Since November 10, 2020, the Xbox Series X has been on the market – and in my living room. There was no genuine sense of next-generation at first. It improved earlier games, although the transition from Series One to Series X felt little in comparison to the previous generation’s transition. Minor difficulties with the console aggravated the problem in my instance. The thrill of the initial days has gone after six months, and it is time for a new ending. What has improved, what issues remain, and which issues could I address? The answers can be found below.
The Xbox Series X is still unavailable for purchase through virtual stores. The Microsoft console is occasionally available in small quantities at Amazon, Media Markt, and other retailers. On eBay, users also sell the Series X, although prospective purchasers must pay up to 200 Euros more than they would in retailers. Patience is the only option, especially since Microsoft board member Mike Spencer just stated that the console will not be available until summer 2021.
Prior to the Series X, I had an Xbox One in my Console table that worked flawlessly till the very end. After four years, it was time to pass the torch to the next generation. In my living room, I have an LG OLED B9 with a 65-inch screen that I’d like to fill with 4K games at some point. In addition, the TV incorporates AMD’s FreeSync technology and can play video at a refresh rate of 120 hertz. As a result, even quick movements are rendered smoothly and nearly without delays: There is just a 13 millisecond lag on the input. In terms of sound, I’m also well-equipped: I have a Marantz NR 1510 AV receiver with a surround speaker kit (JBL SCS 200 5.1). Shortcoming: Because the receiver lacks an HDMI 2.1 connector, it cannot, for example, loop through the 120 hertz achieved by the console. As a result, the TV and Xbox are connected immediately.
The flickering in Xbox Series X is obnoxious.
To use the full-frame rate of 120 hertz, I first had to enable it in the console menu: it’s under TV & Display Options in the General overview. The refresh rate can then be set to 60 hertz or 120 hertz. The first issue arose at this point: My television is compatible with the mode and displays the full frame rate. However, in the first third of the image, there is a picture fault in the form of a thin, flickering stripe. The streak spanned the entire picture in a vertical line. The reason for this is that the software on the TV and Xbox is not yet totally “compatible.” However, turning the TV on and off for a few seconds solves the problem, and the stripe vanishes. Despite the fact that the flickering column only shows on occasion, I am hopeful that a future software update, either from the console or the TV, would ultimately resolve this issue.
It’s all about the settings when it comes to film sound.
For the best sound, a little fine-tuning is required. For this, I’ll have to go back into the settings. In an official guidepost, Microsoft specifies which settings are appropriate for a configuration like mine. I discover the item Volume and Audio Output in the console’s General settings. First, I choose “DTS Digital Surround” as the bitstream format and the Bitstream item for HDMI audio. The audio signal received from the game is then processed by the AV receiver rather than the console. Aside from DTS Digital Surround, you can choose from Dolby Digital, Dolby Atmos for home theater, and DTS:X for home theater. The last two are only compatible with receivers that can handle the appropriate surround sound formats. However, DTS Digital Surround is the greatest option for me.
Storage solutions are too expensive
Everything is in place, the games are almost installed, and then the following issue arises: The 1 terabyte of memory (with the operating system removed, there are only 802 gigabytes, GB) fills up faster than you can pronounce Xbox Series X. Current games take up a lot of space, such as the 180 GB “Call Of Duty – Black Ops Cold War.” In addition, Series X games can only be stored on
the device’s internal memory. On an external USB hard drive, gamers may only store games from prior versions. This, however, has a substantial impact on loading times. The answer comes in the form of a second storage device. Seagate’s Storage Expansion Card is now the only internal storage expansion option. A whopping 240 euros is required for the little card with 1 terabyte of Memory. A sour apple that gamers, particularly those that play a lot of games in a row, will have to bite into.
There will be no next-generation controller.
In the test, the controller was also a major source of the complaint. Overall, it appears to be slimmer than its predecessor. The matte plastic button, on the other hand, does not give me a genuine next-gen vibe. Especially when compared to the PS5’s Dual Sense, which features unique features such as haptic feedback for the shoulder buttons. The L2 and R2 buttons modify the pressure there, allowing you to feel the pressure when the character bows. Microsoft does not make a gadget like this, however it does make the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2, which has more buttons and customization options. The additional peripheral costs 180 Euros and is not a need. Nonetheless, the magnificent controller feels more next-gen than its plastic counterpart, which comes included with the Xbox.
What happened to the exclusive games?
Another disadvantage is that Series X and S do not have any exclusive games. Because Xbox games aren’t available, this is the case. This is due to the fact that Xbox games are always published for the PC. There were no titles from Microsoft’s own game forges at first, either. However, the platform was not without games, as many titles from previous Xbox iterations are compatible with the new devices. For the next Xbox
generation, games like “Gears 5” and “Forza Horizon 4” received improvements. For example, Microsoft increased the frame rate of the old graphics hits. Other developers’ games benefit from the upgraded hardware as well: “Titanfall 2” or “Metro Last Light Redux,” for example, run at a fairly smooth 120 hertz. Loading times have also been significantly decreased, at least when games are installed on internal storage. As a result, if you already own an Xbox One, the game selection is now no reason to purchase the Series X. For the older sister, current blockbusters like “Resident Evil Village” are still available.
Is the Xbox Series X free of flaws?
Not all issues can be remedied by adjusting the settings. For extra memory and a better controller, I had to dip (deep) into my pocket. It’s a little more aggravating when there’s a photo error. We’ll have to wait for more information. For exclusive games, the scenario is similar. In the last six months, there hasn’t been a title with a wow factor, so patience is required here as well. The Series X, on the other hand, isn’t collecting dust in my living room. Among the various titles from four Xbox generations, there is always something to play. And some of them appear to be in better shape than they have in the past.