Shack Chat: What’s your reaction to the Xbox Series S reveal?

The Xbox Series S had credible leaks over the past weekend, prompting Microsoft to take stock with full reveals and console details to come. We learned about its price of $ 299, as well as the system’s release date of November 10. Having these new details on the S-Series helps better inform our idea of ​​what the next-gen games debut will look like this fall.

Question: What’s your reaction to the Xbox Series S reveal?


Oh yes. Oooh, ahhh, that’s always how it starts. Then later it’s running and screaming – Ozzie Mejia, The S is for Sucks

“A digital future? Sounds awesome, ”they might say. And then one day, their favorite game makes Scott Pilgrim’d disappear.

People always gravitate towards physical media for a reason. If you buy the game and it’s in your hand, you own it. If you buy a digital game, you own it for as long as the powers that be. Things happen all the time, whether it’s rights issues or whatever. Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 is another one of those games that just died one day due to the wacky rights issues surrounding Marvel and the varying moods of their Disney overlords. The games can be there one day and go away the next day and whether you deposit $ 60 for that ends up being irrelevant.

Ask yourself this. When the next, the next Xbox arrives in 2025 or anytime, will your digital purchases be postponed? They could. But they also might not. Think carefully if you want to be a part of this all-digital future that may come back and bite your ass. And why? For convenience? In my day, we changed cartridges one by one and no one was wiser about it!


Love It – Disgraced Console Gamer Donovan Erskine

The Xbox Series S is a great initiative from Microsoft. One of the biggest concerns of the next generation was that the consoles would be too expensive for the average consumer. Having a scaled-down system, which still packs a punch, at just $ 300 will surely be enough to attract buyers. It also puts a lot of pressure on Sony to put a reasonable price tag on the PlayStation 5, or perhaps release a similar scaled-down version of their console.


I’m cool with it – Blake Morse, review editor

With the way the economy and the world are right now, having financially healthy and affordable options for entertainment equipment is a necessity. Kudos to Microsoft for recognizing this need and for properly evaluating their next Xbox Series S. Many people cannot pay for a system fully up front, but most people can grab a bite each. months to pay for one. It reminds me of putting stuff aside in my local K-Mart back then, only I can bring the console home while I pay for it. Personally, however, I still wonder if I will buy the Xbox Series X directly or if I will go every month …


Who is this thing for? – Chris Jarrard, Inconsolable

While I suspected that Microsoft would sell a cheaper variant of the console to go with the X Series, I mistakenly assumed it would be a rebadged Xbox One X or One S. They decided to give us a scaled-down version of their big boy box, but some of the cuts leave me hesitant to put myself forward. I like the decision to keep the processor on par with the more expensive box for future game development, but I have great concerns about this baby-sized hard drive and the lack of a disk drive.

With game sizes continuing to swell thanks to 4K textures and resistance to using compressed audio files, it’s hard to ask potential customers to settle for a 500GB drive. Just install Call of Duty. Warzone and Fortnite and more than half of the disk space is gone. There will be NVME expansion cards, but they will be incredibly expensive to the point of erasing that price difference between the S series and the X series. Lack of UHD disk reads will further complicate the disk space situation. and will disqualify the S series from being considered a premium Blu-ray disc player. Decent stand-alone players are already selling for a similar price, so Microsoft could have tapped into the home theater market with a solid media playback offering. Sony built its console empire on the back of the PlayStation 2’s DVD playback capabilities, and Microsoft could have gotten a similar boost.


Impressed – Sam Chandler, Friendly

While I plan to get the X Series for raw horsepower, the S Series is just as impressive. It offers incredible value for money and a fantastic entry point into the next generation of consoles. If the Xbox Series S can do what it says on the box, it’ll be a great way for gamers to hit the legendary 1440P at 120FPS and even 4K games that some PC gamers struggle to hit, and at a fraction of the cost.

Then when you start to consider the inclusion of Xbox Game Pass with All Access offers, it becomes even more enjoyable. Instant access to a catalog of hundreds of games, spanning four generations of consoles? It’s mind-boggling how good the Game Pass is.

While there are concerns about the size of internal storage, external hard drives are rather inexpensive. Even nowadays, with 1TB internal hard drives, people are still buying external drives. So no matter the size, you will end up buying one anyway.


