How much will you have to spend to make the most of your Xbox One X?

Olivia Harris 8 November 2017

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The $649 price tag isn't the only cost you need to consider.

Microsoft’s Xbox One X is the most powerful console on the market, with higher frame rates, smoother performance, 4K resolutions and more. However, not everyone will be able to take advantage of these upgrades, as another technology is required to keep up with the new changes.

The console

The Xbox One X will set you back a neat $649 if you're purchasing in Australia. Now that the console is officially available, you may run into some issues finding stock. However, the following retailers offer the One X at roughly the same price.

ProductProviderPrice
Xbox One X 1TB Console
Xbox One X
Harvey Norman $649.00 More info
Xbox One X 1TB Console
Xbox One X
The Gamesmen $649.00 More info
Xbox One X 1TB Console
Xbox One X
EB Games $649.95 More info
Specsxbox-one-x-logo-small
CPU8 custom x86 cores running at 2.3GHz
GPU6 teraflops with 40 customised compute units running at 1172MHz
Memory12GB of GDDR5 RAM
Memory Bandwidth326GB/s
Hard Drive1TB
Optical Drive4K UHD Blu-ray/DVD drive
HDR SupportYes

Enhanced games

Thanks to the Xbox One X's extra power, developers are able to enhance their games with extra features like higher resolutions, greater framerates and more visual effects. Games that leverage the extra muscle of the Xbox One X are labelled as “Xbox One X Enhanced”; similarly if a title supports HDR (High Dynamic Range) or 4K Ultra HD resolution, this will be displayed on both the physical copy and the digital store page.

Not only have a number of upcoming games been announced as Xbox One Enhanced titles, a range of older games will be receiving patches to take advantage of the X's extra power, too. Some of the most popular titles announced as Xbox One Enhanced are:

  • Assassin's Creed: Origins
  • Crackdown 3
  • Dishonored 2
  • Forza Motorsport 7
  • Madden NFL 18
  • Metro Exodus
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of War
  • Need for Speed: Payback
  • Sea of Thieves
  • Star Wars: Battlefront II
  • State of Decay 2
  • Super Lucky's Tale

Check out our full list of Xbox One Enhanced games for the complete rundown.

Enhanced games, much like regular Xbox One games, will range in price from as low as AU $19.95 up to AU $119.95. Bear in mind that an Enhanced game will run on both a regular Xbox One and the Xbox One X; it will simply run better on the Xbox One X.

Controller

Xbox One accessories and controllers are compatible across the Xbox One series, along with Windows 10, so the choice of upgrading to a new controller with your flashy new console is a personal decision. For those who enjoy special designs or editions of controllers, Microsoft offers a range of designs on their online store for AU$99.95 each.

The controller that comes bundled with the Xbox One X is a standard black Xbox One Wireless Controller. This means that all the previous Xbox One controllers you own will be compatible with the new Xbox One X, but it also means that there is no improvement to the controller overall. If you feel the need to upgrade your controller, the Elite Wireless Controller is still the best option, and is completely compatible with the Xbox One X.

The Elite Wireless Controller offers a higher level of configurations that can improve accuracy, speed and reach with various shapes and sizes of thumbsticks. The ability to swap between a range of metal thumbsticks and d-pads for personalized control and comfort is a big plus. Four paddles can be added onto the back of the Elite Wireless controller, taking the role of any button mapped to them, allowing for less movement during gameplay. An enhanced grip also enables you to hold the controller with less effort, solving the issue of long sessions and sweaty hands.

The Elite Wireless Controller is AU$199.95each on the Microsoft Store.

4K/HDR TV

The biggest selling point for users to upgrade to an Xbox One X is the 4K resolution. This essentially means that the Xbox One X will be producing a resolution that falls just short of 4 times the quality of the usual 1920x1080 resolution of HD, clocking in at 3840x2160. A higher level of detail in images and video, including during movement, is achieved through this enhancement. The Xbox One S and PS4 both limit themselves to 1080p resolution in games, even running below that at times, as they cannot provide the power needed for the 4K resolution that the Xbox One X can.

The Xbox One X can support all resolutions up to and including 4K, with some games even managing a consistent framerate of 60fps in at 4K. In order to really make the most of your new console, then, it makes sense to invest in a television which can match these new heights. While the Xbox One X is marketed towards a 4K audience, those who choose not to upgrade will still see a marked improvement in the visual quality and performance on screen. The improvement to frame rates will still be evident regardless.

