Can an Xbox Series X be Used as a PC

Undoubtedly the latest generation of game consoles are the most PC like consoles ever released in terms of gaming performance. The Xbox Series X and the PS5 both feature hardware that is very similar to that of a mid to high end gaming computer. This is great news for anyone who prefers the console gaming experience. The latest generation consoles are an affordable way to play modern titles at higher frame rates than a similarly priced gaming PC. One advantage to gaming PCs is that they can also be used for other tasks such as web browsing, document creation, and even video editing. For many people, a gaming PC can serve double duty for productivity and for gaming. One common question about the latest generation Xbox Series X console, is about using it as a PC. It does use PC like hardware after all. Can an Xbox Series X be Used as a PC?

The Xbox Series X can not be used as a PC. It is strictly for gaming and that is it. The latest generation flagship console from Microsoft is not intended to be used for productivity. This makes perfect sense when you think about the intended function of a game console.

Unlike the Sony PS5, the latest generation Xbox does feature a web browser. The browser is extremely limited, but does offer the ability to load most websites without issue. The Xbox Series X web browser now officially supports the option of using a keyboard and mouse. This makes it much easier to use the web browser function. The only web browser supported is Microsoft Edge which comes preinstalled on the console.

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Unfortunately for anyone hoping to use their Xbox Series X as a PC this is where it ends. As PC like as the hardware behind the Xbox Series x is, it is not a PC and not intended to function as a PC.

If your sole reason for wanting to purchase the latest generation console is gaming, you are in good company. A recent survey showed that 95% of game console owners appreciate the simplicity offered by console gaming and have no interest in PC like functionality. If Microsoft was to make the Xbox Series X a full fledge PC, they would alienate a huge percentage of the console market.

The lack of PC functionality also helps to keep the price point lower. The amount of gaming power packed into a box that costs less than $500 is truly incredible. To get similar gaming performance on a PC would require spending significantly more money. Of course the gaming PC can also be used for other PC functions in addition to gaming. For some games this matters to them greatly, and to others it makes no difference at all.

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The gaming performance gap between consoles and PCs have been busted. Beyond that consoles are still consoles, and PCs are still PCs. If you want PC functionality, buy a PC. If you want a streamlined, high performance gaming experience, at an affordable price the latest generation consoles will not disappoint.