feel like an iterative update, but it’s the experience I was looking forward to.

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