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Xbox One X review: A console packed with raw potential waiting to be fulfilled

With Xbox One X, Microsoft hopes you'll be willing to dive into the 4K revolution with its super-powered 6TF console. But how good is it really? And is it worth the hefty cost of admission? We have all the answers.

Leading up to the announcement of the Xbox One X, prominent analysts and commentators said that anything above $399 would be a death sentence for the console, despite all the technology crammed into the box. Even when you disregard the Xbox One X's $499 pricepoint, and when you factor in the price of the 4K television required to use it optimally, you know this isn't a console for everyone.

If you're looking to buy an Xbox One X, you can't just consider the 4K box itself. You also have to consider the ecosystem attached to it: games, media, and beyond. Unlike purchasing a gaming PC, with a console purchase, you're also locking yourself into a specific storefront. You're also trading the potential versatility of Windows for the out-of-the-box usability of a closed, standardized hardware ecosystem.

The Xbox One X and Xbox landscape are a whole lot different than the original Xbox One in 2013. If you're already a diehard Xbox fan, Microsoft knows you're going to buy this box. But for lapsed fans who left the platform for PlayStation 4 at the start of this generation, or Microsoft ecosystem users looking to jump in for the first time, the Xbox One X is by no means a guaranteed win. Here's why.

Xbox One X tech specs

CategorySpecification
CPUCustom CPU at 2.3 GHz with eight cores
GraphicsCustom GPU at 1.172 GHz with 40 CUs, Polaris features, and six teraflops (TF)
Memory12GB of GDDR5 RAM at 6.8GHz with 326GB/s bandwidth
StorageStarting at 1TB HDD
Connections and expansionsHDMI-in, HDMI-out, one front-facing USB 3.0, two rear-facing USB 3.0, IR receiver andblaster, SPDIF digital audio, and Ethernet (IEEE 802.3 10/100/1000)
WirelessWireless IEEE 802.11ac dual band (5GHz & 2.4GHz), and dedicated dual-band Xbox Wireless radio
Power supply245W (internal)
Disk drive4K UHD Blu-ray drive
Dimensions11.81 in x 9.45 in x 2.36 in (30 cm x 24 cm x 6 cm)
Weight8.4 lbs (3.81 kg)
In the boxXbox One X console
Xbox Wireless Controller
HDMI cable
Power cable
one-month Xbox Game Pass trial
14-day Xbox Live Gold trial
Price$499

Hardware features and design

There's no denying how powerful the Xbox One X is. It's virtually impossible to create an equivalent gaming PC at this price point, even when you disregard some of the console's additional aspects like UHD Blu-ray and its uniquely compact design.

The Xbox One X is, in fact, the smallest Xbox ever made, featuring a slimmer depth profile than that of its standard HD brother. Like previous consoles, the Xbox One X's design is intentionally unremarkable. It's a black box, designed to disappear in among your other TV peripherals in your media center. The reverse has a grill to promote air flow, and the Blu-ray drive has changed position slightly from that of the S, hidden neatly under the larger top section.

The most remarkable thing about the physical design is the amount of power Microsoft managed to squeeze into such a small space.

Like the S, the X can be positioned vertically, but as of writing, there's no official stand for the standard edition Xbox One X, which might prove annoying for some. However, there are some third-party options already popping up. Overall, the most remarkable thing about the physical design is the amount of power Microsoft managed to squeeze into such a small space.

Microsoft pioneered new computing methods to get the most out of the X's hardware, boosting memory bandwidth and overall computing capabilities in the process. The customized chips help the X punch above its weight range, combined with powerful cooling techniques and some industry-leading design principles, ported across from Microsoft's billion-dollar Surface PC line.

Xbox One Family

Xbox One Family (Image credit: Windows Central)

Speaking of cooling, the Xbox One X is never blisteringly hot to the touch when it's running 4K games, and considering it has an internal PSU and 6TF of computational power, that's an achievement. The top portion gets a little warm, but it's by no means worrisome. The reverse vents dissipate heat well, just make sure that your X is going to be properly ventilated. At peak, you're looking at around 155 degrees F (68 degress C).

Despite all that cooling, it's also silent. My external HDD is louder than the console. My Razer Blade laptop, by comparison, sounds like a jet engine even running games at just 1080p, with the One X coming in at just 42 dBA during peak loads.

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As far as ports are concerned, Xbox One S owners will find the Xbox One X familiar. Two rear-facing USB 3.0 ports are joined by a front-facing port. There's your standard glowing power button, an Xbox Wireless pairing button, SPDIF optical audio, a port for Ethernet, and the return of HDMI-in and -out. Like the S, there's no Kinect port, as Microsoft recently announced its support of the peripheral is coming to an end.

