The Xbox One X is here, the reviews are in, and it’s unquestionably the most powerful gaming console ever made. But that doesn’t mean you should be shelling out $499.99 for the console just yet.
Most reviewers agreed that the hardware the Xbox One X packs is unmatched, even surpassing some lower-range gaming PCs. However, there were also some disappointments which included the price, a lack of 4K-capable games, and missing virtual reality features.
Overall, the answer to whether or not you should upgrade really depends on what you’re working with now. Whether you have a 4K TV, an Xbox One or One S, or if you’re currently on Sony’s PlayStation all play a part in whether or not this console is for you.
Here’s a roundup of some of the first reviews of what Microsoft hopes will be its PlayStation killer.
Chris Barraclough / recombu
Microsoft’s latest Xbox One X console is an absolute beast, packing beefy specs for proper 4K HDR-ready gaming, as well as providing a complete and powerful home cinema experience. Simply put, this is the ultimate gaming console right now, with future-proof features and incredible visuals.
Tom Warren / The Verge
Microsoft is using a 2.3GHz 8-core AMD Jaguar processor, 12GB of RAM, and a six-teraflop AMD Radeon GPU. That’s nearly two teraflops more than the PS4 Pro, a faster CPU, and 3GB more of overall RAM. The Xbox One X comfortably outperforms the PS4 Pro.
Keith Stuart / The Guardian
Microsoft claims to have employed cutting-edge engineering techniques to achieve its sleek form factor, including a vapour chamber cooling system, which has led to an impressively quiet machine. Multiplatform titles will almost certainly look better on Xbox One X than on PS4 Pro, sometimes very noticeably.
The it’s too expensive
Devindra Hardawar / engadget
The One X costs $500, while Sony’s console launched at $400. That high price limits the Xbox One X to diehard Microsoft fans who don’t mind paying a bit more to play the console’s exclusive titles in 4K.
Eric Limer / Popular Mechanics
The game supports two graphics modes: “Performance” for high framerate you can appreciate on any TV, or “Visuals” for 4K resolution, or more modest visual improvements on non-4K screens. The fact that the best of both worlds is only occasionally possible even among the limited library that supports enhancement (though hopefully that will be mostly everything going forward) sets you up for a taste of the good graphics life that you can’t always have.
Brett Howse / AnandTech
The Xbox One X offers a lot for a media device, with a built-in UHD Blu-Ray player, and access to a decent selection of music and video streaming services. But, it suffers from a couple of issues that would make it difficult to recommend without any caveats. The Netflix HDR bug makes the Xbox One a poor experience for the most popular streaming service. Second, the lack of Movies Anywhere is a worry for anyone wanting to purchase content on the Xbox One. Third, the capabilities of Smart TVs now offer many of the apps, built right into the TV. There’s less of a need for a big, powerful device to perform these tasks now.
The slightly disappointed
Sam Machkovech & Kyle Orland / arsTechnica
When it comes to seeing the value of that hardware on the screen, though, the promise of the Xbox One X is currently unfulfilled—at the very least, it’s incomplete. While Microsoft promises similar enhancements for dozens of games are in the pipeline (including 70 titles that should be enhanced “right around release”), most publishers seem to need more time to adapt their titles to use the full power out of the system. That’s a bit concerning, especially when considering how long Microsoft has been gearing up for its big 4K play.
Brendan Nystedt / Wired
One thing I find perplexing is the lack of virtual reality. It might not be as important as on the desktop, but Sony’s PSVR has become an appealing gateway drug for curious gamers. Since you don’t even need a jacked up PS4 Pro to use Sony’s VR headset, the Xbox One X seems like a shoo-in for an affordable mixed-reality experience. But there’s still no official word if or when Microsoft will offer Xbox users a taste of VR.
In other news, the iPhone X is out and people are already trying to fool the smartphone’s facial recognition.
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