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These previews suggest that unless the framerate of a game is fixed at 30 FPS, you almost always see improvement on Xbox series X. VentureBeat points out that games such as Grand Theft Auto IV, Final Fantasy XV and Sekiro: Shadows Die twice manage to reach a relatively stable 60 FPS on the Xbox series X.

The first images for Xbox Series X are kicking off in the wild. For over a week, some sites such as, and hand-on the new console, and the first impressions were revealed on Monday morning. Overall impressions seem to be very positive, but there are 3 aspects of the Xbox Series X that seem to be on display. They mainly incorporate the dramatically increased load times, Quick Resumption feature and better frame rates for older games.

3. Drastically Improved load times

With all previews of the Xbox Series X, the common consensus is that loading times are extremely impressive for many large games. Fast time spent booting up a game or transitioning between game sequences has been drastically reduced throughout the board.

Playing Xbox One X games that weren’t even officially optimized for Xbox Series X, the loading times indicate a “very noticeable upgrade ” In particular, the boot time of Final Fantasy XV went from over a minute to 15 seconds.

Preview also contains many more comparisons of loading time. Highlights include the reduction in Warframe’s loading time from 1 minute 31 seconds to 25 seconds on the Xbox Series X and the reduction in Destiny 2’s loading time of 1 minute 52 seconds to 43 seconds.

Although load times are still far from instant, the power of the Xbox Series X means a drastic reduction in downtime spent on loading the screen in games.

2. Quick resume is a “game changer”

Another interesting Xbox Series X feature that has been briefly teased is Quick Resume, which allows users to start games right where they left for up to six games — even if they spend an extended period playing another game or running a different application.

Current-gen consoles only allow players to run a single app at a time, so you would have to rely on saving your game if you wanted to switch to Netflix or play a different game. The feature is called a literal game changer and confirmed that changing games takes only 5 to 8 seconds.

GameSpot notes that this feature works especially well with the Xbox Game Pass and makes things less complicated for gamers who enjoy to play multiple titles at once. John, who also got hands-on with the system, claims that “Load Times + Quick Resume makes moving between games almost like Alt-TABing ” He also believes it will be a game-changer”

1. Better frame rate

It’s obvious that better frame rates for games come with improved hardware. That means we see more images per second on the screen, which consequently results in smoother video animations.

These previews indicate that unless the framerate of a game is fixed at 30 FPS, you’ll almost always see improvement on Xbox series X. VentureBeat points out that games like Grand Theft Auto IV, Final Fantasy XV and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice manage to hit a relatively stable 60 FPS on Xbox series X.

Performance on this game went never above 48 FPS on the Xbox One X. VentureBeat called the improvements on Sekiro: Shadows die twice a “disappointment” and that “it is such a better experience on the Xbox Series X that I’m trying not to replay it all over again.” For games that require quick response times like Sekiro, the next generation consoles seem to be the way to go.

The reverse analysis — All the previews of Xbox Series X appear overwhelmingly positive, which is a good boon for the next-generation platform. It is clear that the improvements for this next generation won’t be as flashy, but improved load times and frame rates, as well as Quick Resume, should make playing current gaming on the Xbox Series X worth it, even when the early days of the system aren’t packed with many compelling exclusives.

For now, we only have to wait and see how it stacks up in terms of total processing power to PlayStation 5.

Xbox Series X will be published on November 10th, 2020.

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