Jump to content

Xbox Series X | S


djbhammer
 Share

Recommended Posts

22 hours ago, thesnwmn said:

Question on cloud syncing... Is it part amazing and part really annoying.

 

I've got an X and an S and find it's tricky to move from playing a game on one to the other because half the time the other console will end up syncing and earlier save state.

 

Is there a way to force upload the save I'm missing? It seems like an obvious requirement. Basically playing in bed in the morning. Quit. Force upload. Then start up later in the lounge.


Do you have the consoles in instant on mode? If not and you close the console before it has had time to sync it’ll not be there - with instant on they’ll still upload to cloud after you’ve shut down.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

32 minutes ago, TehStu said:

I'm erring towards my original plan of a giant spinning rust drive to compliment the XSX. Looking at some WD_black drives, the 2.5" external has a peak read of 140MB/s (5TB) and a 3.5" with active cooling peaking at 250MB/s (8-12TB). Is this just the difference between 5400 and 7200rpm? I'm guessing the internal drive on the XB1 is 5400 and so load times for non-VA older titles will be a whisker faster, or about the same? I think this is fine and, honestly, it would be nice not to have to think about deleting stuff. One of my major constraints is my damn monthly data cap, and getting a big HDD is cheaper than bumping my data cap up. Also, my kids bounce off a lot of Game Pass titles but then go back to them later, and keeping those around on blazing storage doesn't make sense. 

 

I assume you don't see a proper difference until you go at least SSD (~900MB/s) but an external 1TB is a decent chunk of the official 1TB drive and so the value proposition feels less.

 

I have an 8 year old 3TB external drive. I downloaded loads of games onto it over a week. If I want to play I just move it from external to internal and it takes ten minutes. Best and cheapest option. 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Yeah, I've got my eye on either that 5TB 2.5" model, or the lowest 3.5" which would be 8TB. Sounds like if there are modest gains on a bog standard external drive, there may be a whisker more with the 7200 drive.

 

Appreciate the advice! 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

20 minutes ago, Yoshimax said:


Do you have the consoles in instant on mode? If not and you close the console before it has had time to sync it’ll not be there - with instant on they’ll still upload to cloud after you’ve shut down.

 

I think they're both in instant on but will check.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

17 minutes ago, TehStu said:

Yeah, I've got my eye on either that 5TB 2.5" model, or the lowest 3.5" which would be 8TB. Sounds like if there are modest gains on a bog standard external drive, there may be a whisker more with the 7200 drive.

 

Appreciate the advice! 

If it’s a permanent attachment get a 3.5” drive. The usb3.0 bus is faster than the spinning rust can move and you’ll get much more capacity. 
 

I have 2.5” rusty drive attached and it’s fast enough but freaked out the wife one evening when it span up out of the blue. 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

58 minutes ago, TehStu said:

Yeah, I've got my eye on either that 5TB 2.5" model, or the lowest 3.5" which would be 8TB. Sounds like if there are modest gains on a bog standard external drive, there may be a whisker more with the 7200 drive.

 

Appreciate the advice! 

The Seagate are alway on offer on HotUKDeals. I think 4tb is 80 so massively cheaper than the ssd stick thing. Games run much faster off it due to the better cpu i imagine. 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

3 hours ago, TehStu said:

I'm erring towards my original plan of a giant spinning rust drive to compliment the XSX. Looking at some WD_black drives, the 2.5" external has a peak read of 140MB/s (5TB) and a 3.5" with active cooling peaking at 250MB/s (8-12TB).

 

If the WD drive you're looking at is one of the WD D10s (which as far as I can see are the only active cooling 8-12TB ones they do) then personally I'd advise against going for one. Price per TB they are great (when on sale) but that I'm afraid is about it!! The one I had was crazy loud (like waaaaaay beyond that of any HD I've ever had) which I've also read others reporting and the performance was no better than that of a (nice and quiet) Seagate 5400 that I had. I detailed my findings over on Hot UK deals as from time to time pop up on there. Here's a link to it in which you'll see that others also found them unberably loud:

 

https://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/wd-black-d10-game-drive-for-xbox-12tb-7200rpm-with-active-cooling-ps22567-delivered-uk-mainland-at-amazon-spain-3782061

 

And here's what I put in case for some reason link doesn't work or the post / thread goes missing:

 

Spoiler

 

pow2622/08/2021 19:56

Noisy as hell. Mines going back tomorrow.


