Up For Debate - Will you be Buying the Xbox One X?

Written by Jon Sutton on Sat, Jun 24, 2017 11:00 AM

Microsoft has a lot of eggs in a basket labelled ‘Xbox One X’. It’s marketed as the ultimate premium games console; the box you buy if you want the best of the best from your console experience. Unless by best of the best you’re referring to the exclusives, which are, arguably, coming up woefully short in comparison to the competition.

It’s a huge gamble from Microsoft in a bid to re-establish itself in the console race. Sony has been utterly dominant for the past three or so years, outselling the Xbox One by a ratio of 2:1. To many, recapturing the public mindshare is already seen as a lost cause. The PS4 is a success, which breeds success, while the Xbox One is viewed through the lens of failure. 

The Xbox One X is Microsoft’s chance to put the Xbox brand back on the map. E3 was the stage to tell us why it mattered. Even the most generous Xbox fan would struggle to say Microsoft hit a homerun on this front. The only Xbox One exclusives announced were Forza Motorsport 7 and Ori and the Will of the Wisps. Of the games used to showcase the power of the Xbox One X, the likes of Crackdown 3, State of Decay 2 and Sea of Thieves were hardly going to impress. Updated Minecraft textures will only do so much. To the layman, there was nothing really shown that they couldn’t already do on their Xbox One, sans 4K. And while 4K may seem a big deal, it really isn’t. The number of people with 4K monitors and TVs is still incredibly low, and we’re not seeing the swift uptick that happened when HD first arrived. The vast majority of console games are happy with 1080p, they’d prefer a smoother frame rate more than anything.

In essence, Microsoft got up on stage, asked fans to drop $500 on a premium console, and didn’t have the software to back this statement up. The Xbox One X is now priced $100 more than the PS4 Pro, and any form of price cut from Sony in time for the holidays could be an absolutely killer blow. The Xbox One X is more powerful, sure, yet they’re both machines which promise 4K gaming to the consumer, in whatever bastardised form that may be.

But, and there is a big but, whatever Sony has going for it, including the raft of exclusives, the larger player base and the cheaper price point, Microsoft does have one glaring advantage - it’s reclaimed the title of the most powerful console in the world, for the first time in more than a decade. Just how big an impact that messaging has on sales remains to be seen, but it is an inarguable achievement. If you want to play the definitive version of Assassin’s Creed Origins on consoles, that place is on Xbox One X.

Sony is now playing second fiddle in the performance stakes, admittedly never an issue for it the past. If history has taught us anything, it is that price and software support matter multitudes more than performance. Just ask the original Xbox. There's also the prevailing opinion that the PlayStation 5 can't be too far off. By the time the Xbox One X is out, the PS4 will be four years old. It's not outside the realms of possibility to consider the PS5 could be out during 2018-19. If Sony delivers an upgrade which actually significantly improves CPU performance, the chief bottleneck of the PS4 Pro and XB1X, then it's game set and match.

With the software support announced, and the admittedly decent tech specs, does the Xbox One X's 4K potential have you reaching for your wallet? Or is this just another stop-gap console in the manner of the PS4 Pro? Lastly, can it help Microsoft get Xbox one sales back on level pegging with the PS4? Let us know!

Will you be buying the Xbox One?

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09:48 Jul-06-2017

Not a chance, I don't trust Microsoft. I'll just stick with pc and ps4 until ps5 now. I'm more than happy! (I have an xbone but it's just not used).

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22:14 Jun-29-2017

There's no way i'm buying this

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15:38 Jun-29-2017

I've been a PC player since the late 80's. The only reason I bought a PS4 so I can play MLB The Show and Madden. all the rest I play on PC.

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20:37 Jun-28-2017

Sony PlayStation has some great exclusive games which sadly Xbox doesn't have enough.

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14:55 Jun-26-2017

People are missing the point of this console. It's not for PC gamers to switch to Xbox because all MS exclusives are on PC anyway. It's for console gamers who want to play at 4k but don't have the money or expertise for a PC

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15:02 Jun-26-2017

True, plain and simple.

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18:30 Jun-25-2017

Already have TRUE 4k gaming. Its called a PC. No upscale trickery needed.

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22:59 Jun-25-2017

Damn straight.

