Xbox's Phil Spencer: 'Games will look and play best on Xbox Series X'

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What you need to know

  • The Xbox Series X is Microsoft's upcoming next-generation console.
  • According to Xbox chief Phil Spencer, "Your games will look and play best on Xbox Series X."
  • This includes first-party games and those from "developer partners."
  • An Xbox Series X gameplay showcase is scheduled for July 23.

Today, executive vice-president of Gaming at Microsoft, and Xbox lead, Phil Spencer, posted a detailed list of promises for Xbox Series X. While the standout feature is the addition of Project xCloud game streaming to its Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription, there was another important section in there. Spencer said that "Your games will look and play best on Xbox Series X." This is a bold claim that was also stated when the Xbox One X was released.

You can read the section below. It seems like the 12 teraflops of power should give the Xbox Series X an advantage when it comes to "All games." However, the difference between visuals will have to be seen when comparisons are available with the PlayStation 5 (PS5).

Your games will look and play best on Xbox Series X. Xbox Series X is designed to deliver a new level of fidelity, feel, performance, and precision never seen before in console gaming. All games will look and play best on Xbox Series X – whether they come from our 15 Xbox Game Studios, like Halo Infinite, or from our world-class publisher and developer partners. Packing over 12 teraflops of GPU power including new technologies like hardware-accelerated Direct X raytracing and variable-rate shading, and with four times the processing power of an Xbox One X, Xbox Series X enables developers to provide you with the transformative gaming experiences through richer, more dynamic living worlds, more realistic AI and animations, and support for higher frame rates including support for up to 120 FPS.

A gameplay showcase for Xbox Series X will take place on July 23. We should have a better understanding of the quality of the graphics then. Recently, one of the best Xbox One game's sequel, Senua's Saga: Hellblade II, was revealed to be running in real time using Unreal Engine 5. The bar is set high, and Microsoft needs to deliver given fierce competition from Sony and the PS5.

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  • Looks like the PC is getting 2nd rate ports again. At least he's trying.
  • Didn't he say that PC is actually always the highest fidelity? This is console focussed.
  • We have reached the point where it is hard to tell which console has more power. All the first party titles look phenomenal regardless of the platform you play on. Gears 5 was beautiful on the X1 and The Last of Us 2 looked just as good on the PS4. It looks like I'll eventually have to buy both consoles the next generation too.
  • I don't think it matters anymore which one has more power. To me, it has been that way for a long time.
  • I'd agree, they're close enough. Personally, I'm on my day 1 Xbox One, which is the slowest device in the stable, and least performant of the PS4/Xbox One era. The Xbox One S got a slight clock boost.
  • There's no mention in this article about abandoning the Kinect, but I do believe that was part of what Phil Spencer said today. Look, I get it about Kinect. I'm not worried about missing out on Fruit Ninja or Voice Commander. What I use almost all the time are Xbox voice commands. Xbox Turn Off! or Xbox Pause! are two frequently used commands. I haven't tried routing those through Google or Alexa, but when I tried it via Cortana, it was pretty delayed. When so many other set-top boxes are integrating voice commands, I have a hard time understanding why this isn't something that's being addressed. Let's face it, Xbox is a gaming platform and Phil Spencer is committed to making that the primary face of the machine. They 'learned their lesson' with Xbox One when they tried to make it a "Home Media" machine, but c'mon. It's got to be both. Xbox does a great job of walking and chewing gum at the same time. I wish they'd talk about how it's a great place for Apps and I'd wish they'd have some integration with a microphone or webcam that would let you issue voice commands.
  • I sorta agree. Given the push to create, I'm surprised they are backing off from a webcam mic set up, as far as we know. Given the popularity of streaming. They could do it, but not have motion control stuff. Just a camera, mic, and IR receiver.
  • Here we go again. This is the same s*** they did 2-3 years ago with the XB1X. And now it's been discontinued around 2.5 years after launching at $500. Who is to say that in 2 years this series X won't also be discontinued in 2-3 years when they launch a new console upgrade? Best place to play? Well, Spencer, "Best" is subjective. If he wants to talk pure power, it's on PC period. Those whose priority is power are and have been gaming on PC for decades. Whenever I see someone on these forums hyping XB1X for it's power, he was mostly gaming on XB1 previously. And he also happens to like or prefer MS/XB. I'm yet to see anyone who mostly games on PS4 then PS4 pro then XB1X. XB1 series X is the first major console in history that will have ZERO exclusives. All XB1 series X game will run on PC so logically no game will ever be the "best" (when it comes to power) on XB1 series X.
    I for one have zero reasons to ever buy that console because I already have hardware that can run all of it's games. Maybe not at the same resolution or frame rate but don't really care that's never really been my priority.
  • I don't care a hot for exclusives. I don't need Halo to only be on Xbox. Exclusivity is something that always seems odd to me. If it is Xbox or PC, pick your weapon. If it is on both, that's epic. Where I do have an issue is if one is on PS OR Xbox. That's a nightmare. Though I haven't seen anything that meant I had to have the other console.
  • It's simple really. If you already have a XB1 you wouldn't buy a new PS4 to play FIFA or COD that you can already play on the hardware you own. What could make you buy a PS4 are games that are not on XB1. A God of War or an Horizon ZD.
    Same thing with the series X. I don't need it because I already own hardware that will be able to play all its games. When you think of exclusives you should think of the amount of money that is invested by these company into gaming. Sony puts a lot of cash into making games. And the priority is more about quality games rather than just make a game that makes huge profits.
    They can afford to make games like Horizon ZD, GoW or spider-man which are games that don't depend on microtransactions and loot box, but are just there to make the console popular.
    Same thing with Nintendo and their first party games.
  • They are good at that.. personally, Spiderman doesn't appeal. Just looks like it plays like Batman, without a cape. God of War and Horizon look good, but not my cup of tea.
  • @peachy
    Well that's you then. Understand that people are different. And that there are loads of exclusives out there. I mean I've played and finished quite a few MS's games already this gen. Ori, QB, Sunset overdrive, Recore...
    My priority is games and I don't want to be limited in my choice. I had 2 XB 360 and 1 PS3.
    This gen PS4 and PC covered my needs. Since I already have a PC I'm good with the MS part of it...
  • To me that is why I hate exclusives. I wish they made games for all platforms with the ability to crossplay if you want to. It opens up the games to a broader community. The various concoles / platforms should be focused on the services, functionality etc as a point of difference. I want to buy a system because the ecosystem or functionality offers me something I want or like. I was going to get the Series X but decided to buy a PC instead to get the greater functionality.
  • So what, they should only focus on services and features and not invest money to make games?
    You need to understand that if these console makers didn't sell consoles they probably wouldn't be investing that much into making new games. You think Sony would invest so much and focus on making quality games if their priority was revenue through sales of the game only?
    The reason these games are made is to get people to their ecosystem. These games made by console makers (where the priority is quality) are actually brilliant for gamers. I can't wait for Google to invest massively in making new brilliant games. Games that never existed previously, games that are only made possible because Google invested massively on them. The question is not why can't exclusives be on all platform, but rather would these games even exist if they were not exclusives or if they weren't made to sell consoles.
  • I would be surprised if the head of ANY division would actively tell people that their competition is better. It's not like Phil Spencer is going to walk out on a stage and say "Hey everyone, all the games are going to play better on Playstation 5. Thank you and good night, enjoy the rest of the show!"