The Xbox One X (Scorpio) releases November 7th 2017, with Microsoft promising us the most powerful console ever seen… so how does it shape up and is it worth your time and attention?
Lets find out…
Slimmer But Bigger – Design
The Xbox One X features a slimmer, more streamlined design to that of its predecessors with a full black top cover and air vents on either side for better cooling.
It also contains a:
- Power Port
- 2 HDMI Ports (1 HDMI 1.4b in, 1 HDMI 2.0 out)
- 3 USB 3.0 Ports
- IR (infrared) Out
- S/PDIF (Audio Output)
- Ethernet Cable
The simple design allows for a more compact package which has not been seen from an Xbox console to date.
Although the design is smaller, I personally think there’s nothing incredible about this new design which would convince an existing or new customer to buy this console.
The real worth of the Xbox One X lies in its technical specifications, and what it offers us as consumers.
Technically Superior – Specs
Make no mistake this is the world’s most powerful console, putting out about 40% more power and performance than any other console on the market. The price tag would also make it the cheapest and most powerful PC at $499, minus the 4K TV.
So why is this console so powerful…?
Well I’m glad you asked because here’s the reason:
- Processor (CPU) – 8-core custom AMD CPU 2.3 GHz, which is roughly 30% faster than the original Xbox One’s CPU. Allows for running games/streaming smoothly at native 4K resolution and possibly 60FPS (frames per second).
- Graphics (GPU) – 40 customized compute units at 1.172GHz 6 Tera flops, offer 4.6 times better performance than the Xbox One according to Eurogamer. Providing more detailed worlds and character animations whilst in 4K.
- Memory (RAM) – 12GB of GDDR5 RAM at 6.8GHz 326GB/s bandwidth, can lead to more latency than the Xbox One’s ESRAM but will provide faster load times and get more out of the GPU.
- Other Specs – 1TB HDD, Wireless Connection, 4K UHD Blu-ray Drive, 3.81kg (8.4lbs)
- In The Box – HDMI cable, Xbox One X controller, Power Cable, 14-day Xbox Gold Trial
The reason for the price, is due to Microsoft’s ability to acquire and build cheap parts in bulk to create the console. The amount to create a single console rather than in bulk would be that of a high-end gaming PC, running you about $1200 or more.
Above Video: Xbox One X VS PC VS Xbox One Graphics Comparison.
Is It Worth It?
Despite all this though the comparison in graphics and performance compared to other consoles on the market isn’t that significant. You can still enjoy 4K at a cheaper price with the PS4 Pro and Xbox One S without having to fork out an extra $100.
Even a normal Xbox One or PS4 is sufficient for anyone’s gaming needs. Something important you should also note is that 4K resolution doesn’t improve the graphics, it only makes the image sharper and more clear.
However, if you care about your FPS being at 60 frames per second, than there is some merit to be had in possibly picking up this console.
If you are an existing original Xbox One user or looking to buy a console I would personally wait for a price drop in both 4K TV’s and the Xbox One X before purchasing. Instead, you should opt to purchasing an Xbox One S or PS4 Pro if you want 4K but want to spend less.
In saying that I hope this article has helped you in making the best possible decision. Microsoft and other websites use a lot of fancy words to try convince you, but in the end you’re still going to get incredible current generation graphics and game play with whatever console you decide to get.
If you have any questions please feel free to leave a comment below.
Have a great day guy’s and take care!