Xbox Series X launching in November, Halo Infinite delayed to 2021
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- Xbox Series X Launches this November with Thousands of Games Spanning Four Generations - Xbox Wire
- Will Tuttle, Xbox Wire Editor in Chief
- Aug 11 2020
- Word count
- 475 words
I am really looking forward to the new Xbox! I haven't gotten a new console since the Xbox 360 and my last new Xbox game was Battlefield 3, so it's going to be quite a world of difference. Also really looking forward to having an optical disk drive to play rented DVDs instead of rented streaming.
I find PS4 so flimsy. Everything seems to make it malfunction. I had to use unreliable internet tips all the time. PS3 was similar. I’m going Microsoft this time!
Really? I've had my PS4 since launch and have yet to encounter a single problem with it. A few years ago I upgraded the hard drive.
The PS4 is very sensitive to power failures. That’s an issue around here.
I don't know if Microsoft is going to be much better for those kinds of issues.
It might be worth getting a basic UPS to protect expensive electronic devices like your consoles and TV.
My friend has both and speaks wonders about the reliability and operating system of the Xbox. I always go against his opinion and end up screwed. Besides games on Xbox are so much cheaper it’s ridiculous. This is on Brazil.
This time I’ll just do what he says.
The original Xbox 360 overheating issue was definitely a pain, but after it was straightened out I never had any issues. I'm hoping that this release lives up to its hype.
Honestly, I don't get Xbox as a brand. "It's the most powerful console in the universe! So here, play some old games." "It's all 4K/60fps! So, here, play this game that looks like a high res 360 game." (the Halo Infinite trailer did not even look good!) That "launching with thousands of games" headline is so sad. Quantity hasn't been a factor since digital stores have become a thing, over a decade ago.
At this point, why not launch the hardware in 2021, with dignity? Also why haven't they hired someone with taste to figure out what Xbox even stands for, outside high numbers? All they needed was one new franchise that matches the US-centric, bombast messaging. Something like Halo but fresh and with new momentum.
Ironically, Microsoft Flight Simulator is the most on-brand and overall most technically impressive game coming this generation but it seems PC-focused. What's the console equivalent? There's got to be something.
I think at this point, Xbox is basically "a gaming PC for people that don't want to deal with having a gaming PC". I don't think they even have any exclusives any more, even their big-name first-party titles all release on Xbox and PC simultaneously. I can't really come up with any compelling reason that anyone with a capable gaming PC would want to buy an Xbox any more.
I think from that perspective, emphasizing things like the size of the library/backlog available makes more sense. PCs don't have "generations" either, and it's almost always safe to assume that you'll be able to play older games too.
I get Xbox as a brand. It’s a machine that plays games. It works for a long time which is super nice. It’s a pretty simple concept. And in Brazil the games are much much cheaper.
Also: it’s a brand name, it’s made to sell, not for logical consistency.
I'm disappointed because I've been looking forward to a new Halo, but I'm still planning on upgrading to the new xbox promptly. Some games don't manage to stay at 60fps (especially on 4k) on the xbox one x and I just really can't stand that any more. I've seen how amazing 120+fps games look like on a good computer, and anything under 60fps is utterly dead to me now. (Apparently the new xbox can even do 120fps, though I don't have the tv for that yet.) I'm really liking Microsoft's current model of committing to supporting the entire existing xbox one games library.