Why we love the Xbox Series X
1. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and day one exclusives
Xbox Game Pass Ultimate is always hailed as the best deal in gaming and that's for good reason. The value on offer here is just immense with so many games to play with a £9.99 monthly subscription. On top of the huge list of games already on Xbox Game Pass Ultimate all first-party exclusives will be available on the service day one! As one of the most powerful and high-performance consoles on the market, the Xbox Series X pairs perfectly with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. There are no games you won't be able to play that are on the service. It doesn't just end with huge first-party titles like Starfield being day one on Xbox Game Pass there are plenty of third-party titles that get the same treatment, for example Lies of P released September 19th will also be on the service day 1.
2. Xbox Series X has exceptional performance and rapid loading speeds
Whenever we go into a new console generation there are high expectations for how games are going to look on the new systems on offer. This generation was a big leap with games holding solid framerates and resolutions of up to 4K (see tech specs table above for more info on this). The Xbox Series X and PS5 consoles are very closely rivalled but the Xbox Series X just edges it when it comes to power with an extra 1.7 teraflops of computing power in its GPU. So if you want the most powerful console money can buy, the Xbox Series X is the way to go.
Whilst new visuals and higher levels of performance are very important with a new console another technical leap taken from Xbox One to Xbox Series consoles is the introduction of SSDs being used in console hardware. It cannot be emphasized enough how much more enjoyable modern-day gaming is on an SSD compared to the HDDs of old. Loading speeds are cut down so much and you spend much more time actually playing your games rather than waiting around when you die or need to load a new zone or mission. Having now played Starfield you can see why it is an Xbox Series X | S exclusive as I don't even think the game would function without the loading speed that comes with the Xbox Series X's 1TB custom NVME SSD.
3. Backwards compatibility is always a focus for Xbox
The Xbox Series X is fully backwards compatible with pretty much every single game that runs on Xbox One and Xbox 360. A huge backlog of classic games that are going to work on your new console is nothing to sniff at. This is a huge incentive for purchasing an Xbox Series X, it means your old games are still relevant; a lot of them will also be already on Xbox Game Pass.
Nobody does backwards compatibility as good as Xbox and it's a really strong selling point for their platform. Not only is it relevant to games but also their accessories. Your old Xbox One controllers will work on the new console meaning you don't need to buy 4 new pads if you're someone who enjoys some local co-op.
All of these consumer-friendly moves making old games and accessories relevant on a new console are real positives for Xbox and make it easy to recommend the console.