While the ports are familiar, some of the features, at least where HDMI is concerned, will be exclusive to the Xbox One X. The new box will eventually support HDMI 2.1 via a firmware update, which brings a potentially crucial feature in the form of Variable Refresh Rates (VRR). VRR over HDMI is going to be a staple of the next generation of TVs and displays, and several Xbox One X games are already advertised on the store as supporting VRR. While you won't really be able to take advantage of this on day one, the X is futureproofed for this standard.

What VRR does is synchronize the frame rate of the game directly with the display. At the moment, if your game isn't able to output frames at the speed of your display, you will either get a dropped or torn frame, known as screen tearing. VRR solves this by updating your display only when it receives an image from your console, leading to a far smoother, higher-quality experience. While we can't test this today, the Xbox One X will be the only console that does this for the foreseeable future.

Overall, it's hard to argue against the quality of the Xbox One X's physical attributes at this price point. But a console is only as good as its software and services.

Xbox

Xbox (Image credit: Windows Central)

Software and media

For the most part, the Xbox One X OS is identical to that of Xbox One S. You might think the beefier hardware in the X might lead to an even snappier experience, but if there are any performance gains, they're almost imperceptible.

The main difference between the Xbox One X and S in terms of OS features is a flashy new boot animation, which celebrates the Scorpio engine and the powerful internals Microsoft baked into this device. Additionally, the Xbox One X can record video games in 4K with HDR. Right now, the best solutions for achieving this functionality are often quite expensive or PCI-e based, designed for desktop computers. For Microsoft to include such powerful recording features in the X, which now supports external 60 minute captures to a separate HDD, is truly laudable. Sadly, you can still only share 1080p clips on Xbox Live, and the 4K HDR screenshots are difficult to work with, outputting as .JXR and .PNG files that need to be combined to be viewed outside of the console. Hopefully, Microsoft will fix this in the future, because it's pretty silly.

It doesn't feel like Microsoft is 'all-in' on 4K content.

If you're unfamiliar with the Xbox One OS, it was recently updated to promote speed and usability. You can access a special Guide menu from anywhere, whether it's TV, movies, apps, or games, giving you access to friends lists, Xbox achievements and beyond. For Xbox One X buyers, the greatest feature is the fact you can back up your entire Xbox One to an external HDD, and simply move the whole thing to the X on launch day. There's no huge fuss during set up, except for an 800MB update.

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On the media side of things, Microsoft emphasized the amount of apps that now support 4K video. You have the UHD Blu-ray player obviously, and offerings like Netflix and Amazon Video. If you're in the U.S., there will be even more 4K-capable services. It is, however, incredibly annoying, that Microsoft itself isn't leading the charge on 4K digital distribution for TV and movies.

If you're someone who has been investing in digital movies from the Windows and Xbox stores for years, the amount of 4K content to purchase on those storefronts is anemic. You can count a number of 4K movies available to buy from Microsoft on one hand, as of writing, and there's little indication this is going to change in the near future. They're also ridiculously expensive.

Xbox / 4K TV

Xbox / 4K TV (Image credit: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central)

It doesn't feel like Microsoft is as "all-in" on 4K content as it might like us to think. Apple recently announced that movies purchased through iTunes would be updated to 4K for free. In this case, Apple TV dominates the Xbox One X as a 4K media center. But ultimately, you're likely here for the gaming, not the media experience.

Xbox One X gaming

At the time of writing, there's only a handful of games available to demo with Xbox One X enhancements, but Microsoft is aiming to get around 70 titles up during launch week, with over 150 in the roadmap. We'll be focusing on the games we have had hands and eyes on, including Gears of War 4, Assassin's Creed: Origins, and Killer Instinct.

Make no mistake, with the right TV and the right games, the Xbox One X will blow your mind.

First, let's describe exactly how the Xbox One X handles its "Xbox One Enhanced" games, because it's not entirely straightforward. The first thing to note is it's up to developers whether games get enhanced specifically to take advantage of the Xbox One X horsepower. But that's not the full story.

Make no mistake, with the right TV and the right games, the Xbox One X will blow your mind.

Games that have been developed with change resilience in mind, namely dynamic resolution scaling, will have an edge on the Xbox One X, achieving their target resolutions and frame rates more often. The speedier HDD will also help with load times, so you will get a better experience from the X, even when a game hasn't been patched. Playing an unpatched Assassin's Creed Origins was noticeably better on the X, with more consistent frame rates.

Beyond that, the Xbox One X will enlist supersampling techniques to render more beautiful images on enhanced games, even on 1080p displays, and developers are taking advantage of the ability to include different graphics settings to boost things like frame rate and general quality over resolution, acknowledging that not everyone will have a 4K display.

