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Exciting new Xbox Series X videos show gameplay, fast load times, more

Published Mar 16th, 2020 10:58AM EDT

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  • The first Xbox Series X hands-on hardware and gameplay videos appeared online on Monday.
  • The videos show the Xbox Series X being taken apart and reconstruced, as well as the size of the console in comparison to the Xbox One X and a sneak peek at the updated controller.
  • Xbox Series X gameplay shows how the new hardware will enhance older games.
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In addition to sharing the technical specifications and internal components of the Xbox Series X on Monday, Microsoft also gave a few select publications and YouTubers the chance to go hands-on with the next-gen console for the very first time. While the blog post was extremely detailed, it only offered a few screenshots, but new videos from Digital Foundry and Austin Evans actually show us what the Xbox Series X is capable of in real-time.

The first video we’ll focus on is the Digital Foundry Direct, in which we get to see how the Xbox Series X is physically constructed with each of its components stuck together and stacked on top of one another before sliding into its case. Speaking of that case, Digital Foundry notes that the general design of the Xbox Series X is strikingly similar to that of the Xbox One X, despite the change in form factor. And as for the size of the new Xbox Series X, Digital Foundry says that the most apt comparison is two Nintendo GameCubes stacked up like a tower:

About sixteen minutes in, we also get to see the controller that will ship with the Xbox Series X in greater detail than we have in the past. Although it looks nearly identical to the Xbox One Wireless Controller at a glance, the D-pad has been given a significant makeover — which Digital Foundry describes as a mix between the circular metal D-pad that can be installed on the Xbox One Elite Controller and the more traditional D-pad — and there is also a new dedicated share button in the center of the controller to match the Switch and the PS4.

Digital Foundry followed up its trip to see the Xbox Series X with a detailed breakdown of the specs and hardware:

While the videos from Austin Evans cover much of the same ground as Digital Foundry’s videos, you might see a few new angles and might learn some new information about the Xbox Series X. The first video also includes an interview with Jason Ronald, Director of Program Management at Team Xbox, in which Ronald confirms (once and for all) that the new generation is simply called “Xbox,” and the Xbox Series X is the first console of this generation:

Evans also uploaded over ten minutes of uninterrupted gameplay on the Xbox Series X:

Finally, the Xbox team uploaded a couple of videos on the official Xbox channel as well — technical demos of faster loading times that gamers will experience on the Xbox Series X and the Quick Resume feature that will allow them to switch between multiple games on the fly without having to close other software:

We still haven’t seen any games designed for the Xbox Series X in action, but we now know virtually everything there is to know about the hardware and software powering the next-gen console. There’s sure to be more to come, and we hope to see gameplay from upcoming titles this summer at the digital event replacing E3 2020.

Jacob Siegal
Jacob Siegal Associate Editor

Jacob Siegal is Associate Editor at BGR, having joined the news team in 2013. He has over a decade of professional writing and editing experience, and helps to lead our technology and entertainment product launch and movie release coverage.

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