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Xbox Series X and S review: Microsoft’s new consoles are a good value. Is that enough?


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By Brian X. Chen and Mike Isaac

After seven years, the Microsoft Xbox and Sony PlayStation game consoles are getting big upgrades.

The companies are releasing their next-generation consoles just in time for the holiday shopping season. Microsoft released two models this month: the Xbox Series X, the $500 version, and the Xbox Series S, its $300 lower-powered sibling. Sony released its PlayStation 5, which comes in two models for $400 and $500, Thursday.

So which one will you choose? There are many different types of gamers out there, so we — Brian X. Chen, a longtime PlayStation fan, and Mike Isaac, who grew up playing the Xbox — both tested the new consoles in our homes.

This review focuses on the new Xbox systems.

BRIAN: Hello, Mike. While the country has been tallying up votes for our next president, you and I have been playing video games to help our readers decide which new game console to vote for with their wallets.

For the last generation of consoles, PlayStation 4 was the must-have game device, with more than double the number of sales of the Xbox One. Now people are wondering if it’s the Xbox’s turn to win with its sleek, rectangular Series X and Series S.

What are your impressions so far?

MIKE: For quite some time I was an Xbox loyalist. I remember back when I was in high school and the first Halo game came out. It was a must-play game, one of the best shooters of its time. Its success made owning an Xbox a priority.

Now, nearly 20 years later, I don’t have that same feeling with the Xbox Series X and Series S. There’s not an exclusive, Xbox-only game that I’m generally hyped up about, you know?

BRIAN: Well, the new Halo game, called “Halo Infinite,” was supposed to be the big launch title to market these new Xbox systems. It’s a big disappointment that the director of the game stepped down and the project was delayed.

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