Perhaps you know about the Xbox One X but still aren’t sure what it’s all about. You know it’s powerful, but how much better is it than other current consoles? Or you might be wondering what games will actually look better on it.
To help gamers decide if The Xbox One X is right for them, we’ve made this guide featuring everything you need to know about Microsoft’s upcoming console.
In an era where gamers can’t stop talking about 4K and frame rate, Microsoft wants to give us the smoothest and most visually impressive experiences possible today. Marketed as the world’s most powerful console, the Xbox One X certainly comes with the specs needed to pull off some amazing video game graphics and performance:
- 8-core Custom AMD CPU (2.3GHz)
- 12GB GDDR5 of graphic memory
- 6 Teraflop GPU
- 326 GB/sec memory bandwidth
- Advanced liquid cooling
- Supercharger-style centrifugal fan
- 1 TB of HDD internal storage
- 8 GB Flash Memory
- Weight: 8.4 lbs/3.8 kg
- 4K UHD Blu-ray drive
- HDMI 2.0b (out), HDMI 1.4b internal
VS. PlayStation 4 Pro
What better way to demonstrate the Xbox One X’s huge specs than by comparing it to the closest competition— the PlayStation 4 Pro. In the processor department, the Xbox One X’s 2.13 GHz processor edges out the PS4 Pro’s 2.13GHz. The Xbox One X also boasts a 6 teraflop GPU, 326 GB/sec of memory bandwidth, and 8GB GDDR5. The PlayStation 4 Pro (4.12 teraflop GPU, 218 GB/s, 8GB GDDR5) is less powerful and thus incapable of performing as well when it comes to games supporting full, native $K at 60FPS.
Boost to regular Xbox One titles
Although the One X is beefier than the Xbox One and One S, Microsoft has promised that all games will work across every console. In other words, you can expect the next Gears of War and Halo titles to take full advantage of the One X’s specs but owning a One X won’t be the only way to play them.
Taking a page from Sony, Microsoft designed the One X to improve original Xbox One games with boosts in graphics and performance. This means you might experience higher resolutions, smoother framerates, faster load times, and more even while playing games like Dragon Age: Origins and Forza Horizon 3 that released years before the Xbox One X.
The best part is that unlike the PlayStation 4 Pro, a patch or update isn’t needed for regular Xbox One games to receive a performance boost on the One X. That being said, Microsoft will let developers earn the “Xbox One X Enhanced” label by going back to provide updates that make use of the One X’s power.
Confirmed 4K Games on Xbox One X
The following is a list of games that have been confirmed to be “Xbox One X Enhanced”. Included are titles that have already released along with some of the most anticipated adventures due later this year:
- Age of Empires Definitive Edition
- Ark: Survival Evolved
- Assassin’s Creed: Origins
- Battlefield 1
- Black Desert
- Chess Ultra
- Crackdown 3
- Dead Rising 4
- Deep Rock Galactic
- Dishonored 2
- Fallout 4
- Farming Simulator 17
- Final Fantasy XV
- For Honor
- Forza Horizon 3
- Forza Motorsport 7
- Gears of War 4
- Ghost Recon: Wildlands
- Halo Wars 2
- Hello Neighbor
- Homefront: The Revolution
- Injustice 2
- Killer Instinct
- Madden NFL 18
- Mantis Burn Racing
- Metro: Exodus
- Middle-earth: Shadow of War
- Need For Speed: Payback
- Outlast 2
- Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds
- Portal Knights
- Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
- Rocket League
- Sea of Thieves
- Slime Rancher
- State of Decay 2
- Super Lucky’s Tale
- The Artful Escape
- The Elder Scrolls Online
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- The Evil Within 2
- The Last Night
- The Surge
- The Witcher III: Wild Hunt
- Titanfall 2
- Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide
- We Happy Few
- Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
- World of Tanks
4K & HDR info
With so many terms floating around while discussing games and graphics it can get confusing understanding exactly what you’ll need to take full advantage of your Xbox One X. The following is a quick explanation of the big ones along with how they relate to Microsoft’s upcoming console:
In the TV technology world, 4K is the next big thing. Also called Ultra HD, 4K has four times as many pixels as 1080p, delivering clear picture and making games look better than ever. The Xbox One X will support native 4K while also allowing checkerboard rendering— a technique designed to get as close as possible to matching the visual sharpness of native 4K but with less pixel shader invocations.
Note that the Xbox One X will also be able to play 4K Blu-ray media.
High dynamic range is a technology used to present colors in a better, more realistic way. HDR displays offer richer colors, brighter whites, and darker blacks by delivering a wider contrast ratio and color gamut. Better colors means better enhanced visuals when playing your One X on an HDR compatible TV.
In case you haven’t noticed, the regular Xbox One is a mammoth of a console. In a time when technology is moving towards a sleek trend, not everyone appreciated having to make room for their new Microsoft console. While the Xbox One S slimmed down a bit, it still doesn’t compare to the One X— Microsoft’s smallest console ever.
The Xbox One X is sleeker than both the One S and PlayStation 4 Pro, with dimensions of 11.8 x 9.4 x 2.4 inches. It also weights only around around 8.4 lbs (3.9 kg), which is fantastic news if you like taking your game console out of your place or from room to room.
But while everyone is talking about 4K and teraflops, we want to point attention toward the way the One X will stay cool. Boasting advanced liquid cooling along with a supercharger-style centrifugal fan, the One X was designed to make sure it never heats up. Poor ventilation and overheating can significantly shorten a video game console’s lifespan and is one of the main causes of the infamous Red Ring of Death during the Xbox 360 era.
The World’s Most Powerful Console Arrives Soon
Microsoft’s worldwide launch for the Xbox One X is set at November 7th, 2017. Retail Price will be $500 USD (£450 GBP, €499 Euro, $599 CAD).
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