At least for the games we have available now, the difference between a supersampled 4K image on a 1080p display is quite hard to discern, frankly. There are simply not enough pixels to showcase the full beauty of a 4K image on a 1080p display.

The amount of raw potential in the Xbox One X is staggering.

You will see improvements to textures, foliage density, and draw distances, when developers focus their efforts on physical upgrades, rather than flat resolution bumps. On 1080p displays, perhaps the best use of the X horsepower is when developers transform a 30 frames per second (FPS) game to 60 FPS, as we've seen with Rise of the Tomb Raider and Gears of War 4. It's far more dramatic a difference than the supersampled 1080p images, so hopefully developers will continue to offer 60 FPS modes where possible.

There's a lot of "hopefully," in this section, and that's because a lot of the features and capabilities of the Xbox One X rely so heavily on what developers do with the hardware. As a gamer, you will want to know whether or not your investment in the console is going to pan out in terms of support from third-parties, and it's hard to say at this point.

In games, you'll be able to see finer and distant details far more easily on 4K enhanced titles.

For the games that are supported, the Xbox One X achieves things previously only possible with higher-end gaming laptops and custom-built desktop PCs, such as native 4K visuals, occasionally with 60 FPS frame rates. Throw in HDR lighting on a high-quality TV, and games like Gears of War 4 simply look vivid, next-gen, and almost frighteningly immersive.

Higher resolution textures supported by millions of extra pixels create a sharper image across the board, particularly in the details of distant objects or intricate designs, such as the textures on enemies and weapons. HDR gives the game some truly dramatic lighting, which elevates the campaign's cinematic qualities far beyond what the standard Xbox One is capable of.

Another game that sports truly noticeable improvements, surprisingly, is 2008's Fallout 3. Microsoft is working to tidy up some of the Xbox 360's classic games, some of which really struggled on the old console. Fallout 3 on the X now looks like its maxed-out PC counterpart, which gives the classic title a new lease on life.

Gears of War 4 and Fallout 3 are both great examples of the Xbox One X's capabilities, but having played Assassin's Creed Origins at 4K, it is the best looking game I've ever seen, particularly since I've been slugging through the blurry Xbox One S version over the past few days.

The extra pixels pushed by the X produce crystalline scenery that showcases games at their absolute best. It's about the glistening, intricate architecture of forgotten catacombs in Rise of the Tomb Raider, the detailed reflection of the pock-marked moon as you trek through Gears of War 4's ruins, and the sand-blasted hieroglyphs on an Assassin's Creed Origins ancient temple.

The amount of raw potential in the Xbox One X is staggering.

It's hard to talk about gaming potential on the Xbox One X without mentioning virtual reality (VR), or in Microsoft's case, Windows Mixed Reality. Microsoft originally touted VR as a driving factor behind the Xbox One X's specs, but since then all mention of VR has gradually disappeared from the console's marketing. As of writing, there's no Mixed or VR content available for the Xbox One platform, and Microsoft says its focus for WMR is on PC right now. It's a safe bet we won't see VR on the Xbox One X any time soon either.

The 4K resolution makes such a huge difference, though, and that's frustratingly difficult to demonstrate in an article or a video unless you're viewing it on a large 4K display yourself.

So, the million-dollar question: Is it worth the price of admission?

Xbox One X review conclusion

Games on the Xbox One X, on a decent 4K display, are truly awe-inspiring. The big studios pushing the technology to its full utilization are ushering the next leap for console gaming, offering an experience that, up until now, was restricted to higher-end PCs.

That's the thing about the Xbox One X – it's remarkably gimmick-free. There's no Kinect, there's no VR or holograms. It's razor-focused on delivering the best console gaming experience possible, and as long as Microsoft is able to produce the full amount of developer support it claims to have, Redmond will have achieved its aims.

The biggest question marks hanging over the Xbox One X have less to do with the console itself, and more to do with the ecosystem. There is very little 4K video support on the Microsoft Store, from a company that seems increasingly risk-averse and unexciting in the consumer space, killing consumer products, services, and games with worrying frequency.

After experiencing a game with Xbox One X enhancements, particularly 4K, it's truly hard to go back to standard HD.

What will Xbox One X support look like in a year? What exclusive photorealistic games are on the way that will use the X to its full potential? Microsoft doesn't answer any of those questions, putting the onus on third-party developers and old (sometimes very old) games to do the heavylifting in the short term. There's 150 plus games on the way, but we don't have a definitive roadmap for launch week, and it's something you should be aware of.

