Xbox One X Review Roundup

Xbox One X Review Roundup

Games on the Xbox One X do indeed look better in 4K with HDR lighting, but it's not that big of a graphical leap. Were this a fully paid up remaster, everyone would be delighted, but instead you're getting it for free if you've bothered to hoard your old games.

With a Canadian starting price of $599 - generally $250 more than the Xbox One S, its lower-powered sibling, and $100 more than rival PS4 Pro - this is a console that is squarely aimed at the hardest of the hardcore Xbox gamers.

The Xbox One X is touted as the most powerful console to be released, with a 6 Teraflop 1.172 GHz graphics processing unit (GPU), 12 GB of GDDR5 random-access memory (RAM) and 326 GB/s of bandwidth memory - cooled by a liquid cooling vapor chamber. But there's a strong argument to be made for sticking with the far less expensive Xbox One and Xbox One S models.

Just like PC gaming, the latest generation of 4K capable living-room games consoles revolves around the occasional hardware upgrade - so it's more like upgrading your phone year on year than, say, buying a new house every year or so.

It's the sort of emulation tricks that could only come from the sort of passionate coders whose simple goal is to make some classic titles look and run well on modern hardware.

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The Xbox One X launches this coming Tuesday, November 7, and the reviews from various outlets who had the opportunity to go hands-on with the console have started to pour in. The XbOX does offer proper 4k HDR video output, assuming you have the TV for it, however most of the available games do not offer both so you might be somewhat disappointed with a title such as Halo3. Ideally, you want to use a wired connection for this step. You can pop the disc right in and start downloading and playing like you would on your 360.

Then there's the inclusion of a 4K UHD Blu-ray drive, and support for 4K streaming. Go nuts, but remember it's always wise to wait and see how many games get enhanced and how well their enhancement works. Storage space can be easily expanded with any USB hard drive, but if you don't already own one that's an extra expense you have to account for on top of this already premium-priced console. I haven't had a display problem with the Xbox One X since, or any other problem for that matter.

My standard Xbox One - a near-launch model, before the redesigned "S" model existed - operates identically. For the time being, here are the best places to preorder an Xbox One X. We'll also be keeping an eye out on the best deals and bundles in the run-up to launch, so you don't have to.

The Xbox One X powers on with a cheeky little 4K animation, before moving on to regular Xbox One things. All that power yet one of the things I absolutely loved most about Microsoft's new beast of a console was the setup. For some people, that peace of mind-knowing that they're guaranteed to get the highest image quality and smoothest performance-will be enough to justify the purchase price.

"For all its power, Xbox doesn't have many exciting new console exclusives outside of the likes of Cuphead, Forza Motorsport 7, Super Lucky's Tale and the upcoming PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds".

The downside is that these textures come at a price - to your hard drive. Similarly, testing unenhanced versions of Madden '18 and Middle-earth: Shadow of War (the enhancement patch should be out soon) reveal slight but noticeable performance improvements over the One S. The Xbox One X, like its predecessors, is very much a traditional, rooted home console.

Microsoft certainly delivers on its pledge to make it a truly immersive experience. "It will be the console that sells", Phil Spencer, head of Xbox, told Gamespot. But dollar for dollar it will give you more performance than the Xbox One X ever could.

The first thing that hits you is just how small it is. "When all of that is working together, Gears of War 4 on the One X is dramatically smoother, and a sharper, deeper visual experience than it is on the One S". And then I remember going from 480p to 1080p - the jump from so-called "standard" definition TVs to "high" definition. It loads quicker than on the Xbox One S, as promised, with less waiting around between races, while the 4K resolution brings out more detail, as promised, from an already stunning looking game. It looks fantastic compared to the relatively soft image you get on Xbox One, but if you demand performance then an added bonus is that you can play Campaign and Horde mode at 1080p and with 60fps, where these are normally 30fps.

Disneyland Adventures has been enhanced for the Xbox One X.

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