With Xbox Series X officially revealed, fans have started reacting to Microsoft’s next-gen console, from its purported specs to its… unique design.
Last night during The Game Awards 2019, Microsoft officially unveiled Xbox Series X, previously codenamed Project Scarlett, which Xbox head Phil Spencer claims will be the “fastest, most powerful Xbox,” and setting a new bar for performance, speed, and compatibility. Microsoft also revealed Series X’s console design: A black, minimalist, upright rectangular prism that stands in contrast with some of Microsoft’s earlier Xbox designs.
Naturally, now that fans know the next-gen Xbox’s name and have seen what it looks like, they have thoughts. Let’s dig into what fans think of Xbox Series X, and how they immediately started poking fun at its decidedly different design.
Xbox Series X – What’s in a Name?
Unlike PlayStation, Xbox hasn’t had a sequential naming convention, going from Xbox to Xbox 360 to Xbox One, and now Xbox Series X. Naturally, fans have takes on this name (or series naming convention?), and many are comparing it to the Wii U’s oft-maligned moniker.
Microsoft recently said the next Xbox’s name would describe its purpose, and while we definitely took some (wrong) guesses, fans now have the console’s real name to try and determine exactly what that purpose is. And that purpose? Who knows.
Fans Excited About Xbox Series X
Now that Xbox Series X has an official name, and a form factor people can see with their own eyes, fans have started reacting not only to how it looks, but to the console as a platform to not just look pretty, but to play games. With the console’s visual component sorted, some fans are getting pretty excited for Xbox Series X’s games and eventual Holiday 2020 release.
Xbox Series X Memes
Xbox Series X has a design reminiscent of a PC tower. It’s an oblong, black box that can stand upright, or be placed on its side. The Series X is supposedly around the size of an Xbox controller at its base, and is three controllers tall. Ultimately, fans noticed it looked like the monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey, a black refrigerator, and more.
Developers React to Xbox Series X
While few video game developers have offered in-depth reactions to Xbox Series X’s name and design, a couple of key devs from inside Microsoft have given their two cents, including 343 Industry’s Bonnie Ross, and Rare’s Simon Prodger.
Everything Xbox Series X
For more on Microsoft’s next-gen tower, here’s everything we know about Xbox Series X, including its specs, release window, and more. You can also see how PS5 and Xbox Series X compare before checking out a full list of rumored and confirmed Xbox Series X Games.
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