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12 tips, tricks and secrets to make the most of your Xbox One

You’re up and running with your Xbox One S or X, got the best Xbox One accessories, and no doubt by now you’ve already fired up some of the great games you can play on Microsoft’s latest consoles. But dig a little deeper and you’ll find a bunch of awesome things you can do with your Xbox, and ways to maximise your gaming experience. Here are 12 tips, tricks and secrets for getting the best out of your Xbox.

1. Play 4K-enhanced games on X

You might have heard the term Xbox One X enhanced, but what does it mean? Provided a game has been patched to support Xbox One X enhancements, there’s a 9x resolution boost and expanded HDR (high dynamic range) which improves an image’s colour range. The Xbox One X’s enhancements can also mean a higher FPS (frame-rate per second) – 30fps being usual, 60fps being amazing. Among the games to have been boosted include Halo 5 Guardians (4K, HDR, 60fps), while The Witcher 3 has been upscaled to 4K with HDR support. And trust me when we say the list of Xbox One X enhanced games is only getting longer, and longer. 

2. Play on PC, or with PC players

Play Anywhere games are ones you can play both on your console and your Windows 10 PC, without having to purchase the game twice. Game progress on either format will be recognised on the other. Play Anywhere games included include Forza Motorsport 7, Gears of War 4, Sea Of Thieves and State Of Decay 2. Microsoft’s cross-play means your online matches and co-op adventures in Sea Of Thieves and State of Decay 2 etc can be with players on either Windows PC or Xbox. You can use the Xbox App to stream your Xbox One games to a PC too.

3. Share your game clips to Social Media

Your clip of that winning volley in FIFA 19 or majestic Fortnite Victory Royale can be shared to Twitter. Caption it with hashtags and tweet it at @GamesRadar for example, and we might retweet it! You can give your clips some professional flair too by editing them in free app Upload Studio, available from the Xbox Store. You can even record a voice over via your headset and do video intros with Kinect’s camera. You can also easily upload your clips to YouTube too.

4. Talk to your Xbox!

Halo’s Cortana is our favourite AI so it’s fitting the Xbox has Cortana voice control via your headset mic. It’s ideal for people who really can’t be bothered navigating using a controller, and don’t mind saying “Hey Cortana” a lot. You can instruct your Xbox to “record that” for game clips, or “watch Netflix”, adjust volume, sign in, turn off, or start up a game. You can now use your voice to interact with Xbox through Cortana and Alexa enabled devices too. It’s the future, and a small step to the nightmare dystopian future of Terminator 2. 

5. Share a controller over the internet

Streaming service Mixer allows you to show off your gaming skills online, but you can also hand over the reins to one of your broadcast viewers and allow them to control the game. Why would you do this? Well, you might be stuck on a boss level or need help with a puzzle, or you just let your friends try the game. Download Mixer, start your game and press the Xbox button, select Broadcast & Capture/Broadcast/Share Controller ‘On’. Stop the broadcast and switch to ‘Off’ when you’re done.

6. Change everything on your Xbox

There are many ways your Xbox is customisable. You can ‘block’ together all the updates and news about a game by highlighting it in My Games & Apps, then selecting Add To Home. You can Pin and keep track of your favourite apps and games, TV shows, Twitch broadcasts, etc on the dashboard too. Change your background pic via Settings/Personalisation/My Colour And Background – you can use achievement art, screenshots or any custom image you can stick on a USB.

7. Share photos to your Xbox One

Any photos or videos that you upload to OneDrive from your phone can be downloaded to your Xbox One for easy browsing. Mind you, on your massive 4K TV, you might see a little more full-on detail than you were prepared for. Didn’t know you had a few black-heads did you? 

8. Play Ultra HD Blu-rays

You probably know this already because you bought one, but both the Xbox One S and X consoles have Blu Ray players. But did you know that both consoles support Ultra HD, which is going to look great through your 4K telly? Since both consoles can retail less expensively than a lot of regular Ultra HD Blu-ray players, it’s a no-brainer for having chosen an Xbox over Sony’s console.

9. Be an Avatar OR a real human

The avatar editor has just been updated with a brand new, much more expressive look. Your tiny-you has never looked so cute. Or angry, if you prefer. But if avatars aren’t really, you know, you, you can customise your gamerpic with real photos. You’ll need a x image on USB drive, select your Profile from the Home menu, choose Customise Profile and Change Gamerpic. Upload a Custom Image, navigate to the external storage and select your face. 

Re-map your controller 

On the X, have your Controller at the ready, head to Kinect & Devices in Settings. From the list of devices you have paired with the console, select the controller you want and ‘Configure’. From here you can remap every button, permanently invert X/Y axes, swap the functionality on the sticks, triggers, the lot. If there are a few gamers in your home using the same X, you can link Gamertags to specific controllers. Settings/Account, then activate Controller Sign In… this means that when a button on a specific gamepad is pressed, the player linked to that controller will be signed in!

Group up via your phone

Get the Xbox App and keep track of all your console business away from, or while you’re sat in front of, your console. Using your phone while you’re playing will let you see who’s online, it tracks achievements and you can use it to message your friends. One of the best uses of the App is to find Groups and Clubs related to specific games. Say you’re in Red Dead Online and you need a posse, you can start a group, and specify things like ‘honor players only’, that you’re a casual gamer, or that a mic is required – and see other groups’ suitability for you.

Follow people

You don't have to be friends with other Xbox gamers to stalk, sorry, stay up to date with their lives. Add them and, even if they don't add you back, you'll see what they’re up to in the Activity feed. You can stalk, sorry, stay up to date with Xbox Live celebrities, like Xbox head boy Phil Spencer. Or the Official Xbox mag team. You can soon start racking up your own followers too by creating and sharing amusing videos.

Want more Xbox One goodness? Check out our top Xbox One tips for all the things you absolutely need to do to your Xbox One. Don't worry, it likes it.

Editor of OXM. 'Seasoned' games journo (ie: old); obsessed with Red Dead and Resident Evil, remembers when gamers weren't cool.

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What Is Xbox One? Everything You Need to Know

The Xbox One is Microsoft's 8th-generation video game console and follow-up to the original Xbox and Xbox  It was released on November 22nd, in Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, UK, and the USA. 

In September , the Xbox One launched in Argentina, Belgium, Chile, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary, India, Israel, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, and the UAE.

Xbox One Hardware UPCs

The Xbox One hardware currently comes in a couple of different bundles. 

  • Xbox One with Kinect
  • Xbox One without Kinect

Microsoft ran a promotion in late that offered a $50 price drop on Xbox One hardware. That promotion was so successful, it has become permanent, which is reflected in the prices above.

There are Xbox One hardware bundles with up to 1TB hard drives. Many bundles come with Halo: Master Chief Collection and possibly other games. In Fall there was a Madden 16 bundle as well as a Forza 6 bundle. Systems now come in black, white, and even blue for Forza

There are a couple of variations of controllers available as well. Most systems shipped with a new version of the standard controller with a mm headphone jack and in Fall the high-end, $ Xbox One Elite Controller was released.

'But I Heard (Something Bad) About the Xbox One!'

A lot has changed about the Xbox One from the time it was announced in May  Microsoft had some fairly unpopular policies in place back then, but after listening to fans they have actually changed a lot of them. This has resulted in a fair bit of confusion for folks trying to keep track of all of the changes, but it has also led to the Xbox One being a much better system because of it with pretty much the same features and policies as the PlayStation 4. Here are the three main policies that people still have questions about.

  • Yes, You Can Sell and Trade Games. You can buy and sell your retail game discs just like you could before on every other game system. The Xbox One works just like every other system. 
  • No, There Is No Mandatory Online Check-In. You don't have to keep your Xbox One connected to the Internet to check in constantly. You may have to connect it once to update the system software, but that's it. You can play entirely offline after that if you want. Of course, why you'd want to only play offline when there are so many nice features on Xbox Network is a bit odd, but the option is there if you want it.
  • Kinect Is Not Required. You don't have to keep Kinect plugged in and turned on all the time if you don't want to. In fact, you don't even have to buy Kinect at all anymore and can save $ on the price of the system. 

Xbox Network With Xbox One

A key part of the Xbox One experience is Xbox Network. Connecting your system online to Xbox Network allows you to buy game downloads and watch videos, share your recorded gameplay videos, use Skype to talk to friends and family, keep track of your friends, achievements, and game progress. In addition, you can play multiplayer games online with other people. 

If you want to play games with other people, you will need to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold. This subscription level gives you access to members-only deals and discounts on downloadable games, as well as free game downloads each month with the Games With Gold program. 

If you don't want to subscribe you can still use the Xbox Network free service. You won't be able to play games with other people or get free games, but all of the other benefits of Xbox Network will be available to you. There are dozens upon dozens of video apps that you can use on Xbox Network such as ESPN, UFC, WWE Network, Hulu, Netflix, YouTube, and many, many more that you can use on Xbox One for no additional fees Subscription fees for individual apps will still apply, but you don't have to pay for Xbox Live Gold on top of them just to use an app.

Kinect

Kinect on Xbox One is fully optional. Microsoft announced in late that it was discontinuing the product although some retailers might still have it on their shelves.

You don't have to use it, and now you don't even have to buy it at all if you don't want to. Only a handful of Kinect games have been released for the Xbox One so far and, unfortunately, they have been pretty disappointing and actually worse than their Kinect counterparts. The hardware itself is a vast improvement on the performance of the Xbox Kinect, but the games have been very underwhelming so far. Also, the fact that it is no longer packed in with every system and is now optional means that fewer Kinect games are likely to be made in the future. 

