Xbox Series X

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Salam to all PG members today I bring you the Xbox series X it’s been a year since I posted anything COVID-19 has been the reason all along I had the whole year to spend with my family which is a plus also I had the opportunity to stay home not for days or weeks but for months first the only thing I had with me was a Nintendo switch (was easy to carry during flight as I was on a 20 days holiday) then Last of us 2 happened and I couldn’t wait and bought a second PS4 Pro everything was nice and well but apart from first party polished 4K 30 fps games(Ghost of Tsushima, Last of us 2) games like RDR2 would stutter, if the games were 60 fps like MK 11 Ultimate or Crash 4 then they would play in 1080p I just couldn’t take it any longer and was itching for an upgrade one of the reasons is that my gaming PC is in Beijing and sitting idle for a year now……I am getting a RTX30 series laptop next I am done with desktops.






XBOX:



I was an avid XBOX 360 user back in the day I even bought three of those over the generation it was splendid then the previous gen Microsoft started focusing on PC alongside the XBOX so I played all the exclusives like forza 3,4 horizon and gears of war 5 on my gaming PC there was little to no reason to pick up xbox one or x fast forward to 2020 there are plenty of reasons to get one as I am without a PC it’s a water cooled rig sitting idle I don’t know what kind of working condition it would be in when I get back don’t know exactly when I am going back there’s at least a month left if everything goes smooth plus the game pass which gives you around 200 games to choose from most of them are only available on a console so there is that.



Game Pass:



This is where Sony is facing tough competition the Game pass library is huge with hard hitting AAA titles and plenty of them to choose from its 15$ a month but considering the features it offers I think it’s a steal. As part of a promotion I got 3 months of Game Pass Ultimate for a single $ my next deduction is in April now I couldn’t be happier to be honest. This is the reason I picked up an XBOX because if it wasn’t for game pass I would only have 5 games to play from my library of owned games.



Design:



Series X looks great in person its minimalistic compact and dense. I get a feeling of having a very well-engineered mini itx PC it easy to blend in your entertainment center it’s not a conversation starter like a PS5 but I think it looks quite alright just focuses on what it’s supposed to do.



Controller:



Do you remember the time when Microsoft burned 100$ million to try and improve the 360 controller yet ended up having slight improvements and made the Xbox one controller? They learned a lesson and told themselves to not fix what's not broken its nothing extraordinary its the same thing as before with slight design tweaks here and there I love the gripping texture around the back plus the triggers it feels light and clicky but I would say my elite controller still feels better.



Sony went all out with dual sense and that's the way it should've been all across the board next gen haptics and what not it even had Microsoft conducting a survey whether we would like to see such features on the Xbox (yes its copying but gamers win if it happens so it’s alright) so maybe there's an elite controller plus coming in the future?



4K 120fps:



Now this is a dream territory they are printing 8K and 4K 120 fps on boxes I couldn't be bothered by that all I want is 4K 60fps that's it my TV doesn't support 120fps and I am not buying a new one for years to come by the time 8k becomes a norm these consoles would be considered ancient. Yes there are a couple of games that can do 4k 120fps yes going from 60hz to 100hz on my acer x34 was game changing but you need a beefier system to that not 12TFLOPS. Microsoft and Sony need to implement something like Nvidia DLSS in this generation to really pull 4K 60 fps across the board not like Ubisoft 4k30 with medium ray tracing in watchdogs.



PS5 vs Xbox:




PS5 would’ve made much more sense for me personally as my whole gaming library is on PSN and for PC its scattered across steam, origin and Uplay I only have a couple of super exclusives in my Microsoft store predominantly Gears of war and Forza titles but it’s the stupid pricing and insane non-availability that is keeping it from happening.



Sony has a true next gen controller plus good exclusives like demon souls and miles morales plus more on the way Xbox lacks this but they make up with their game pass and might counter dual sense with elite sense. Competition is always good for consumers so I want everyone to go above and beyond to deliver even Nintendo is thinking 4K at the moment but I want 4K 60 period RTX 3090 has made it possible on PC but the card alone is worth all the consoles put together (retail prices).



My games library for Xbox and PlayStation.






It just shows the numbers wish there was a way to get a list of games and a profile page like steam



My decision:



I picked up Xbox due to availability and price if PS5 was also available at Xbox price I would buy that instead as it would give a much needed boost to my PlayStation library of games I could play in 60 fps or 30 with better performance (RDR2) plus with gaming PC Xbox makes a little less sense I will definitely buy a PlayStation 5 down the road a few months later when its available and prices are close to retail the latest best price I got was 165K on January 6th and I couldn't bear to waste 65-75K thinking what the prices would be like in June plus with Xbox there is no need of buying games because of game pass so I am good.



The only physical game I have is Cyberbug 2077 which could've been a game of the decade instead its now the bug fest and disappointment of the decade good job CD project RED.



