The Xbox Series X Wants to Win the Next-Gen Console War
By John Saavedra
The Xbox Series X is set to launch on Nov. 10. Can it beat the PlayStation 5?
Microsoft is betting big on its next-gen console, which boasts not only powerful specs, but hundreds of games to play at launch.
Since Halo Infinite has been delayed, the Xbox Series X will count on third-party titles like Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, backwards-compatible Xbox titles, and Xbox Game Pass to fill out its roster.
If you were waiting for Halo Infinite, don’t worry. Halo fans are still getting an “Optimized for Series X” version of Halo: The Master Chief Collection that runs at 120 frames per second!
In terms of the console’s specs, while it’s too early to call, the Xbox Series X looks more powerful than the PS5 on paper.
The Xbox Series X is 8K-ready out of the box, can run games at up to 120 frames per second, and has a lightning fast SSD that seriously cuts down load times.
But if you find the Xbox Series X a little too pricey at $499 and don’t really care about gaming at 4K resolution, you should consider the Xbox Series S.
The Series X’s little brother is smaller in size but can still pull off 1440p resolution, up to 120 frames per second.
Size is a big difference between the two next-gen Xbox consoles. And believe it: the Xbox Series X is a hefty piece of hardware.
We recently unboxed the Xbox Series and were surprised by how heavy and large it is, every bit the gaming monolith you’d expect.
Ultimately, it’s going to come down to the console’s games and performance. As far as that goes, early frame rate and temperature tests are very promising.
While the console lacks exclusives at launch, that'll change, especially now that Microsoft has bought Bethesda, giving the console first dibs on The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, and Doom franchises.
But will those all be enough for Xbox Series X to beat the PlayStation 5? Stay tuned.