However, if you do wish to experience the true next level of resolution and framerates that the Xbox One X has to offer, now is the best time to upgrade to a 4K TV. To play games at a 4K setting, however, there are some specific technical requirements. Like with the Xbox One S, TVs without an HDMI 2.0a will be able to view only streaming services and UHD Blu Ray discs in 4K, but will not be able to play games in 4K.

Below is a list of 4K televisions that match the required specifications for the Xbox One X.

As is evident from the table above, going cheap won’t meet the requirements for running games at 4K, however, you won’t have to buy the top of the line either. A reasonable price can be found if you do your research.

Ultimately, how much you are willing to spend on the Xbox One X depends on your preferences, as even without the best technology available there will still be a significant upgrade. Getting ahead of the curve now may not be the best option, but at some point, if you do wish to make a change then this is where to start.

Click here to jump to the full list of 4K/HDR compatible televisions.

Average price to spend

So let's have a look at how much you could spend to make the most out of your new Xbox One X:

  • Xbox One X ($649)
  • 1 Enhanced Game (avg. price $60)
  • 4K television (65" avg. price $4,641.24)
  • Average spend: $5350.00

Of course, that's assuming you don't already own a4K/HDR compatible television.

The biggest price factor is the 4K television itself, ranging from an average of $1,349 up to a whopping $28,332.33. However, this is the future of technology and home entertainment here and making this investment now could be really beneficial in the near future as more and more gaming platforms move on to 4K.

It is important to note that the 65-inch screen is the average size of a compatible Xbox One X television so we recommend buying a screen around this size if at all possible for the best experience that Microsoft has created.

Getting the most out of your Xbox One X comes with a hefty price but the outcome really is worth the extra money and effort.

Xbox One X 1TB Console from Microsoft Store

Microsoft's Xbox One X boasts 4K/HDR gaming with 40% more power. The first round of pre-orders sold out in no time so if you're hoping to grab one on launch day, make sure you secure it today.

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Complete list of compatible 4K TVs

