Xbox One X
It’s the most powerful console ever made, with amazing tech across the board, but is it potent enough to make you open your wallet?
When the PS4 Pro launched in November, 2016, it marked a new kind of console – an update to the previous generation, more like a PC upgrade than the old console leaps. Now it’s Microsoft’s turn, and it’s gone all-out. Loaded with 50 per cent more graphics power than the PS4 Pro, as well as 4K output, HDR, Dolby Atmos and a full-blown Ultra HD Blu-ray player, the Xbox One X is not only the most powerful video game console ever made, but also an incredibly well-specced multi-media entertainment hub, which outstrips the PS4 Pro in versatility.
However, as with Sony’s system, Microsoft doesn’t have a particularly wide selection of games on offer at launch that really tap into the Xbox One X’s power. There are select titles that properly make use of it, such as
ForzaMotorsport7, but right now the X is very much a specialist in enhancing existing games with extra bells and whistles. Those glorious enhancements are most welcome – we love this new wave of iterative enhancements to systems and games – but there’s a divorce between hardware quality and experience we need to acknowledge.
Unboxing the Xbox One X reveals a system that, weirdly, is reminiscent in terms of shape and design of Sony’s classic PlayStation 2, with a notable overhang looming over its disc slot, eject and sync buttons, alongside a front-facing USB port. The console carries over the tasteful dimpling pattern we saw first introduced on the Xbox One S on its side panels and is actually amazingly small. In terms of density, the Xbox One X feels incredibly solid and exudes quality.