DaRockwilder122/08/2021 21:11

As others say it is very noisy, need to unplug it when not in use.

 

Womble9

 

They're a crazy loud drive aren't they!!

I bought one and put my thoughts / findings of it up on here in January:

"It's certainly a very good price per TB but please take a look at the reviews / take a read of my personal experience with one of these before taking the plunge!!

I bought one in the BF sales (£185 IIRR) which I kept set to one side for when I finally got and then set up my Series X. When all that came together (probably about 2-3 weeks ago) straight away I was more than a bit "whoa" re the noises it made. Not only were the noises way louder than that of any HD that I've had before (internal or external) but it was also grinding, clunking and pinging away even when the X wasn't running and that was with everything updated!?! I tried sitting it on foam (that helped a bit as some of the noises / vibrations were resonating through the shelf) laying it flat or standing it vertically (it has feet and a stand for the former / latter) and even using a much longer cable to pop it further away from me under my sofa and nothing brought it down to levels that weren't still easily noticeable / annoying to me.

I then ran a few back to back game loading tests with it against a Seagate 6TB drive (so 7200WD vs 5400SG) and the Series Xs own internal to see whether there was such a difference that meant I should persevere with silencing attempts. I took a look on my Seagate external at my games file sizes and I had more in that were 10-20GB than any other size so I picked Crackdown 3 (15GB) as my test game and here are the results of 3 x CD3 loadings from each drive:


Series X internal
1) 24:23
2) 30:38
3) 29:21
Total 01:23.82 (freaky fast first load gives it the win, tried 4/5 times again and couldn't get it to repeat it! That said it did do the time so it's in here, just don't count on it doing it again!!)

Seagate 6TB
1) 30:51
2) 30:45
3) 31:51
Total 01:32.47

WD 12TB
1) 33:55
2) 30:92
3) 29:95
Total 01:34.02

TLDR. Good value per TB but be aware that it's by far the loudest HD I've ever owned to the point of having to return it. Many other Amazon reviews also mention as to how incredibly loud it it is. Sadly no good for me and with no speed advantage (I was a bit surprised by that) it went back. I now use a Seagate 6TB Backup Plus Hub (same as this one) which sits on my home office desk about 2-3 ft away from me and is whisper quiet 90% of the time to the point that this fella's fine with it....

image.png.c8929c60fad7722976ce762efc2ac032.png

:)

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Yeah, it's the D10. Glad I asked, that's great feedback. It has to be silent in the livingroom. I know you can have the Xbox turn them off when not in use, but I've noticed ye olde faithful 2tb seagate on my XB1 upstairs still powers up when the console is off. Maybe it's doing some Instant On behind the scenes stuff, no idea. But I had to tape over the bright blue LED light on it.

 

I couldn't quite see the seagate you have there, a very content kitty in the way. Is this basically it? https://www.amazon.com/dp/B072QH2JCL?ref=emc_p_m_5_i&th=1

Link to comment
Share on other sites

16 hours ago, TehStu said:

https://www.vg247.com/xbox-controller-double-tap-feature

 

Feature to double tap the sync button to toggle between a synced device (e.g., PC) and an Xbox rolling out to alpha insiders. That'll be excellent, I think I'll sync one of the XSX controllers to me PC, finally. Also, this will enable BT LE and other stuff for better latency. 


I had a distinct sense of dejavu reading your post - isn’t this feature already available? And yes, it is, this is something you’ve been able to do for a while now - the current beta is for bluetooth Xbone controllers. 
 

If you’ve got an SX controller you can do this now! It’s extremely handy, say, when you want to do a bit of Gamepass steaming on your laptop. 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Yeah, it says so in the article -

 

Quote

Soon, more Xbox controllers will make use of the double tap feature to switch between devices using the pair button.

