TO: pre­pare for xb ox one x

We show you how to pre­pare your liv­ing room for the Xbox One X, so you can take full ad­van­tage of its po­ten­tial

XBox: The Official Magazine - - START - Josh West

You will need: En­ter­tain­ment Sys­tem / A lot of money Op­tional: The nece­sary prepa­ra­tions to have your mind blown

This is no or­di­nary con­sole launch. Mi­crosoft is chang­ing the game with the Xbox One X, the most pow­er­ful con­sole to ever hit the mar­ket. Fea­tur­ing six ter­aflops of graph­i­cal pro­cess­ing power, 326GBs of mem­ory band­width, and plenty more mad­den­ingly huge spec­i­fi­ca­tions that we can barely un­der­stand, the Xbox One X is go­ing to make your games look and play better than ever be­fore.

To get the most out of this pre­mium prod­uct, you are go­ing to need to make rad­i­cal im­prove­ments to your liv­ing room set-up; what’s the point of buy­ing a con­sole ca­pa­ble of push­ing out True 4K graph­i­cal fidelity if you’re run­ning it through your old 1080p set? New TV, better au­dio and some im­proved Xbox ser­vices – you’ve got a lot to do if you want to get prop­erly ready for the launch of Xbox One X on 7 Novem­ber. No, don’t cry, be­cause OXM is here to help you through it all. Don’t say we never do any­thing nice for you.

01 Buy a 4K TV

If you want to see your games run­ning in retina-melt­ing, stun­ning ul­tra-high res­o­lu­tion fidelity, you’re go­ing to need a stun­ning ul­tra-high res­o­lu­tion telly – though that, we’re afraid, will rip a stun­ning ul­tra-huge hole in your wal­let. If you’re on the look out for a 4K TV to com­ple­ment your new sys­tem, pay par­tic­u­lar at­ten­tion to the in­put la­tency (ide­ally, 35ms or less) and whether it sup­ports HDR (yes please). We rec­om­mend ei­ther the Sam­sung MU9000 or Sony X9OOE if you’re look­ing for great per­for­mance on a mod­est bud­get.

02 Sound sup­port

Here’s the catch with th­ese fancy UHD TVs: while the pic­ture qual­ity might be crys­tal clear – a huge leap over the 1080p sets you’ve been deal­ing with for a decade – the on-board au­dio is al­most al­ways no­to­ri­ously poor. But don’t set­tle for sec­ond best, look into in­vest­ing in some qual­ity au­dio equip­ment – and it doesn’t have to break the bank. If you’re okay with gam­ing in iso­la­tion, we like to turn to Tur­tle Beach for our head­phone needs. Fail­ing that, Razer has an af­ford­able sound bar that will get the job done.

03 Per­son­alise your ex­pe­ri­ence

You are es­sen­tially buy­ing an Xbox One X to show off, aren’t you? Trust us, your friends are go­ing to get one look at Crack­down 3 and they are go­ing to get weak at the knees – so why stop there? Roll on over to Xbox De­sign Labs and you’ll be able to cre­ate your very own cus­tom con­troller, tinker­ing with the colour con­fig­u­ra­tions and even go­ing as far as in­scrib­ing your Gamertag onto it to cre­ate a su­per sleek pad. Hell, make some­thing au­da­cious if you want to! Go on, you know you de­serve it.

05 Pre­pare for patches

‘It’s time to up­date.’ The bane of our mod­ern, busy lives, are we right? Hah hah, good times, good times. But hey, lis­ten here, that meme isn’t go­ing away any­time soon. If you want your games to look killer, then they are go­ing to come with some killer in­stall file sizes. Forza Mo­tor­sport 7 is com­ing in hot with a 100 GB down­load; it’s pretty cray­cray, to be hon­est, so we rec­om­mend in­vest­ing in ei­ther some better broad­band or per­haps some of those adult colour­ing books to help pass the time.

04 Get Game Pass

Look, Mi­crosoft may have bro­ken the rules when it comes to con­sole gen­er­a­tional cy­cles, but it doesn’t dis­crim­i­nate. Want to play your old favourites – from Halo 5: Guardians to Phantom Dust (okay, maybe not Phantom Dust) – on your new ma­chine? More power to you pal. Xbox Game Pass costs £7.99 a month and gives you ac­cess to over 100 Xbox One and Xbox 360 ti­tles, with new ti­tles switch­ing in ev­ery month. The Xbox One X is pricey, so this should help al­le­vi­ate the burn­ing de­sire to buy new games ev­ery other week.

06 Buy an Xbox One X

You’ve got the TV, the au­dio and all of the ex­tras you could ever hope to have, but it still feels like your liv­ing room is miss­ing some­thing, right? There’s a hole there that you haven’t quite filled. Ah, that’s right, you should prob­a­bly get your­self an Xbox One X to take ad­van­tage of all of this fan­tas­tic new tech­nol­ogy. The 7th of Novem­ber is creep­ing ever closer and closer, and that means that now is one of your last chances to get a pre-order in to se­cure your con­sole for launch day.

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