Microsoft Demos Xbox Series X|S Software Experience

Posted on October 26, 2020 by Paul Thurrott in Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X with 8 Comments

Microsoft today posted a video showing what it will be like to use your new Xbox Series X|S on day one.

“With the launch of Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S just around the corner, we figured that now would be the perfect time to give our fans an in-depth look at what they can expect when they boot up their next-gen Xbox consoles on November 10,” Microsoft’s Will Tuttle writes. “Xbox Series X is our fastest, most powerful console ever and Xbox Series S is our smallest console ever, packed full of next-gen performance, with both consoles supporting next-gen features like Smart Delivery, Quick Resume, Dynamic Latency Input (DLI), and much more.”


The video is less than 15 minutes long, but it skips over the actual first-run experience, which will include lengthy processes like updating the console and controller—like all digital devices, you can’t escape such a thing—and installing games. That latter bit will be the slowest part by far: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare occupied over 200 GB on my Xbox One X and would take a good hour or more to install. Maybe much more if half the Internet is also installing games and updates on that exact day, which they will be.

The video completely ignores all of that. Instead, it’s just a walkthrough of the Xbox software experience, which most now realize is identical to that on the Xbox Ones series of consoles. The difference, of course, is that some things happen more quickly on Xbox Series X|S, thanks to the technologies noted in the quote above. Granted, that’s a big deal: Xbox One plays games well, but almost everything else, especially the Dashboard UI, is pretty slow.


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Comments (9)

9 responses to “Microsoft Demos Xbox Series X|S Software Experience”

  1. erichk

    November 10th, get here already!

  2. blue77star

    All I want is to play games with no additional annoyance. Therefore, I use PC for gaming where I buy games on GOG.

  3. lezmaka

    If people will be moving from an existing Xbox One to one of the new-gen consoles, hopefully they'll somehow be prompted to use the network transfer, assuming it's still available to use for moving to the new consoles.

  4. remc86007

    Artificially limiting the day one availability may be part of the plan to limit day one server overload. Hopefully we will see consoles come in stock in the days following release.

  5. Michael Rivers

    It sounds as if the animated backgrounds are Series X/S only. Gotta give people a good reason to upgrade.

  6. openmisere

    Set up only happens once. They've focused on the ongoing user experience. Sounds right to me,

  7. Shehzad Joss Yousaf

    I may well be naive or very uninformed asking this, but is there a reason there would still be lag/slow response times in the UI given the underlying horsepower? Granted, the loading and resuming of games is much improved, but I do find it counterintuitive that the dashboard would not be as slick.

  8. gregsedwards

    I knew Harrison Hoffman from back in the days, and we're still occasional friends on XBL and social media. I remember when he joined Microsoft. It's awesome to see him having such a prominent role on the Xbox team. Great video.

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