Of course, the real meat of the console is inside, with an 8-core processor and a custom graphics card for stonking power. This handles 12 trillion operations a second, to be exact.
This PC-grade gear comfortably delivers 4K visuals at 60 frames per second, and there’s the promise of 8K on the horizon too.
Testing slick racer Forza Horizon 4 on the console left me picking my jaw up off the floor: it’s gorgeous, texture-dense and often photorealistic.
Dirt 5 is similarly stunning with flawless lighting, but Forza gets bonus points for being set in Britain’s beautiful north.
Microsoft’s big trick for this generation of gaming is ray tracing – mapping out light, shadow and reflections like never before.
I’m still not wowed by the roster of new Xbox games available, although I’m looking forward to Fable and Halo Infinite next year.
It’s still early days too: you’ll probably hang on to this console for the better part of a decade, so don’t be too put off by 2020’s gaming drought.