After over a year of official teases, naming, and plenty of performance details, Microsoft is on the cusp of launching their first proper new generation of the Xbox since the Xbox One launched in 2013. Set to be released on November 10, 2020. Microsoft is going all-out on their next-generation Xbox, and they have been gracious enough to send us one for review. Sadly, that review will have to wait until close to the 10th, but they are allowing some unboxing and photos today of the new hardware, which we thought we would share with you.

The new console is a somewhat radical departure from the previous generation, with Microsoft moving to a vertical tower design that's shaped, well, like a box. Dressed in a flat black finish, it should fit quite well in most TV setups, and hopefully blend into the background. Design is of course a subjective measure, but the Xbox team has stuck with an understated design. The console can be used either vertically or horizontally, but the asymmetrical Xbox logo on the power button will be pointed the wrong way if it is used on its side.

For the console's default standing position, the new Xbox features a round podium to keep it elevated, allowing more airflow into the device. And for horizontal use, there are four rubber feet on the one side. Unlike some previous gen Xbox models, there will be no accessories needed to change the orientation, which is nice to see.

The top of the Xbox Series X features a wide-open cooling grill, with some Xbox green highlighting that can be seen from the right angles. It looks pretty good. Cooling is also helped by some wide vents on the rear of the device. With 12 TF of performance, cooling was clearly one of the key design features, and there is plenty of room for airflow.

The console's dimensions are almost exactly a 1:2 ratio, with the short sides being 151 mm / 5.94 inches, and the long edge being 301 mm / 11.85 inches. Compared to the outgoing Xbox One X, it is much taller, as the former generation console was only 60 mm tall, but the square design means it takes up a very small footprint, despite having around 50% more volume than the Xbox One X. Though it does look a bit strange when laid out horizontally, since it is much shallower than you would expect a console to be.

With the new console comes a new revision of the Xbox controller. Comparatively, this updated controller has not changed much from the previous generation, and all of the previous-generation controllers will work with the new Xbox if you have a custom one you enjoy. The new design has some subtle changes, with more texture on the grips for better control, and an updated D-pad which now includes a full circle on the D-Pad which should improve usage. There is also a new share button in the center of the controller which lets you share game clips and screenshots more easily. The controller is still powered by two AA batteries, which are included, with Microsoft opting to keep selling the rechargeable kit as an optional accessory.

The console ships with a controller, batteries, a power cord, and a 6-foot high-speed HDMI cable in the box. There is no power brick, as the power supply is internal, so the power cord is the same standard connector as shipped with the Xbox One S and One X. The rear of the unit also features a couple of USB ports for connecting storage and accessories, as well as an Ethernet jack, and the new Storage Expansion port for adding additional NVMe SSD storage without having to dig into the console itself. Somewhat sadly, but also likely to not be missed, there is no longer an HDMI input port, unlike the Xbox One range.

We will have a much deeper review coming up, so check back soon. If there is anything you’d like to see tested, let us know in the comments.

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  • anat17 - Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - link

    Do you guys also get a PS5 box?
  • Ryan Smith - Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - link

    Unfortunately not. I have one on order for myself, but assuming that it even arrives on time, for obvious reasons I won't even get it until launch day.
  • alphasquadron - Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - link

    Wow, if you guys can't even get one, what chance do I have of getting a preorder. How am I supposed to celebrate Thanksgiving without a PS5. This is ridiculous.
  • krazyfrog - Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - link

    I'm afraid your family will have to eat a turkey instead of the PS5 this year.
  • Quantumz0d - Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - link

    No RTX 3080, 3090, 3070 reviews ? Why is this bullshit box being reviewed at AT ? DF shills for these stupid consoles to space. Just review the damn GPUs FFS and there has been a report of bug on HDMI 2.1 too, would have been much better if you guys cover that. This MSM garbage is plastered all over the internet. AT is not for this.
  • Teckk - Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - link

    Wow, relax there. Go read Ryan's article on the RTX cards, he mentions that reviews are on the way. Also, this & P5, both fall under tech stuff and people want to see them reviewed too. Just because you're not interested in it doesn't mean no one else is.
  • TheinsanegamerN - Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - link

    The "reviews" have been promised for weeks now. I get that Ryan was impacted by the fires, but this is the same blame game line that anandtech pulled years ago for the macbook reviews that never came out.

    At some point the phrase "shit or get off the pot" springs to mind. Of course Quantum is going way off the deep end in his response, but there is a real frustration with anandtech falling further behind on reviews while plastering "deals" and " articles' that would look at home on WCCFtech
  • Teckk - Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - link

    Fair enough.
    One more thing though, they're (with other reviewers) under embargo in terms of what they can show for the Xbox. The full reveal will have to wait until Microsoft says it is OK to do so and yeah until then it's gonna be only pictures.
  • eek2121 - Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - link

    People are attacking you, but you are honestly telling the truth (though you could have worded it a bit better).

    AnandTech has been going downhill for years. We have their parent company to blame for that. I do hope Ian, Ryan, and the others find a way to get out from under this problem soon.
  • ahtoh - Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - link

    what other review sites would you recommend?

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