Xbox One X – Powerful, but is it worth it?
The newest Xbox One console is the Xbox One X! A very powerfull gaming console that is ideal for all kind of gamers.
Microsoft’s newest version of the Xbox One comes with a beefy price, but allows a far smoother and more visually impressive gaming experience, with plenty of games having special settings that this version of the console lets loose. The Xbox One X also fully supports Blu-Ray unlike its competitor.
Xbox One X Features
- Produced by Microsoft
- More powerful than the PS4.
- Features support for 4K gaming with HDR and a full 60 FPS.
- Blu-Ray support.
- The standard is 1 terabyte of storage and 12 gigabytes of speedy RAM.
Hardware and design
There’s not much to dislike here. Most of the X’s price can be attributed to its heavy-duty interior. It features an 8-core, 2.3GHz CPU and an AMD GPU with 6 teraflops. You get 12 gigabytes of ultra-fast RAM and a Blu-Ray drive. It’s heavy, it’s excessive, and it’s damn good in this regard.
The device itself, however, is smaller than previous Microsoft consoles. Graphics enthusiasts will enjoy the smooth, high-end gameplay this setup allows. The only real doubt comes from what the X’s successor might offer.
On the side note, you have your HDMI output and several USB 3 ports. The device is slim and compact, looking like a piece of futuristic tech. It’s not glamorous or anything, but it’s also handsome for a console, so to speak.
The Xbox One X has the same controllers you’ve probably seen on the standard Xbox One and S versions of the console. These are wireless controllers that don’t have much to them. There aren’t many flaws to point out, but there’s also no innovative features on the controllers.
The device lets you stream to other units or WIN10 PCs, offering a fair bit of convenience, it also lets you play your games on compatible PCs with the Play Anywhere system.
The device can use Dolby Atmos to provide spatial sound as well. It has no VR, though.
Games and gaming
The Xbox One X doesn’t have too much to offer when it comes to exclusives. It has a fair amount of games that aren’t on the PS4, but plenty of its titles are also available on PC.
Halo 5 is often the first proper exclusive game that comes to mind, which is fine since it’s not a bad game at all. Suffice to say that the Xbox One (and thus the One X) aren’t planning to sell on exclusivity.
The biggest advantage here is the backwards compatibility and enhanced features that the X offers. With previous versions such as the Xbox One S, you could only experience HDR in games and 4k video.
The Xbox One X allows you 4K gaming and smoother framerates. You’ll find that plenty of older titles benefit from these features greatly, with some having incredible performance boosts.
Some of the many games of note include Red Dead Redemption 2, Gears of War 4, DMC 5, and so on. You get an extremely large selection of games. While the high-end titles stick to a few genres (shooting, racing sports), you’ll also find that the X has games of pretty much any genre on it.
Cons and verdict
The biggest caveat of the X is its price. It’s a late release of an existing console and offers the best Microsoft can offer when it comes to gaming hardware. Suffice to say that the price reflects this without holding back.
What are the other cons of the Xbox One X?
The PS4 has more exclusive titles. The improvements the X offers compared to the S and regular XO are impressive but also excessive.
Not everyone will find these prices to be fair for “shinier games”. In this regard, it may be wise to wait for the next generation of consoles, especially if you already own a version of the Xbox One or its competitors.
One could go into even further detail, such as the extreme resolution and spatial sound only really mattering with high-quality surround systems or large, HD screens to output to, but these aren’t design flaws, simply the nature of high-end gaming.
The lack of VR is a disappointment, but the VR crowd is only a small portion of all Xbox and/or gaming enthusiasts.
In conclusion, buy the Xbox One X if you
- Are big on extremely high-end graphics
- Don’t value the PS4 or Switch exclusives
- Don’t mind it becoming obsolete with the next gen console’s release