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

Didn’t Cate Blanchett like squish it or something? One of you jokers must have seen the movies.

edit: thingy

My Series X theme is called X Calibre and it’s a Series X with a sword stuck through it like that. It’s a winner.

It was snuck over in endgame and is now back in the OG timeline.

No more 360 games added to Games with Gold after October.
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Because they will reach the limit? What?

Of what they’re able to give away for free, presumably.

I assume this means we’ll just get two free Xbone games per month, instead of 2 Xbone and 2 360.

XBLG doesn’t have long to live anyway.

So my sister is getting an XSX tomorrow and is currently a PC gamepass subscriber. Is it possible to do gold conversion trick with her subscription active?

“a shorter boot up animation (~4s) from the original boot up animation (~9s), helping to reduce the overall startup time.”

This is cool and all, but the old man in me laughs at the idea that having to wait 9 seconds to boot is a hardship.

You just gave me a bad flashback of waiting 20+ minutes for an EA game to load on my C64. Apparently it was mostly because of the copy protection on the disk.

The OG Xbox booted in under 25 seconds, back in 2001, just as a comparison point. At that time Windows computers booted-up MUCH slower. A fast booting prototype was actually what sold Bill Gates on selling the Xbox in the first place.

It would be disappointing if the logo were the actual limiting factor. Surely something is happening in parallel.

Could simply be optimisations since launch have further sped up the boot up time. So where the animation was the perfect length at launch to keep you distracted during boot, it’s now a bottleneck.

I’m sure that’s the case, seems unlikely they would artificially lengthen startup times just to show a longer animation.

A cold boot on the Series X feels pretty slow. I doubt it’s a full minute but it’s a lot longer than 9 seconds. If you don’t have power saving on I could imagine shortening the animation would save a material amount of time though.

I use power saving and I am already impressed with how quickly mine boots up, knocking off 5 seconds will make the darn thing feel instantaneous to me.

I only recently switched to having Power Saving mode, when they announced that background downloads worked in power saving mode. In the Instant-On mode, there was never an animation logo. The darn thing would just switch on, boom, almost instantaneous. No boot up animation at all. So no, the animation won’t make a difference in that mode.

I’m really impressed that the power save mode is going to be this short now.

It’s just a nice convenience that makes it even more worth using power saver mode instead of instant on mode.

Doesn’t feel super slow to me, 20-25s is about right.

Games with Gold for August:

I don’t see the video up yet, sorry @Rock8man. Will post when it’s up. Not the best month for me personally, I don’t know anything about Calico or Scourgebringer and I’ve owned Saints Row 2 and Monaco for years (though they’re both good games and totally worth playing if you haven’t).

edit: Looks like it’s worse than I thought, both Saint’s Row 2 and Monaco have already been GwG.