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08:12 Jun-25-2017

Pack One XBOX One X in One XBOX One X BOX for me please...

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06:55 Jun-25-2017

do i plan on burning 500$ ??????

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05:50 Jun-25-2017

I might when price is decent I enjoy couch coop with friends on xbox one even though I mainly play on pc most likely which will be my determining factor of yes or no will be reviews of the system and how good or lack there of it may be cause honestly it could go both ways be a very impressive system with good visuals and snappy os or it could be overyhyped and medicore at best time will tell

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04:09 Jun-25-2017

the only thing that i will be buying soon is an Xbox controller since my dualshock 4 is dead, i only hope they are more durable since i will be sacrificing the analog stick position that i am familiar with.
for people who already own a decent PC or even some decent PC Parts that 500$ will be more useful into an upgrade for the bottleneck in the system

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02:17 Jun-25-2017
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22:33 Jun-24-2017

everything is getting an x thrown onto the end of it's name... whats next ps4sx? or gtx 1080tix?

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23:04 Jun-24-2017

next console gonna be xXxboxXxX

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09:49 Jun-25-2017

I almost feel bad for my username... xD

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21:27 Jun-24-2017

I'd buy Ps though ^^

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21:09 Jun-24-2017

I never had a reason to buy a gaming console, I'm rather creating some art, so PC (running Mac OSX) is my versatile choice

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05:52 Jun-25-2017
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09:50 Jun-25-2017

Suppose if you do music then a mac is ok-ish. But otherwise...nein, danke.

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10:52 Jun-25-2017

I've been using it for about half year already and ONLY area where Windows wins are games,
even batch operations, video rendering and all other creation processing tasks do better on OSX (when comparing on same hardware, just different OS)

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21:00 Jun-29-2017

I need some proof there...

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21:01 Jun-29-2017

The reason I say that is because the way you handle your Windows systems isn't ideal, as I have pointed out many a time before xD

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20:06 Jun-24-2017

Nah gave up on consoles, last consoles I bought was ps3 and xbox 360. Now that nearly all games are coming to PC I have no reason for consoles anymore. Hopefully also in a few years we get emulators working near 100% I am already playing PCSX2, CEMU, Dolphin and now PS3 emulator is on the works makes no sense going back on console anymore

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03:10 Jun-25-2017

I wonder how long it will be before there's a fully working PS4 emulator.

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10:28 Jun-25-2017

Not even the PS3 has a fully working (or atleast, stable build) emulator on PC - my guess you will be waiting a LONG time. Plus, games like The Last of Us and Uncharted (for me atleast) are enough of a justification for buying a PS4.

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19:52 Jun-25-2017

since ps4 and xbox one are using a x86 architecture, my guess is once the ps4 and xbox one get unlocked (hacked into) it will take a year or two for a full working emulation to be complete. The issue for ps3 emulation is the fact that the ps3 is using a cell architecture

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22:38 Jun-25-2017

Well fortunately it looks like they finally managed to (somewhat) get around that problem thanks to Vulkan.

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08:06 Jun-27-2017

unfortunately for your theory, x86 is made of many, many instructions, multiple of which do the same thing at different speed(cycles per instructions) and you have to program on a low level to use them, which developers for consoles do, but are unused on PC, so you essentially will have to emulate almost as if you are emulating an xbox 360, but NOT as hard and with probably better performance.

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19:20 Jun-24-2017

I have no intention of buying another console again, the only reason I have an xbox one was because of my cousins. I'd much rather upgrade my PC here on out.

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19:02 Jun-24-2017

NOpe, i will never buy a dirty console, well maybe i will get them used and play the exclusives i missed for 10 bucks :)

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18:44 Jun-24-2017

When it comes to buying a console the main thing I care about is exclusives, everything else I can just play better on my PC.

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16:47 Jun-24-2017

I just upgraded my motherboard , pc case and gpu so imma good to go, it would be such a waste of money.


#PCMASTERRACE

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15:44 Jun-24-2017

It's funny how consoles evaluate towards PC with the architecture. It's a shame, because their lifespan will be as much as a budget gaming rig

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17:51 Jun-24-2017

Keep in mind that even budget gaming rigs can turn into a beast with proper upgrades down the line.

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