Conclusion:



I think there's no need for being a fan boy just enjoy whatever you have and if you want it all then buy all three systems like I am scratching the ps5 itch with ps4 pro which has just about all the games. If you have a good gaming PC then its okay to skip Xbox but it still might have it's perks for example more games, ease of use, portability etcetera.



If you don't want to spend big on gaming or don't want to own all the systems then buy whatever your friends have or the exclusives you like plus your previous games library matters a lot as well due to excellent backwards compatibility.



That's all guys feel free to comment below



Jazzak Allah



(I am uploading a link to images as PG doesn’t support tapatalk anymore I am unable to put images in order like I used to before so there’s that)
 

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i got the ps5 was about the get the new xbox but where are the AAA titles for the next gen consoles - like coming from a ps4 pro , i see a lot of performance gains and good visuals and smooth game play on the ps5 but ms should have released some new AAA titles for the next gen .

i might get the xbox series - x regardless but is it worth it ...
 

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i got the ps5 was about the get the new xbox but where are the AAA titles for the next gen consoles - like coming from a ps4 pro , i see a lot of performance gains and good visuals and smooth game play on the ps5 but ms should have released some new AAA titles for the next gen .

i might get the xbox series - x regardless but is it worth it ...
Hi there congrats for getting the PS5 I was at the brink of buying it on 6th January 2021 a day before I bought my xbox but the lowest price I got was 165K there was a guy who had imported it from Dubai and he was selling it near PWD anyways I just couldn't bring my self to paying that much of a premium I still have a ps4 pro which I occasionally use for MK 11 ultimate and crash 4 so my take is get a PS5 if the price is reasonable to you.

Now back to your question I think series X was very well worth it especially because of game pass ultimate for which I paid 1$ for first three months then its 15$ a month going forward and I was able to play Nier Automata, Medium, man of maiden, gears 5 hive busters, Halo master chief collection just to name a few not to mention EA play is available with it as well now. Plus there was forza horizon 4 which I missed dearly and wanted to get back to it. There is a quick resume feature which I love dearly now I can leave a game in the middle without worrying about saving it or waiting for a checkpoint turn off the xbox and pick it up wherever I left it. The specs are also good enough some games are taking advantage of the extra power compared to PS5 so I think its a good buy.

Top reasons for xbox over ps5:

Game Pass Ultimate
Quick Resume
First party MS games
Lack of gaming PC

I will get the PS5 when the price is near retail I absolutely have to because I want to play Days gone, Ghost of Tsushima and GOW again in 4k 60FPS, Miles morales in RT 4k60 but till then PS4 Pro is pulling its weight there’s no rush as I can still play these games in 30fps if I really want to.
 

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well you are right about the games but again - how the prices have gone down and there is next to no sale of the new xbox here atleast - very very low - plus no AAA titles - lets see what MS comes up with in its gaming ring .
 

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Hi there congrats for getting the PS5 I was at the brink of buying it on 6th January 2021 a day before I bought my xbox but the lowest price I got was 165K there was a guy who had imported it from Dubai and he was selling it near PWD anyways I just couldn't bring my self to paying that much of a premium I still have a ps4 pro which I occasionally use for MK 11 ultimate and crash 4 so my take is get a PS5 if the price is reasonable to you.

Now back to your question I think series X was very well worth it especially because of game pass ultimate for which I paid 1$ for first three months then its 15$ a month going forward and I was able to play Nier Automata, Medium, man of maiden, gears 5 hive busters, Halo master chief collection just to name a few not to mention EA play is available with it as well now. Plus there was forza horizon 4 which I missed dearly and wanted to get back to it. There is a quick resume feature which I love dearly now I can leave a game in the middle without worrying about saving it or waiting for a checkpoint turn off the xbox and pick it up wherever I left it. The specs are also good enough some games are taking advantage of the extra power compared to PS5 so I think its a good buy.

Top reasons for xbox over ps5:

Game Pass Ultimate
Quick Resume
First party MS games
Lack of gaming PC

I will get the PS5 when the price is near retail I absolutely have to because I want to play Days gone, Ghost of Tsushima and GOW again in 4k 60FPS, Miles morales in RT 4k60 but till then PS4 Pro is pulling its weight there’s no rush as I can still play these games in 30fps if I really want to.
yeah i got the ps5 for 165k - traded in the ps4 pro 1tb and the final price came down to 120k so not a bad option sold some old ps4 games and got new ps5 titles .
 

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Have sold a few of the both generation consoles. Love the Xbox design at the moment and it's reminds me of mini pc.
 

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well you are right about the games but again - how the prices have gone down and there is next to no sale of the new xbox here atleast - very very low - plus no AAA titles - lets see what MS comes up with in its gaming ring .
Yeah I think as for the console the price is still 120k it hasn't moved much since the launch @120k but games are still a question...only exclusive was the medium which was good especially considering it is a game pass title later on there will be flight simulator on series x as well which I am really looking forward to...

