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Xbox One X Review: A Future-Proof Xbox For 4K And HDR

Xbox One Enhanced

Like Sony's PlayStation 4 Pro before it, the Xbox One X represents a mid-generational upgrade that offers a significant boost in performance over its predecessor. Microsoft says the console will allow developers to render games natively at 4K, offer high-dynamic range for more accurate colors, improve load times, and bolster framerates. While we encountered issues with some of these enhancements, the Xbox One X has the potential to really soar when its power is leveraged effectively.

What's in the Box?

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The Xbox One X retails for $500 / £449 / AU $649. For that, you get the console, a 60-inch long power cable, a six-foot high-speed HDMI cable (needed for 4K HDR), Xbox One controller, two AA batteries, a 14-day free trial for Xbox Live Gold, and a one-month subscription to Xbox Game Pass.

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Design

The console measures 30 x 24 x 6 cm (11.8 x 9.5 x 2.4 inches), which technically makes it the smallest Xbox console yet. This is really impressive when you consider the fact that it has an integrated power supply unit, like the Xbox One S before it. This means that you don't have to deal with an obnoxiously large external power brick like with the original Xbox One. Despite its small size, however, it's the heaviest Xbox One at 8.4 pounds.

Aesthetically, it looks a lot like a matte black Xbox One S. Like the S before it, it has a physical power button, which strays away from the original Xbox One's capacitive touch equivalent. This is a welcome tweak considering it was often prone to accidental shutoffs. The front of the console also sports a 4K HDR Blu-Ray drive, one USB 3.0 port, and a controller pairing button. The ports on the back remain identical to the S; from left to right it offers: HDMI out, HDMI in, two USB 3.0 ports, IR out, S/PDIF, and Ethernet. The X is backwards compatible with the existing Xbox One accessories, though you'll need a Kinect dongle if you want to use Microsoft's recently discontinued camera system.

Overall, the design is simple and clean. It has plenty of ventilation through the back and when you couple this with its compact size, you get a sense that Microsoft prioritized function over a flashy design here. Luckily, it still has an unassuming aesthetic that should fit right in with most personal entertainment centers.

Specs

  • CPU: x86-64 2.3GHz 8-core AMD custom CPU

  • GPU: 6 TFLOPS, AMD Radeon-based graphics clocked at 1172MHz with 40 compute units

  • Memory: 12GB GDDR5

  • Storage size: 1TB HDD

  • External dimensions: 30x24x6 cm/11.8x9.4x2.3 in

  • Weight: 8.4 lbs/3.8 kg

  • Optical drive: 4K UHD Blu-ray

  • Input/Output: Power, HDMI 2.0b out, HDMI 1.4b in, three USB 3.0 ports, IR out, S/PDIF, gigabit Ethernet

  • Networking: IEEE 802.11ac dual band (5GHz and 2.4Ghz), 2x2 wireless Wi-Fi with Wi-Fi Direct

  • Power consumption: 245W

Underneath the hood, there's been a lot of talk about the Scorpio Engine fueling the system. At the heart of it is AMD's x86-based 2.3GHz 8-core CPU, which is clocked 550MHz faster than the original Xbox One's octa-core equivalent.

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Arguably bigger gains come from the integrated graphics processor, which uses a custom AMD Radeon-based solution that features 40 compute units clocked at 1172MHz. This provides six teraflops of graphics performance, which is over 4.5 times that of the original Xbox One and over 1.4 times that of the PS4 Pro, its nearest console competitor. This gives it enough horsepower to run certain games at 4K (2160p) with high-dynamic range colors enabled.

The Scorpio Engine is cooled via a vapor chamber cooler, which houses a small amount of water that evaporates into steam when it gets too hot. It then reverts back to liquid when the system cools back down. You typically only see vapor chambers in high-end graphics cards, but they've been known to work effectively, and it's nice to see Microsoft implement it here.

While the original Xbox One and PS4 Pro both use 8GB of shared memory across their respective CPUs and GPUs, the Xbox One X features 12GB of GDDR5 RAM that's capable of delivering 326GB/s of memory bandwidth. This is unprecedented for a console. Microsoft says that games will be able to leverage up to 9GB of it, with the rest going to operating system-related tasks.

While we would have preferred an SSD, Microsoft says that the Xbox One X's 1TB hard drive is 50 percent faster than the original's 5,400rpm solution; though we weren't able to validate this claim in our testing, which we'll discuss below. Like the original Xbox One before it, the X supports external USB drives for added storage.

