Oh wow, would you believe it that instead of watching overseas media opening the Xbox Series X, you could see it over here on SA Gamer? We just got our hands on a very nice box from overseas and this one looks and smells so pretty. Ever seen a cardboard outer that is branded on the inside? Talk about fancy.
The box was definitely smaller than I expected, but that is probably because it is packed so cleverly with some serious shock absorbing foam to make sure your console arrives in one piece. It also took me a while to work out how to open the flap that lets you get at the goodies inside.
Thankfully, the sticky “Sellotape” that they use to close the box is really sturdy, reusable stuff that doesn’t try to rip the outside of the box away as you peel it off. It is such a small detail, but having your box look pristine just adds to the feeling that care and attention was paid when packaging the console.
On opening the box, besides all that sturdy foam to keep everything in place, there is a flap that opens to reveal all the various bits you need besides the console: an ultra-speed HDMI cable, a power cable, a user manual, one controller and two AA batteries to power it.
The controller feels really good, with some extra detailing on the back of the grips and the triggers, which should improve your grip on the controller and make sure you don’t drop it. The D-pad also feels a lot better than the Xbox One controller, but until we plug everything in and give it a good go, we won’t be able to say more about it.
Standing up the console reminds me of sci-fi, where a large, black monolith hides unknowable intelligence. I am hoping that the console isn’t actually sentient and planning to kill me or take over the planet, at least not until I work out where I will fit this form factor in my TV stand.
Here is a closer look at the back ports of the device.
It doesn’t show that well in the picture, but the top of the console is slightly concave, and the circles towards the middle are green, bringing in that hint of team green even when the device is off.
We plan to switch the device on soon, and will be able to talk about the software, playing games on it, the user interface and other thoughts on it next week. First thoughts are how now that I am seeing it in person, the shape is growing on me with its clean lines and understated detailing. Now to see how it handles a weekend of sweaty hands.