Stalking Egypt in 4K in Assassin's Creed Origins or battling waves of grotesque monsters in Gears of War 4 proves the sheer genius of the Xbox engineering team, allowing console gamers to experience truly high-end gaming for the first time without an expensive gaming PC rig. The difference isn't big enough to make me want to go back and play old games though, and there's no concrete information on when more recent games on the enhancement list will get the 4K boost.

After experiencing a game with Xbox One X enhancements, particularly in 4K, it's simply hard to go back to standard HD. There are no doubts about the hardware potential. It's just that as of writing, it's hard to know for sure how much waiting you'll have to do to see the console and that expensive 4K display achieve their money's worth. And that's unfortunate. With the hardware totally nailed, it all depends on how much faith you're willing to put in Microsoft to deliver those games, and how long you're willing to wait for that promised 4K content.

Pros:

  • Incredible 4K potential.
  • Future-proofed for VR and FreeSync VRR.
  • Amazing power in a tidy package.
  • Xbox One X Enhanced games are relentlessly immersive.

Cons:

  • Little 4K media in the Xbox Store, and what is there is expensive.
  • Price of entry is high when combined with a 4K TV.
  • The timing of future 4K game patches is unclear.

Xbox One X launches on November 7, 2017 for $499.

This review was conducted using units provided by Microsoft.

Jez Corden is a Senior Editor for Windows Central, focusing primarily on all things Xbox and gaming. Jez is known for breaking exclusive news and analysis as relates to the Microsoft ecosystem while being powered by caffeine. Follow on Twitter @JezCorden and listen to his Xbox Two podcast, all about, you guessed it, Xbox!

