What better way to catch the attention of the consumer than with an aesthetically pleasing box for your shiny new next-gen console? That at least seems to be Microsoft’s thinking with the retail box for the Xbox Series X.
Canadian consumer electronics retail site The Source has now posted its Xbox Series X listing (via IGN), which reveals the console’s box. In short, it has a pretty cool design that highlights the next-gen console’s features. Give it a look:
This is far from the first Xbox reveal this week. On Tuesday, Microsoft announced the price, design, and specs for the Xbox Series S, the disc-less, more budget-friendly next-gen alternative to the Series X. Microsoft followed that announcement up on Wednesday with the price and release date for the Xbox Series X, which will cost $499 and launch on Nov. 10 alongside the Series S ($299).
Players will also be able to pay for the next-gen consoles in 24 monthly installments through an Xbox All Access subscription, which will also grant you access to 24 months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate (now including EA Play). Under an All Access plan, the Xbox Series S will cost $24.99 a month, while the Series X will set you back $34.99.
If you want to be among the first gamers to play Xbox Series X or Series S, then you might be interested in pre-ordering the console. Luckily, you can do so starting on Sept. 22.
The question is, should you get the Xbox Series X or its smaller, less powerful sibling? It really all depends on whether you want to be able to pop in discs into your next-gen Xbox and if you own a 4K TV. The Xbox Series S won’t ship with a disc drive and won’t feature native 4K resolution but will still be able to render at 1440p and up to 120 fps for some games. If budget is a factor, you could do much worse than the Series S. Here’s a breakdown of the big differences between both consoles as well as a comparison of the specs.
The Xbox Series X, on the other hand, really is a showstopper. It features a powerful GPU that will be 8K-ready out of the box. You can expect to be able to play games at 4K and up to 120 fps on this console.
Microsoft has also said that the “Velocity Architecture” in both consoles will “greatly decrease” load times while its Quick Resume feature will “enable players to seamlessly switch between multiple titles and resumes instantly from where you last left off.”
If you haven’t seen them already, here’s a breakdown of the major Xbox Series X specs you need to know about:
If it’s the games you’re interested in, the Xbox Series X has an interesting lineup of exclusives thus far. Currently, the roster includes Halo Infinite and Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II. We have a full list of the confirmed games coming to Xbox Series X.
The Xbox Series X will also be compatible with “thousands of your favorite games across four generations of gaming, all your Xbox One gaming accessories, and industry-leading services like Xbox Game Pass.” Additionally, Microsoft is ensuring that first-party titles from Xbox Game Studios “support cross-generation entitlements and that your Achievements and game saves are shared across devices” through its Smart Delivery system.
We’ll keep you updated as we learn more about Microsoft’s next-gen console.