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Did you buy an Xbox Series X or S? 10 tips for getting to know the consoles

If you've now purchased or plan to buy soon, learn tips and care about the new Xbox Series X and Series S

Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S are Microsoft video game consoles that have succeeded the Xbox One on the market. The devices have similarities and work very closely, differing only by the processing power and quality of the graphics. Bought one of them and want to know what to do first and other tips? Follow below:

What changes in power?

As has been said in some opportunities, the two consoles differ greatly in terms of graphics power. The biggest difference is in the Teraflops – 12 for the Series X and 4 for the Series S.

The big numerical difference represents much better graphics in the Series X, but the Series S is not left behind because it has similar architecture, called the Xbox Velocity, and SSD storage, which allows you to run games with high speed.

What games are available?

The two consoles share the same game library. What spins on one, spins on the other. Plus, any game you run on Xbox One, whether it’s your own Xbox One, Xbox 360, or the original Xbox, also works on new devices.

Xbox Series X has disc input and works with any compatible game. Xbox Series S is digital only and doesn’t work with physical media.

Virtually any Xbox One game works on new devices (Image: Microsoft)

If you’re migrating from an Xbox One to one of the new ones, you can transfer content from one to the other via local network. The console’s own initial configuration guides you through the procedure.

Xbox Live account

Xbox consoles today only work if the user has an Xbox Live account, it’s mandatory.

You don’t always need to be online to play, but the user’s account needs to exist and it’s free to create. Just register with some email or even use a Microsoft email such as Outlook.

Xbox Live Gold or Game Pass?

Xbox Live Gold and Game Pass are two very different things, but that are complete. The ideal is to sign both.

Xbox Live Gold lets you play online with others, in games like Call of Duty, Halo, Gears of War and more. In addition, monthly, it is possible to download between 4 and 5 free games.

Xbox Game Pass (Image: Microsoft/Disclosure)

Game Pass is a catalog that lets you download over 100 free games without limits, but that does not release online multiplayer.

However, Game Pass Ultimate is a mode that includes Game Pass and Xbox Live Gold in a single subscription. This is the most suitable model for anyone who has an Xbox, whether Series X or S. The price is $ 44.99 per month.

Old controls

Anyone who has an old Xbox One controller at home can use it without any problem on Xbox Series X or Series S.

The only difference is that the old control doesn’t have the Share button, which shares videos and screenshots, and is slightly larger and heavier.

All operation and connection is the same. Including the use of batteries.

Rechargeable batteries

And speaking of batteries: they are usually a problem, because they run out fast. The ideal is to use “Alkaline” batteries, which last just over 20 days, depending on how much control is used in the video game.

Rechargeable batteries are good because they prevent the user from buying more batteries at all times, but give preference to rechargeable alkaline, to avoid constant exchanges.

What doesn’t work?

Xbox Series X and Series S are not compatible with Kinect in any way.

Xbox One Kinect is dead and buried (Image: Microsoft/Disclosure)

Kinect was no longer natively compatible with the latest Xbox One models – you had to use an adapter. Now, on the new consoles, this possibility has been extinguished.

Care to be taken

Avoid placing consoles on carpets or surfaces that are very hot. Marble is a good material to leave the consoles, since it does not accumulate heat.

Under no circumstances leave the consoles inside cabinets or in tight spaces. Ideally, they have 10 centimeters to “breathe” in their air vents – it avoids possible overheating.

Also try to keep the consoles plugged into a quality outlet or extension. It is not necessary to use stabilizer, but keep in mind that they are devices that make heavy use of energy.

What about streaming?

Basically, everything that already existed streaming on Xbox One also exists on xbox series X and series S.

Read: Xbox Series X and S will have Netflix, Crunchyroll and more at launch.

Netflix, YouTube, HBO Go, Telecine, Crunchyroll, Amazon Prime Video, Spotify, Deezer, among others.

Netflix and Crunchyroll are Xbox Series X and Series S apps (Image: Crunchyroll)

For the future it is promised that Disney+ and Apple TV will also be released on the platforms.

It is also worth remembering that the Xbox Series X has input for discs and is compatible with DVD and Blu-ray. You can watch your movies and series at home on your device.


Those who find little can increase storage for the Xbox Series X and Series S.

There is the option to use an external HD to only save some games, but Microsoft still sells a 1TB SSD memory card in the U.S.

Xbox Series X and S extra memory (Image: Microsoft/Disclosure

The card has proprietary format and is connected to the back of the consoles. In the U.S. it costs about $220.

George Philiphttps://www.betechwise.com
George is a technology content writer with few years of experience. Specialized in mobile devices, personal computers and consumer technology, as well as software and applications. He explains all technological concepts so that users with less knowledge can understand it. If not writing, you may find him engrossed playing action games on his smartphone. Just so you know, he loves Xiaomi products alot. You may contact him via his email - [email protected]


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