Graphical Enhancements

The main reason to get excited about the Xbox One X is for the prospect of graphical enhancements. Rather than dictate a certain set of graphical targets for developers to hit, Microsoft lets developers use the console's extra processing power as they see fit. Games that are tuned to take advantage of the Xbox One X will carry an "Xbox One X Enhanced" label.

From what we've seen so far, many developers are opting to render games at 4K, which is four times the 1080p resolution of the vanilla Xbox One. Some are also adding HDR support to provide a wider color gamut and higher contrast ratio between white and black levels.

While the Xbox One X is geared towards users with 4K HDR displays, traditional 1080p TVs aren't entirely left in the dust as some developers may choose to use the extra processing power to improve lighting or to add dynamic shadows. Some games will also run more smoothly on the X. Standard HDTVs will also get supersampling, which renders games at higher resolutions and then down samples or "shrinks" them to a lower resolution display. This acts as an effective form of anti-aliasing that reduces undesirable jaggy effects.

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While only Xbox One X-enhanced games will reap some of the aforementioned graphical tweaks, Microsoft says that the Xbox One X has tweaks at the hardware level to implement anisotropic filtering to every game in existence. This can help textures off in the distance look clearer.

Visual Analysis

To analyze the visual enhancements that the Xbox One X offers, I compared it against the original Xbox One, a high-end gaming PC, and Sony's PlayStation 4 Pro with multiple copies of games whenever possible.

I hooked up all the systems to the same TV: a 55-inch 4K HDR Samsung UN55KS8000 and then swapped between the HDMI inputs to conduct visual A/B tests. Because the Xbox One X can also bolster 1080p graphics, I also connected both systems to a 55-inch 1080p TV and similarly analyzed the visual differences there.

While a wide variety of Xbox One X-enhanced games are on the way, unfortunately, at the time of this writing, only a handful of games were patched to take advantage of the new hardware. The available games that we tested include Gears of War 4, Killer Instinct, Super Lucky's Tale, FIFA 18, Rush: A Disney-Pixar Adventure, and Disneyland Adventures. You can expect us to do more graphics comparisons in the future as the Xbox One X enhancement patches are released.

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Gears of War 4

Testing the third-person shooter on the 4K HDR TV, the resolution bump is immediately apparent from the initial menu screen, which showcases a real-time rendering of protagonist JD Fenix's face. With the Xbox One X, the pores on his cheeks provide a real sense of depth, almost like you could fall into them...if you were tiny enough. On the original Xbox One, they comparatively look more like fuzzy dust particles.

You really get much better detail overall with less jagged aliasing issues running on the X. This is especially evident around characters' hair or distant items with straight lines. Overall, it amounts to a cleaner, sharper image.

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Gears of War 4 also sports arguably the best implementation of HDR we've seen in a game yet. The high-dynamic range allows colors to appear more realistic. The original Xbox One looks much more washed out and muted in comparison. The X's high-contrast implementation also provides really dark black levels, which, again, contributes to a more realistic image that pulls you into the scene.

In terms of pure image fidelity, it surprisingly looked better than our high-end gaming PC equipped with a GTX 1080 running the game maxed out, as it offered extra dynamic shadows that don't seem to be available on the PC. Unfortunately, the game doesn't run at 60 FPS here on the Xbox One X, so a high-end PC will be able to beat it in terms of framerate.

Fortunately, Gears of War 4 also offers a performance mode that eschews the native 4K rendering in favor of a smoother experience. Here, it looks visually closer to its orignal Xbox One counterpart, but often felt like it was running at 60 FPS.

Hooking everything up to the 1080p TV, the Xbox One X does a good job making the display punch above its standard HD resolution. While there are still some jaggies, supersampling effects provide a very potent form of anti-aliasing. While the difference between the Xbox One X and the original Xbox One isn't as prominent on a standard HDTV, the overall image still looks noticeably clearer with less noise. The Xbox One X can effectively make your 1080p TV look as good as it possibly can.

Super Lucky's Tale

When it comes to Playful's platformer, there's much less to analyze. Super Lucky's Tale supports 4K 60FPS with the Xbox One X and 1080p 30 FPS on the original Xbox.

