Microsoft’s Xbox One X
is set to launch on Nov. 7 is released, you purchase yours here now. It’s a mid-gen upgrade of the Xbox One that Microsoft is selling as the most powerful gaming console ever created, featuring a beefed-up horsepower capable of delivering stunning visuals in 4K resolution.
The catch? It also comes with a whopping $500 price tag, which is double the price of the Xbox One S and is $100 more than the PS4 Pro, its main competition in the market. Handing over $500 for a mid-gen upgrade is a tough call, especially to consumers who already own a PS4 or Xbox One.
Should you buy the Xbox One X?
The decision depends on what you’re looking for. Xbox boss Phil Spencer made it clear that the premium product is not meant for everybody. Let’s go over some of the things to consider before you throw $500 at Microsoft for the Xbox One X.
Since it’s just a mid-gen upgrade, the Xbox One X will have the same game library as the original Xbox One and the Xbox One S. Microsoft has no plans (yet) to release exclusive games for the Xbox One X. Meaning, you won’t miss out on any games if you already own an Xbox One.
But the problem is that the Xbox One game library is far from impressive. It doesn’t have a lot of notable and must-play exclusives other than Microsoft’s first-party games. In terms of exclusives, Sony has totally outgunned Microsoft this generation. PS4 owners definitely won’t miss out on a lot by staying loyal because many games in the Xbox One library are multi-platform games.
Arguably, perhaps the only Xbox One console exclusive game on the horizon that is really worth checking out is Sea of Thieves. Okay, maybe Crackdown 3, too. Unless Microsoft steps up its game and produces exclusive games that will really make buying an Xbox One X worth it, $500 on a mid-gen upgrade will feel like a waste of money.
And it’s also worth noting that Xbox One exclusives are also available on PC. If you already own a PC, there’s really no reason to jump ship, even if you’re only rolling with a setup that’s on the same level, graphics-wise, as the Xbox One X.
Enhanced Visual Experience
The Xbox One X is packed with a lot of hardware power. Right from the start, Microsoft has been telling everyone it’s the most powerful gaming console ever created. We’re not going to list down all the technical details here, but the main takeaway is that the console will run like a mid-tier gaming PC.
A selection of Xbox One games will receive graphical enhancements to take advantage of the Xbox One X’s horsepower, similar to how several PS4 games got PS4 Pro patches. Because it’s still unreleased, we have yet to see the full power of the Xbox One X in action. But based on what we’ve seen so far, Xbox One games look amazing when running on the console and certainly worth the price of admission.
If you’re all about graphics and hardware power but don’t want to get into PC gaming, then buying the Xbox One X should be a no-brainer decision for you. Go preorder one now, no questions asked. Really, though, the premium console is intended for those who absolutely care about console graphics and want nothing but the best available in that department.
In order to fully utilize the Xbox One X, you need to pair it with a 4K TV. If you already own one, then good for you. Xbox’s Mike Ybarra has said that even if you’re only playing on a 1080p TV, you will still be able to see the graphical enhancements in games. But the Xbox One X is all about graphics. Pairing the console with a non-4K TV would be underutilizing its power.
If you don’t own a 4K TV but plan to buy one specifically for the full Xbox One X experience, be ready to cough up at least another $300. For the entire setup, you could easily be staring at a $1000 bill with maybe two or three Xbox One games in the fold. To be fair, the PS4 Pro also requires that you spend a large amount of money to get the full experience.
Because Sony is stubbornly playing hard-to-get, cross-platform multiplayer between PS4 and Xbox One is still a distant dream. If you own a PS4 and play online multiplayer games with real-life friends all the time, switching to Xbox One X means you lose the chance to play with them. You won’t be able to join them during weekend gaming sessions where everyone spends half the time cursing at each other.
Of course, if you can afford it, you can still keep your PS4 just for online multiplayer purposes. But if you plan to completely go over to the Xbox side, then you’ll just have to deal with the fact that you will no longer be able to join up with your friends in Destiny 2 and Overwatch.
That Price, Though
The price difference between the Xbox One X and the PS4 Pro, its rival, is $100, a significant amount. You can’t really blame Microsoft for slapping a $500 price tag on the Xbox One X. The technology and components used for the console demand a premium price. No harm in that. But $500 for a gaming console might be a bit too much.
And as mentioned, you need a 4K TV to really bring out the full power of the Xbox One X, which will further drive up the bill. With $500, you can buy an Xbox One S and a handful of games already.
Buy or Nah?
Again, it depends on what you’re looking for. But basically, it comes down to how much you care about the visual experience when gaming. If you’re simply looking to play Xbox One games and don’t care about eye-popping graphics, then the Xbox One X might not be for you. But if you go crazy about graphics and have the cash to spare, then go ahead and buy the Xbox One X.
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