117 Comments
  • " Price of entry is high when combined with a 4K TV "   You dont  need a 4K TV to get the benefits of the X and the price of the X is very good to what it delivers, your point is not very good, really. " Little 4K media in the Xbox Store, and what is there is expensive. "   What? Seriously? Who cares about 4K media?? I want games!!! Oh boy... " The timing of future 4K game patches is unclear. "   I agree, but if you think more, this should not be a minus for the X.....
  • Try reading it. You do need a 4K TV to get the full benefits, having a slightly more consistent 30 FPS isn't worth $500. Yes some games get 60 FPS, which is something I noted in the article, but there's no way in hell would I pay $500 to use this with a 1080p display.
  • Except games running on an X on a 1080p display will get all the graphical enhancements rendered at 4K and then down sampled to 1080p, so graphics and image quality will be consideralbly better even at 1080p.....so kind of a bit more than a consistent 30 FPS Jez. 
  • That's pretty much what I wrote, dude I compared the games side by side, difference is negligible compared to 4K. Not sure I'd buy this just to use on a 1080p TV.
  • DigitalFoundry disagrees as does anyone with eyeballs that function.
  • Aww a downvote. That's cute. 🤣
  • Really, now we are whining that the 'ultimate Microsoft fanboy site' isn't blindly recommending a shiny new piece of MS technology? They just can't win, can they?
  • Even in 4k tv there's almost no difference. If you dont believe me just check the side by side comparisons on the net. If one tells that wow the difference is huge after checking those images, I will be very very surprised. The same games, same graphic engine, they design the games for standard xbox one, and they just release a resolution upgrade patch 'xbox one x enhanced' and everybody is crazy about it. I'm not surprised, that's how people buy iphones.
  • The difference between 1080p and native 4K is gargantuan for photorealistic games. Rise of the Tomb Raider between its Xbox One res and native 4K is like night and day, reminds me of Xbox One vs. Xbox 360.
  • I know this post is OLD, but its worth noting that unless you're running a 4K display to view the images you want people to compare, you won't be able to! 1080p will always have the same number of pixels. Now, if you are using a 4K display to view the differences, then maybe you/ OP has posted bad images. The differences are pretty stark - which is what we'd expect.
  • You can get a good 4K TV for a few hundred dollars.  That is needed for any 4K content and has nothing to do with the Xbox (Apple TV requires a 4K TV for 4K content).  So, anything that requires a 4K TV to view 4K content should be a minus!  My understanding the controller is low end that comes with the Xbox One X.
  • Or you can watch it on YouTube.
  • @J0rg32012 LOL @ the damage control!! HAHAHA 
  • I like Dan's new look.
  • Again, this console is not only exclusive for 4K, you can get 1080p 60fps on ultra, with less loading times, for me is enough to upgrade to the X
  • By ultra do you mean killer instinct?
  • Hi, no, the graphics for any game on ultra, means the best graphics as possible in the game.
  • That's incorect. The X runs the Xbox One S graphics at 1080p60 if the base game was already at 1080p30, with some extra enhancements as well, such as shadows, higher rez textures and AF. But it's not the PC ultra quality settings, depending on game at least. With recent Ubisoft games, starting since 2012, all their games on PC have visual setting that push far beyond what consoles could do and sometimes far beyond what current PCs can do. You can't max out the last 2 ACs and Watch Dogs 2 and get 4K60 with a single GPU today for example.
  • Check out the comparison of Shadow of War. Xbox One X is running max textures or at very high and in that case as far as consoles goes it's the highest.
  • That's so wrong. X will run the game the same if it's plugged to a 1080p or 4K display, it will just downsample it to 1080p. And it will be equivalent to high or ultra pc settings, that you need a 1200$ config to make it happened on PC.
  • Jf.Vigor, I'll take whatever the Ultimate settings are on the One X. Sometimes on my PC, depending on the Choice, Class, Clarity and Combo of graphics settings, the detail can be a framerate Breaker!!!! :( My 4 year old PC will continue to Fight On though, even with a 4th generation Core i5 processor. I can't wait to get the Supreme Victory over frame rate woes with the One X though. Microsoft fit some Ultra Tech in such a small Xbox!
  • I agree with you, Hopefully my wife will get a me a nice birthday gift in January. Been hinting her how great the picture is on the 65 inch LG OLED TV.
  • Im with you there. I will be picking up the One X on my birthday in February. I figure that may be enough time to see some bug fixes, if any and minor software update improvements. Hopefully, they will have at least a 2TB option or nice bundles for the current price point.
  • Is VR coming in the feature a safe bet?
  • It better. I can't afford the rig for VR, this console would be able to do it :(
  • Hopefully, but nobody really knows, and Microsoft is annoyingly coy about it.
  • No headset in the box?
  • I think Microsoft now should make a touch TV 📺 with 4k, 6k 8k and can be used with vr to control it so you don't have to touch a remote when VR-ing
  • No sir.
  • It didnt come with the Xbox one S either... I was kind of shocked and with a $500 console ? nope. Thank god the Xbox one headsets can be grabbed on ebay for under $10.
  • Xbox One X and PS4 both share the same weakness . The CPU. Cause of that the GPU has much more to do that it should have. That's why the true power of this awesome build will never really shine. It's still an incredible console but the next console generation will blow our minds. Not just in graphics. The only difference between One S and One X is in graphics and fps which is really nice but a new generation will go beyond that and bring us games we've never seen before. This will also affect PC gaming. Can't wait for that.
    But in the meantime the OneX is definitely worth it. Every single penny. Especially in this small and silent package. They made the absolute best out of the limitations they had.