Whether playing on the 4K TV or 1080p display, the frame rate increase with the X is noticeably smoother. The game looks very crisp running on the 4K TV with the Xbox One X. When hooked up to the 1080p TV, the X's supersampling does make it look slightly sharper than its Xbox One counterpart, but it's not super prominent unless you're really looking for it up close.

Killer Instinct

Killer Instinct already runs at a locked 60 FPS on the original Xbox One. The X simply bumps up the resolution to 4K, which mitigates most of the jaggies.

The game doesn't support HDR, and the Xbox One X makes shadows look too dark on our HDR display. We didn't encounter this issue running the game on our traditional (non HDR) 1080p display, however. Here, the original Xbox One looked washed out in comparison to the X. We also noticed improved anti-aliasing and better anisotropic filtering that made details in the background a little more clear.

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FIFA 18

FIFA 18 is the only Xbox One X-enhanced game available at the moment that's also enhanced on the PS4 Pro. When we pitted the Xbox One X and PS4 Pro head to head here, it was honestly hard to tell the difference. Both platforms render the game at 4K, but neither system is able to achieve a stable 60 FPS.

The biggest visual difference we could tell between the two consoles was that color on the Xbox One X looked more realistic on our 4K HDR TV. On the PS4 Pro, the grass looked a bit too "nuclear green" in comparison, which gave it a more "videogamey" aesthetic.

Beyond that, if you're looking for more graphical comparisons between the two consoles, you'll have to wait until we have access to more Xbox One X enhanced games post launch.

Rush: A Disney Pixar Adventure

This family-friendly mini-game compilation supports 4K and HDR through the Xbox One X. The enhancements allow the game to feature vibrant colors and look sharp, but it clearly isn't able to run at a smooth 60 FPS, as we encountered the odd, occasional hiccup. This is disappointing considering Rush doesn't look very graphically demanding, especially not compared to something like Gears of War 4. This could be due to how the game was originally designed or may speak to the quality of the update.

Disneyland Adventures

Like Rush, Disneyland Adventures supports 4K and HDR through the Xbox One X's enhancements, but, again, the frame rate didn't see an improvement with it running below 60 FPS. Despite the official HDR support, the game ended up looking a little dim on our 4K HDR television.

4K HDR Video Support

To test out the Xbox One X's 4K HDR video playback capabilities, Microsoft provided us with a 4K HDR copy of BBC's Planet Earth II series.

On our 4K HDR TV, the nature documentary looked stunning. The visuals were sharp and crisp, and it was easy to make out every strand of hair on a sloth and every texture of each tree branch.

The color reproduction is equally amazing. The blues of the ocean and the greens of the forest are realistically portrayed. The bright rays from the sun pierced down through tree canopies very convincingly. This is about as good as it gets as far as home theater setups go.

User Interface

Microsoft released its overhauled Xbox One dashboard last month. While there is a small learning curve to new user interface, it's snappier than past iterations. We did encounter some menu slowdown while we were downloading a bunch of games and quickly flipping through all the tabs, but it's certainly not as sluggish as past updates.

The new dashboard also allows you to filter games that are Xbox One X Enhanced, though it doesn't tell you what specific graphical enhancements the console offers.

Noise, Heat, Power Consumption, and Boot Times

Sitting in the dashboard, the Xbox One X runs silently. When we fired up Gears of War 4, a slight hum from the cooler arose, but it's impressively whisper-quiet.

Using Flir One's heat camera, we measured the Xbox One X's temperature.
Using Flir One's heat camera, we measured the Xbox One X's temperature.

The console does get a bit warm, however. Just sitting in the OS, we clocked it at 54.3 degrees Celsius. When we fired up Gears of War, it rose to 61.7 degrees C. It's not scorching hot to the touch by any means, but it is significantly hotter than the PS4 Pro we tested last year, which we saw hit 46.1 degrees Celsius when we were gaming on it. Interestingly, the temperature dropped to 57 degrees C when we switched over to Gears of War 4's Performance mode, which optimizes frame rate over visual fidelity.

We also saw this mirrored when we measured the system's power draw. The Xbox One X consumed 144 watts of power under Gears of War 4's Performance mode, but 174 watts in the higher fidelity Visual mode.

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In terms of boot times, Microsoft asserts that the Xbox One X's hard drive is 50 percent faster than the original Xbox before it, and while we did see improvements here, they weren't as good as the company's claims. From a cold boot, the X took 7.5 second to turn on. This is just 0.6 seconds faster than the original Xbox One. Loading up Gears of War 4, the X took 50.8 seconds to boot to the main menu, which was roughly seven faster than the Xbox One. When I loaded up the same Act 1 mission, both consoles took 31 seconds.