This feature was previously available only on Xbox Series X/S controllers.

 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

13 hours ago, TehStu said:

Yeah, it's the D10. Glad I asked, that's great feedback. It has to be silent in the livingroom. I know you can have the Xbox turn them off when not in use, but I've noticed ye olde faithful 2tb seagate on my XB1 upstairs still powers up when the console is off. Maybe it's doing some Instant On behind the scenes stuff, no idea. But I had to tape over the bright blue LED light on it.

 

I couldn't quite see the seagate you have there, a very content kitty in the way. Is this basically it? https://www.amazon.com/dp/B072QH2JCL?ref=emc_p_m_5_i&th=1

 

I binned off my external sea gate 2tb drive as with the new consoles being so quiet the spin up of the external was annoying - just run an external ssd now, size is defi an issue as the 1tb I initially got is full….

 

3 hours ago, Popo said:


I had a distinct sense of dejavu reading your post - isn’t this feature already available? And yes, it is, this is something you’ve been able to do for a while now - the current beta is for bluetooth Xbone controllers. 
 

If you’ve got an SX controller you can do this now! It’s extremely handy, say, when you want to do a bit of Gamepass steaming on your laptop. 

 

I didnt know this :o I assume it works on iOS too?

Link to comment
Share on other sites

15 hours ago, TehStu said:

Yeah, it's the D10. Glad I asked, that's great feedback. It has to be silent in the livingroom. I know you can have the Xbox turn them off when not in use, but I've noticed ye olde faithful 2tb seagate on my XB1 upstairs still powers up when the console is off. Maybe it's doing some Instant On behind the scenes stuff, no idea. But I had to tape over the bright blue LED light on it.

 

I couldn't quite see the seagate you have there, a very content kitty in the way. Is this basically it? https://www.amazon.com/dp/B072QH2JCL?ref=emc_p_m_5_i&th=1

 

Yes that's the white 8TB version that they do and I can vouch for that as being as quiet as my 6TB one, as a good friend of mine who was equally aghast at the noise levels of the WD drive witnessed how quiet the Seagate one was in comparison and grabbed the same one that you've linked to for use with his series X so when it came we took a particular interest in it's noise levels and it's nice and quiet. 

 

Just one thing re the noise of them and that's that whilst they are very quiet they're not completely silent though I guess that's just how it is with mechanical drives but I'd be amazed if you found the noise of these to be a problem. My cat head rest one of is actually in my home office sat within arms reach and I genuinely don't ever hear it make a noise but it does for some reason seem to behave a little differently to the one I've got downstairs hooked up to my Series X. That one is not only more seems to be a good bit more active but it's also sat horizontally on a glass stand with metal legs so I probably could't make it purposely sound louder if I tried! As a little experiment I've just sat it on two foam scouring pads (to isolate the vibrations) and then transferred a couple of games back and forth between it and the internal drive and it's barely audible with me having to concentrate / listen rather carefully for it to hear anything going on. So silent no, but very quite and completely unobtrusive in my front room, absolutely. 

 

Are you over in the States (only asking as your Amazon link was from the US site)? If not then here's a link to the UK site with the 6TB one listed which offers the best £ / TB:

 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Seagate-Desktop-External-Creative-Photography/dp/B01IAD5ZEE/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?dchild=1&keywords=seagate%2B6tb&qid=1632218656&sr=8-1-spons&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUFLUDI1OUtCSVhWSEwmZW5jcnlwdGVkSWQ9QTA0NzQ3MTUyQUhVSUlSUU9CQzBGJmVuY3J5cHRlZEFkSWQ9QTAxOTA1NzEyUVRGUzRUU1JLSDJMJndpZGdldE5hbWU9c3BfYXRmJmFjdGlvbj1jbGlja1JlZGlyZWN0JmRvTm90TG9nQ2xpY2s9dHJ1ZQ&th=1

 

Oh and the USB ports on the front of it have enough ooomph to charge my phone pretty damn quickly and also are fine for running my SNES Classic Mini which was the icing on the HDD cake for me :).