  • Unfortunately, we are at a point where video game graphics are starting to plateau, Generations are over, gone, dead like windows mobile. The one thing mentioned in the review is a lack of a AAA launch exclusive, I disagree. If you have sat thru a enough console launches like I have, you are simply tired of the one or two rushed console exclusives at launch that you get while you wait another year or two for that one title that makes full use of the hardware. Here for those that have a life outside gaming and who's backlog is longer than this review, the Xbox One X is perfect...5/5
  • Go on youtube and watch the video "Evolution of Video Game Graphic", Car tires no longer look like blocks, instead they look like actual car tires.
  • "Generations are over, gone," LOL what BS!!  And if you're tired of getting games for your new console, well then that's just you. I want my new console/hardware to play new games not REALLY old upgraded games that I finished years ago. And here, from someone who is not a company "fan" and doesn't have a "fan" avatar or user name: XB1x is around 2/5. Nice power, but the company making this console didn't focus enough in making games. Video game history has shown us that BIGGER library is MUCH more important than the power of a console when it comes to console gaming.
  • 4 negative votes, ZERO gaming argument. That's what is expecting when dealing with bitter company "fans" who feel personally insulted when someone criticise their beloved company. HAHAHA
  • Loved my 360, shooters, shooters and more shooters. Bought a One S. Hardly ever use it, the dearth of quality shooters is abysmal, so as much as I would love an XOneX, I can't talk myself into it. The lack of quality shooters means NO SALE.  
  • ah hooters .....
  • I hope MS will soon realize that they should make more games for their customers. We will have loads of MS/XB fans dancing around this new piece of hardware and suddenly (after 4 years) singing "Power is the most important thing ever". I believe MS should start ignoring these people who will follow MS no matter what and listen to those who are yet to buy a XB1 or frustrated customers who are not happy... But I believe there are a LOT more people who buy consoles to play games. Gamers want games... new games... I hope MS make more new innovative, diverse games for their customers...
  • what a missed opportunity (yes i'm talking about VR)
  • it would have been rushed and gotten a bad rap...why take that chance. As a HTC Vive user with a dedicated VR room, you aren't missing all that much. While niche, neural implants are the next gen in VR, if that ever happens.
  • Mixed Reality is already here. Whether it's rushed or not can be debated, but that wouldn't affect the Xbox X...
  • Actually its not, they would like to combine AR and VR but currently its two separate experiences. Once you can do mixed in the same headset lets talk. The big problem with the vive day one was that everything was a tech demo and not a full experience, aka rushed.
  • But you're talking about VR; not AR... So yes, it's already here, irrespective of the Xbox X.
  • Biggest con is definitely the lack of VR support; Huge mistake to tout this in the early stages, and then just drop it - people remember such things!
  • If you've used Windows Mobile at all you'd know that Microsoft has backed off of many statements time and time again.
  • No denying that, but this is just more blatant in some way. Also more of a missed opportunity, as in the Xbox they've got a pretty popular device that's now market leading by a wide margin when it comes to power...
  • What isn't mentioned in this X1X review is that games that aren't enhanced for X1X will now have locked fps at 30/60 depending of game and games on the X1/S that support dynamic resolution will now max out that resolution all the time. For example The Witcher 3 unpatched is 1080p30 COD Advanced Warfare, Black Ops 3 and Infinite Warfare is 1080p60 now, The Division is also 1080p30, Doom is 1080p60 and I think Dishonored 2 unpatched for X1X is now 900p30 locked as well now.
  • No shave November...I see what Daniel did there
  • Im a little thrown off why so many media sites are out to be first with a review. Even though we know that in general the sample size of games you can play before Nov 7 is small. Either way I suppose it'll be worth the wait to read digital foundrys review when it come up because they're comfortable with not being first but being the best.  
  • Why does the sample size matter? Penello said there will be 70 games available during launch week and I believe him.
  • Why does sample size matter? Is that a rheotorical question[has to be]? Technically you dont even have an actual impression of the Day one expereince but you have a review. Which is what I feel is much more important that being FIRST to drop a review after the embargo. A review done on Nov 10th would have included a healthy chunk off enhanced games rather than the hand full many of you were limited to. It would have included the average consumers Day One experience. It doesnt matter at the end of the day. The review is up. Being firt was more important. I got it.   
  • I got most of the games I wanna play, good enough for me, I reviewed it from a customer's point of view. I also have way more games than I did during review, and it hasn't impacted or changed my view of the console or this review. Cheers :)
  • Excellent review. Just a minor nitpick...the Original Xbox One actually does have a Blu-Ray drive as opposed to a standard DVD drive.
  • yep
  • And he should have said that the Xbox One S and Xbox One X don't have a dedicated Kinect port, but they still support Kinect with an adapter.
  • aye, was just a mistake, sadly we can't edit YouTube videos or add annotations anymore :(
  • Wish there were more games worth playing, along with VR support. The drive choice is also really disappointing, given you can't replace the thing. True Achievements tested it and had cold boots at almost a minute long, which is quite bad. I do like that they went away from a white case, though. This looks a lot better. Also glad to see that they took a good GPU and put it in, so we aren't hitting performance maximums at launch, like with the original XB1. I'm holding out for them to either get VR going on the XB1X or for some games I actually want to play. Microsoft's last game to get my attention was FH3, and none of the announced exclusives excite me right now. Just lacking in content to sell me on the platform. I think this is an easy purchase for someone new to XB1 or trying to pick between PS4P and XB1X for multi-platform games (though if you like Sony's exclusives on the way, PS4P is the obvious choice). However, even though I have a 4K TV, I just don't see this a worthwhile upgrade at $500 right now. It needs games, which is something that's a drastic change from launch XB1. I'll get this in a year or so, once we have the 2018 lineup announced, likely when they have some kind of price drop or console bundle at next Black Friday that's worth the buy-in.
