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Microsoft says that the Xbox Series X is all about next-gen power that you can see and feel

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In a handful of months, the next generation of console gaming will begin. But what does that actually mean in this day and age? The PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 provided a massive graphical boost with more quality of life improvements while also emphasising a digital shift in gaming, while the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One era were focused on even bigger graphical gains and sharing your experience online.

What are consoles like the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 bringing to the table? While there is an effort to up the visual ante with consoles that’ll be far more at home with 4K televisions than their predecessors ever were (outside of the mid-gen upgrades that tested the waters that is), this new generation seems to be more focused than ever before on making the gaming experience quicker and smoother.

Solid state drives aren’t just going to make lengthy loading screens a relic when they hit the console scene. The SSDs that Sony and Microsoft have for their consoles are custom-tuned, technological marvels designed to move data across at a speed that’s comparable to that sudden epiphany of a wet fart hitting your cheeks.

Sony may have finally lifted the lid on their gaming wi-fi router, but they’re still keeping quiet on just how games will be better in the 2020s. As for Microsoft? They reckon this upcoming generation will be about collapsing your entire gaming history into one compatible ecosystem that’ll tickle all your senses. “As we move into this next generation with Xbox Series X, we’re really committed to tearing down all the barriers that exist in the ecosystem,” Jason Ronald, the director of program management for Xbox Series X, explained to Games Radar.

That includes things like cross-network play, cross-generational play. The fact that your entire game library – your gaming history, your gaming legacy, your progression, your achievements – all move forward with you. And we want to make sure that players can play together, regardless of what device that they choose to play on. Because, once again, we really want to make sure that everybody’s able to play regardless of the device they choose to play on and they have that great shared experience together.

When we think about the future of gaming, it’s really about providing more options to both gamers and developers. And we’ve really invested a lot of time and energy in making sure the exact same development tools that you use on Xbox One are the same tools that you use with Xbox Series X. And as a developer, what that really enables you to do is to make sure that you have the largest addressable player base, and that players can choose to play together regardless of what device they choose to play on.

Beyond all that, the Xbox Series X wants to be a console that not only provides good-looking games, but experiences that have a more haptic sensation that players can grab onto. “With past console generations, the primary focus has been on graphics improvements – and with this next-generation we’ll continue to see a step change in graphical fidelity. But more importantly, with this generation, is the power that you can feel,” Ronald explained.

Internally, we think about this as ‘the power you can see as well as the power you can feel‘. When we talk about the power you can feel, this really is about changing how games actually play. Things like ultra-high framerates, ultra-low latency input, and how quickly and easily we can get players to jump into the experience with the virtual elimination of loading times. It’s really much more about how games play and how games feel, than just looking at the graphic advancements alone.

There are only a few weeks to go until Microsoft fires back at Sony’s recent reveal with their own line-up of upcoming games. Microsoft has a baker’s dozen of game studios working on next-gen projects, and come July 20 they’ll be showing off not only the power of the Xbox Series X but also the unmatched might of Microsoft’s near-infinite bank account that was used to acquire these developers.

Last Updated: June 22, 2020

9 Comments

  1. Oh yeah, I hope their WIFI Router improves the network….

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  2. Guz

    June 22, 2020 at 09:40

    Games, that’s what its gonna come down to if you ask me, Sony had better games last time round so it was a better choice for most, so the games reveal is going to be uber important,
    I not interested in which one is the “hottest” I’m interest in which one I can have the most fun with xD

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  3. MechMachine

    June 22, 2020 at 10:14

    In all honesty, this is just a bunch of word vomit coming out of Microsoft’s marketing department. They need to show us. And let’s be clear, It can’t be another Halo and Forza game. Sony have always brought new IP’s to the party. Every gen we see new games that are simply incredible. The thing working against MS is the fact that they never do this. Gears of War is old and stale, Halo is well past the days it was something to hold the Platform up as go to of choice.

    What has Sony brought this previous gen ? BloodBorn. Days Gone, Uncharted 4 and the expansion. Horizon Zero Dawn. Spider Man. God of War. Infamous : Second Son. The Last of Us. Ghosts of Tsushima, Death Stranding.

    Those are the marquee titles that I can remember. I say it time and time again, I have a Xbox one X and all it does is allow me to watch twitch, but I see Sony has finally fixed whatever issue the app had where you couldn’t stream content from Twitch without the constant buffering, so even there, I am losing excuses to justify owning the thing.

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    • Skyblue

      June 25, 2020 at 17:57

      Forza Motorsport with haptic triggers destroyed Gran Tourismo for me personally. Nothing beats Sony exclusives though except Gears and Forza did. My son’s primary console is the The Xbox One so he has to get his Streetfighter V fix on the PS4. He agrees that the PS is obviously better for exclusives but just prefers the Xbone overall.

      You also never mentioned Resogun which means you’ve never played it. Sis!

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      • MechMachine

        June 26, 2020 at 10:10

        Yeah, I don’t even know what Reso Gun is. But this is coming from someone who bought the VR unit and used it for a week, that’s it, and put it away.

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        • Skyblue

          June 26, 2020 at 10:30

          Resogun mate. Best arcade shooter in history imo. And don’t forget Ori on the Xbox or PC. One of the best “Metroidvania” titles you can ever play.

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  4. Mabenito

    June 22, 2020 at 15:30

    Nothing compels me to buy an XBox. Even if it may cost r1000 less than a PS. Marketing from Microsoft has portrayed it as a juvenile console for young gamers.

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  5. Viper_ZA

    June 22, 2020 at 11:30

    Hehe, nope, will hold out for a revision of the PS5 instead. Will not be buying on launch.

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  6. Seeker

    June 22, 2020 at 11:35

    The header is so glorious.

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