Link to comment
Share on other sites

My Series X is due to arrive today from Amazon! Anytime from now.

 

What I'm getting excited about is that I can play my old Xbox 360 games?! Can I download them straight to the series X if I've bought them digitally?

 

Also I'm guessing a lot don't work; i.e. I didn't see Dragon's Dogma on the list (even though I have it on PS4, Switch, PC too haha!)

 

EXCITING TO BE BACK ON XBOXXXXXX

Link to comment
Share on other sites

1 minute ago, Hamus said:

My Series X is due to arrive today from Amazon! Anytime from now.

 

What I'm getting excited about is that I can play my old Xbox 360 games?! Can I download them straight to the series X if I've bought them digitally?

 

Also I'm guessing a lot don't work; i.e. I didn't see Dragon's Dogma on the list (even though I have it on PS4, Switch, PC too haha!)

 

EXCITING TO BE BACK ON XBOXXXXXX

 

Your library should be right there waiting for you, so get downloading. :)

 

Not all Xbox 360 games are compatible but a surprising number are, and of those, a lot of them look and run better than ever before.

 

If you have any games on disc still, you can even put those in and see if they work.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

3 minutes ago, Garwoofoo said:

 

Your library should be right there waiting for you, so get downloading. :)

 

Not all Xbox 360 games are compatible but a surprising number are, and of those, a lot of them look and run better than ever before.

 

If you have any games on disc still, you can even put those in and see if they work.

 

...is it wrong that I will immediately want to play EDF 2017?! 😍

Link to comment
Share on other sites

6 hours ago, Popo said:

 

Yes, but from the way he worded his post, I didn't get the impression TehStu realised that.

Oops, you're right, I read the story and it didn't register that I can do this now. Ta!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

4 hours ago, womble9 said:

Are you over in the States (only asking as your Amazon link was from the US site)? If not then here's a link to the UK site with the 6TB one listed which offers the best £ / TB:

Cheers, yeah, found the US equivalent entry. Good price!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

So after having a Series S for 9 months (has it been that long already?!), my thoughts on the Series X:

 

-Feels identical to the S, unsurprisingly. Menus and everything are just as responsive.

-Most games look slightly improved - Forza Horizon 4 for example, 1080p60 on S and 4K60 on X. It looks nicer, but really not a big deal at all. 

-Some games do look way better - mainly the sub-1080p ones. Flight Sim is night and day. So much cleaner looking.

-It's really nice having 1TB storage after having so little on the S.

 

Anyway, it's confirmed my suspicion that you can't go wrong with either console. I'm glad for the extra storage and not having the niggling thought that the 4K version of the game I'm playing must be way better, but it just kind of emphasises what a wonder the Series S is.

 

I'm gonna be sad to see that little thing go, but I'm keeping the white controller. It's way nicer than the black one.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

And I've just bought an S as my first current-gen console (after asking the question in here) and it's amazing.

 

Primarily it's just that everything is really simple - it's the kind of simple you would naively expect a console to be, if you hadn't used one before. The UI is clean and effective (at least compared to my PS4), using Game Pass is easy, and I keep getting surprised when I start up a game again and it's instantly ready to go. 

 

Game Pass is an absurdly good deal - if it was a Google product, I'd be expecting a email saying it's being 'sunsetted' any day now.

 

Storage hasn't been an issue, but I'm not playing many massive games. All round I'm happy - I'm glad I got the cheaper option, because I go through rounds of buyer's remorse when buying gaming stuff but it's pretty hard to regret such an excellent machine.

 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

As it's the one year anniversary of the Bethesda announcement twitter and numerous xbox related twatters and podracers seem to think there's going to be some major internet melting announcement coming. Uncle Phil told me what it is but I'm keeping schtum. Don't open the spoiler

 

Spoiler

😂

 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
 Share

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    • No registered users viewing this page.
×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue. Use of this website is subject to our Privacy Policy, Terms of Use, and Guidelines.