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Old 10-27-22, 09:32 PM
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ELI5: new Xbox Series X

(Apologies in advance if this in the wrong section or asked incorrectly or is so lame to not be with responding to. Just taking a shot on a site I lurk in quite a bit and know many here know their stuff.)

I got a good deal on an Xbox Series X and would like advice on how to set it up (and get answers to the things that gave me headaches searching online).
I am hoping I can do the right things from the beginning, so I am not "stuck" later.
Because of my background, it'd be great to have it explained like I'm 5...

Basic background: I'm not a gamer. I have been playing a handful of games on an old Xbox 360 that I am fine replaying on the Series X. I have not devoted much time to any to make it worth trying to transport to the new console.
I have a dozen games (all physical) I haven't even touched because I bought Xbox One games I couldn't yet play, knowing the Series X I would get someday could play them.
So I've got plenty of games to play at the jump.
I've never gone online as a player. I just play what's on disc. Have little to no desire to get creamed by people who are actual gamers by playing online (for now anyway).

I have a Microsoft account and added/connected an Xbox account (many searches said to use the XBOX app to set up the console, so I downloaded that already).
Do I need Gamepass to go online or save in the cloud (can one do that yet?)

I have a older son with an Xbox that I would like to play with here and there. Can we connect and play a game together (and what does that require)?

My younger (18 yrs) son who lives with me is really not a gamer, but we did run through Lego games (at least the missions/stories) on the 360 together, so he has a slight interest in playing some types of games (and may be willing to play with my the older son). And it would be great if he got the itch to connect/play with friends who are off to school.

Can he have his own identity/account that shows his progress/achievements for low cost (it's not even worth it to buy him Gamepass for how little he'd use it)?
If so, if he and I chose to play on the same console, would having his own gamer tag(?) be possible as we complete games? For the 360, I sign in and then he becomes Player 2.

As for Gamepass: $15 a month is a great deal, but I don't even know if it'd be worth it for someone who plays as little as I do (and has dozens of games I've already paid for), at least until I get acclimated to gaming. Or is Gamepass just a "cost of doing business" with benefits beyond the loads of games to play?

And before I plug the Series X in and connect to the internet, is there anything I really should do right away when I do start it up? Any "I wish I would have known"s you had?

i know I'm all over the place, but I've tried to put some (maybe too much) thought into it. Hope some of it makes sense and parts of questions can be answered.
I appreciate any and all responses. I lurk on the site because I do not log-in at work (just read) and rarely sit at my home computer where I could log-in. So thanks in advance in case I don't thank you/respond quickly.

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Re: ELI5: new Xbox Series X

A few random thoughts:

Free to Play games (ie: Fortnite, Overwatch 2, Fall Guys, CoD:Warzone, etc; ) are free to play online with or without Gold/Gamepass

There used to be a deal where if you bought Gold (which can still be found fairly cheap, like 12 months < $50), Microsoft will upgrade it to Gamepass Ultimate for $1 but I'm not sure if that's still happening. You must have at least Gold (or Gamepass) to play non-Free to Play games online.

As for if you can play with your son, as long as he has Gold or Gamepass (or it's a Free to Play game) it should work with no issues, unless he has an Xbox One and you're on a Series X -- I don't have answer about only cross play between generations.
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Re: ELI5: new Xbox Series X

And here I thought this thread was going to be about a new, more capable X1X console
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Re: ELI5: new Xbox Series X

What does this thread title mean?
Old 10-28-22, 09:24 AM
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Re: ELI5: new Xbox Series X

Explain Like I'm 5: Xbox Series X stuff
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Re: ELI5: new Xbox Series X

Originally Posted by Decker
What does this thread title mean?
Tell me how old you are without telling me how old you are....
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Re: ELI5: new Xbox Series X

Originally Posted by RichC2
Explain Like I'm 5: Xbox Series X stuff
Well, glad you knew what that gibberish was
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Re: ELI5: new Xbox Series X

Originally Posted by Deftones
Tell me how old you are without telling me how old you are....
Old 10-28-22, 11:04 AM
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Re: ELI5: new Xbox Series X

Feels like ELI5 has been around longer, but I guess its origin is roughly 2011. Maybe DVDTalk needs a dedicated ELI5 thread
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Re: ELI5: new Xbox Series X

Can't say that I have seen ELI5 used here, so no clue
Old 10-28-22, 11:20 AM
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Re: ELI5: new Xbox Series X

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Can't say that I have seen ELI5 used here, so no clue
Interestingly, it was used exactly TWICE on this site in the last 5 years before this thread. This, the very first one, is *chef's kiss* perfect. Click to see the context.

Originally Posted by chase3001
Instead of ELI5, we need ELIOB
Old 10-28-22, 11:31 AM
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ELIOB is definitely better
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Re: ELI5: new Xbox Series X

That I would have understood.
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Re: ELI5: new Xbox Series X

ELIF: what does ELIF mean?

Bonus question: what does the H in IMHO stand for, and why do so many people erroneously think it's "Honest" instead of "Humble?"
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Re: ELI5: new Xbox Series X

I seriously thought ELI5 was an upcoming futuristic Xbox video game title. You know, maybe pronounced like "Ellis", but the name of a robot or something.
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Re: ELI5: new Xbox Series X

Originally Posted by fujishig
ELIF: what does ELIF mean?

Bonus question: what does the H in IMHO stand for, and why do so many people erroneously think it's "Honest" instead of "Humble?"
and why do the majority of people pronounce GIF with a hard G, which is 100% incorrect.

Also why are these damned kids on my lawn! And that cloud over there, what's it up to??

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Re: ELI5: new Xbox Series X

Okó my bad on the title.
But it looks like some people had some fun with a new thread, so at least I contributed in some small way.
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Re: ELI5: new Xbox Series X

I think someone hacked my account!
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