Xbox Series X - The next Xbox that's boxy but sexy xXx

Can’t you restore your yahoo account?

You can make a second Xbox account and use that. Both will have access to everything you own on your primary Xbox.

My brother-in-law did get an Xbox Series S after all.

Someone remind me, are the Xbox Series S/X controllers significantly different from the Xbox One controllers?

He has several Xbox One controllers already, trying to determine if it would be a meaningful gift to get him another Series controller, or if it’s basically not an upgrade from the One.

No, they’re very close and the old controllers will work fine. Obviously the console does come with one new gamepad.

This does not apply to the PS5.

Mine can’t play blu rays properly. I pop in the disc and the video will stutter at time and the screen goes completely black for a few seconds at a time. Very weird. I haven’t tried any other video apps on it yet.

I still have the old Xbox One plugged so I used that to watch a movie last night. Kind of frustrating.

UPDATE: Also applies to 4k games. My son was playing Fortnite and the same black screen stuttering was happening.

Is that a HDMI 2.1 issue?

Just make sure that he uses Settings>Devices to make sure the gamepads are up to date on firmware. You can update through the settings menu if you need to.

The differences between Xbox One and Xbox Series controllers is minimal. They tweaked the sizes just a tad on the bumpers to improve ergo for smaller hands. The texture is a bit different on the bottom. The D-pad is more of the Elite Style controller. And there’s a Share button, which isn’t critical. But everything is compatible. I can take my gamepad keyboard and pop it in, fine.

I’ve had my screen go black on me twice today. Unplugging and re-plugging the HDMI cable fixed it. My thought is that my heavy duty HDMI 2.1 cable is working itself loose.

The other possibility is something is borderline unable to handle the signal. If you lose picture when a cut happens that’s often a sign of this.

I have a friend who is also dealing with video cutting out… He was going to troubleshoot later this week… But it is concerning to hear multiple folks with the issue

Some things I’ve tried:

  • Removing all other HDMI inputs
  • Switching HDMI ports
  • Resetting my TVs display settings
  • Forcing the HDMI port to HDMI 2.0 from Auto Detect in TV settings (this seemed to help some)

I honestly thought the last thing fixed it, until I tried to watch Prime Video last night and the screen flicker happened again.

Very frustrating, especially considering how this Xbox doesn’t have any games yet. Why not just keep using the old one, which works perfectly, and get a refund on this one?

Did you try just switching the cable to a different cable?

I used the one that came with the Series X why should I have to switch it?

Could just be a faulty cable. What you’re describing sounds very similar to a longstanding issue I had that ended up being the result of a HDMI cable that wasn’t quite right.

Interesting that it’s happening with Bluray and 4K games. May be that when the bandwidth starts getting pushed the problem exhibits?

Maybe. I played River City Girls last night and it was fine the whole time. That’s not a 4k game (but it is a glorious game).

I’ll try a new cable. I have the Xbox One X cable still, and that did 4k perfectly.

This is how you troubleshoot.

Lunch time, I just checked the cables. The one on the One X says “HDMI High Speed” on it, and the one that came with the Series X says “HDMI Ultra High Speed” on it. I wonder if it’s my tv then?

This is annoying. If I wanted to deal with this bullshit I’d be a PC gamer :P

High Speed is 18 Gbps vs. 48 Gbps for ultra high speed, you may need the latter to test.

Sorry you’re having to deal with the hassle. Thankfully cables are a relatively cheap and easy component to test.

Ignore the headline specificity.

Yeah, that headline sucks.

I don’t need that cable because I have a 12-year old 1080p Plasma TV. You only need that cable to take advantage of 120Hz and HDR.

Dumb headline for sure but they have a brief bullet point list of what differentiates the different HDMI cable standards and was the first thing I found via Google. :)

This is my TV, and it allegedly supports things the Xbox says it doesn’t support, like 50Hz 4K
64.5" TCL 65S405 - Specifications (displayspecifications.com)

I found a setting in the Xbox called Enabled YCC 4:2:2 and turned it on because it said it “may help with display issues”. Playing a movie while I work to see if it keeps flickering.