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Xbox Series X Unboxing: Microsoft’s Next-Gen Console Isn’t a Fridge But It’s Definitely Hefty

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I ought to be aware that I’ve not truly turned on the console but, so I received’t be speaking about any launch video games, UI impressions, load occasions, how sizzling its elements get, or the net expertise right here. That’ll come nearer to launch. For now, what I can say is that the Xbox Series X is a sturdy piece of {hardware} that appears and feels deserving of its premium $499 price ticket. While I wasn’t in love with the design of the Xbox Series X when it was first unveiled late final yr, it rapidly grew on me as soon as I had the console in entrance of me.

Microsoft’s console designers clearly took a minimalist method, one in stark distinction to the PS5, and it actually works to the Xbox Series X’s benefit. I like that the entrance of the console isn’t so burdened by ports and that the outer shell has a clean, clear end. Even the vents on the high of the console, which have a vivid inexperienced coloring on the within that form of makes it appear to be the Xbox is glowing, seems to be fashionable.

One good contact on the entrance of the console is the facility button, which has a very satisfying click on once you press it. I used to be by no means actually a fan of the touch-sensitive energy button on the unique Xbox One that I too typically grazed by chance, shutting down or turning on the console at inconvenient occasions. It might need sounded neat on paper, however I favor a button you truly should press down on. Anyway, once you energy on the Xbox Series X, the Xbox image will gentle up and also you’ll hear the acquainted power-on chirp that Microsoft is reusing from the Xbox One.

As far as ports go, you’ll discover the 4K Blu-ray disc drive in addition to a single USB port on the entrance of the console. Above that USB port, you’ll discover the bind button on your Xbox equipment that additionally doubles as an IR receiver for the Xbox One Media Remote. On the again of the console, clustered all the way in which on the backside, you’ve got two extra USB ports, an Ethernet port, a port to plug within the energy cable, an HDMI 2.1 port, and the growth slot designed for the 1 TB SSD growth card designed by Seagate. (That growth card will set you again $219, however you can even plug in an exterior SSD to one of many USB ports.)

Just a fast be aware concerning the console’s energy cable: there’s no cumbersome energy provide hooked up to it, that means that it’s simpler than ever to run that cable by the again of your leisure heart. The exterior energy provide was some of the irritating elements of the unique Xbox One, so I’m glad Microsoft went again to the drafting board on that. Of course, that energy provide is now inside the Xbox Series X, which may be one of many causes the console itself is so huge. Still, a small high quality of life enchancment if you happen to ask me.

Xbox Series X Controller

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