When I fired up Killer Instinct, the X launched the game in 37.7 seconds, whereas the original Xbox One did so in 44.1 seconds. While there's generally a measurable performance gain when it comes to load times, it's not as significant as Microsoft is claiming thus far.

Conclusion

As Xbox head Phil Spencer has suggested, the Xbox One X shares a lot in common with the company's high-end Xbox One Elite controller. Both devices are designed for enthusiasts through and through, and are priced accordingly. This makes the less cost-prohibitive Xbox One S a better fit for most people.

While the Xbox One X is an expensive box, from a hardware standpoint, you're getting a very powerful and capable machine. You'll be hard pressed to build a comparably powerful PC for $500. On top of that, you get a 4K HDR Blu-ray player, which can cost several hundred dollars on its own.

The Xbox One X isn't perfect. From what I can tell so far, its load times don't live up to Microsoft's claims, and I noticed some poor HDR implementation, but when a developer is able to take advantage of the hardware, you can get sharper visuals, more vibrant colors, better performance, and added graphical bells and whistles. Playing Gears of War 4 on the Xbox One X really feels like it's the way it's meant to be played.

Should you get an Xbox One X? That answer should largely depend on whether you'd be happy with the console's library of games. You can check out a list of all the Xbox One X-enhanced games here. If you're happy with the lineup and are thinking about jumping in, allow me to outline three different scenarios for you. If you game on a 1080p TV and don't have any plans to upgrade to a 4K one, the Xbox One S is going to be a better fit for you. While you will get some graphical enhancements with the X, you don't really get your money's worth if you don't have a 4K HDR TV. But what if you already own a 4K HDR TV and an Xbox One? In this case, I'd only recommend getting the X if you have the disposable cash to spare for the increased visual fidelity and performance benefits. If you have a 4K HDR TV, don't have a current gen console, and are looking to purchase one, however, the Xbox One X is a great choice.

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RighteousNixon

All in all, the XBox One X is the best console I have purchased to date and I have purchased every console released in the US except the Wii U. Surprisingly, one of my favorite aspects to the Xbox One X is Dolby Atmos as its just absolutely incredible. In fact, I would go as far as saying that Dolby Atmos is as big of an upgrade for audio as 4k HDR has been for video. Sounds no longer have individual channel restrictions and the end result is just a HUGE step forward for surround sound. The difference is literally mind blowing. You really need to hear it for yourself to fully understand just how big of an improvement it really is. I actually went all out for the Xbox One X release as I wasn't really impressed with the UHDTV I purchased a couple years back and my surround sound system is like 10 years old so it was in desperate need of an upgrade. So I upgraded my UHDTV to LG's 65" C7 OLED (Easily one of the best UHDTV's on the market) and I upgraded my speakers to Klipsch's RP-280 Dolby Atmos speaker system. On top of that I purchased Segate's 8 TB hard drive and Seagate's 512 GB SSD, both of which are specifically designated for the XBox. I still can't believe an 8TB is only $200 now! I am storing my games on my 1TB internal HD and 8 TB external HD and playing the games on my 512GB SSD. It only takes a few minutes to copy a game onto the 512GB SSD and it will definitely cut down on loading times.

I am new to 4k Blu Ray so I purchased Wonder Woman, John Wick 1 & 2, and Logan on 4k Blu Ray when I picked up my XBox One X from Best Buy. I watched Wonder Woman while many of my games were updating and watching Wonder Woman in 4k HDR with Dolby Atmos was easily one of the best home theatre expereinces I have ever had. Its really beyond description. You just have to see it first hand to really understand just how amazing it really is. I then played about 4-5 hours of Gears of War 4 and I was equally impressed with the gaming as I was with the home theatre expereince. I was utterly blown away by both aspects of the Xbox One X. I never did get around to playing Witcher 3 so I can't wait to finally dive into that especially since it got the complete 4k HDR update. HDR is easily the most powerful tool TV manufacturers have ever had regarding image quality and I can't wait to see what UHDTV's will look like another 4-5 years down the line as HDR is still largely in its infancy and just like black level and contrast range with 1080p sets, HDR will only get better and better as the years go by. As someone that grew up in the 80's and whose first console was an Intellivision, its pretty staggering to sit back and see just how far gaming and audio/video technologies have come in the last 30+ years.

