Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Consider Buying Xbox Series X

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Michael Wendom

Michael Wendom

Last updated:  2020-11-12 17:21:19

Microsoft made many mistakes with Xbox One, so it's no wonder that they're doing everything to make Xbox Series X a success. Even the most loyal PlayStation fans will admit that it's a fascinating console that does things differently. While we already said why you should skip the console, it's time to focus on positives. Here are the top 10 arguments why you should buy Xbox Series X!

10. Developer Mode

Activating the Dev Mode is very simple

Microsoft did the unthinkable when introducing the Developer Mode, allowing us to install and create homebrew software. This means you can make your games and apps for Xbox Series X/S and even sell them on Microsoft Store. While there are some limitations in allocating hardware resources, the freedom we have is still massive.

However, one tremendous benefit here is the emulation, as we can play tons of titles for the systems such as NeoGeo, N64, PlayStation 2, or GameCube. While the PS3 is still off-limits, the Series X should be powerful enough for such a task. Oh, and don't be afraid of the Developer Mode - enabling or disabling it is a straightforward process, so you can't mess things up.

9. Microsoft Has Loads of Money

Microsoft can have (almost) whatever it wants

Microsoft is bigger than Sony, and it can buy pretty much everything it wants. In 2020, the company proved that after purchasing ZeniMax Media, the owners of Bethesda Softworks. This means that MS is the owner of critical franchises such as Doom, Fallout, or The Elder Scrolls. Hence, they can now do whatever they want, including delaying games for PS5 or not releasing them at all.

Microsoft could pull similar moves anytime, so if you're buying a PS5, you can't be sure you'll be able to play new games from your favorite series. Sony made similar deals in the past, but it's doubtful they can pay 7.5 billion dollars as Microsoft did for ZeniMax Media. On the brighter side, Microsoft said that they may still release Bethesda games for other platforms. Oh, the irony of buying a Doom for the PS5 as the bulk of the money will go to Microsoft!

8. More Powerful Than PS5

Xbox Series X has notably faster CPU than PS5

Xbox One couldn't keep up with PS4, so Microsoft didn't allow the same to happen with Xbox Series X. The company did everything to ensure that the console has all the latest technology, as it offers more GPU and CPU power to developers. While the advantage over PS5 isn't enormous, it's significant enough for everyone to spot the difference. Plus, unlike PS5, it currently supports every major feature of the best gaming TVs and HDMI 2.1 input.

As third-party multi-platform releases are more dominant than ever, Sony is having a hard time hiding this. Still, we should all be reminded that the power of the console was never a deciding factor. We can all remember that the first Xbox was far ahead of PlayStation 2, but couldn't match its sales. Nonetheless, it's still a factor.

7. Much Cheaper Than the PC Equivalent

Gaming PC is way more expensive than Xbox Series X

Xbox Series X is a beast, and, incredibly, it was introduced for only $499. For this money, you're getting a system that's twice as fast as Xbox One X and has all the latest 2020 technology. Xbox Series X included 1 TB SSD drive, which is easily upgradeable, but the real star is the GPU. Powerful AMD architecture allows for smooth ray tracing even in 4K resolutions at 60 frames per second! Also, don't forget that Series X has an UltraHD Blu-ray drive.

Buying a PC equivalent in 2020 or 2021 would cost you much more, as you would spend $500 only to buy a decent GPU with similar ray tracing capabilities! Plus, don't forget that games on consoles are always better optimized.

6. Xbox Series X Gives More Bang for the Buck

Xbox Series X - more power than PS5 for the same price

Xbox Series X and PS5 had the same launch price at $499. However, there's no doubt that Xbox Series X is giving more for the same money. While Sony's console does have some advantages, like faster SSD, Series X beats it everywhere else. Microsoft's system has a faster CPU and GPU and a larger SSD storage. Plus, you can save money by using your Xbox One controllers.

Microsoft's only way to have such an attractive price is to lose money on every console sold, hoping that they'll recover by selling games and accessories. This is nothing revolutionary, but the company should be praised as they've created a fantastic deal for gamers.

5. Xbox All Access

Anyone can easily afford Xbox Series X with Xbox All Access program

As we've said, Xbox Series X provides more power than PS5 for the same money. However, that doesn't mean that everyone can afford $499 for a console. What Microsoft did was to create Xbox All Access, which is a leasing program. For $34.99/month, you'll get both a console and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate two-year subscription.

This comes with no interest rate, so it's more affordable to buy the console and subscription on leasing than to purchase everything straight. While Xbox All Access is available only in selected countries, it will still allow millions of gamers to own the console. Of course, Xbox Series S is also purchasable this way.

4. Smart Delivery

Play your Xbox Series X games on Xbox One or even PC for free!

Microsoft doesn't care how you want to play your games as long as it's on Xbox One, Xbox Series X, or Windows. Smart Delivery allows you to purchase a title for the Xbox One and then play it on Series X or Windows without additional cost.

Of course, that doesn't mean that you can stay forever on your Xbox One, as there will be more games that become exclusive to next-gen platforms. However, if the title comes for both Xbox One and Series X, you can be sure that you won't need to buy two copies!

3. Backward Compatibility

Xbox Series X enhances hundreds of Xbox 360 titles

As we've already mentioned, Xbox Series X supports Xbox One controllers, but the backward compatibility doesn't stop here! While Microsoft always cared about allowing you to play games from their earlier consoles, they've raised the bar with Series X. This means that the console lets you play selected Xbox and Xbox 360 games, together with every Xbox One title!

Plus, there are improvements! All Xbox and Xbox 360 titles benefit from higher resolutions, and there's even HDR support! As for Xbox One games, the situation is even better as they'll have improved frame rate, even compared to Xbox One X. Let's mention that Sony's system doesn't even support all PS4 games, let alone those for PS1-PS3.

2. Console Exclusives

Xbox Series X console exclusives are hard to resist

Microsoft doesn't believe in true exclusives, and that's the reason why all their first-party games are on PC too. However, console exclusivity stays! This means that PS5 owners won't ever play Gears of War, Halo, Forza Motorsport, Forza Horizon, Flight Simulator or any other new IP from Microsoft. While in theory, Sony can provide alternatives, they've failed to do so in the last couple of decades, so we doubt they'll do it now.

Xbox One didn't have many notable console exclusives, but as we've mentioned, Microsoft is buying more gaming studios, and the situation with Xbox Series X is already much better.

1. Xbox Game Pass

Xbox All Access will let you play the latest games, day one

The concept of renting games is back thanks to Xbox Game Pass. For $9.99/month, you'll be able to play hundreds of games without any restriction, as long as you are a subscriber. While we had similar services in the past, there are some key differences here. First, even AAA titles are available day one, including console exclusives. Second, EA Play is integrated into Game Pass and without additional cost!

If that still ain't enough for you, there's Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for $14.99. While you won't get more games, this offer includes cloud gaming on smartphones and an Xbox Live Gold subscription. Game Pass already has a massive subscriber base, and it's also available on Xbox One and Windows. For many gamers, that means saving a lot of money on traditional purchases, and PS5 can't match it.

There's so much to like about Xbox Series X. Microsoft is genuinely trying to please gamers with a powerful system and programs that allow everyone to get it. Even if your heart is still closer to Sony and PS5, the success of Xbox Series X may benefit everyone!

Do you plan to add Xbox Series X to your gaming collection, or have you already done so? What are your top reasons to buy Xbox Series X? Let's discuss this in our comments section!

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