Xbox Series X, Series X unboxing: First look at Microsoft's next-gen consoles

Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S
Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S (Image credit: Matt Brown | Windows Central)

Microsoft launches Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S on November 10, kicking off its next generation with twin consoles, establishing foundations for years to come. The Xbox Series X remains the flagship, pushing the best from AMD's latest CPU and GPU architectures, while Xbox Series S translates much of the same into a shrunk down, affordable package. And with only weeks until both hit living rooms across the globe, our hands-on unboxing provides an early look at the final devices.

While we're holding our first impressions on both consoles for a later date, the out-of-box experience provides a glimpse into what you can expect from launch day. These retail units further reinforce Microsoft's mantra headed into the holiday, split between a premium Xbox Series X focused on delivering a leading gaming experience and Xbox Series S keeping costs low with some next-gen features.

Our full Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S unboxing is now live on YouTube, with Windows Central's Miles Dompier and myself walking through the treats inside the box, plus some quick first impressions on the hardware.

Comparing Xbox Series X to Xbox Series S, it's immediately apparent how each console has been tailored to different audiences. The Xbox Series X is undeniably premium, wrapped in all-black packaging. The device is hefty and towers high, with Microsoft talking ambitious 4K, 60Hz targets, and support up to 120Hz. While we previously rounded up some early hands-on impressions, we'll have more to share in the final review.

The Xbox Series S also brings a lot for its audience, with a small footprint packing a portion of the power seen with its sister console. It's designed for Xbox owners gaming below 4K resolution while trimming features like the disc drive and even adopting cheaper, all-cardboard packaging. And it's surprisingly small, even after seeing the renders online, easily lifted with one hand, and ideal for traveling.

Our Senior Editor Zac Bowden has also dropped a live unboxing for the flagship console for a broad overview of the Xbox Series X. Talking through what comes inside the box, it's the perfect way to pass the time until your preorder arrives on your doorstep.

And if you have any questions about Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S, make sure to leave them down below, and we'll try to answer them in the full review.

Matt Brown

Matt Brown was formerly a Windows Central's Senior Editor, Xbox & PC, at Future. Following over seven years of professional consumer technology and gaming coverage, he’s focused on the world of Microsoft's gaming efforts. You can follow him on Twitter @mattjbrown.