Kinect does have some nifty uses outside of having to stand up and wave your arms at games, though. Many games use Kinect voice commands to do interesting things, such as using sound to get zombies' attention in Dead Rising 3 or using the GPS system in the upcoming Forza Horizon 2, just for a couple of examples. 

Almost every Xbox One game has some sort of optional voice commands. Also, being able to instantly search for things, launch games or apps, turn your system on and off, or tell your Xbox One to record something cool that just happened in your game ("Xbox, Record That!") with voice commands is pretty cool and generally works well. 

Kinect isn't the gameplay revolution a lot of folks hoped it would be, but it isn't entirely useless, either. Now that you have an option of whether to buy it or not, thinking about how and/or if you'll use it is something to consider before making a purchase.

Games

The real draw of any game system is the games, of course, and the Xbox One has the best lineup of next-gen games available to buy now. Xbox One has fighting, racing, FPS, TPS, sports, platforming, action, adventure, and many more. 

In addition to traditional games from big publishers, Xbox One has a rapidly growing number of independently published indie games that are some of the most interesting and innovative games on the market. And these are actually good games, too, not junk like on the Xbox indie game section. 

A nice touch is that there is no separation of Xbox Live Arcade or indie games from the main retail games on Xbox One. Games are games. Every game is available for download on day 1 alongside its retail packaged brother (if available). Every game also has Gamerscore whether it is a retail game, indie game, or anything else. 

Backward Compatibility

In Fall , the Xbox One added backward compatibility with certain Xbox titles. The BC feature on XONE works by emulating the X via software on the XONE, so essentially it is a virtual system within the XONE. This means that any game can and should work (except games that require you to buy extra accessories), unlike OG Xbox to X BC where each title required special updates to work. Games have to be approved by publishers before they can become BC on XONE, however, so don't expect every game to work.

Power Gap Compared to PlayStation 4

One slight negative you have to consider about Xbox One is that the PlayStation 4 is more powerful than the Xbox One. This is a fact, and not up to debate. Games still look great on Xbox One and are absolutely a step above what we had on the Xbox , but they don't look as good or run as smoothly as PS4 versions of the same games. It isn't a huge difference, but it is there. If you really care about graphics, this is something to consider (though you really should be playing on PC instead since modern PC performance blows both PS4 and XONE out of the water). 

With all of that said, most people will be perfectly happy with the visuals on Xbox One. The games still look great, and unless you're looking at the PS4 and XONE version of a game side by side you probably won't notice or care about the difference. 

Blu Ray Movie Playback

The Xbox One uses a Blu Ray disc drive, which means you can watch DVDs as well as Blu Ray movies with the system. You can control movies with either the XONE controller, Kinect voice and gesture commands, or buy an optional media remote. 

Family Settings

Just like the Xbox , the Xbox One has a full suite of family settings so you can control what your kids play (although you can make sure to buy kid-friendly games) and watch and for how long, as well as how and who and what they can interact with on Xbox Network. You also have full control over what Kinect sees and does as well, so you don't need to worry about it watching you (unless you want it to). 

Extra Storage

The Xbox One installs every game entirely to the hard drive whether it is a retail disc or download (you still have to have the disc in the drive to play it, though, if it is a retail disc). The games can be pretty massive, too, which can fill up the GB hard drive of the Xbox One pretty fast. Thankfully, you can buy an external USB hard drive and connect it to the Xbox One for additional storage. Almost any brand and size will work, too. This way, you can add tons of extra storage for relatively cheap. You can always carefully manage the built-in hard drive and delete things when you need to in order to make room so an external drive isn't necessary, but it is nice to have the option.

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Xbox Series X and S: everything you need to know about the next gen of Xbox

The next-generation of Xbox gaming is a little more complicated than what we’re used to. For starters, Microsoft has released not one but two new consoles this week: the Xbox Series X and the Xbox Series S. Many of the initial crop of first-party games is also designed to be playable on its last generation Xbox, the Xbox One, as well as Windows PCs. And that’s before we get into Microsoft’s game streaming service, xCloud, which could mean you won’t need any Xbox hardware at all to play many of the latest games.

Each new generation tends to deliver big changes for console gaming, and Microsoft’s successors to the Xbox One are no different. Games look better, thanks to more powerful graphics hardware and built-in support for more realistic lighting technology, and in some cases feel more responsive, thanks to support for frame rates of up to fps. They also load quicker because both consoles now include fast solid-state storage, a big improvement over the mechanical hard drive included in the Xbox One.

But Microsoft’s approach to this new generation is a big departure from how console launches have worked previously. Typically, we’ve seen Sony and Microsoft release just one new piece of hardware at launch, and each one tends to come with an exclusive library of games that you have to buy the new console in order to play. While Sony, too, has operated a game streaming service for years, it’s only typically used PlayStation Now to offer access to older titles, rather than brand-new releases like xCloud is promising.

Microsoft’s new consoles give you a lot more freedom with how you play its new games, but depending on where you choose to play them, you won’t get exactly the same experience. The Xbox Series X is a much more powerful machine than the Series S or the current Xbox One, for example, which has a big impact on performance.

Microsoft’s two new consoles

This week, Microsoft released its two new Xbox consoles. There’s the $ (£, €) Xbox Series X, and a cheaper $ (£, €) Xbox Series S. You can read our reviews of both of them by following the links below.

It’s not unusual for console manufacturers to offer a couple of different hardware options at launch, but normally, the differences are minor. The PS3, for example, was initially available in two models. There was a version with a 60GB hard drive as well as a cheaper version with a smaller 20GB hard drive, no Wi-Fi support, and fewer ports. Meanwhile, Microsoft also originally sold a “Core” version of the Xbox in , which included compromises like including a wired rather than wireless controller and omitting a hard drive.

The differences between the Xbox Series S and Series X are more substantial and have a big impact on how games look. While Microsoft says the Series X is targeting running games at 60fps at a full 4K resolution, the Series S instead targets a lower p resolution at 60fps. It’s a big power disparity, similar to what we saw between the Xbox One and the Xbox One X, but this time, the two consoles were available on day one, rather than releasing years apart.

Image: Microsoft
Image: Microsoft

Microsoft has a good rundown of the main differences between the Xbox Series X and the Series S on its website. Both have 8-core CPUs, although the X has a slightly higher maximum clock speed of GHz, rather than GHz on the Series S. Both support expandable storage of up to 1TB via an expansion card, both output over HDMI , and both are backwards compatible with “thousands” of Xbox One, Xbox , and original Xbox games. Both support hardware-accelerated ray tracing for more realistic lighting in games, both support Dolby’s high-end Atmos audio technology, and both will support the Dolby Vision HDR standard. They’re also both backwards compatible with all officially licensed Xbox One accessories like controllers and headsets — although there are no plans to support the Kinect camera.

There are, however, big differences between the two. The Series X has a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray drive, but the Series S is digital-only, so you’ll have to download your games rather than buy them on disc. And yet, the disc-based X also has double the amount of internal storage with 1TB as opposed to GB. We found the storage in the Series S filled up quickly as a result. The Series X also has more RAM at 16GB compared to 10GB in the Series S. Physically, the Series S is also a lot smaller than the Series X; Microsoft calls the console its “smallest Xbox ever.” Despite the size differences, we’ve found both consoles have good cooling systems and are run cool and quiet when in use, so long as you don’t try blowing vape smoke into them.

Although they have different amounts of storage, both consoles use fast solid-state drives. For starters, that means that games load very quickly. We’ve found that many games that took over a minute to load on the Xbox One X now boot up in seconds. Games like Destiny 2 and Sea of Thieves, for example, load in half the time on the Series X as they did on the One X, and we found The Outer Worlds loaded in just six seconds on the new console.

Xbox Series X load times

GameXbox Series XXbox One X
CoD: Warzone16 seconds21 seconds
Red Dead Redemption 252 seconds1 min, 35 seconds
The Outer Worlds6 seconds27 seconds
Evil Within 233 seconds43 seconds
Sea of Thieves20 seconds1 min, 21 seconds
Warframe25 seconds1 min, 31 seconds
AC: Odyssey30 seconds1 min, 7 seconds
No Man's Sky1 min, 27 seconds2 mins, 13 seconds
Destiny 2 43 seconds1 min, 52 seconds

This fast storage also helps enable a feature called Quick Resume on both consoles, which allows you to switch between games incredibly quickly in a lot of cases. The big problem right now is that it’s not supported by every game, although Microsoft is working to enable it across more titles. When it works, though, Quick Resume is one of the consoles’ best new additions, and Sony’s PS5 doesn’t have an equivalent feature.

Photo by Tom Warren / The Verge

One of the most significant differences between the Series S and Series X is found in the graphics department. Although both consoles use AMD’s RDNA 2 graphics architecture, the Series X has 52 compute units. That’s not only more than double the 20 compute units you’ll find in the Series S, but they’re also clocked faster at GHz compared to GHz. In total, that means the Series X has teraflops of graphical horsepower according to Microsoft, compared to 4 teraflops for the Series S.

The Xbox Series X is technically a shade more powerful than the PS5 in the graphics department. While Sony’s consoles are also based on AMD’s RDNA 2 architecture, both models of the PS5 clock in with teraflops of GPU power. They’ve got a smaller number of compute units (36), but their maximum cap is higher at GHz. They’ve also got 8-core CPUs, but they’re clocked at GHz. However, it’s important to note that the PS5’s CPU and GPU clock speeds are variable based on the total workload, so it’s not quite an apples-to-apples comparison with the new Xbox consoles. This approach could benefit the PS5 in certain scenarios but limit it in others. Otherwise, the PS5’s specs on paper are similar to the Series X. It has 16GB of RAM, GB of storage, and a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray drive.

