The Xbox Series X is fine-tuned to perfection without surprises

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Editor’s note: At this time, very few native Xbox Series X games are available to test, and online services and features won’t be stress-tested until the console is widely available to the public. For those reasons, we consider this a review in progress, and will update it extensively over the next several weeks, adding a final review score when appropriate. 

The Microsoft Xbox Series X is a console without surprises. Some of that comes from the steady stream of details, tech specs and game lists that have kept potential buyers well informed since it was first teased under the codename more than two years ago. But much of it also comes from Microsoft’s determination not to fix what wasn’t broken. 

Just the name itself, Xbox Series X — following Xbox One X and Xbox One — points towards steady progress as opposed to a grand leap into uncharted territory. But the $500 (£450, AU$749) Xbox Series X is a different beast at launch, compared to its 2013 predecessor, the Xbox One. There’s no more Kinect camera. No HDMI-in port right next to the usual HDMI-out port, back when the Xbox One wanted to be your cable box. 

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