  • There are plenty of games for the X, over 500 plus bc, with a bunch being enhanced 4k . Generations are over, its all about building a library that you don't have to discard every 4 years while you wait 1-2 years for a game to take advantage of your new hardware.
  • It seems MS has went away from trying to keep up with the first party AAA title battle.  Instead, they invested their time and money into providing the best multi-platform console available.  I am not sure I really agree with that fully but we'll see as I've had mine pre-ordered since it's reveal.  On one hand, the available enhanced games is a phenomenal offering to existing customers.  On the other hand, it kind of takes away from that new generation of consoles feel.  I can see me plugging this console in, downloading all the 4k assets for some games and just kind of squinting and thinking "yeah, I guess it does look a little better?"
  • now I can complete my 4k/dolby atmos home theatre setup
  • If just for home theater, wouldn't an Xbox One S be a better choice?
  • I could be wrong but I don't think the S supports Atmos. Unless they added it via an update.
  • If he/she is doing 4K...the S only does the menus and movies in 4K, not gaming.
  • Have not heard good things about this one
  • Is the memory speed really 6.8ghz? Seems like an error.
  • With so many product cancellations by Microsoft, I've lost my faith in them. 
  • Head of Xbox was just promoted to Nadella's inner circle of executives and MS boasted how important gaming was going forward them on their recent earnings call. I get the distrust bit, but they go where they make MONEY. It's really that simple.
  • At one point they also mentioned how important mobile was to their strategy. 
  • I've lost a lot of faith as well. I will never buy a mobile device or tablet/laptop with the Microsoft name on it. The Xbox is a totally different deal, it's gaming at some of it's best and as long as the titles come, the console will be good.
  • I've never purchased a gaming console. So for those that view this from that vantage point, the X is kind of a no brainer. Why would I buy a lesser\older technology?
    And it sounds funny to here $500 bucks discussed as being SO expensive by folks that pay more than that annually for the latest phone.
  • Yeah, there were many in the gaming community who said anything above $399 made it DOA. I disagree especially with the gaming generation - mine - in their 40's with more income to spend. I think it's a great value.
  • It's a great value once you sit down and see that costs of what a 4K capable gaming PC costs to just build....OMG...The video card alone is more than a Xbox one X in MOST cases.
  • Co-signed!
  • Ultimately, what's value-added for some, isn't for others.
  • It's all coming down to price though and how much you're willing to put for better performance. It's also worth looking at what the competition is offereing in terms of games for a much cheaper price. You want to talk about latest phones? Well this isn't a phone it's a gaming console. 2 totally different products. 500 bucks is a lot compared to the competition and even a XB1s + games.
  • It just doesn't bring anything to the table that I care about.  I'm a PC gamer only, my PC is already as powerful or more powerful and is easily upgraded.  We don't have a 4K TV and can't see buying a new TV (our current 60" TV is only a year old) to justify buying an Xbox One.  Our current Xbox One that we bought w/Kinect barely serves any purpose now because Microsoft gutted what the Kinect could do and utterly destroyed the dashboard.  We MIGHT throw money at a 4K TV in a couple of years, but there's no reason to right now.  I'm not into wasting money just to chase the latest thing.
  • So what's your point? "I'm a pc gamer only" Great, so why comment? None of this has anything to do with you...
  • He has the right just like anyone else to comment on this topic. Freedom of speech and all that...
  • My neighbor has two dogs.
  • That's why I'm asking him, not telling him. Anyway, as the saying goes, if you don't have anything sensible to say, don't say anything.
  • So people should not criticise a company now just because it hurts the feeling of fans of a company/brand? That's crazy. This sounds like some kind of extremist propaganda where only praise are allowed... LOL 
  • If I am a buyer considering the S or the X, it makes more sense to go with the X if I want better support for 4K in the longer term even if I don't have 4K setup.  Having said that, I do have a 4K setup, but not HDR capable. So, I'll be replacing my trusty but old 65" LG with an HDR capable 4K 75" LG before I buy an X to replace the One that I gave to my nephews. As for Microsoft not going "all-in" on 4K.  People, let's be real... Microsoft is likely to pull out of Xbox Video as well.  It just isn't their core business.  I am going say that I hope they team up with VUDU and somehow offer us a way to transfer holdings or receive credits for $hit we bought on Xbox Video. I'm okay with Microsoft focusing on business software with a limited hardware lineup including Xbox.  I would like to see what they offer with respect to AR/VR, but see the value in partnering with 3rd parties if those 3rd parties are committed to top notch experiences.  I'm not happy about it. But I understand it as a consumer and fan.  For me, it's like going to a restaurant with 20 pages of items vs 5.  A restaurant can't be that great if it strays from what it specializes in.  Too much bloat, even if customers demand it, means you loose focus and quality.  I'd rather have quality over quantity.
  • For me the question is what to do with my Sharp 60" 1080P tv, it still works fine and I can afford a nice 4K tv, but then I have to listen to my wife complain that I don't need a new tv.  I supposed I could get mad when my football team is sucking and acidently throw something through it.  :)
