So E3 is basically over and done with and its been a pretty solid showing from all the conferences. We saw some more stuff from games we already knew existed, some brand new IP’s, and even some surprises. But one of the biggest unveilings we saw came from Microsoft, and their new console in the Xbox family. Previously code-named as Scorpio, we now have the all new Xbox One X.
And it’s….a video game console…
Before I get into the specs and what the console offers, I want to say that from a visual standpoint I think the console looks spectacular. The box is essentially a slightly bigger version of the Xbox One S; which for me is easily the best looking console this generation. Sure the One X is bigger, taking away from the more compact and sleek look of the One S – Christ almightly switching from saying “One X” and “One S” is going to be fun – but it still looks damn good.
I also quite like the colour that the console is launching in. And it seems like the controller is still the same, which is no issue in my book as in my opinion the Xbox One’s controller is without a doubt the best controller available now.
So we’ve all heard it before, but once again, let’s jump into the specs of this bad boy:
- 8 custom x86 cores clocked at 2.3GHz
- 6 teraflops of graphics performance. Which by comparison, the PS4 Pro has 4.2 teraflops, the standard Xbox One has 1.31 teraflops, and the standard PlayStation 4 has 1.84 teraflops.
- 12 GB of GDDR5 RAM. By comparison, every other current Xbox and PlayStation console has 8 GB.
Don’t know what any of that means? No worries, I don’t either. But flops babyyy! It’s all about them flops.
So It’s Powerful. It Can Do 4K. We Get It. So?
The Xbox One X has been advertised as being the true, “native 4K” machine, meaning that all the games will be running at 4K resolutions; which if you haven’t heard, is a big deal. Even though I still have a perfectly fine 1080p TV, I’m still told that I need to care that the One X will run games at 4K. Now we so far have seen a few games running at 4K on the machine, them being Forza, Crackdown 3, and Assassins Creed Origins. Forza, which will be an Xbox exclusive was shown running at 60Fps, as was Assassins Creed Origins. Now Origins running at 60fps was actually a bit of a surprise for me. The game looked fantastic, and was the first time that I felt that this console will have a good amount of power backing it. Crackdown 3, another Xbox exclusive on the other hand, is said to run at 4K as well, though at 30fps rather than 60. And through the slight demo we saw, it didn’t feel like the game was anything jaw-dropping to excuse the cut to 30fps.
So okay, the Xbox One X is powerful. More powerful than anything out right now on consoles, great. But why do we need this? Especially at $500? That’s how much the original Xbox One cost at launch. Why should people buy this console, when there’s a cheaper version available that does the same thing for nearly HALF the price? I’ve had issues with the Playstation 4 Pro and that consoles existence, as for me there wasn’t any need for it, but at least the Pro costs $400. It’s still a hard sell, but if some people are buying a PS4 for the first time, and have a 4K TV, then I can see them buying it. Now you may ask that hey, maybe those same people that are buying an Xbox One for the first time and have a 4K TV, now have a console to fully utilize that TV. But the thing is, the Xbox One S already has that support for 4K. It has support for HDR, support for 4K Blue-Rays, and upscales and optimises Xbox One games to suit your 4K TV, at again, HALF the price. Sure it’s not true 4K; but they still look damn good. Better than what you’d be playing on an original Xbox One. And unless you’re a super nerd, will you really be able to tell the difference between games on the Xbox One X compared to the One S? Maybe you will, but even so, will it really matter that much? To justify the price? And also, let’s be real here, moving forward 2 years from now, do you really think this console will be able to play games that release in 2019-2020 at true 4K with a stable frame-rate, let alone 60fps? Hey, maybe it will, I don’t know. But I really doubt it.
Which now leads me to my next point. Games. I’ve always said that new hardware won’t sell without new and/or exclusive software. There was no need for these midway consoles in the PS4 Pro and now Xbox One X. I would have rather had these companies go full force with exclusives and games for the next year and then announce the PS5, and Xbox…Two? Sure, Xbox Two, at E3 2018, then release them around the holidays of that year. Maybe have some of the games in development crossover for their launch, just like they did with the PS4 and Xbox One back in 2013. It’d be a shorter generation, but a solid one with great games.
And especially Microsoft. Guys, you dudes don’t have jack sh#t for exclusives. You got your Halo, your Gears of War; neither of whom were breaking records either critically or commercially, and Forza, which listen I know people buy and it’s successful, but come on. Games sell a console. It’s why Sony is killing it this generation. Heck it’s why the Switch is doing so well for its launch. Breath of the Wild was Nintendo’s saving grace, as that game is literally the biggest reason the system has been selling like goddamn flapjacks…or hotcakes, or whatever.
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