Bottom line - if your serious about console gaming and the overall quality of your home theater experience, you should be doing everything in your power to get your hands on an Xbox One X, a high quality UHDTV with HDR, and a audio set up that can handle Dolby Atmos. You will likely wind up spending more than you initially wanted to, just like I did, but the end result is definitely worth it. 4k HDR combined with Dolby Atmos is really some next evel sh*t. I just hope 4k Blu Ray winds up being successful and at this point I have serious doubts wether that will happen. With more and more people moving away from physical media and the high prices on 4k Blu Ray's...well, its looking more and more like it might become just a niche format for hardcore home theatre enthusiasts and that Blu Ray and even DVD will remain around for those who are content with the quality they have right now.

Regardless of the level of upgrades you wind up undertaking with your home theatre components, Xbox One X is still just an abslutely amazing console release, one that is more than worth the price. There is no denying that MS screwed the pooch big time with the original Xbox One launch, but they have absolutely hit a grand slam this time around. Having a 4k Blu Ray player (still don't understand for the life of me why Sony would not include a 4k Blu Ray player with the PS4 Pro), a universal platform so no more need for backwards compatability, and even servcies like EA Access (easily one of the best deals in all of console gaming), and MS's game pass and slowely but surely MS is really pulling out ahead of Playstation in many important aspects. Sure, Sony still has a pretty substantial lead on hardware sales due to the terrible Xbox One launch, but ever since Phl Spencer has come on board the Xbox platform has just gotten better and better. Plus they FINALLY got rid of Kinect. As much as I enjoyed sme of the features that brought to the console, they weren't enough to justify the price. motion controlled gaming was a fad, and a bad one at that. Kinect needed to go.

MS and Xbox are just running on all cylinders right now. I havent been this excited about console gaming and my home theatre in a long time. Just a huge tip of the hat to MS for putting the bad Xbox One launch behind them and really staying focused on improving the Xbox platform in a lot of different ways. IMO, the universal platform thus no more need for backwards compatability is the biggest improvement to console gaming since online gaming. It finally brings consoles on par with PC gaming in regards to backwards compatability MS has succeeded with flying colors with the XBox One X and I suspect the sales numbers will prove that unequivocally.

9.5/10

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Gaminsincepong

Just stopping by to look at the salt mounds. Dont mind me lol

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vapidwolf

Rapid packed math is the future just like cloud powah and the kinect where, Rpm remember that Rpm

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GFLTannar

Don't get me wrong The Xbox One X is amazing and I love consoles. But when are the console folk gonna realize that better graphics and higher resolutions aren't worth lowering a games FOV or FPS. Of course one day we can all have both. But for now PC is still better when it comes to a smooth game and of course if you're willing to spend a bit extra. A PC player can have both. I can get over playing certain games in only 30 FPS but personally I can't go back to console because of the low FOV on shooters. But hey there are advances in the gaming world everyday. slowly combining all gamers and their gaming preferences.

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dhaynes25

How is it future proof if Xbox is preparing for another machine in 2 years? Almost a waste of money to get it now. Microsoft should've saved this for the next generation when the PS5 arrives.

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Gaminsincepong

@dhaynes25: a new xbox in 2 years? Where did you read that lol? And dont say that article about "So and so said it will be 2 years before PS5 or a new xbox blah blah blah". XB1X isnt for casuals. Its for enthusiasts who like new tech just for the hell of it. And let me tell you, Battlefront 2, Halo, Gears, etc are BEAUTIFUL on it.

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dhaynes25

@gaminsincepong: Ubisoft president said as much. Whether he is responsible that or wrong who knows. I’m on the fence as an S owner. Mostly game on my Pro and Switch. Use my S for movies, BC and exclusives. I’m sure Sony will counter the X with a new machine in 2-3 years. There’s no need to hurry because of the success of the PS4

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Gaminsincepong

@dhaynes25: oh ya. Sony will come up with something. I myself dont own an X yet but the 4k videos Ive watched shows some impressive stuff. Im on the fence myself. Build a pc or buy xb1x. I own a Pro and game on that for now. The Switch would probably be a smart buy over the 1x.

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FARHAD63

More AAA Exclusive Games (offline-story mode) better than Native 4K !! I love PS4 , only for Exclusive Games!

Xbox is Empty BOX !!

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sealionact

@farhad63: Oh god...not another one. How many accounts do you have?

