xScreen Xbox Series S Review: Fun for Traveling Gamers

Not only is the Xbox Series S one of the most attractive home consoles ever (the aesthetic opposite of its refrigerator-like big brother), but it’s also one of the most portable.

The sleek white Microsoft machine can easily slip into a suitcase without taking up much space, making it a true gaming choice for vacations and business trips. If you own an S series and know there’s a TV right where you need it, bringing your little Xbox with you on the trip can actually be very tempting.

But what if you don’t even need a TV? Australia-based UPSpec Gaming decided that a portable console as the S-Series should be a true display of a game anywhere, so they made the xScreen, a 1080p 60Hz display that you can plug into the console and shut down when not in use , effectively powering the Xbox into a porky gaming laptop. With the device’s built-in HDMI connection and built-in speakers, all you need is the S Series, its original power cable, and a place to connect it.

We’ve been testing xScreen for several weeks now, and while the asking price is definitely high for what is considered a niche accessory, and there are some obvious flaws, we have to say we kind of like this thing.

Design: white material

It may have been created by a startup that isn’t a household name yet, but when xScreen came to our door, the first thing we thought was that it could easily be a first-party product. Once removed from the simple, well-designed packaging, we’ve found an attractive accessory that matches almost perfectly with the white color of the Xbox Series S.

The screen portion of the xScreen is surrounded by bezels, three of which are very thin, and the bottom portion is quite chunky. The white plastic doesn’t look premium, but it doesn’t look cheap either, and the whole thing is well built.

The monitor is connected via a hinge to a power unit that houses built-in stereo speakers, controls, and HDMI connections. When connected to your Xbox, the xScreen’s screen portion can be closed just like a laptop, while the hinge system allows you to position it at almost any angle when open, which is essential for full gameplay anywhere in the product philosophy.

We tended to gently lower the screen when closed, as it shuts more forcefully than we are satisfied when pressed. We also noticed some creaking when pressing on the back, so we preferred to hold the Xbox next to it when moving it between rooms.

While the xScreen closure obviously protects the screen from external damage, the general vulnerability of the plastic means you’ll probably want to use the carrying case when traveling, and this will add quite a bit of extra bulk to your luggage.

Set up

Connecting your Xbox to xScreen is a quick and painless process. You can simply hook the HDMI into the console port and slot the two together, using the included screws to secure the now all-in-one. There is a gap in the back of the xScreen attachment that allows you to pass through your Xbox to its power port, and the space allows you to keep any Seagate expansion cards in the back of the console plugged in. The Ethernet port is blocked, however, the S Series is a Wi-Fi-only machine when used in conjunction with an xScreen. Also check the USB port.

Due to the matching colors, it really looks like xScreen is part of the console, not something it’s installed on. The UPSpec Gaming logo lights up when the XScreen is open as well, which is a nice touch.

You can be up and running in less than a few minutes, but there are a few things you should do right away before you start using xScreen with your Xbox. Since the Series S Thermal Exhaust Fan is located on the side of the console facing the screen when closed, it will damage it very quickly if you leave the device running while not in use.

The first thing you need to do is head into your Xbox settings and enable the Energy Efficient Power Mode, which uses the least amount of power when the Xbox is turned off and therefore generates heat that is less likely to destroy the screen. Second, if you haven’t already, you’ll need to turn on the console’s HDMI-CEC feature, which allows other devices to turn off the Xbox. This means that when xScreen is closed, the console will automatically shutdown. But it doesn’t work the other way around. When you open xScreen, it will launch itself, but you’ll need to start your Xbox manually.

Even adhering to these safety measures, though, we were still concerned about the Xbox Series S exhaust fan, which can get overheated on our console, and its proximity to the screen. Turning off your Xbox doesn’t immediately cool it down, so we leave the xScreen open for 20 minutes or so after playing a game. This worked fine, but if you suddenly have to go somewhere and want to take your Series S and xScreen with you, you might run into a problem. We always recommend giving your Xbox at least five to 10 minutes to cool down before closing the xScreen. It’s an issue we’re not sure UPSpec could have avoided without completely redesigning the Xbox, but it’s clearly something to consider before buying one.

The last thing you want to adjust is resolution. For some reason, when you start your Xbox with xScreen connected, it will default to 720p. xScreen supports 1080p gaming, so be sure to head over to your resolution settings to change it.

screen and sound

At this price, you’d be right in expecting the xSceen’s performance to impress, which is really impressive. The small size of the 11.6-inch 1080p screen means the picture is extremely sharp, and the colors are beautiful and vibrant for the LCD screen. Black levels aren’t amazing, but we expected it to be the xScreen’s double. This is probably not the perfect view for playing very dark horror games, but everything else should be handled just fine.

The S Series’s lack of power compared to the X can sometimes be revealed on a large 4K TV, but on xScreen, games like Psychology Pioneers 2And Forza Horizon 5And elementary world And LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga Everything looks great. We didn’t experience any noticeable issues while playing games on native displays at 60fps.

We were generally happy with the default picture settings, but you can adjust the contrast and brightness in the settings, toggle the eco mode, there are different picture modes for different game genres, as well as adjust the adjustable color temperature. The screen can become very bright if necessary, if you plan to use xScreen outside. infinite aura In the garden it is not at all out of the question. What a life, eh.

The built-in speakers are certainly not quiet, but they lack oomph and aren’t the most detailed either. We thought games were starting to look a little unpleasant when approaching maximum volume, but keep things close to the 70 mark and it’s good enough. And if you’re playing alone, you’ll most likely be using a headset anyway.

xScreen to rule Xbox Series S.

xScreen is one of those tools that we’ll admit we didn’t think were essential to existence, especially when we were already spoiled for choice when it came to mobile gaming. But this is mostly a really well-designed fun accessory that really makes the Xbox Series S a viable console on the go. We’ve previously associated our Series S with a bedroom TV, but it says a lot about the quality of the xScreen we tend toward keeping it and the Xbox together. You’ll always need a power supply nearby, of course, but a Microsoft device is effectively becoming a huge gaming laptop and we love the freedom it gives you.

However, it cannot be overlooked that the xScreen costs about as much as the console itself, for a very solid, albeit not great screen with very good sound. Screen damage from console heat is also a concern if you’re not careful.

Ask yourself how much use you’ll really get from your xScreen – whether as a secondary screen when the big TV isn’t in use, or as a vacation/trip companion – before placing an order. If you’re confident that you’ll justify the price, this foldable display is worth considering.

say things…

Score: 4/5

Expensive for what it is, but traveling Xbox gamers will have a lot of fun with this device

good things

  • Easy to set up and well designed toolkit
  • 1080p 60Hz gaming on the go
  • You only need one cable

bad things

  • You can get a decent TV for the same price
  • The sound isn’t great
  • Heat damage is a concern if your Xbox is left on when the device is turned off

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