The Abstract Podcast

The natural selection of Xbox

In this episode, we explain how the latest video game tech is revolutionizing how people play them.

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Microsoft side-by-side of Xbox Series X vs Xbox Series S.

With stunning visuals and shorter load times, Microsoft’s new Xbox Series X is making video games brighter and faster than ever before — and the company’s Xbox Series S is offering a budget-friendly alternative.

But for the next generation of gamers, it’s about much more than what comes inside the box. Xbox Game Pass, which grants players full access to a vast library of games through a subscription, takes the gaming world in a bold new direction. And it's one that seems more like Netflix than anything the industry currently has to offer.

For players thirsty for new experiences, this is poised to be the ultimate game-changer. In the hotly debated video game console wars, Xbox is surging ahead, creating a more inclusive and immersive future for gamers everywhere.

In this episode of The Abstract, we explain how the latest video game tech is revolutionizing how people play them.

Our first story offers an in-depth look at the newly released Xbox Series X. Creating the most powerful home gaming console ever made, Microsoft looks beyond the hardware itself and incorporates streaming — building a future where games are as accessible as they are entertaining.

Our second story looks at the Xbox Series S. It's the cheaper alternative to the Series X and the rest of 2020’s top-of-the-line consoles. Taking a page from the Apple playbook and the iPhone SE, Microsoft hopes the Series S can appeal to casual gamers with a budget — but who still want a nimble, satisfying gaming experience.

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Right now, facts and science matter more than ever. That's part of the reason for The Abstract, this all-new podcast from the Inverse staff that focuses exclusively on science and innovation. Three new episodes are released a week, and each covers one theme via two related stories. Each features audio of original Inverse reporting, where the facts and context take center stage. It's hosted by the Tanya Bustos of WSJ Podcasts. Because we're Inverse, it's all true but slightly off-kilter. It's made for people who want to know the whole story. Nick Lucchesi, executive editor, Inverse

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