There aren’t many cross-platform titles that allow us to see how the performance of the PS5 and Series X compare in practice, but an analysis of Devil May Cry 5 by Digital Foundrysees Sony and Microsoft’s consoles performing very similarly. In some modes, the Series X offers slightly faster performance, while the PS5 is ahead in others.

Like Microsoft, Sony also has a step-down digital-only version of its next console, but here, the differences are a lot more basic. The lack of a disc drive means that the digital console is a little slimmer, but otherwise, PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan tells CNET that its two consoles are “identical products.” That means we shouldn’t see the same power disparity as Microsoft has.

Xbox Series X vs Series S vs PS5

CategoriesXbox Series XXbox Series SPS5PS5 (digital-only)
CPU8-core AMD Zen 2 CPU @ GHz (GHz with SMT Enabled)8-core AMD Zen 2 CPU @ GHz (GHz with SMT Enabled)8x Zen 2 Cores @ GHz with SMT (variable frequency)8x Zen 2 Cores @ GHz with SMT (variable frequency)
GPUAMD RDNA 2 GPU 52 CUs @ GHzAMD RDNA 2 GPU 20 CUs @ GHzAMD RDNA 2 GPU 36 CUs @ GHz (variable frequency)AMD RDNA 2 GPU 36 CUs @ GHz (variable frequency)
GPU Power TFLOPS4 TFLOPS TFLOPs TFLOPs
RAM16GB GDDR6 RAM10GB GDDR6 RAM16GB GDDR6 RAM16GB GDDR6 RAM
Performance TargetTarget 4K @ 60 FPS. Up to 8K. Up to FPSTarget p @ 60 FPS. Up to FPSTarget TBD. Up to 8K. Up to FPSTarget TBD. Up to 8K. Up to FPS
Storage1TB PCIe Gen 4 NVMe SSD (GB/sec uncompressed, GB/sec compressed)GB PCIe Gen 4 NVMe SSD (GB/sec uncompressed, GB/sec compressed)GB PCIe Gen 4 NVMe SSD (GB/sec uncompressed, typical GB/sec compressed)GB PCIe Gen 4 NVMe SSD (GB/sec uncompressed, typical GB/sec compressed)
Free space for gamesGBGBGBGB
Expandable Storage1TB Expansion Card1TB Expansion CardNVMe SSD SlotNVMe SSD Slot
Backward Compatibility"Thousands" of Xbox One, Xbox , original Xbox games. Xbox One accessories. "Thousands" of Xbox One, Xbox , original Xbox games. Xbox One accessories. "Overwhelming majority" of PS4 games"Overwhelming majority" of PS4 games
Disc Drive4K UHD Blu-rayNone4K UHD Blu-rayNone
Display OutHDMI HDMI HDMI HDMI
MSRP$/£/€$/£/€$/£/€$/£/€

The difference in power generally means early Series S and Series X games run at different resolutions but often perform similarly. For example, Watch Dogs: Legion targets 4K at 30fps on the Series X and p 30fps on the Series S, and both support ray-tracing for better-looking reflections. (Check out both in action here.)

Similarly, Sea of Thieves and Forza Horizon run at 60fps at p on the Series S, compared to 4K 60fps on the Series X.

Despite the differences in resolution, Microsoft says both consoles are targeting frame rates of 60 frames per second and can support up to fps. For example, Rocket League will have a performance mode on both consoles that will allow it to run at fps, albeit in both cases at a reduced resolution compared to its 60fps mode. That said, there are some games that target different frame rates across the two consoles. Destiny 2’s crucible mode can run at Hz on Series X, but not on Series S, for example.

For now, however, the trend has been for games to feel just as smooth to play regardless of the console, but to look less detailed on the cheaper machine because of their lower resolution. That might not matter as much if you’re playing on an older p TV, but it’ll be more apparent if you’re using a modern 4K set.

Although Microsoft has said the Series S targets p, some early Series S games are running at p. Yakuza: Like a Dragon and Gears Tactics target p, but others like Sea of Thieves, Forza Horizon 4, Fortnite, and Watch Dogs: Legion are p. That may change as developers get more comfortable working with the new hardware, but based on past experience, it might not. For example, Microsoft billed the Xbox One X as being capable of 4K gaming at 60fps but many of the most popular games around didn’t run at full 4K. Fortnite, for example, runs at a maximum of p on the Xbox One X, while Doom: Eternal tops out at p.

Although your existing Xbox One controllers will work on the Xbox Series X and Series S, there’s also an updated controller for the new consoles, which is available in white, black, and blue. Although it’s broadly similar to the design Microsoft has used for its previous controllers, it’s slightly smaller and has a dedicated share button to simplify the process of uploading screenshots and video clips. Its D-pad is also a circle like the recent Xbox Elite Series 2 controller, rather than a cross like it was on the Xbox One.

New games, new hardware

New hardware needs new games to make the most of it, and Microsoft and its partners have announced a host of games that are coming to its new console. The biggest of these is Halo: Infinite, the latest entry in the long-running sci-fi first-person shooter franchise that’s become synonymous with the Xbox brand since its debut way back in

Unfortunately, Microsoft recently delayed Halo: Infinite, meaning it will now release in , rather than arriving alongside the new console. News of the delay, which Microsoft attributed in part to the pandemic, came after the game’s visuals were met with criticism after their initial unveiling, prompting developer Industries to admit, “We do have work to do to address some of these areas and raise the level of fidelity and overall presentation for the final game.”

With other Xbox staples like Fable and Forza Motorsport without release dates, the delay has left third-party publishers to fill in the rest of the launch lineup, including Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Dirt 5, Watch Dogs Legion, and Yakuza: Like a Dragon. Here’s a guide to the best launch day games, and here’s what the months ahead are looking like in terms of new releases.

Image: Ubisoft

These games support different Xbox Series X and Series S features. Watch DogsLegion, for example, run in 4K on the Series X and supports ray tracing for more realistic-looking lighting on both consoles, but there’s no ray-tracing support in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. Another interesting title in the launch lineup is Dirt 5, which can run at up to fps on the Xbox Series X. A high frame rate like this is especially important in a fast-paced racing game, and it means Dirt5 feels more responsive to play on compatible TVs.

One common feature a lot of these games share is that they’ll also be available for current-gen consoles like the Xbox One and PS4. What was more surprising was when Microsoft said that would be true for even its own flagship games. If Microsoft keeps that promise, it would be a big departure from how console manufacturers have treated these games in the past, where these exclusive games have previously been an essential part of the sales pitch for new hardware.

New games, old hardware

Microsoft has said you won’t have to buy new hardware to enjoy its upcoming first-party titles because many of them will also come to Xbox One. Here’s how Xbox chief Phil Spencer described the company’s approach back in July, where he said that every Xbox Game Studios game in the next couple of years will be playable on the Xbox One.

You won’t be forced into the next generation. We want every Xbox player to play all the new games from Xbox Game Studios. That’s why Xbox Game Studios titles we release in the next couple of years—like Halo Infinite—will be available and play great on Xbox Series X and Xbox One. We won’t force you to upgrade to Xbox Series X at launch to play Xbox exclusives.

And if you’re more of a PC gamer and don’t own an Xbox One, then Microsoft also typically releases its major titles there as well, and it says it plans to continue this policy this year.

Image: Industries

There are some caveats you should be aware of. First is that these promises only cover Microsoft’s first-party titles, aka those published by Xbox Game Studios. Microsoft isn’t making any promises about how other publishers like EA, Ubisoft, or Activision will handle their new games.

Even then, Microsoft has been pretty explicit about the fact that this only covers its own games that will release across the “next couple of years,” and there are signs that some high-profile games that have already been announced might not be coming to the Xbox One. After Microsoft’s high-profile Xbox event in July, we noted that a majority of the title cards for Microsoft’s first-party games, including Forza Motorsport and Fable, didn’t mention that they’d be coming to the Xbox One.

Finally, in case this wasn’t obvious, you’re probably going to see a very different-looking game if you’re choosing to play on a base Xbox One from compared to a shiny new Xbox Series X.

There’s even been some concern that trying to continue to support the Xbox One could hold back Microsoft’s next-generation games, which could give Sony an advantage since it can focus all of its attention on the new hardware. Spencer, as well as developers we’ve spoken to, have said this shouldn’t be a problem, but so-called “cross-gen” games on previous consoles have never made the most of the latest hardware.

New games, no hardware

Say you don’t own an Xbox or a gaming PC, but you do have an Android phone. Does Microsoft have any next-gen gaming options for you? Thanks to game streaming, it does. On September 15th, Microsoft added game streaming to Xbox Games Pass Ultimate, which costs $ a month. The feature, which was known previously as xCloud, could give you a way to play many of the biggest Xbox Series X games without having to own any gaming hardware at all. You can stream them to a device as simple as an Android phone, for example (but not iOS, which we’ll get into in a second).

Game streaming isn’t an entirely new idea — Sony launched its PlayStation Now service way back in to a muted response — but Microsoft is taking a much more interesting approach. Rather than focusing on older titles, as Sony did with PlayStation Now, Microsoft says its new games will be available to stream the day they release and lists recent first-party titles like Forza Horizon 4, Gears of War 5, Tell Me Why, The Outer Worlds, and Ori and the Will of the Wisps as being among the plus games available to stream at launch.

