After spending a few months telling myself that I didn’t plan to buy Xbox Series X, and watching other people scramble to buy next-generation consoles, I gave in and bought Xbox Series X. It was a few weeks ago, and recently I started to wonder if this is a good idea.
I will not lie: the decision to buy Xbox Series X was a 100% impulse purchase, not the result of spending weeks trying to find a game console that did not come from a skinning machine. British retailer Argos got some inventory and sold out almost immediately in a typical next-generation way. Except for one store, it takes about 30 minutes to reach by car, but there are miraculously some stores.
A few days later, after 40 miles of driving, I was rearranging the top of the TV unit to accommodate the overgrown Xbox series X bricks. Correct? Maybe not, because in the weeks after that, I did almost nothing.
Except for game consoles, almost everything is here
In the few weeks since I connected the new Xbox, I have had very few actual games on it. It’s weird when you consider how many games you can play on the next-generation Xbox. There are things worth enjoying for 20 years, and I seem to only use it to play 4K Blu-ray. When I don’t try to sync the old saved file with the cloud, that’s it.
The crazy thing is that I already have an Xbox One S, and it can play 4K discs. Maybe its quality is not exactly the same as that of a dedicated 4K machine, but it worked, taking up only half of the space of Series X in the process.
What excites me most is that I no longer have time to play games. Of course not on TV, which is why I like Nintendo Switch so much. It allows me to choose games anytime, anywhere.
I can easily stream Xbox Series X to my phone, but it’s not the same. I still think I should sit on the sofa in front of the TV with the controller in my hand. Especially since many of the games I own are large-scale, large-scale games, I can benefit from a broader view of the world.
These games also seem to require a lot of time and energy to stay ahead. I found first-hand information when I loaded “Fallout 4” and saved it, and realized that I haven’t played games for four years, and I don’t know what will happen. I was also shocked to discover that Elder Maxson was still alive, even though I was pretty sure that I killed him to get the sweet coat he was wearing. In addition, I clearly remember to complete the game and destroy the institute. But it still exists in a certain way.
It’s great to run around and see the federal government 60fps.But in fact I am an adult. The adult schedule is very busy and there is not much game time, but this still makes me wonder one of the reasons why I want to buy the X series.
Lack of exclusive merchandise does not help
Console exclusives are usually rare in the early days of the new generation, and it doesn’t matter whether you are the proud owner of PS5 or Xbox X. We are less than a year away from the new cycle, and platform exclusivity is also available on all earlier consoles.
The fact that I now own an Xbox Series X does not actually bring me any new gaming opportunities. Because every game I can buy out can run on older consoles.Considering that this is a very incredible thing, because the same disc can work on two different generations of hardware
That kind of forward compatibility has never really been realized before, even in the glorious days of PS2, it is impossible to popularize PS3 games to PS2 and expect it to work normally. Even PS5 also sells separate CDs exclusively for it, such as “Spider-Man: Miles Morales”. This is an impressive display of technology and a consumer-friendly practice. Even ten years ago, you never thought of a company like Microsoft.
of course. The downside is that I can easily get a copy of Crash Bandicoot 4 and continue to play it on my Xbox One. The only major difference is that Xbox Series X can run it at 4K 60fps. Compared to the original Xbox One and Xbox One S that I still use today, this is a big improvement, but it’s not that I would miss a lot of things.
The same is true for Game Pass, because all these games are multi-generational games. The X series may seem to play better with these games, but without it, I can’t seem to play these games.
Microsoft seems to be more committed to supporting Xbox One into the future, which is absolutely to no avail. The great thing is that if players are really unwilling, they won’t feel the pressure to upgrade. But at the same time, it also reduces the value of the new console. Perhaps this is one of the reasons why Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S are easier to find than PS5.
Nevertheless, I do not regret
But when I start to speculate too much about my decision, I remember one thing: just because I haven’t played the console, doesn’t mean I never will. Sometimes I desperately need a next-generation console, and now I am ready. As the saying goes, it’s better to have something you don’t need than something you don’t need.
Again, no matter who created this statement, it could mean emergency supplies or something similar. Not a $499 game console. But, hey, I will not play Halo Infinite below 4K, this is something to look forward to. As long as Microsoft doesn’t make me regret it seriously, it released a limited edition console design that looks much better than the current matte black refrigerator.
In addition, the X series has taught me something I don’t know about TV. It’s like the fact that Samsung TVs of that era (a distant day in 2016) did not turn on HDR by default. I just discovered this because Xbox has always claimed that I am not using a HDR10 compatible monitor.
It turns out that you have to understand the settings in depth and turn on HDR for each individual HDMI port. Even then, it is not actually labeled as anything tangibly related to HDR. Samsung hopes you just know, or at least someone in a forum will point you in the right direction. Therefore, this is undoubtedly a victory for Microsoft and another thing I can compete with Samsung. That victory itself may not be worth $500, but it is still a victory.
I may be wondering why I spent so much money on a shiny new game console and sometimes barely touched it, but I won’t say that I have any serious buyer’s regrets. I just need to manage my time better and find games that make me more eager to use the controller.