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?

Australian T3 - - REVIEW -

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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.