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There are currently a couple of compromises to this approach, as we found recently when we tested the service for ourselves. For starters, load times and lag and noticeable, and are worse than competing cloud gaming services from Google and Nvidia. Getting into gameplay can take between a minute and a minute and a half, and fast-paced games can feel sluggish. Microsoft says that the servers powering the service will be upgraded to Series S/X hardware next year, but as it stands the service feels unfinished.

xCloud also currently isn’t available on every platform. At the moment, xCloud is available for Android, but the restrictions Apple places on game streaming services mean that it’s yet to come to iOS. That should change next year, however, since Microsoft is planning to develop a web version of the service that will be able to run on Apple’s devices.

Since xCloud will be included with an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription, it’s offered alongside a huge array of content beyond game streaming. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate’s $ a month subscription also lets you download and play over games directly on your Xbox or Windows 10 PC, as well as EA Play. It also includes an Xbox Live Gold subscription, which gives access to online multiplayer on Xbox.

PlayStation Now is still around, of course, but Sony isn’t promoting it as a way to play its recent games. It might have a huge catalog of over titles, but it doesn’t feel like a serious attempt to compete with Microsoft’s game streaming, even after a recent price cut to $ a month.

The backwards-compatibility question

The ability to play a previous generation’s games on your new hardware (so-called “backwards compatibility”) has varied between different consoles and generations. Nintendo’s Wii U could happily play every Wii game, and the Wii could play every GameCube game before it. In contrast, the PS4 can’t natively play any games that were released for previous PlayStations — although some can be streamed via PlayStation Now.

With its new consoles, Microsoft has outlined three ways your old games will eventually be playable on its new hardware. Some games will be backwards compatible, some will receive enhancements, and others will receive a free upgrade when newer versions are released.

With the Xbox Series X, Microsoft is making big promises about your ability to play your old Xbox games on its new hardware. For starters, “thousands” of games released for the original Xbox, Xbox , and Xbox One are playable on the new consoles, and Microsoft has got a handy tool to let you browse them all. That includes almost every game released for the Xbox One, barring those that required its Kinect camera accessory.

The Xbox Series S can still play older games, but it doesn’t include their Xbox One X enhancements like higher resolutions. So in most cases, you’ll essentially be playing the version of the game that was designed for the less-powerful Xbox One S. That said, in some cases, those older games can still benefit from more modern hardware such as the faster solid-state drive, and games with dynamic resolution scaling can run at higher resolutions. Backwards-compatible original Xbox and Xbox games run at an enhanced p resolution.

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That’s the baseline, but in some cases, Microsoft says that games will be enhanced, running in higher resolutions and frame rates than they were originally released with and with support for new technologies like HDR. In particular, Microsoft says games can be updated to run at double their original frame rate on both the Series S and Series X. We’ve already seen Microsoft achieve impressive results with some of this technology.

Finally, there’s Smart Delivery, which is essentially a free upgrade program that means you won’t have to re-buy an Xbox One game — like Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, Cyberpunk , or Doom Eternal — if it also gets released on the new hardware. Although this will theoretically offer the biggest upgrade, the feature is being selectively used. If you previously bought the original Control for Xbox One, for example, you won’t get a free upgrade to the next-gen version. That’s reserved for owners of Control’s new Ultimate Edition.

Sony has promised more modest improvements for PS4 games running on the PS5. It’s confirmed that the “overwhelming majority” of PS4 games will run on its new hardware, and says that some will have better loading speeds and more stable frame rates. Some developers have said they’ll offer free upgrades to the PS5 versions of their games.

Paying the price

If you want to continue to pay for your hardware and games up front, then that’s still an option with Microsoft’s new Xboxes. As mentioned above, the Xbox Series X retails for $, while the Series S costs $ Major releases, meanwhile, seem to be priced similarly or at a $10 premium to current-gen titles. The PS5 costs between $ for its disc-free model, and $ for its model with a 4K Blu-ray drive.

But going into this generation, Microsoft is making a big bet on people wanting to spend their money on games in monthly installments. For the Xbox Series X, that means paying $ a month for 24 months via its Xbox All Access bundle (total cost: $), while the Series S is available for $ a month (total cost: $). All Access will be available in 12 countries this year: Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, South Korea, Sweden, the UK, and the US.

That’s more expensive than buying the console upfront, but included with Xbox All Access is Xbox Game Pass Ultimate — a subscription service that gets you free access to over Xbox One titles, including big recent titles like Tell Me Why, Ori and the Will of the Wisps, and Forza Horizon 4 — free games via EA Play, Xbox Live Gold (a subscription that comes with its own monthly free games as well as access to online multiplayer), and game streaming via xCloud. Oh, and it gives free access to over Windows 10 games as well, such as the recently released Microsoft Flight Simulator.

If you’d rather buy your hardware outright and buy a subscription to one of Microsoft’s game services separately, then Xbox Game Pass is available in a couple of different variations. Factor in the cost of these subscriptions to the total price of Xbox All Access, and the price of the console hardware itself drops to just $10 or $20 a month.

Xbox Game Pass comparison

CategoriesXbox Game Pass UltimateXbox Game PassXbox Game Pass for PC
PlatformPC/XboxXboxPC
Games included+ games+ games+ games
Xbox Live GoldYesNoNo
xCloudYesNoNo
EA PlayYesNo Yes
Monthly price$/£/€$/£/€$/£/€

Suffice it to say, if you don’t have the cash to make a big upfront purchase, then Microsoft still wants to get you on board for its next generation of consoles. You won’t own any of the games you can play (aside from the older Xbox games you can download with Xbox Live’s Games with Gold service), but that’s the trade-off you make.


Microsoft’s plans for the next generation of gaming are sprawling. Two consoles that are available via subscription and can play a huge chunk of your existing Xbox games, a new roster of games that will be playable on your existing Xbox One, a continuing focus on PC gaming, and a game streaming service mean that, no matter what hardware you own, there’s a decent chance you’ll be able to pay Microsoft to play its games.

We’ve written before about how the focus on trying to sell subscriptions rather than premium hardware means that the “true next-gen Xbox” is the subscription itself, rather than the hardware it plays on. Microsoft is casting its net wide, and it doesn’t want any hardware requirements to get in the way of you subscribing.

Sony, meanwhile, is doing what it’s always done: it’s making a new console, developing exclusive games for it, and selling it. It’s hard to argue too much with the approach when it’s done so well for the company so far, especially with the PS4.

As of this writing, the PS4 has reportedly outsold the Xbox One by a factor of over two to one, so it’s hard to see why Sony would want to change its strategy too much. Microsoft is coming into this next generation as an underdog, and it’s doing everything in its power to change the rules of the game.

Update November 12th, PM ET: Added hands on impressions now that the Xbox Series S and Series X have launched.

Correction November 12th, PM ET: An earlier version of this article stated that the PS5 will have 16GB of GDDR5 RAM. This is incorrect. It actually has 16GB of GDDR6 RAM.

Sours: https://www.theverge.com//xbox-series-x-s-release-date-news-price-features-specs-hardware-games
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What is the Xbox network and how do I get started?

Note Xbox Live is now called the Xbox network.

When you sign in to your Microsoft account on your Xbox console, you’re automatically connected to the Xbox network at the basic level. See the following commonly asked questions to learn more about the Xbox network.

If you don’t already have a Microsoft account, you can create one for free.

Create a Microsoft account

If you’re just getting started with your new Xbox console, see:

Set up your Xbox One console

Set up your Xbox Series X|S console

Frequently asked questions

What is the Xbox network?

The Xbox network is the online service for all things Xbox. With an Xbox account, you can experience the hottest games and apps on your console, and HD movies and TV shows on your TV.

You can also access online multiplayer gaming for more than 50 free-to-play games, party chat, and Looking for Group—all without needing an Xbox subscription.

How do I connect my Xbox console to the Xbox network?

You can connect your console to the Xbox network with a wired or wireless connection.

  • Wired connection: A wired network connection is the fastest and most reliable way to connect to the Xbox network. For a wired connection, you use a network cable to connect your console to a router or modem.
  • Wireless connection: A wireless network connection lets you connect your console to the Xbox network without using network cables. This allows you the freedom to move your console further away from your network hardware (the router, gateway, or modem). Your console can use your existing wireless network.

For more info about how to connect your console to the Xbox network with either a wired or wireless connection, see:

How do I join Xbox Live Gold?

With an Xbox Live Gold subscription, you get access to Games with Gold, free games every month, and Deals with Gold, which gives members exclusive discounts on games in the Microsoft Store.

You can join Xbox Live Gold at any time on your console. Just launch the Microsoft Store app and select Home > Subscriptions. If you have a digital code, you can redeem it by selecting Redeem. Then select Xbox Live Gold, choose the plan that's right for you, and follow the remaining steps to join.

What is Xbox Game Pass or Game Pass Ultimate?

For a low monthly price, Xbox Game Pass gives you access to more than Xbox games on console and PC.

The Xbox Game Pass Ultimate plan includes an Xbox Live Gold subscription, plus more than high-quality console and PC games. New games are added all the time.

How can I take advantage of Gold sharing on my home Xbox?

Xbox Live Gold members can take advantage of Gold sharing on their home Xbox. The first time you sign in on an Xbox and save your password, that console becomes your home Xbox. The My home Xbox feature allows you to do the following:

  • Share games and downloadable content purchased from the Microsoft Store with anyone else who signs in on your console. You can even share games downloaded as part of a subscription.
  • Share your Xbox Live Gold subscription with anyone else who signs in on your console.

You can also play downloaded games while traveling or, in the event of a network or service outage, on your home Xbox. You'll need to ensure that your console is set as your home Xbox before you go offline. To learn more, see:

If you have more than one Xbox console, or if you sign in on multiple consoles, we recommend you designate the most frequently used console as your home Xbox. To find out how, see:

Do I need a console to use an Xbox subscription?

