Patch Notes: The New Xbox, The Game Awards Winners & New Games

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Welcome back to another Patch Notes, the place where I grab a few news stories that interest me, recap them and offer up some thoughts! It’s been a busy few weeks, so in this Patch Notes I’m talking about the brand new Xbox Series X, The Game Awards, new game announcements and more.

Microsoft Reveal The Xbox Series X, Their Next-gen Console

In a rather nice surprise Microsoft opted to reveal their brand new console during the Game Awards. While we’ve all known it to be Project Scarlett, Microsoft announced that the next-gen Xbox is going to be officially known as the Xbox Series X, a name which implies there will be other variations of the console, perhaps like a cheaper Series S.

As for the Series X it looks like…er, a PC tower, actually. The design kind of makes me think of the monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey, and if I’m entirely honest I…I…actually have no opinion on it. Serious, I mean it. It’s just a tower. There’s very little to say about it or anything to base an opinion off of. Above all else I’m curious to get some actual dimensions on it because the brief trailer doesn’t provide a great sense of its size.

Perhaps the best piece of news, at least to me, was that the Series X will be completely backwards compatible. “you can expect your gaming legacy, thousands of your favorite games across four generations of gaming, all your Xbox One gaming accessories, and industry-leading services like Xbox Game Pass to be available at launch.”

“Building on our compatibility promise, with Xbox Series X we’re also investing in consumer-friendly pathways to game ownership across generations. Leading the way with our first-party titles including Halo Infinite in 2020, we’re committed to ensuring that games from Xbox Game Studios support cross-generation entitlements and that your Achievements and game saves are shared across devices.”

Microsoft also took the time to flex their newly acquired developer muscle by mentioning that all fifteen of their studios are currently working on exclusive games for the new generation of Xbox. Of course, these days the term exclusive doesn’t have quite the same meaning as many of Microsoft’s titles have come to PC via Gamespass and even Steam.