Don’t worry, most everyone was.
The first impression you get from the Xbox Series X is that you’re looking at a PC, albeit a very classy, minimalist one.
Bygone are the design frills of the consoles of yore, now it’s all about the monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey.
The Xbox Series X is a slate gray monolith that’s as wide as an Xbox One controller and about three times as tall, with a vent-covered top that could be lighted or painted (details unclear as of now).
But let’s move beyond the shallow stuff and focus on what matters.
The Xbox Series X is backwards compatible with all previous Xbox models.
That means all your library of existing games will work on this console, which is an incredible and unexpected feature.
The next-gen Xbox was unveiled at The Game Awards in a trailer that featured Master Chief from the Halo series, a red sports car that probably teases a new Forza game and a soccer match.
To really up the hype factor, Microsoft also announced that the first Xbox Series X exclusivity will be Hellblade II: Senua’s Saga, the follow-up to an acclaimed game from a couple of years back.
Alongside the new console also comes a redesigned controller that Microsoft says will be much more accessible to a wide variety of gamers.
Smack dab in the middle of it, you’ll notice there’s a new button and its use is not that surprising.
The central button on the new Xbox controller is, of course, a “Share” button, letting you quickly capture screenshots and plays to show off to your friends.
Coming back to the Xbox Series X form factor, Microsoft anticipated some worry, and followed the Game Awards unveiling with a press release designed to put your mind at ease.
Yes, the Xbox Series X “supports both vertical and horizontal orientation”.
The console will be launched next year, in time for the holiday season, so you have some time to save up.