No. For example, if you play Minecraft on any "Bedrock" platform—Windows 10/11, Android, Nintendo Switch, or iOS—the Xbox network will let you join multiplayer games with players on any of those platforms.


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Xbox One vs. Xbox One S: Is a mid-tier upgrade worth your money?

The Xbox One S offers a sleek, compact, and 4K video-capable alternative to the original Xbox One, which has been discontinued. With multiple bundles sporting a variety of storage capacities and packed-in games, the Xbox One S is a great option for anyone looking to pick up an Xbox system for the first time. With bundles available for about $ for the 1TB version and one game, it&#;s also one of the most affordable consoles on the market today. Should you opt for the slick One S or grab a vintage Xbox One from a yard sale? Considering that the native 4K-capable, ultra-powerful Xbox One X console launched in , the answer to that question really depends on your pocket depth and your eagerness to adopt the latest and greatest tech.

And, with the Xbox Series X and Series S having just released, players who want to join the next generation might want to hold off on purchasing any form of Xbox One. What might be even more enticing to Xbox One S buyers is the Xbox Series S &#; an affordable, all-digital version of the Series X. If you are in the market for an Xbox One, however, here&#;s an in-depth comparison between the Xbox One and Xbox One S.

Further reading

Xbox One

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Xbox One S

xbox one s

Base priceUnder $ (GB/1TB)$ (1TB), with games
DriveUp to 1TBUp to 1TB (2TB version discontinued)
ResolutionUp to pUp to 4K for video
Dimensions x x inches x x inches
HDR supportNoYes
Blu-ray equippedYes, up to pYes, up to 4K
Cortana equippedYesYes
Operating systemWindows based Xbox One OSWindows based Xbox One OS
Compatible with KinectYesYes (with an adapter)
Bluetooth controllerNoYes
Built-in power brick NoYes
USB ports33
Dedicated Kinect portYesNo
Available fromAmazon
DT review 4 out of 5 stars out of 5 stars

Blu-Ray, HDR, and new streaming features

The Xbox One S supports 4K video playback from streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon, and several others. The console also features a built-in 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. At around $, the Xbox One S is a relative steal when compared to the price tag of some of the dedicated UHD players currently on the market, which makes it a solid purchase for individuals who currently own a 4K TV. The last-gen Xbox One accepts regular Blu-ray discs, but it can&#;t handle UHD Blu-ray or 4K streaming.

While both the Xbox One and Xbox One S play games natively at p, the Xbox One S can upscale games to 4K resolution if you have a 4K TV. That makes for a better picture than p or p, although it&#;s not as good as native 4K. The Xbox One S also has the ability to play games at p resolution, thanks to an update in April

The Xbox One S also supports HDR, or High Dynamic Range, which greatly broadens the range of displayed colors and contrast. Deeper colors and richer contrast mean more vibrant and realistic imagery. The original Xbox One does not support HDR for games or video playback. The HDR upgrade makes for a vivid in-game experience, but you must have an HDR-capable TV. That being said, a large number of games have been adding the feature, particularly first-party Microsoft releases. Games like Assassin&#;s Creed Odyssey, Forza Horizon 4, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4all support HDR.

Winner: Xbox One S

Aesthetics and design

The Xbox One S is an aesthetic marvel when compared to the ancient, monolithic look of the Xbox One. Opposed to the uninspiring, cinder-block design of the Xbox One, the Xbox One S features a matte-white block on a raised black base. The Xbox One S is also capable of being positioned upright, with an upright stand accessory available for $ The original, on the other hand, can only be positioned horizontally. The Xbox One S is smaller than the Xbox One, yet still manages to house the power brick that was once an outside component of the Xbox One.

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As anyone who has ever owned an Xbox One knows, the touch-sensitive power button can be temperamental. Similarly, the controller sync button was inconveniently located. The Xbox One S addresses many of these design flaws. The front of the Xbox One S features a physical power button, controller sync button, a disc eject button, and a single USB port. If you opt for the all-digital edition, the front of the Xbox One S is solid white, without the black strip where the disc drive normally goes. The back side of the Xbox One S has two HDMI ports (one in, one out), two more USB ports, S/PDIF, and Ethernet. Both models offer an IR blaster, as well.

Winner: Xbox One S

Bye, bye Kinect. Hello, Cortana

The Xbox One S dropped the dedicated port for the Kinect. Only a handful of games utilized Kinect to begin with, making the move fairly irrelevant from a gaming standpoint. It is still possible to use the motion-sensing device with the Xbox One S using a now-discontinued adapter, though you may be having trouble finding one. However, since Kinect users will have to use one of the USB ports for the adapter, they&#;ll be down to only two USB ports, and the additional adapter requires its own power supply, unlike with the original Xbox One.

The Kinect port has been replaced with an integrated infrared blaster on the Xbox One S, allowing users to configure their Xbox One S to control devices such as their TV and A/V receiver. After several postponements, the Xbox One and One S both added support for Microsoft&#;s digital assistant, Cortana.

The assistant &#; first introduced on desktop machines with Windows 10 &#; is aimed at carrying out an array of standard tasks, and thus allows you to look up the weather, search the internet, open apps, and perform a host of other actions. At the moment, Cortana is wildly insufficient for more than the most basic functions, though the feature will likely get better as time goes on. As with any platform, trial and error is key to a harmonious relationship. Both the Xbox One and Xbox One S can use Cortana and Kinect. A recent update even lets you use Amazon Alexa on your Xbox One, as well.

Winner: Xbox One

Controller

Xbox One S

The folks at Microsoft have tried to bury all memory of the Kinect, and as such, the latest Xbox controller comes with a jack that allows you to communicate with your digital assistant via a headset. From a tactile, gaming perspective, the controller still very much feels like the controller we&#;ve all grown accustomed to, albeit with a new textured grip and an assortment of covers. The controller also comes equipped with Bluetooth, which extends its range and makes wireless gaming with Xbox Anywhere titles far easier.

Winner: Xbox One S

Compatibility

The Xbox One S supports all the games you loved on Xbox One and vice versa. It&#;s also possible for the Xbox One S to upscale older games to 4K (note that it doesn&#;t render at that resolution &#; it only upscales). Regardless, unless Xbox One owners are really chomping at the bit for increased support and video quality, there&#;s no dire need to upgrade at the moment.

Similarly, both consoles support backward compatibility for select titles, including those in the Xbox Game Pass subscription program.

Winner: Tie

Price and availability

As previously mentioned, the original Xbox One has been discontinued by Microsoft, and even the S is somewhat hard to find new. That means if you want one, you have to buy it from a vendor like GameStop, third-party sellers on Amazon, or a resale site like eBay or Craigslist. You can find an official refurbished Special Edition for around $

The Xbox One S is available in several different bundles, both from Microsoft and otherwise. From the official Microsoft store, you can find $ bundles with a 1TB Xbox One S and a select game.  You can also find a GB Xbox One S, without a bundled game, for $

Winner: Xbox One S

Conclusion

You’re not going to find a better Ultra HD Blu-ray player for the price than the one featured in the Xbox One S, so some might find upgrading worth it for that reason alone. Whether you’re buying your first gaming console or wanting a slight upgrade, the Xbox One S is an ideal choice because of its gaming options. Our initial review for the original Xbox One gave it a higher score than the Xbox One S due to the platform’s potential, but the Xbox One S is superior as far as hardware goes.

With the original Xbox One discontinued, the real question about which machine to get comes down to price. If you want to max out your gaming potential, you’ll probably want to spring for an Xbox One X with4K gaming. But if you’re on a tight budget, a pre-owned, classic Xbox One will do. If you want something in between the Xbox One X and the classic Xbox One, the Xbox One S has improved specs and impressive gaming bundles. 

But suppose you’re looking to join in the next-gen party. In that case, it’s worth considering the Xbox Series S. For the mere cost of $, this console is disc-free and bears a lot in common with the Xbox One S. Though it doesn’t display games at a 4K resolution, it does showcase the action at p. It also supports all of the next-gen games that you can get on the Series X.

Winner: Xbox One S

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How do I choose? - PS5 vs Xbox Series X

Xbox

Video gaming brand created and owned by Microsoft

This article is about the "Xbox" brand. For the console, see Xbox (console). For other uses, see Xbox (disambiguation).

Xbox is a video gamingbrand created and owned by Microsoft. The brand consists of five video game consoles, as well as applications (games), streaming services, an online service by the name of Xbox network, and the development arm by the name of Xbox Game Studios. The brand was first introduced in the United States in November , with the launch of the original Xbox console.