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FARHAD63

@sealionact: i have only one account ! Farhad63 !! And this is my personal opinion! AAA Exclusive games Better than Native 4K , we buy console for gaming and games is important things for each console!

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SodApOpPIMPski

I seen these articles saying these games will have crazy file sizes... I only downloaded cod so far and I'm downloading evil within 2 as we speak but cod is only 54gb for a 4k game... That is about what the standard is. I suppose a few games will be crazy like gears that is supposedly 100gb but that has to be exception

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mkennynola

@sodapoppimpski:Yup just on 4k HDR video.

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teufelherz

just a heads up: somehow Amazon has Scorpio Edition available as I write this for the same price as the regular one. I just got one. So much for the "once they're gone, they're gone forever" pre-sale right? Anyway, I am happy with my purchase, really wanted that edition. Enjoy for those of you who get it

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pjosephson

@teufelherz: Some people do multiple preorders. I did two and cancelled my Amazon Scorpio preorder because I could pick the X up at midnight at my local GameStop. This is not uncommon move. I did the same thing for my PS4 Pro. With the Switch (although it was not for me but my nephew) I did pre-order 3 different places. With each case of me cancelling my pre-order went back into the stock. Also, like any pre-order sale when Amazon goes to do the final charge (just before shipping) on their credit card they may end up having insufficient funds available. And that pre-order goes back into stock.

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CALPWN7

My Xbox One X Scorpio is a beast.

Too bad the controller's right trigger clicks every time I use it -_-

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Pl3xus

I fired up Fallout 3, Gears of War 3, and Mirrors Edge and wow do they look amazing now! It’s the way I wished they’d looked in the first place on a console. I hope there are many more given the upgrade treatment in the future. The only downside is that I need to go pick up an external hard drive.

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Dieofnv2

@Pl3xus: I have a 4TB external Harddrive with its on power supply and its the best thing ever, I have 330 games installed including the 4k enhance games, i think i still have 15% of space available.

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Pl3xus

@dieofnv2: That sounds just like the thing I need! What do you recommend?

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Dieofnv2

@Pl3xus: WD - easystore® 4TB External USB 3.0 Hard Drive - Black

This is the one I have and its only $100.

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Pl3xus

@dieofnv2: Thank you so much! I’ll definitely be picking one up in the next few weeks from Best Buy or Amazon. 👍🏼🎉

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Plus_1

@Pl3xus: id get a seagate. Ive had 2 WD 3Tb drives die on me in the last 2 years. I was told to go with a seagate with a power supply. When externals die, its a horrid time, as you have to reinstall most of your games.

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PCGameboy

Volta is about to demolish everything. We have some real new tech coming, and its going to make the 10 cards outdated.

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pjosephson

@pcgameboy: So those PC gamers with a NVidia 1080 (that cost them over $699 just a year ago) will have to spill another $699+ for the Volta consumer version sometime next year, just so they aren't part of the peasantry of most PC gamers. Good to know.

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PCGameboy

@pjosephson: The GTX 1080 was less than $699 outside the Founders Edition for one, and second of all, i sold my GTX 970 SLI for the 1080, not like i went in and just paid full price. Also yeah, i will be getting Volta, it will be the biggest leap in gaming tech in a long time. Also we don't know the prices for the cards.

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vapidwolf

I really don't understand why Microsoft hasn't released a killer first party game to go with this console surely they've had the time they must have know about the x for a number of years.

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horizonwriter

@vapidwolf: Microsoft isn't exactly known for having a large stable of high-quality first party games, which is not to say that they don't have any, but in that area they can't compete with Nintendo and Sony. It's something Spencer's acknowledged in the past and it'll probably haunt the XBox line for a while until MS manages to acquire more talented studios, instead of just getting 3rd parties to create the occasional exclusive IP.

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Alucard1475

Nothing's future proof and never will be.

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nyran125tk

@Alucard1475: it has a 8 core 2.3 GHz processor and 12 GB ram. That's already less than half the power of my mid-high end PC. But to be fair. To achieve a decent high end PC we have to spend more :)

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Dieofnv2

@nyran125tk: we (console gamers) dont give a Flying F about PC......

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@dieofnv2: You do realise that the Xbox One (and PS4) is a PC in a console case?

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Dieofnv2

@joppy: no its not,different software and specially made hardware also you cant mod or change a console as you do to a PC otherwise it would be called PC XBOX or PCPS4.