I think trading ps4 pro with ps5 is the way to go I will definitely get my ps5 when I get back to China been on holidays for a year now lolz Xbox is easy to carry in a suitcase compared to a ps5 and a ps5+Xbox is not an option anymore however if it comes down to 120k mark(not likely) I might just get one here and sell it off before flight.

Dirt 5 is coming to game pass as well so there's value there if you go digital for physical copies xbox's market is pretty bad here for physical copies PlayStation is King
 

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Have sold a few of the both generation consoles. Love the Xbox design at the moment and it's reminds me of mini pc.
You're right it has a great minimalist mini itx design nothing to write home about but very functional and dead silent.....my first console in all these years which I prefer to keep in vertical position
 

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Xbox Game Pass isn't available in Pakistan, you can't subscribe to that with a Pakistani bank account or credit card. The redeem codes work, I got one with the purchase of 3900X and it worked for 3 months, but won't take subscription and it doesn't work via Xbox gift card currency already in your account, needs an active bank account/card.

Did you get it to work beyond the free period?
 

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Xbox Game Pass isn't available in Pakistan, you can't subscribe to that with a Pakistani bank account or credit card. The redeem codes work, I got one with the purchase of 3900X and it worked for 3 months, but won't take subscription and it doesn't work via Xbox gift card currency already in your account, needs an active bank account/card.

Did you get it to work beyond the free period?
Well I was able to subscribe this one with the current wallet balance and there was a promotion back in the day when they launched it on PC I paid 5$ a month for it....my current subscription is till 7th April and then money will be deducted from the wallet after that so I think it ll work but getting 3 month redeem codes is also a good option just ask some relative living abroad to buy them off eBay and you're sorted.
 

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my current subscription is till 7th April and then money will be deducted from the wallet after that so I think it ll work
Subscription doesn't work off of wallet alone, it asks for a credit card linked to the account. I linked my Pakistani Card and it said Game Pass isn't available in Pakistan. They need card coz different regions have different prices for Game Pass and not all countries are supported. It didn't work for me after the 3 months free period, let me know after April if it works.
 

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Subscription doesn't work off of wallet alone, it asks for a credit card linked to the account. I linked my Pakistani Card and it said Game Pass isn't available in Pakistan. They need card coz different regions have different prices for Game Pass and not all countries are supported. It didn't work for me after the 3 months free period, let me know after April if it works.
sure I will keep you in the loop I haven’t attached a credit card to my account as well as a matter of fact I dont even have one not in Pakistan or abroad and I was able to subscribe easily in the past and even now there was once credit card issue on playstation store there was EA play deal of 1$ a month and I couldn’t get it no matter what because there was no credit card linked to my card.

Both my accounts are USA region due to readily available of funds in the form of prepaid cards what about you? What’s the region of your account ?
 

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Both my accounts are USA region due to readily available of funds in the form of prepaid cards what about you? What’s the region of your account ?
Yeah same, US account, made it when I was there, had my US bank and cards linked to it, worked thru all the Xbox Live days of 360 era. US store has better prices, more sales n deals, so I kept the same when I came back here.
 

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You're right it has a great minimalist mini itx design nothing to write home about but very functional and dead silent.....my first console in all these years which I prefer to keep in vertical position
Plus the best part I like that most of the covers fit on it to keep it away from the dust.
Xbox has been always my favorite, just the last generation kept me down
 

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Plus the best part I like that most of the covers fit on it to keep it away from the dust.
Xbox has been always my favorite, just the last generation kept me down
Hmmmmm yeah that's an interesting thought do you mind sharing a link for a dust cover for series x and ps4 pro?

I just dusted mine off yesterday after a month of use and there was plenty of it in and around
 

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Congrats man. From where and for how much you got it for?
Thanks I got it from a local seller in ISB for around 120K with cyberpunk included which made it a sweet deal(I haven't played it yet though). A month ago console only was somewhere around 120-125K depending upon the size and location of the shop lol
 
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u can get the new console for as low as even 115k now as there is no demand for it - u have ot just bargain ., prices of ps5 have gone down as well u can easily get oen for 160k or low provided you can bargain .
 

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u can get the new console for as low as even 115k now as there is no demand for it - u have ot just bargain ., prices of ps5 have gone down as well u can easily get oen for 160k or low provided you can bargain .
Yeah that's right each month prices will go down by 5-10K till they normalise around 90K-95K mark for new and below for preowned and sure the demand for Xbox is low in comparison to ps5 that's why there's still a 40K gap between the prices and its like this around the world not just in Pakistan which why it was a more attractive deal for me in the first place....PS4 pro is still doing fine and plays everything I just had to get back into Forza Horizon 4 lol
 
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