The original device was the first video game console offered by an American company after the Atari Jaguar stopped sales in It reached over 24&#;million units sold as of May [1] Microsoft's second console, the Xbox , was released in and has sold 86&#;million units as of October The third console, the Xbox One, was released in November and has sold 50 million units.[2] The fourth line of Xbox consoles, the Xbox Series X and Series S, were released in November The head of Xbox is Phil Spencer, who succeeded former head Marc Whitten in late March [3][4]

History

When Sony Computer Entertainment first announced the PlayStation 2 in , the company had positioned the console as a centerpiece for home entertainment, as it not only would play video games, but also could play audio CDs and video DVDs. Microsoft, whose business had been primarily in supporting the personal computer (PC) business with its Windows operating system, software, and games, saw the PlayStation 2 as a threat to the personal computer.[5]

Four engineers from Microsoft's DirectX team—Kevin Bachus, Seamus Blackley, Ted Hase and DirectX team leader Otto Berkes, began to envision what a Microsoft console to compete against the PlayStation 2 would be like. They designed a system that would use many hardware components in common with PCs, effectively running a version of Windows and DirectX to power the games on the console.[6][5] This approach would make it easy for developers on Windows to build games for their new system, differentiating itself from the custom hardware solutions of most consoles.[7][8] Numerous names were suggested for this console, including "Direct X Box",[9] and the "Windows Entertainment Project".[10] Microsoft's marketing team conducted consumer surveys of the name, using the name "Xbox" as a control believing this would be least desirable, but found that this had the highest preference from their tests, and was selected as the name of the console.[11]

Future

Microsoft has been recently working to leverage the branding of "Xbox" beyond the console hardware but as a general video game brand, reflected in the renaming of Microsoft Studios to Xbox Game Studios in [12][13] Phil Spencer had stated in June that for Microsoft, "The business isn’t how many consoles you sell. The business is how many players are playing the games that they buy, how they play." which journalists have taken as a route to de-emphasize console hardware and prioritize games, subscriptions and services for players.[14][15] Later in February , Spencer said that moving forward, the company does not see "traditional gaming companies" like Nintendo and Sony as their competitors but instead those that offer cloud computing services such as Amazon and Google. Spencer identified that Microsoft Azure is a major component of their plans going forward, which powers its xCloud game streaming service.[16] Spencer also cited mobile gaming as a potential area, and where Microsoft was trying to position itself with its services should this become the more preferred form for gaming. Spencer said "I don't think it's 'hardware agnostic' as much as it's 'where you want to play'", in describing how Microsoft was strategizing the Xbox branding for the future.[17]

Consoles

First generation: Xbox

Main article: Xbox (console)

Xbox console with "Controller S"

The original Xbox was released on November 15, in North America, February 22, in Japan, and March 14, in Australia and Europe. It was Microsoft's first foray into the gaming console market. As part of the sixth generation of video game consoles, the Xbox competed with Sony's PlayStation 2, Sega's Dreamcast (which stopped American sales before the Xbox went on sale), and Nintendo's GameCube. The Xbox was the first console offered by an American company after the Atari Jaguar stopped sales in The name Xbox was derived from a contraction of DirectX Box, a reference to Microsoft's graphics API, DirectX.[18][19]

The integrated Xbox Live service launched in November allowed players to play games online with or without a broadband connection.[20] It first competed with Dreamcast's online service but later primarily competed with PlayStation 2's online service. Although these two are free while Xbox Live required a subscription, as well as broadband-only connection which was not completely adopted yet, Xbox Live was a success due to better servers, features such as a buddy list, and milestone titles like Halo 2 released in November , which is the best-selling Xbox video game and was by far the most popular online game for the system.

Second generation: Xbox

Main article: Xbox

Xbox Elite, Right: Xbox S and new-style controller

The Xbox was released as the successor of the original Xbox in November , competing with Sony's PlayStation 3 and Nintendo's Wii as part of the seventh generation of video game consoles. As of June , 84 million Xbox consoles have been sold worldwide.[21] The Xbox was officially unveiled on MTV on May 12, , with detailed launch and game information divulged later that month at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). The console sold out completely upon release in all regions except in Japan.[22][23][24] Several retail configurations of the core Xbox model were offered over its lifetime, varying the amount of RAM and internal storage offered.

The Xbox showed an expanded Xbox Live service (which now included a limited "Free" tier called Silver), the ability to stream multimedia content from PCs, while later updates added the ability to purchase and stream music, television programs, and films through the Xbox Music and Xbox Video services, along with access to third-party content services through third-party media streaming applications. Microsoft also released Kinect, a motion control system for the Xbox which uses an advanced sensor system.

Two major revisions of the Xbox were released following the initial launch. The Xbox S (typically considered as "Slim"), launched in , featured the same core hardware but with a redesigned, slimmer form factor with a smaller-sized &#;GB hard drive. It also added integrated b/g/n Wi-Fi, TOSLINKS/PDIF optical audio output, five USB ports (compared to the three from older versions) and special port designed for the Kinect peripheral. The Xbox S replaced the base Xbox unit, which was discontinued, and sold at the same price.[25][26][27] A cheaper Xbox S unit, removing the &#;GB drive while adding 4&#;GB of internal store, was released later in ; the unit allowed users to hook up an external storage solution or purchase a &#;GB internal add-on.

The second major revision of the Xbox was the Xbox E, released in It featured a case style similar to the upcoming Xbox One, and eliminated one USB port and the S/PDIF, YPbPr component and S-video connections, but otherwise shared the same specifications as the Xbox S.

Third generation: Xbox One

Main article: Xbox One

The Xbox One with the redesigned Kinect and controller

The Xbox One was released on November 22, in North America, as the successor of the Xbox The Xbox One competes with Sony's PlayStation 4 and Nintendo's Wii U and Switch as part of the eighth generation of video game consoles.

Announced on May 21, ,[28] the Xbox One has an emphasis on internet-based features, including the ability to record and stream gameplay, and the ability to integrate with a set-top box to watch cable or satellite TV through the console with an enhanced guide interface and Kinect-based voice control.[29][30][31][32]

Following its unveiling, the Xbox One proved controversial for its original digital rights management and privacy practices; while Microsoft touted the ability for users to access their library of games (regardless of whether they were purchased physically or digitally) on any Xbox One console without needing their discs, and the ability to share their entire library with 10 designated "family" members, all games would have to be tied to the user's Xbox Live account and their Xbox One console, and the console would be required to connect to the Internet on a periodic basis (at least once every 24 hours) to synchronize the library, or else the console would be unable to play any games at all.[33][34] After an overwhelmingly negative response from critics and consumers (who also showed concerns that the system could prevent or hinder the resale of used games), Microsoft announced that these restrictions would be dropped.[35] Microsoft was also criticized for requiring the Xbox One to have its updated Kinect peripheral plugged in to function, which critics and privacy advocates believed could be used as a surveillance device. As a gesture toward showing a commitment to user privacy, Microsoft decided to allow the console to function without Kinect.[36][37][38]

On June 13, , Microsoft announced the Xbox One S at E3 , which featured a smaller form factor, as well as support for 4K video (including streaming and Ultra HD Blu-ray) and HDR.[39] At E3 , Microsoft unveiled Xbox One X, a high-end model with improved hardware designed to facilitate the playing of games at 4K resolution.[40]

Since November , Microsoft has stated it will not release sales numbers for the Xbox One line.[41] Industry estimates project global sales of the Xbox One family to be about 50 million units.[2] Xbox head Phil Spencer said that while they do internally track sales figures, they do not want their developers to be focused on these numbers as to affect their products, and thus have opted not to report further sales of Xbox hardware going forward.[42]

Fourth generation: Xbox Series X and Series S

Main article: Xbox Series X and Series S

The Xbox Series X and the controller

The fourth generation of Xbox models, simply named Xbox,[43] includes the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S that launched on November 10, Both are considered members of the ninth generation of video game consoles alongside the PlayStation 5, also released that month.

The Xbox Series X and Series S are high- and low-end versions comparable to the Xbox One X and Xbox One S models, respectively, with all games designed for this model family playable on both systems. The Xbox Series X is estimated to be four times as powerful as Xbox One X, with support for 8K resolution and up to frames-per-second rendering, with a nominal target of 4K resolution at 60 frames per second. The Xbox Series S is a digital-only unit with less graphic processing power, but can still render at a nominal p resolution at 60 frames per second with support for 4K upscaling. Both consoles features support for new graphics rendering systems including real-time ray-tracing, and the new Xbox Velocity Architecture that works with the internal SSD drive to maximize the rate of texture streaming to the graphics processor, among other features. Besides games for this new console family, both consoles are fully compatible with all Xbox One games and most hardware, as well as all backward compatible games that were playable on the Xbox One from the Xbox and original Xbox console.[44]

To help transition consumers, Microsoft introduced its Smart Delivery system which most of its first-party games and several third-party games will use to offer free updates to Xbox One versions of games to the Xbox Series X/S version over the first few years of the consoles' launch.[45][46]

Comparison

The following table is a comparison of the four generations of Xbox hardware.

Xbox generation First Second Third Fourth
XboxXbox Xbox OneXbox One SXbox One XXbox Series SXbox Series X
Console Original XboxXbox Microsoft-Xbox-One-Console-wKinect.pngMicrosoft-Xbox-One-S-Console-wController-L.jpgXBOX ONE X Gamescom ().jpgXbox Series S with controller.jpgSeries X
Console launch price US$ US$
Further information: Xbox launch#Release dates and pricing
  • US$ (with Kinect)
  • US$ (without Kinect)
  • US$ (Xbox One S)
  • US$ (Xbox One S All-Digital Edition)
US$ US$ US$
Release date Further information: Xbox launch#Release dates and pricingNovember 22, [47]
  • Xbox One S: August 2,
  • Xbox One S All-Digital Edition: May 7,
November 7, November 10,
Discontinued
  • JP: June 4,
  • NA: March 2,
  • EU: March 11,
  • WW: July 16, (All-Digital Edition)
N/A N/A
Units sold[a]24+ million (as of May 10, )[1]84+ million (as of June&#;9, [update])[21](details)50+ million (estimate, as of June&#;10, [update])[2] million (estimate, as of June&#;30, [update])[48]
Best-selling gameHalo 2, 8&#;million (as of May 9, )[49][50]Kinect Adventures!(pack-in with Kinect peripheral), 24 million[51]

Best selling non-bundled game: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, &#;million[52]

