So Far The Best Thing About The Xbox Series X Is Rediscovering Old Games

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So Far The Best Thing About The Xbox Series X Is Rediscovering Old Games
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I’ve had an Xbox Series X for a few weeks now, and I love it. I could write poetry about the greatly improved controller, and of course everything from next gen games to ye olde games just look better.

While the thing I’m most excited about the future of this console is obviously what developers will be able to do with this processing power, and the creative and spectacular games that will no doubt materialise soon. What I’m loving most now is rediscovering old games in new ways.

Whereas playing a game like Forza Horizon 3, one of my favourite games of all time, used to require a proper session to truly enjoy, I’ve been finding that I can just pick it up and put it down as I have time. It was the loading screens before that made it feel like something that needed a chunk of time dedicated to it to be worth playing.

From the almost-minute to load it up (on the Xbox One X, longer on the Xbox One Classic), to the race load screens you could put your controller down and have a bite of a snack during, it was never a game that you could just pick up for five minutes and actually do something. Last night, though, while I was waiting for pasta to cook, I went from turning the console on to actively racing in less than a minute.

This is thanks to a few things:

The reduced loading time now means a race loads in (at my count) about three seconds. The game loads in about 10 seconds. The reduced loading time means there really are far fewer limits on how and what I play, and it’s been really interesting seeing how my habits change because of that. I’m now doing more actual races and less free play, because racing doesn’t feel like it’s wasting so much of my recreational play time. I never used to do races, now they’re almost all I do on the Xbox Series X.

The other thing is Quick Resume. It’s a feature that I’ve seen a lot of people poo poo on Twitter, and I can understand why it wouldn’t seem like a big deal until you’ve used it. But it genuinely is a game changer. A lot of people see it as just being something for indecisive gamers, and it’s great for that. I really enjoy doing a level in Tony Hawk, and then jumping into Forza to get a break from that, and then jumping over to NBA 2K21 for some career mode, without friction or pause.

But where Quick Resume shines is that I feel like it gives me more options of what to play when I’m feeling impatient and just want to play something now without loading. Before I’d feel limited to whatever I was playing last time. Now, being able to pick up where I left off in four games with only a few seconds of loading means I’m playing more genres, and playing more for fun than before.

Even though this pandemic means we’re not going to have as exciting a launch line-up for either console as was originally hoped, this experience has shown me that there are so many benefits to getting into next gen from day one. It’s not just about the new games (though, admittedly, that should be the focus), but the new consoles will change the way you see and approach your old favourites.

Comments

  • I’m with you on those two things, havent even got a 4k TV in the man cave but going to get a Series X so that I can spend more time gaming when I eventually get a chance to game!

    Can you pin a particular game to quick resume, or is it just the last three or so played?

  • Quick resume probably only “Really” works if you go all digital, I assume changing to another physical game will require you to swap discs. Or have they got a system in place where you don’t have to swap?

  • The real test is going to be firing up Anthem again and seeing if the new tech makes it more playable.

    Seriously though. When people see lacklustre exclusives and ask, “Why even get a launch console?” this shit is the answer. I’m playing the games that are out now, and I want them to play better.

  • Yeah back compatability and fast SSD is a great part of this generation.

    I actually don’t own the majority of the PS5 Collection they are giving away with plus, and I am pretty darn excited about playing those games – so many freaking amazing games

    For the new ones, I’ve pre-ordered Demon Souls, Miles Morales Delux (so I can get the exclusive spiderman remaster) and will likely buy Sackboys Adventure – not sure.

    Its crazy the amount of new games I’ll have to play, most of which are PS4!

    • I agree with all of the above. Its great watching a new generations cross over with the current generation. I still have so many games to play from this current gen and im super happy to be playing them with higher frame rates and resolutions. Even though we haven’t seen anyone have the chance to test the PS5 both new consoles seem to be a really good jump in power, exciting times. Now to just get my hands on them which im finding very difficult

  • I agree with all of the above. Its great watching a new generations cross over with the current generation. I still have so many games to play from this current gen and im super happy to be playing them with higher frame rates and resolutions. Even though we haven’t seen anyone have the chance to test the PS5 both new consoles seem to be a really good jump in power, exciting times. Now to just get my hands on them which im finding very difficult

  • I really want quick resume on PC! That seems to be the best feature from the new consoles. I’ve tried looking for it, and people say things like “just alt-tab”, but that really isn’t it.

    • Agreed. PCs are really lagging behind in innovation. The one thing I want PCs to start adopting is dynamic resolution. These consoles can do awesome stuff with mid-range hardware because they employ tricks like resolution scaling and quick-resume to optimize the hardware they have, where as PC gaming is seriously lacking in optimization, instead just relying on brute force and needlessly clunky ways of doing things.

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