Nifty – Bill Lavoy, House Stark

Sounds like a good idea to me. I have a lot of friends who aren’t hardcore gamers, but they’ll want a new console to play a game or two that they love. They’re PlayStation folks, so this move from Microsoft highlights a place where Sony needs to step up and stand out for more casual gamers. I also think the All Access payment options are solid so this is a big win for Xbox all around.


It’s cool… but – Josh Hawkins, Guide Guy

Honestly, the Xbox Series S is a really cool idea, but the biggest problem with it is the console’s much smaller storage size. Considering that this is a fully digital console, starting with just 512GB makes no sense. Other than that, however, it looks like a good deal for the money.


Only 512 GB at startup ??? – TJ Denzer, news editor for gamers who can read well

When the Xbox Series S was announced with some details, there was one that immediately struck me: the SSD. The S series only ships with a meager 512GB storage under the hood. Now, it might have been good when the Xbox One came out, but times have changed. The games are bigger, and they will continue to grow. Heck, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2019 already requires 200GB with all of its current updates. There was also a valid concern for Cyberpunk 2077 before CD Projekt RED stepped in to allay fears.

AAA games aren’t really going to get any smaller, and I can’t even begin to believe that with ray tracing, ultra-high FPS and resolution, and ultra-low latency that CODMW and Cyberpunk 2077 will be trouble. isolated worrying. I think the S series is a great entry level option. With the Xbox All Access Fundraising Program, it arguably becomes an even better deal. I also think you’re going to want to figure out this storage situation right away if you want to store more than 3-5 major games on your system.


Intrigued – David L. Craddock, Editor of Long Reads

Before Microsoft announced its All Access funding package for the Xbox Series X and S models, I had planned to skip the console at launch. Not because I’m not interested in what Microsoft has to offer, but because I have a PC more than capable of playing proprietary Xbox titles through Game Pass. Now, however, I’ll probably go for a Series X thanks to the $ 35 / month. possibility of financing.

Unless.

Unless Sony offers a similar plan. Hypothetically, let’s say the PS5 and Xbox Series X / S will launch on the same date, November 10, with Sony’s digital-only PS5 priced at $ 299 from Microsoft’s S-series, and the, uh, PS5 no. digital only at $ 499 with the X-Series – both with financing options at $ 25 or $ 35 per month, respectively. I would first have a PS5. I’m more interested in the PS5 exclusives than the Microsoft ones, which, again, I could always play on my PC. Unless Sony is bringing more of its exclusives to the PC, which could happen–I find it more valuable to own the new box from Sony than the one from Microsoft.


More options are never a bad thing – Greg Burke, Head of Video

As an adult fortunate enough to have a full-time job, it’s easy to look and turn their noses like a “less powerful” version of a home console, or better yet, the smug slogan ” PC is master race ”that everyone seems to have jumped on. Putting this in perspective, many consumers might not be able to afford a $ 500 console, mid-range PC, or gaming laptop. Giving the customer more buying options. is never a bad thing. I think that’s smart because some people don’t even have a 4K TV. Actually, I’m really tired of the PS4 / PC fandom “Well, no reason to buy Xbox, PC games.” People don’t realize that even though technology has gotten cheaper, a high-end gaming PC can cost 3 times as much as an Xbox Series X, and a lot of people can’t afford it. A lot of people, like me, prefer to play on a console after spending 10 or more hours on PC. In the end, that’s a good thing, and it really puts Sony in a corner. If the PS5 without a disc is not lower than 499.99, they are going to have a bad time.


Interesting – Steve Tyminski, Contributing Editor

My first reaction to the Xbox Series S reveal was that it was hard to tell what it even was. It looks like an old-fashioned record player and other people on the internet have altered the image to have fun with it. That being said, one of the main things I was waiting for was the price and 299 for the smaller version and 499 for the larger version isn’t that bad for a console at launch. It is also not too bad that there is a payment plan planned for the masses, therefore win-win!

Donovan is a young journalist from Maryland who loves to act. Her earliest gaming memory is playing Pajama Sam on her mom’s desk on the weekends. Pokémon Emerald, Halo 2, and the original Star Wars Battlefront 2 were among the most influential titles to awaken his love for video games. After interning for Shacknews throughout college, Donovan graduated from Bowie State University in 2020 with a major in broadcast journalism and joined the team full-time. He’s a big Star Wars nerd and movie fanatic who will tell you about movies and games all day long. You can follow him on twitter @Donimals_

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