Should I wait for Xbox Series X or buy an Xbox One X today? We’ll help you figure this out.
There are still a lot of good reasons to buy the Xbox One X and even the Xbox One S or Xbox One S All Digital, but new details may convince some buyers to hold off a little longer to buy Xbox Series X.
This guide walks you through what you need to know about the new Xbox, called Xbox Series X which is coming in 2020 with Ray Tracing, a new SSD, Quick Resume, Smart Delivery, and an upgraded processor. This is launching with the new Halo Infinite game, but that’s not the only reason to wait for the next Xbox.
It’s very easy to keep waiting for the next big thing, but it is getting much closer to the right time to wait for the Xbox Series X now that it is likely four months away.
There are some good reasons to wait for Xbox Series X, but there are a lot of good reasons to skip waiting and buy an Xbox Today.
Xbox Series X Release Date
The Xbox Series X release date is Holiday 2020, which likely means a November release time frame. It could arrive a little earlier, but traditionally Microsoft aims for mid to late November.
The Xbox arrived on November 15th, the Xbox 360 on November 22nd and the Xbox One on the 22nd as well. The One X was the earliest holiday release in recent memory with a November 7th arrival.
Expect to see the new console arrive on a Tuesday or a Friday with likely dates during the week of November 9th through the 20th. It would be a major surprise to see the console arrive during Thanksgiving week or any later.
The Halo Infinite release date is timed with Series X, so without any delays, the pre-Thanksgiving November timing makes sense. Sony’s plans may also influence the Xbox Series X release date as Sony is planning a holiday 2020 PS5 release date.
Xbox Series X Specs
Microsoft confirmed a lot of Xbox Series X specs and capabilities as well as some of the features. Here’s what we know so far;
- CPU: Custom CPU based on AMD Zen 2
- GPU: Radeon RDNA based
- RAM: GDDR6
- Hardware-accelerated DirectX Raytracing
- Variable Rate Shading
- HDMI 2.1
- Supports 8K Resolution
- Backwards Compatible
- Supports Physical Media
- Custom SSD
Xbox Series X Features
Thanks to these specs and the latest announcement, we know about some of the new Xbox Series X features, which can help you decide if it is worth waiting for the new console before upgrading.
Microsoft made a big deal about 8K support and 120 FPS, but keep in mind that this is marketing. In the real world, Xbox Series X will likely support 8K streaming like the Xbox One S supports 4K streaming. This would allow you to stream 8K content from Netflix and other sources to an 8K TV. There are 8K TVs on the market, but not tons of 8K content yet.
We’ll see support for 120fps gaming content. Microsoft says that developers can choose to go higher than 6- fps when they need “heightened realism or fast-paced action.”
The new Xbox will support Raytracing, which delivers great looking graphics and is typically found on high-end gaming PCs. Specifically, this feature delivers more realistic lightning, reflections, and also acoustics.
With a new SSD in the Series X, the system is ready to handle larger gaming worlds that load faster and make in-game fast travel faster. With the addition of Variable Rate Shading, developers can actually choose which part of the screen should be prioritized such as characters or special in-game items to deliver better-looking images while still offering stable frame rates.
With the new SSD, gamers get Quick Resume, which lets you keep several games in a suspended state in the background, so you can quickly jump in and out of games without waiting for things to load.
Smart Delivery is an option to buy a game for the Xbox One and then be able to get the upgraded version for the Xbox Series X once you upgrade. We know about 10 games that will be part of this including Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and Cyberpunk 2077 to name a few. The new Madden 21 game will not be a part fo Smart Delivery, but if you buy the new Madden game before the end of 2020 and then get an Xbox Series X by March 31st you will get a free upgrade.
We also get improvements to latency input and HMDI 2.1 upgrades that will allow you to connect to compatible TVs and get the best performance possible.
Xbox Series X Price
There is no official Xbox Series X pricing information, but you can expect to pay a lot. We’re still hearing that Microsoft could deliver multiple models aimed at different types of consumers.
There is a good chance that the most expensive model will be $499 or above with a lower feature version around $399 and even a streaming-only model coming in cheaper.
The PS5 price complicates things. If Sony delivers similar specs, Microsoft will need to keep the PS5 price in mind in order to not hand over more ground to Sony as they did with the Xbox One and PS4.
With Xbox Series X details confirmed, many gamers are still wondering if they should buy the Xbox One S or Xbox One X today or wait for the Xbox Series X. Here’s our guide to help you decide.
Wait If You Own the Xbox One S
If you already own the Xbox One S, you can probably wait for Xbox Series X.
The Xbox One S supports HDR and includes a 4K Blu-Ray player. It doesn't deliver 4K gaming or the same performance as the Xbox One X, but with this console, you can enjoy 4K movies and see games and movies in HDR. You can also play all of the same games as the Xbox One X.
You may want to upgrade to the Xbox One X if you can find a killer deal, or if you need games to load in faster, you may want to buy a SSD for your Xbox One S, but you can likely hold off until late 2020.
If you already own the Xbox One X, then you don't have anything else to upgrade to yet at this point anyway.
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