The Xbox Sequence S in Carbon Black appears sick, however I’m not ready round for it

When Microsoft held its Xbox Video games Showcase earlier this month, one factor I don’t suppose any of us had been anticipating was that we’d be getting a brand new console.

Nicely, not a brand new era of Xbox, however a brand new mannequin within the lineup of the prevailing ones. Phil Spencer pulled one other quick one on all of us when he introduced that the Xbox Sequence S can be getting an improve with a brand new shade and a few extra storage. Particularly, the Sequence S will now are available a Carbon Black colorway with a 1TB exhausting drive and a black controller.

It appears fairly sick, particularly within the official announcement promo glory. Try the announcement trailer that the corporate aired through the Video games Showcase under:

The Xbox Sequence S in Carbon Black will formally launch on September 1st, 2023, for $349. You’re going to need to shell out one other $50 if you would like that shade and the additional cupboard space that comes with it. Whereas there shall be loads of folks that do exactly that, I’m not going to be certainly one of them, even when it’s only two-ish months away.

Convey me that 500GB exhausting drive!

I could also be loopy, however when Microsoft revealed the Xbox Sequence X and Xbox Sequence S, I really most popular the white and black design of the Sequence S over the all-black Sequence X. So, once I noticed the corporate introduced the Carbon Black Sequence S, it wasn’t a significant promoting level for me. I do know I’m possible within the minority there — I’m certain there are tons of individuals with an current Sequence S that ran over one another to preorder the Carbon Black one.

The opposite purpose I’m certain many avid gamers had been stoked to see the Carbon Black mannequin was that, with it, Microsoft elevated the quantity of storage from 500GB to 1TB. In right now’s age, only one recreation can cross over 100GB in measurement, so you’ll be able to think about how simply you possibly can refill your exhausting drive. And, for avid gamers, who need to change between a bunch of various video games with out having to delete one to put in one other the entire time, 500GB is simply not sufficient.

Xbox Sequence S console positioned horizontally subsequent to Xbox Wi-fi Controller. Picture supply: Microsoft

For me, nonetheless, 500 GB is ideal. I’ve a gaming setup in my workplace that features a nice LG UltraGear monitor and my Sequence X. Nevertheless, I’d actually like to maneuver my Sequence X to the lounge to take pleasure in single-player video games on my 65-inch Sony A80J OLED TV. These two mixed look unimaginable when paired collectively.

So, that’s the place the present Sequence S comes into play for me. For multiplayer video games, the one I play with buddies virtually 90% of the time is Battlefield 2042. And, with a monitor that may solely go as much as 1440p, the Sequence S can benefit from the complete decision of the show whereas nonetheless pumping out 120 FPS. My monitor can also be solely 27 inches, which I’m completely wonderful with, so I don’t really feel the necessity to go 4K there. The Sequence S is ideal for my multiplayer gaming setup.

Carbon Black will nonetheless be the console for lots of gamers

Whereas the present Sequence S goes to be good for me, I undoubtedly know {that a} ton of avid gamers are actually going to profit from the Carbon Black mannequin with that 1TB exhausting drive — particularly if it’s your solely Xbox console. That’s one of many main promoting factors that Microsoft realizes in its advertising and marketing for the brand new mannequin.

This console options the identical next-gen pace and efficiency of our 512GB Sequence S, now with double the storage so you’ll be able to obtain much more of your favourite video games to your console the place they’ll be able to play when you’re.

Xbox Sequence X and Xbox Sequence S consoles, launching on November tenth. Picture supply: Microsoft

Nevertheless, for me, I’ll be simply wonderful with a 500GB drive. Plus, for the reason that Sequence S has been out for some years now, you’ll find a used mannequin for typically beneath $200. That’s a steal that makes creating my perfect gaming setup — for each the lounge and the gaming room — a actuality.