The Xbox One X is the console of the future. Over a year on from its 2017 release date, it’s still the most powerful gaming console on the planet, and stands to hold that title for the rest of the current console generation.
But before you break out the charts, tell us about the lack of exclusives or inundate us with emails about how PS4 Pro is just as good as a console (we agree, it is), we have to first face facts: Under its hood, the Xbox One X packs an eight-core CPU, clocked at 2.3GHz, alongside 12GB of GDDR5 RAM. It also features a GPU clocked at 1172MHz, which gives you a huge 6 teraflops of graphical computing power.
That’s a lot of processing power for a console.
The reason the Xbox One X needs it, however, is because it plays some titles in native 4K resolution – and sometimes at 60 frames per second. It’s capable of HDR playback for games in the HDR10 format and supports Dolby Vision video streaming, too.
For AV fans, this is the only platform where you’ll find a 4K Blu-ray player built into the box and support for Dolby Atmos, a more immersive audio format than 7.1 surround sound.
And yet, in spite of all of this, it’s not perfect.
The Xbox One X hard drive, which currently is locked at 1TB, fills up faster now that most games require 4K texture packs. Outside of Forza Horizon 4, State of Decay and Sea of Thieves, there were very few exclusives in 2018. And best/worst of all, you get a lot of the same functionality from the Xbox One S
All this isn’t said to shame the Microsoft fan base – in fact, for a certain type of gamer, the Xbox One X is still the greatest console ever made, in spite of its limitations. It’s just that, for most folks, the One X imposes a premium tax on a system that’s only marginally better in most ways than the Xbox One S.
The Xbox One X can play games in native 4K while the S only does upscaled 4K, sure, but Xbox One S does upscaled 4K so well that you might not even be able to notice a difference between the two. And, even if you could, is it enough to warrant the $200/£200 gap in price? The answer, well … it depends.
While we’re inching closer than ever to an Xbox One X successor – just head to our Xbox Two page for more on that – we’re likely another couple of years away from it being usurped.
So are you someone you needs an Xbox One X, and needs one now? Read on for everything you need to make your choice.
… which sells for around half the cost.