Xbox One X review: Game-limited pow-er!

The most powerful console ever made, but with a serious lack of killer-app games.

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Xbox One X console

Teased for quite some time under the name Project Scorpio, the Xbox One X was officially revealed during Microsoft's press conference at E3 2017 and released on 7 November 2017.
Unlike traditional console releases, Xbox One X is not a complete departure from Microsoft's current Xbox One platform, but simply a more powerful version of it. Of course, power can mean a number of different things, from higher frame rates and smoother performance to 4K resolutions and fancier graphical effects.

Microsoft likes to brag that the hardware is 40 percent more powerful than any other console. Though unnamed, that nearest competitor is obviously the PlayStation 4 Pro: Sony’s recent 4K upgrade for the PlayStation 4. The biggest problem with the Xbox One X continues to be the problem that hangs over the head of all things Xbox One: limited first-party games and third-party exclusives.

Though the capture of PC Early Access phenomenon PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds for exclusive Xbox One release is a neat console-exclusive coup for Microsoft, if you’re running out on day one to buy the Xbox One’s new-release “killer app” game, you’ll be found wanting, unless you count the cutesy, cartoony Super Lucky’s Tale. It’s a shame, really, because the Xbox One X is a powerful machine, for more than just gaming.

Design

  • Exclusively available in black
  • Deceptively powerful
  • You're going to need an extra hard drive
Xbox One X review

Performance

  • Faster than the Xbox One S and PS4 Pro
  • 4K Games look incredible
  • Game availability is still Xbox's Achilles Heel
Xbox One X review

Verdict

  • The most powerful console this generation
  • Game availability limits appeal
  • You'll need a fast Internet connection to make it work
Xbox One X review

Specs

CPU
8 custom x86 cores running at 2.3GHz
GPU
6 teraflops with 40 customised compute units running at 1172MHz
Memory
12GB of GDDR5 RAM
Memory Bandwidth
326GB/s
Hard Drive
1TB
Optical Drive
4K UHD Blu-ray/DVD drive
HDR Support
Yes

Deals

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Xbox One X Console + Forza Horizon 4 (1TB )

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