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@dieofnv2: This is not true. The only thing "specially made" about the PS4 and XB1 is that the RAM and VRAM are combined in a single pool. Other than that, the hardware is identical to a PC. They are not game consoles.

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Wretch1d

@dieofnv2: Jebus thank you finally someone who gets it too

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pelvist

@dieofnv2: You dont speak for everyone, I was a console gamer and instead of trying to convince myself that consoles were better like you fanboys do I decided to give an F about PC ...and when I got one it was enough F's to realise I dont need consoles any more.

Either way (or whatever your preference) this is Gamespot not Consolespot; and you gave enough F's to be triggered into posting. :D

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x1xCLUTCHx8x

@pelvist: The more I read on these comment sections, the more I feel the majority of pc gamers play solo, or multiplayer sans friends. One of the biggest draws of consoles to me has been logging on, jumping in a party of 3 or 4 close friends and playing whatever were playing as a group.. Its something I never got when I was a pc gamer and something I don't think I could do without anymore.

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nyran125tk

@pelvist: once I went to PC, I never looked back. But the exclusives on PC, were pretty interesting at times. Call Of Duty 1, Farcry, The Witcher, even the F1 Games (to.this day F1 99-02 is amazing to play , even to this day) Crysis was an exclusive. Even Elder Scrolls and Diablo all were at one point PC exclusive games. The Sims. Civilization , X com, command and conquer , RTS games. The choice on a single PC. From 1980s (if you really really wanted to go back that far, lol) games all the through to 2017, is available for PC. The amount of choice PC gamers have, is almost to much to handle. Its not just the graphics and load times that are better.

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tnaik

@pelvist: Specially this generation, if u own a high end pc there is no reason to own an XBOX since almost all games that are on xbox are on pc too and they look and run better, i m only keeping my ps4 for the exclusive titles and other than that its purely PC, but u have to admit not all people will tolerate the many tweaks u have to do sometimes to make a game run properly on PC, its just easier on consoles, just plug and play...

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BigboX

@tnaik:

You can play ps4 games on pc as well through ps now. When more are available and that’s just a matter of time will you say the same thing regarding ps4? I mean who’s gonna need a ps4 when you can play ps4 games on pc?😉

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Wretch1d

@pelvist: Console people dont think they are better they just dont care about PC, everyone knows PC's can be more powerful even more than any console ever can ever be, so any time the PC mustard race comes in saying blah blah PC, we dont care your comment whatever it is is redundant.

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Dieofnv2

@pelvist: Triggered ??? LOL

I don't get triggered I get annoyed to be honest I'm enjoying my XBOX ONE X.

I just hate PC players trying to compared/put them self in the same category as the console.

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pelvist

@dieofnv2: Annoyed/triggered whatever you want to call it, thats fine.

They are discussing the capability of XBone 2 specs and pointing out that the console isnt really future proof like the article says. Well ...I suppose it depends how far in the future they think it is proof to or how long it takes another console to release that beats it; a year? ...two years? Is it worth calling it future proof for the sake of two years? PC already had it beat two to three years ago.

Either way the XBone 2 is unlikely to reach PS4 numbers by the time a new and more powerful console releases and as we have seen time and time again, devs will cater to the lowest common denominator.

As for your hatred of PC players "trying to put themselves in the same category as consoles" -we all play the same games outside of a hand full of exclusives and if anything consoles are trying to be more and more like PCs every gen, they share very similar (albeit slightly outdated by PC enthusiast standards) architecture to gaming PCs.

Think of your console as a mid range (maybe even mid to high end if you want to stretch it a bit) PC with a locked OS that you cant upgrade and plays only what Microsoft allow it to play. Thats pretty much what it is.

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x1xCLUTCHx8x

@pelvist: I think everyone is misinterpreting the phrase "future proof"

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BigboX

@pelvist:

The guy doesn’t hate PCs players mate what are you talking about? How old are you? Go back to your almighty pc and play some games instead of talking bollocks.

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pelvist

@bigbox: "I just hate PC players trying to compared/put them self in the same category as the console." - Diofnv2 (Two comments above yours)

No need to apologise.

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Dieofnv2

@pelvist: lol my comment still stands :P

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Gaminsincepong

@pelvist: Then maybe YOU should write the articles.

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pelvist

@gaminsincepong: Maybe I should, though I feel like iv written one in this thread after replying to so many triggered fanboys.