Players are always impatient for that new games console release—will it live up to the hype or can they just keep their old console for now and wait? Microsoft’s Xbox One X is one of the most powerful games consoles ever, and runs with 4K.
At first glance, you’re getting a unit that looks like one grey-black rectangular box that will fit snugly in with all your other TV’s components, plus the usual black game controller. The black box frame is an improvement, and will fit nicely in with your TV’s other components. It even has a dotted fan ventilator pattern that you may want to show off. It’s also more compact than Sony’s big bulky Playstation 4 Pro. But you’ll expect to be paying about $100 more for the One X than the Playstation.
This system is designed to work with the 4K TV, which is fun, but there’s still not a lot that you can watch on it that you can’t watch on your regular TV. Sure, you’ve got a few TV series on Netflix, or you can buy Ultra HD Blu-rays, Sky Q, BT Sport, or Prime. So it’s great that you can now play games on your 4K TV to extend its functionality.
With this 4K games console, the Xbox One X can actually render games in 4K also, with high dynamic range and 60 frames per second. While expensive PC computers have these capabilities, this is the first time that it’s worked on a TV.
The One X is also a complete media centre that is a perfect match with the 4K TV it’s been made for. Of course you can still stream your TV apps too.
You’ll also appreciate how the One X also has an Ultra HD Blu-ray drive built in, so you don’t even have to buy a separate player. We assume the Blu-ray is still going to be around for a while, despite watching shows through the net.
Looks aside, the One X is extremely powerful. It has 8 2.3Gz processor cores that work with a 60 teraflop graphics processor, and 12GB of GDDR5 RAM.
This all adds up to your gaming experience being clearer and more realistic as you play your games. You’ll be able to play for hours, as it contains a vapour-cooling chamber to prevent it from overheating.
As for functionality, it has a wide range of slots—HDMI in/out to support 2.1 with improved bandwidth of up to 48 Gps, 2 USB ports, IR out, digital optical out, and Ethernet—same as the Xbox One S. It supports the HDR10 format but not Dolby Vision.
The Xbox One X runs on the Windows operating system and can play any games that were made for the Xbox One platform. Some of the more popular ones include Halo 5: Guardians, Forza Horizon 3, and Ori and the Blind Forest. You can still play your favourite Xbox 360 games too, and any original Xbox games. There are also great new games coming soon like Crackdown 3.
If you are buying third party games, be sure to look for the “Xbox One X Enhanced” logo on the box, as this means the developer has implemented tools for the game to take full advantage of this new system, which is really why you bought it in the first place.
The picture quality promises to be an improvement over prior models. If you enjoy racing games, your breath will be taken away. You’ll also get to see intricately detailed graphics and objects on screen that really make a difference in your viewer experience.
The sound quality of the One X has Dolby Atmos support, which is the only gaming system to support this latest sound standard. The sounds are loud and thunderous, which is exactly what you want with engine noises and explosions. It’ll also sound great through headphones.
The Microsoft’s Xbox One X comes with a large price tag of $580 USD. The good news is that it really is a premium gaming system and media centre, and it really can do 4K properly. It also has the Blu-ray player built in, can stream shows through the net, and has wonderful Dolby Atmos sound. The Microsoft’s Xbox One X hits stores in November of this year so it’ll be interesting to see the reception at this premium price point.