Call of Duty: Black Ops III, &#;million (As of October 16, )[53][needs update?]N/A N/A
Media CD, DVD CD, DVD, HD DVD (movies only) with add-on drive, USB Drive with supported media, DLNA Servers[54]CD, DVD, Blu-ray Disc, USB Drive with supported media, DLNA Servers[54]CD, DVD, Blu-ray Disc, UHD Blu-ray Disc, USB Drive with supported media, DLNA Servers[55]USB Drive with supported media, DLNA Servers CD, DVD, Blu-ray Disc, UHD Blu-ray Disc, USB Drive with supported media, DLNA Servers
Accessories (retail)
  • Xbox Live Starter Kit
  • Xbox Media Center Extender
  • DVD Playback Kit
  • Xbox Music Mixer
  • Memory Unit (8&#;MB)
  • Logitech Wireless Controller (&#;GHz)
  • More

see Xbox accessories

  • Media Remote
  • Stereo Headset Adapter
  • Official Stereo Headset
  • Digital TV Tuner (EU Only)
  • Play and Charge Kit

see Xbox One accessories

CPU &#;MHz x86 Intel Celeron/Pentium III Custom Hybrid CPU&#;GHz IBM PowerPCtri-coreCPU codenamed "Xenon" &#;GHz AMD xeight-coreCPU codenamed "Jaguar"[56]&#;GHz semi-custom AMDx eight-core CPU code named "Jaguar Enhanced"[55]&#;GHz custom AMDZen 2 eight-core CPU &#;GHz custom AMDZen 2 eight-core CPU[57]
GPU &#;MHz nVidia custom GeForce 3 NV2ADirectX based GPU &#;MHz ATi custom Radeon XDirectX c based GPU codenamed "Xenos" &#;MHz AMDRadeon HD series DirectX , DirectX 12 based GPU codenamed "Durango" with 12 compute units &#;MHz AMDRadeon HD series DirectX , DirectX 12 based GPU codenamed "Edmonton" with 12 compute units &#;MHz AMDGCNDirectX , DirectX 12 based GPU codenamed "Scorpio" with 40 compute units &#;MHz AMD Custom RDNA 2DirectX 12 based GPU with 20 compute units[57]&#;MHz AMD Custom RDNA 2DirectX 12 based GPU with 52 compute units[57]
Memory 64 MB DDR SDRAM @ &#;MHz &#;GB/s MB of GDDR3 RAM @ &#;MHz &#;GB/s, 10&#;MB EDRAM GPU frame buffer memory 8 GB of DDR3 RAM @ &#;MHz &#;GB/s,[54] 32&#;MB ESRAM GPU frame buffer memory 12 GB of GDDR5 RAM @ &#;GHz &#;GB/s[55]10 GB of GDDR6 RAM: 8GB @ &#;GB/s, 2 GB @ 56&#;GB/s 16 GB of GDDR6 RAM; 10 GB @ &#;GB/s, 6 GB @ &#;GB/s[57]
Video I/O ports
Video resolution and features

Various monitor resolutions available via VGA and HDMI/DVI (×, ×, ×, ×, ×, ×, ×, ×, × & ×)

Video codecs supported

?

  • 3GP video, 3GP2
  • AVI DivX, DV AVI, AVI uncompressed, asf, AVI Xvid
  • H AVCHD, H AVC, H ASP
  • M-JPEG
  • .mkv, .mov
  • MPEG-PS, MPEG-2, MPEG-2 HD, MPEG-2 TS
  • WMV, WMV HD
N/A N/A
Audio I/O
Audio formats and features N/A N/A
Audio codecs supported

???

N/A N/A
Online service Xbox Live (–10)
XLink Kai (–present)
Xbox Live
Xbox Live Arcade
Xbox Live Marketplace
Xbox Live Vision (webcam), headset
Xbox Live Video Marketplace
Windows Live Messenger
Internet Explorer
VideoKinect (Kinect sensor is no longer needed)
Xbox Live
Xbox Store
Microsoft Store
Internet Explorer
Microsoft Edge
Skype
Xbox Live
Xbox Store
Microsoft Store
Microsoft Edge
Skype
Backward compatibility N/A 50% of Xbox LibrarySelect Xbox and Xbox titles[58]
System software Xbox Music Mixer
DVD Playback Kit, Xbox Linux
see Xbox system softwaresee Xbox One system software
System software features
  • DLNA server support
  • External hard drive (HD) support
Consumer programmability Via Softmods and/or modchips; Modified Windows CE 2.x, Linux. Development on PC with XNA Game Studio ($99/year subscription, binary distribution with XNA Refresh).[61][email protected] and approved Microsoft Store; UWP apps.

Games

Main articles: List of Xbox games, List of Xbox games, List of Xbox One games, List of Xbox Series X and Series S games, List of Xbox Live Arcade games, List of Xbox Live Arcade Kinect games, List of Xbox Originals, List of Xbox Games on Demand, List of Xbox System Link games, List of Xbox System Link games, List of Xbox Live games on Windows 8.x, List of Xbox Live games on Windows 10, and List of Xbox Live games on Windows Phone

Each console has a variety of games. Most games released on the original Xbox are backwards compatible and can be played directly on its successor, Xbox Backward compatibility with Xbox titles was added to Xbox One in June , although titles requiring Kinect or USB peripherals will not be supported.

Games using the Xbox and Xbox Live brands have also been released for Microsoft Windows, Windows Phone, Android, and iOS devices. Xbox games can also be played using the Xbox Cloud Gaming streaming service.

Services

Microsoft has used the razor and blades model to sell the family of Xbox consoles, selling the console at or below the price of its manufacturing costs, while earning revenue from licensing fees it collects from publishers and developers and from its services offered to players.[62]

Xbox network

Main article: Xbox network

Xbox network (formely known as Xbox Live) is an online service with over 65&#;million users worldwide (as of July ).[63] It comprises an online virtual market, the Xbox Games Store, which allows the purchase and download of games and various forms of multimedia. Online gaming on the Xbox first started on November 15, worldwide. The service is still active and continues to be played by gamers.

Xbox Games Store

Main article: Xbox Games Store

Xbox Games Store is an online marketplace made for Microsoft's Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S consoles. The marketplace is where you can buy games and movies through digital download.

Xbox SmartGlass

Main article: Xbox SmartGlass

Xbox SmartGlass is a companion application for Xbox available for Windows 8, Windows 10, Windows Phone, iOS, Android (version and above),[64] and Windows Server It was announced by Microsoft during E3 and released on October 26, , coinciding with the release of Windows 8.[65] It connects with the Xbox and allows more interactive entertainment, allowing mobile devices to potentially serve as second screens and remote controller. Currently[when?] Windows 8 and Windows RT Tablets and PCs, Windows Phone ( and 8) iOS devices, and Android smartphones (4.x) are compatible with SmartGlass,[66] providing information such as Halo 4 stats and Forza Horizon GPS.[67] Users of Windows Server can currently download the application from the Windows Store after installing the Windows Desktop Experience feature in the Server Manager.[68]

Xbox Game Pass Cloud Gaming

Main article: Xbox Game Pass cloud gaming

Xbox Game Pass Cloud Gaming[69] (codenamed xCloud during development) is the Microsoft's Xbox cloud gaming streaming service.

Content filter

In , Microsoft released a content filtering to stop swearing and toxicity in online gaming. The service enable players to report messages, Gamertags, photos, and any other toxic content on its platform.[70]

Xbox Game Pass

Main article: Xbox Game Pass

Xbox Game Pass is a subscription service from Microsoft for use with its Xbox One and Windows Described as "Netflix for video games",[71] the Xbox Game Pass grants users access to a catalog of games from a range of publishers for a single monthly subscription price. The service was launched on June 1,

Software

Main article: Xbox system software

The main interface for all four generations of Xbox has been the Xbox Dashboard, which allows users to manage games stored on the console, play media, and access system settings. Since , the Dashboard has been integrated with Xbox Live that provides online functionality and storefront options. Though the software for the original Xbox and the Xbox was originally built on a heavily modified Windows operating system, the software since the Xbox One has used a Windows-based system (first Windows 8, now Windows 10) that allows for easy of compatibility between the console and desktop applications.

Xbox Family Settings App

In May ,&#; Xbox presented a preview version of an app that allows parents and guardians to set daily limits for their children's playing time, provides weekly activity reports, filters out age-restricted games, and places limits on online communication. This is the attempt of Microsoft, Xbox's owner, to promote a message of responsible gaming. The full release is expected in the end of or later.[72]

Controllers

Xbox controller

Original Xbox controller, first showcased in

Xbox Controller S, which first shipped in

Main article: Xbox controller

Released in , the Xbox control pad was the first controller made for the original Xbox. The Xbox controller features two analog sticks, a pressure-sensitive directional pad, two analog triggers, a Back button, a Start button, two accessory slots and six 8-bit analog action buttons (A/Green, B/Red, X/Blue, Y/Yellow, and Black and White buttons).[73] The standard Xbox controller (originally nicknamed the "Fatty"[74] and later the "Duke"[75]) was originally the controller bundled with Xbox systems for all territories except Japan.

Xbox controller

Main article: Xbox controller

Released in , the Xbox controller for the Xbox succeeded its predecessor. A standard Xbox controller features eleven digital buttons, two analog triggers, two analog sticks and a digital D-pad. The right face of the controller features four digital action buttons; a green "A" button, red "B" button, blue "X" button and yellow "Y" button. The lower right houses the right analog stick, in the lower left is a digital D-pad and on the left face is the left analog stick. Both analog sticks can also be "clicked in" to activate a digital button beneath. In the center of the controller face are digital "Start", "Back" and "Guide" buttons. The "Guide" button is labelled with the Xbox logo, and is used to turn on the console/controller and to access the guide menu. It is also surrounded by the "ring of light", which indicates the controller number, as well as flashing when connecting and to provide notifications. The left and right "shoulders" each feature a digital shoulder button, or "bumper", and an analog trigger.

