The Xbox One X is Microsoft’s latest, and rumored to be their last, foray into the console market. It is a smaller, yet significantly more powerful version of their current console, the Xbox One, which will upgrade the performance of certain games already available for the system, in a variety of ways. ‘No power is greater than X’ said Phil Spencer at Xbox’s E3 briefing this year. I think he forgot about this thing called a ‘PC’ but we can let him dream.
The Important Stuff
- CPU: x86-64 2.3GHz 8-core AMD custom CPU
- GPU: 6 TFLOPS, AMD Radeon-based graphics clocked at 1172MHz with 40 compute units
- Memory: 12GB GDDR5
- Storage size: 1TB HDD
- External dimensions: 30x24x6 cm/11.8×9.4×2.3 in
- Weight: 8.4 lbs/3.8 kg
- Optical drive: 4K UHD Blu-ray
- Input/Output: Power, HDMI 2.0b out, HDMI 1.4b in, three USB 3.0 ports, IR out, S/PDIF, gigabit Ethernet
- Networking: IEEE 802.11ac dual band (5GHz and 2.4Ghz), 2×2 wireless Wi-Fi with Wi-Fi Direct
- Power consumption: 245W
The Price – The Xbox One will retail for $500 USD, £450 GBP, €499 Euro and $599 CAD.
Release Date – The Xbox One is getting a worldwide retail release on November 7th.
Xbox One X vs PS4 Pro
The general consensus on the power of both consoles is that the Xbox One X is more powerful, by all the major comparisons. The Xbox One X is 0.2 GHz faster than the PS4 pro at 2.3GHz, it’s GPU has 1.8 teraflops more power than it’s counterpart, and it has 4GB more RAM. So yes, it’s essentially more powerful.
However, the PS4 Pro is quite a bit cheaper than the Xbox One X, and there’s always the question of games exclusive to the system, which is personal preference. I think it wouldn’t be sensible to call a clear ‘winner’ between the two until we see how it performs sales wise, and how much longevity it has, but for now, if you’re looking for pure power, buy a PC. Oh, shit, I meant an Xbox One X.
Will the Xbox One X work with current Xbox One games and peripherals? – Yes, every game and first party Microsoft hardware product will be supported by the new console.
Is this a ‘new’ console? – No, Microsoft has gone on record and said that they consider the Xbox One X to be part of the ‘Xbox One Family’, meaning that this isn’t a new console generation.
Will the Xbox One X have games that are exclusive to it? – No, Microsoft has said nothing will be exclusive to the Xbox One X, so you aren’t missing out on any titles by not getting one.
Will the Xbox One X support HDR? – Yes.
Will the Xbox One X have a 4K Blu-Ray player? – Yes.
Does the Xbox One X support native 4K? – Yes.
Do I need a 4K TV or HDR TV to use the Xbox One X? – No, but the vast majority of it’s features won’t really be that applicable to you unless you own one. However, it will use techniques such as anisotropic filtering and supersampling, which WILL make games look more graphically impressive even on 1080p televisions/monitors.
Does the Xbox One X have an SSD? – Yes. This should help reduce load times and increase the speed of the system by a noticeable margin.
How much does the Xbox One X weigh? – The new system weighs 8.4 pounds (3.8 kg), which is slightly heavier than the previous model.
How large is the Xbox One X? – The Xbox One X is 30 x 24 x 6 cm, making it smaller than the previous model.
Can the Xbox One X stand vertically? – Yes, however it needs a special stand that you have to purchase first.
Will the Xbox One X support VR? – Yes, however details as to how are currently scarce. We’re not sure which devices it will support at the time of this article, but they’ve promised to share more details at a later date.
Is it worth it?
I personally believe that the Xbox One X is only really worth a buy if you’re a specific kind of gamer. If you are essentially ONLY a console gamer (preferably on Xbox to begin with so you can share your library) and you’re looking for a more up to date experience, I would check it out. Equally, I can see this being an investment if you’re interested in buying into the Xbox brand at this stage in the game, however it’s a pretty big investment to do so, the Xbox One X being as pricey as it is.
In summary, if you’re a big spender and have a long, or new interest in console gaming, I’d look into Xbox One X. However, if you do have the money to blow on a console like this and are either indifferent between console and PC, or prefer PC outright, then I’d say using that money to invest into a PC is easily a more worthwhile and financially sound investment.