The more I look at the Xbox Series X, the more I think it feels like the second coming of the monolith in Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey. It’s simply gorgeous and imposing. This video shows it in all its minimalist glory.
Based on yesterday’s leak, the video was created for LetsGoDigital by Swiss 3D artist Giuseppe Spinelli — aka Snoreyn. He got the leaked photos and Microsoft‘s official images and created this accurate and realistic 3D model that really highlights the strength of the work by Microsoft’s industrial design team, which keeps knocking it out of the park with everything it creates.
Xbox Series X: A gorgeous and imposing design
The Xbox Series X‘s walks the edge between overly simplistic design and sharp minimalism with success, delivering a monolithic package that screams “power” just like those old Cray supercomputers of yesteryear: Straight lines, vertical orientation, and subtle accents like that green glow behind the heat venting grate that feels like it’s a weapon ready to unleash armageddon — or destroy Superman (or the PS5) with a CPU made of kryptonite.
The video render shows what we already knew from the photos and promotional images. On the front, a disc drive with an eject button, a USB port, and a power button plus a status light. The back: two USB ports, Ethernet port, HDMI output, TOSlink for optical audio output to connect to an AV receiver, a power plug, a Kensington lock and a mystery rectangular-shaped port.
And while, at the end of the day, what counts in the competition to get the next-gen videogame console crown is price, power and exclusive games, design plays a psychological factor. The Xbox Series X is an object that I would like to have in my house, in full display.
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Jesus Diaz founded the new Sploid for Gawker Media after seven years working at Gizmodo, where he helmed the lost-in-a-bar iPhone 4 story and wrote old angry man rants, among other things. He's a creative director, screenwriter, and producer at The Magic Sauce, and currently writes for Fast Company and Tom's Guide.