Xbox One controller

Main article: Xbox Wireless Controller

The Xbox One console has a revised controller with forty improvements over the 's controller. This new controller is built to work with Kinect. The Start and Back buttons are replaced with Menu and View buttons. It has impulse triggers that replace the regular triggers. The Xbox button still brings up the mini-guide as of recent dashboard versions, though in earlier iterations it brought up the main dashboard menu while leaving the game uninterrupted.

Xbox Series X and Series S Controller

The fourth generation Xbox Controller doesn't change much from the Xbox One controller, but the new wireless Xbox Controller does add a capture and share button, a hybrid d-pad, and better gripping on the bumpers and triggers.[76] The controller is also promised to be cross compatible with certain PC's and mobile devices.[77]

Xbox Adaptive Controller

Main article: Xbox Adaptive Controller

The Xbox Adaptive Controller is a special controller designed for accessibility features for players. Besides being physically larger than typical controllers, it includes additional ports to allow other devices to be connected and mapped to other controller functions. The controller is not limited to just Xbox and Windows platforms but also is compatible with the PlayStation and Nintendo Switch.

Other accessories

Kinect

The Xbox Kinect Sensor

Kinect (stylized as KINECT) is a motion sensinginput device by Microsoft for the Xbox video game console and WindowsPCs. Based around a webcam-style add-on peripheral for the Xbox console, it enables users to control and interact with the Xbox without the need to touch a game controller, through a natural user interface using gestures and spoken commands.[78] The project is aimed at broadening the Xbox 's audience beyond its typical gamer base.[79] Kinect competes with the Wii Remote Plus and PlayStation Move with PlayStation Eyemotion controllers for the Wii and PlayStation 3 home consoles, respectively. A version for Windows was released on February 1, [80]

Kinect was launched in North America on November 4, ,[81] in Europe on November 10, ,[82] in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore on November 18, ,[83][84][85] and in Japan on November 20, [86] Purchase options for the sensor peripheral include a bundle with the game Kinect Adventures and console bundles with either a 4&#;GB[87][88][89] or &#;GB[90] Xbox console and Kinect Adventures.[87][88][89][90]

The Kinect claimed the Guinness World Record of being the "fastest selling consumer electronics device" after selling a total of 8&#;million units in its first 60 days.[91][92][93] 24&#;million units of the Kinect sensor had been shipped as of January [51]

Microsoft released Kinect software development kit for Windows 7 on June 16, [94][95][96] This SDK was meant to allow developers to write Kinecting apps in C++/CLI, C#, or Visual Basic .NET.[97][98]

Additional information on the Xbox One Kinect was released on June 6, , including information on how to turn off the "always on" feature.[99]

The Xbox One Kinect sensor

Although featuring improved performance over the original Xbox Kinect, its successor the Xbox One Kinect was subject to mixed responses. It was praised for its wide-angle, its fast response time and high-quality camera. However, the Kinect's inability to understand some accents in English was criticized. Furthermore, controversies surround Microsoft's intentional tying of the sensor with the Xbox One console despite the initial requirements for the sensor being plugged in at all times having been revised since its initial announcement. There have also been a number of concerns regarding privacy.

Headsets

When the Xbox Live online service was launched in , the Xbox Communicatorheadset was included with the Live Starter Kit.[] The Communicator, which enabled in-game voice chat, consisted of a wired headset and an interface module. The module plugged into the controller's top expansion slot, and the headset plugged into the module; the interface module was equipped with a dial to control volume and a button to mute the microphone.[] The headset socket on the module was a standard mm TRS audio jack with monaural input and output, compatible with cellular phone headsets.

Xbox controllers featured a built-in monaural mm TRS jack also compatible with standard cellular phone headsets, allowing players to reuse the Xbox Communicator headset and chat on Xbox Live without a separate interface module.[] The premium console bundle included a wired Xbox Live Communicator headset with grey and white cosmetics matching the console, which also was available separately;[] the wired headset connected to the audio jack on the bottom of the controller through a wide plug that included mute and volume controls. An updated Xbox Headset was released in with black cosmetics, bundled with the Xbox &#;S; for the revised wired headset, the mute/volume controls were moved to a position inline along the cable.

Main article: Xbox Wireless Headset

Microsoft also announced the Xbox Wireless Headset, a first-party single-ear headset accessory designed for and released with the Xbox console in November Special editions of the wireless headset were released with colors themed for Halo 3 (green/orange, September ),[] the Xbox S (black, ), and Halo Reach (silver, September ).[] It was replaced by the Xbox Wireless Headset with Bluetooth in , which could be used with the console (using the Xbox wireless protocol) or a phone (using Bluetooth).[]

The initial revision of the Xbox One Wireless Controller (Model ) also included a mm monaural jack compatible with standard cellular phone headsets. Microsoft bundled the Xbox One Chat Headset with each console starting from launch in ; the headset was permanently wired to an interface module that plugged into the controller's expansion port and provided microphone mute and volume controls.[] In addition, Microsoft released the Xbox One Stereo Headset in early March , bundled with a Stereo Headset Adapter, which allowed players to listen to in-game audio blended with chat simultaneously. The Adapter connected to the controller's expansion port and headset jack, and the Headset connected to the Adapter through a mm plug. Prior headsets released with the Xbox and Xbox were limited to voice chat only.[] A white-colored special edition was released in fall [] The next revision of the controller (Model ) replaced with mm jack with a mm jack.[]

A new Xbox Wireless Headset was introduced in February , targeted for use on the Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and Windows computers. The outer surface of each earcup is a rotary control; the right earcup controls overall volume, and the left earcup controls game/chat mix level.[] It is equipped with both proprietary Xbox Wireless and Bluetooth radios, and could be connected to both simultaneously.[] A corresponding Xbox Stereo Headset, which omits the wireless connections in favor of a standard mm plug and also omits the game/chat mix control dial, was introduced in August with a reduced price.[]

Marketing

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In , Microsoft announced that it would hold its own Xbox FanFest instead of a press conference at the Gamescom annual European video game convention.[] Microsoft held an Xbox FanFest in Sydney in September []

Notes

  1. ^Starting with the Xbox One, Microsoft does not release detailed sales figures of its Xbox hardware sales, so all figures provided are based on industry analysis estimates. Xbox's head Phil Spenser said that they do not want their teams to be focused on sales numbers so have opted not to report them and do not plan to for the foreseeable future.[41][42]

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How Xbox Works

Input/Output

The Xbox supports up to four wireless controllers at once. It also has three USB jacks, two in the front and one in the back that can be used to plug in wired controllers for play or wireless controllers when they need to be charged. The USB jacks can also be used to connect devices like digital cameras, MP3 players and computer keyboards to the (but the keyboard can only be used for text entry, not game play).

Online

The Xbox has an Ethernet port to hook up to a broadband connection, as well as a slot for a WiFi card. The is WiFi-ready "out of the box" and the bundle includes a connectivity Ethernet cable.

TV Connections

The Xbox comes standard with both composite and component video connections to hook up to a TV. There are also optional connections for S-Video and VGA, and the console supports some SCART-type adapters used in Europe. The Xbox Core System includes a standard-definition AV cable, while the other Xbox bundles come with an AV HD cable and a media remote.

Audio

The Xbox has multi-channel surround sound that supports channels of 48 KHz, bit digital audio. The bit audio processing is handled by the CPU. One of the most talked about new audio features of the Xbox is customizable soundtracks. No matter what video game you are playing, you can play or stream your music during game play.

Removable Hard Drive and Storage

The original Xbox was quite innovative in that it had an 8-GB hard drive built into the console. The takes the hard-drive concept one step further: The Xbox includes a removable GB hard drive, and the Xbox Elite has a removable GB hard drive. The Xbox also supports up to two MB memory cards at one time.

The Disc Drive

In keeping with the idea that the Xbox is a full media center, it sports a 12x dual-layer DVD-ROM that can read DVD-Video, DVD-ROM, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, CD-DA, CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW, WMA CD, MP3 CD and JPEG Photo CD. You can buy an external HD-DVD player for the Xbox The does not, however, support Blu-ray.

Cooling

The original Xbox took a lot of criticism for how large it was. The cooling system that kept the Xbox's rather hefty processor cool was the single greatest factor that contributed to the console's robust size. Microsoft changed all this for the Xbox

In order to fit all that hardware into the stylish and slim form factor of the Xbox , Microsoft devised a cooling system that combines a small, vacuum-sealed, liquid-cooled system with fans to maintain a comfortable temperature inside the The system regulates the temperature of the cores and adjusts the flow of liquid and fan speed accordingly. Additionally, the cooling system monitors the core's workload: If one or more cores are not needed for the job at hand (for instance, if you are using the Xbox to watch a DVD), then the unused cores are automatically turned off.

Other Accessories

There are dozens of accessories on the market for the Xbox , including headsets, wireless controllers, cooling systems, rechargeable batteries and more. You can play compatible Xbox games on your Windows computer with the Wireless Gaming Receiver for Windows. The Live Vision Camera allows players to create an in-game version of themselves in select games. The Xbox Wireless Racing Wheel is a force-feedback steering wheel controller with standard gamepad buttons and floor-mounted accelerator and brake pedals. The Messenger Kit attaches to Xbox controllers and features a keyboard to message other players.

In the next section, we'll take a look at the Xbox controller and how it has evolved from the original Xbox controller.

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