The Xbox Series X, and its smaller counterpart the Xbox Series S, serve as Microsoft’s foray into the next generation of video games. The Xbox generational divide is more about software than hardware, allowing gamers with high-powered Windows PCs to enjoy all the same games under the ever-widening Microsoft umbrella. Microsoft’s future is as much about increasing the value and breadth of Xbox Game Pass as it is about increasing the power of the hardware it’s offering.
That hardware power has still increased, though. If you should choose to play on an Xbox Series X, you’ll get a piece of hardware that Microsoft says is over 9 times more powerful than the launch-model Xbox One, and more than twice as powerful as the Xbox One X. It’ll play games in 4K at up to 120 frames per second, and it supposedly supports 8K gaming at 60 frames per second. Meanwhile, the Xbox Series S is a less expensive and digital-only console that offers 1440p resolution but nonetheless aims to keep up with the Xbox Series X on frame rate.
By offering games on Xbox Game Pass to players across devices, Microsoft has made it clear that the next generation of consoles is not going to rest on a promise of exclusive games. For example, Yakuza: Like A Dragon is a timed next-gen exclusive for Xbox, but it’s also available on the PS4 (and, in 2021, on the PS5). Tetris Effect: Connected, the multiplayer update to Tetris Effect, will also launch on the next-gen Xbox and, eventually, on PS4. The Xbox Series X will also offer a long list of games that have been “optimized” for the console, including older games that will take advantage of the next-gen hardware.
Is Microsoft’s next generation worth the upgrade? We’ve been investigating that question with hands-on tests and coverage of the Xbox Series X and S games and features, with so much more to come.