  • What about dynamic HDR, such as Dolby Vision or HDR10+ in the future? Little has been mentioned on this topic? If you want to use the Xbox One X as a true 4k powerhouse then taking advantage of dynamic HDR would be necessary. Anyone have any other information on this?
  • i want to go to a store and see games that i would be interested in demo'd on quality 4k tv with xb1x to make sure it's going to be worth it for me.  what stores do this? graphics don't necessarily make gameplay systems or story or characters better, so it needs to really look overwhelmingly great.
  • This is what Spencer said back in 2013.
    “But games should be defined by more than their framerate and resolution. I think this is an industry about fun and people should put the controller in their hand - or gesture - and play the games and decide what they like. I think that's the soul of what this industry's about.”  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8CfywZF8rE&feature=youtu.be&t=479 He also said this "if we go back many generations I don't think we would define the best game in any console generation as the highest resolution, highest framerate, there is something else about the game other than just that" At that time, some of these company/brand "fans" all agreed. Now it' seems it doesn't matter. It's all about power. Playing old games at better res, framerate and whatever... Also on a side note, some of the thing said is hilarious when you look at what MS and Spencer are doing TODAY!! 
  • Better framerates and higher resolution doesn't mean WORSE gameplay either. Gameplay is important to a game, but if that bit is in the can, it can only be a bonus if it looks good as well...!
  • I think it's only Microsoft stores right now. There's a shortage so you wouldn't find any set up in stores for a while. I'm getting my Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition today and I can't wait
  • Is it possible to choose installation of standard version or does it force you to X patched version? If some of the games are 100gb then you will soon run out of space so would be good to be able to choose which games you install for upgraded experience.
  • Total side comment, Paprika is one of the best movie on this millennia!
  • I really dont understand the point. Can't you think again?! Forget about numbers, focus on the facts. I have tried xbox one x in store and also checked the side by side comparisons, almost no difference! I am not surprised cause you will only get the same game, same graphic engine, with a resolution upgrade from full hd to 4k. Believe me I love microsoft, I have surface 4, lumia 950, a win 10 desktop pc and xbox one. But I'm not just going to buy everything they sell. And I'm very disappointed in them when they fool people with raw numbers and mottos like; 'the most powerful console'. Ok, it's the most powerful one. But who cares? They design the games for xbox one, the games are all the same, it is not a different console. Same console with fps and resolution upgrade. I'm sorry but imo that's the silliest thing I have seen, and I really dont understand how people are very into buying this. Just google it and check side by side in game pictures,please. Except forza 7 they're almost the same even in a screenshot when you zoom in and review it for 5 mins you can barely see a difference. They are just making us to jump in '4k mania' the tv s , blu rays, xbox one x... I won't. I don't need to change my xbox one and my tv. I'm not going to buy every 'fancy' product. That's why I dont use an IPhone.
  • This really isn't built for the everyday gamer though. It's built for those who want the very best in all aspects of their gaming, and it sounds as if you are not in the target audience. That's okay, and I'm not really either - the One S exists for everyone else who just want to play some good games at a lower price, and it will almost certainly sell in greater numbers as the 'vanilla' Xbox experience. But for those who want it, this exists for them.
  • Already have a Samsung 4K TV. Will jump in when price drops to $300-$400 range.
  • Anyone know if there will be any swag give aways for the best buy midnight release? Not sure if it's worth going or not. Never been to a midnight release
  • Still worth investing into. I really cant wait to invest into a 4K projector and give the Xbox One X a spin.
  • Add be to this and it's golden
  • my wish🐱🚀
  • Find Windows Central very interesting and informative.
  • Looks awesome. Blown away by the images from the Xbox one S, but these pictures look incredible. Wish list.
  • Must be pretty amazing having a 1X paired with a HDR capable 4K TV :) Nice review with plenty of info.
  • looks good
  • All very good, but presently feeling very very let down by Mircosoft once again.  The Change in the Kinect connector, and knowing people will upgrade their current xbox one to an xbox X, and cannot get an adaptor anywhere.
  • Do want
  • X will run the game if it's plugged to a 1080p or 4K display, it will just downsample it to 1080p.  
  • i wish someone could give me that as a gift.
  • Santa Claus will hope he does not forget me, this year he is green with a big X on his stomach. I think it is unmissable with its new look.Ho ! Ho ! Ho !
  • I LOVE IT!!!! Want one so bad!!! My Grandson and I would love to play this together
  • #WindowScentral#1#2018#
  • I would love to win one to play with my nephews!!!
  • This will be one device that moves the 4K needle of adoption forward.  #WINNING
  • If only i had some money.  
  • I wish I can have a Xbox one x and but it is to much for me and wish one some can help me get one Xbox one x for me because  I don't have that kind of money  and I always  wanted  a Xbox one x game system  for me and my wish is that some sweet will help me get a Xbox one x  game system  for me and mail it to 708 Washington  street  Jamestown N.Y.  14701 
  • I’d love to win this for my little brother he’s always wanted one for us to play together 
  • I would LOVE to WIN the Xbox One X console with a Samsung 55" 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV to play with my grandson. Plus, I turn 60 in March so this would be the ultimate gift for turning the Big six 'O'. Please consider my entry. Thank you.
  • I already know where I'll be putting the TV and the Xbox One X
  • this would be a great upgrade from my Day One Xbox One!
  • i didnt know you could connect it to a 4k monitor, thought i had to get another monitor for it thanks for the info