ModelDisplayHDMI 2.0aHDR10SizePrice
LG70UJ6570OLEDYESYES70"
LG70UJ6570OLEDYESYES75"
LG65EG960TOLEDNONO65"$8,299.00
LG55EG960TOLEDNONO55"$5,499.00
LG86SJ957TLED/LCDYESYES86"$14,699.00
LG75SJ955TLED/LCDYESYES75"$8,199.00
LG65UJ752TLED/LCDYESYES65"$4,199.00
LG55UJ752TLED/LCDYESYES55"$2,899.00
LG49UJ752TLED/LCDYESYES49"$2,099.00
LGOLED65G7TOLEDYESYES65"$9,099.00
LG75UJ657TLED/LCDYESYES75"$6,399.00
LG65UJ654TLED/LCDYESYES65"$3,499.00
LG60UJ654TLED/LCDYESYES60"$2,899.00
LG55UJ654TLED/LCDYESYES55"$2,399.00
LG49UJ654TLED/LCDYESYES49"$1,899.00
LG43UJ654TLED/LCDYESYES43"$1,549.00
LG65SJ850TLED/LCDYESYES65"$4,799.00
LG60SJ850TLED/LCDYESYES60"$3,799.00
LG55SJ850TLED/LCDYESYES55"$3,199.00
LG65UH605TLED/LCDNONO65"$3,299.00
LG55UH605TLED/LCDNONO55"$1,999.00
LG55UH615TLED/LCDYESYES55"$1,499.00
LG86UH955TLED/LCDYESYES86"$14,999.00
LG75UH855TLED/LCDYESYES75"$7,299.00
LG79UH953TLED/LCDYESYES79"$8,499.00
LGOLED55C6TOLEDYESYES55"$4,199.00
LGOLED65C6TOLEDYESYES65"$6,799.00
LGOLED55B6TOLEDYESYES55"$4,199.00
LGOLED65B6TOLEDYESYES65"$6,799.00
LGOLED55E6TOLEDYESYES55"$5,699.00
LGOLED65E6TOLEDYESYES65"$8,399.00
LG70UH635TLED/LCDYESYES70"$4,299.00
LG75UH656TLED/LCDYESYES75"$6,499.00
LGOLED65G6TOLEDYESYES65"$9,999.00
LG49UH652TLED/LCDYESYES49"$1,499.00
LG43UH652TLED/LCDYESYES43"$1,279.00
LG43UH610TLED/LCDYESYES43"$1,179.00
LG60UH850TLED/LCDYESYES60"$3,949.00
LG55UH652TLED/LCDYESYES55"$1,799.00
LG60UH652TLED/LCDYESYES60"$2,399.00
LG65UH652TLED/LCDYESYES65"$2,999.00
LG49UH610TLED/LCDYESYES49"$1,399.00
LG55UH770TLED/LCDYESYES55"$2,249.00
LG65UH950TLED/LCDYESYES65"$5,299.00
LG55UH950TLED/LCDYESYES55"$3,449.00
LG60UH770TLED/LCDYESYES60"$2,899.00
LG65UH770TLED/LCDYESYES65"$3,899.00
LG65EF950TOLEDYESNO65"$8,299.00
LG55EF950TOLEDYESNO55"$5,499.00
SamsungKS9000QLEDYESYES55"$3,299.00
SamsungKS9000QLEDYESYES65"$4,999.00
SamsungJS9000QLEDNONO65"$5,899.00
SamsungJS9000QLEDNONO55"$3,899.00
SamsungKS8000QLEDYESYES65"$4,499.00
SamsungKS8000QLEDYESYES55"$2,399.00
SamsungKS9500QLEDYESYES78"$12,999.00
SamsungKS9500QLEDYESYES65"$5,199.00
SamsungKS9500QLEDYESYES55"$3,499.00
SamsungQ9QLEDYESYES75"$12,999.00
SamsungQ9QLEDYESYES65"$8,299.00
SamsungQ9QLEDYESYES88"$29,999.00
SamsungJU7000LED/LCDNONO85"$13,999.00
SamsungJU7000LED/LCDNONO75"$7,499.00
SamsungJU7000LED/LCDNONO65"$4,399.00
SamsungJU7000LED/LCDNONO60"$3,399.00
SamsungJU7000LED/LCDNONO55"$2,749.00
SamsungQ8QLEDYESYES75"$11,499.00
SamsungQ8QLEDYESYES65"$6,899.00
SamsungQ8QLEDYESYES55"$4,599.00
SamsungJS8000QLEDYESNO65"$5,299.00
SamsungJS8000QLEDYESNO55"$3,599.00
SamsungMU7000LED/LCDYESYES82"$9,199.00
SamsungMU7000LED/LCDYESYES75"$6,499.00
SamsungMU7000LED/LCDYESYES65"$3,899.00
SamsungMU7000LED/LCDYESYES55"$2,699.00
SamsungMU6300LED/LCDYESYES65"$3,099.00
SamsungMU6300LED/LCDYESYES55"$2,099.00
SamsungJU6600LED/LCDYESNO65"$4,399.00
SamsungJU6600LED/LCDYESNO55"$2,699.00
SamsungJS9500LED/LCDYESNO88"$24,999.00
SamsungJS9500LED/LCDYESNO78"$17,999.00
SamsungJS9500LED/LCDYESNO65"$7,499.00
SamsungMU6100LED/LCDYESYES43"$1,299.00
SamsungMU6100LED/LCDYESYES50"$1,699.00
SamsungMU6100LED/LCDYESYES55"$1,999.00
SamsungMU6100LED/LCDYESYES65"$2,999.00
SamsungMU6100LED/LCDYESYES75"$4,999.00
SamsungKS8005QLEDYESYES60"$3,599.00
SamsungKS9005QLEDYESYES75"$9,999.00
SamsungJU7500LED/LCDYESNO78"$8,999.00
SamsungJU7500LED/LCDYESNO65"$4,599.00
SamsungJU7500LED/LCDYESNO55"$2,949.00
SamsungKS8500QLEDYESYES65"$4,699.00
SamsungKS8500QLEDYESYES55"$3,099.00
SamsungQ7QLEDYESYES75"$9,999.00
SamsungQ7QLEDYESYES65"$5,999.00
SamsungQ7QLEDYESYES55"$3,799.00
SamsungJU6400LED/LCDNONO75"$4,799.00
SamsungJU6400LED/LCDNONO65"$4,099.00
SamsungJU6400LED/LCDNONO60"$2,899.00
SamsungJU6400LED/LCDNONO55"$2,199.00
SamsungJU6400LED/LCDNONO50"$1,849.00
SamsungJU6400LED/LCDNONO40"$1,399.00
SamsungMU8000LED/LCDYESYES65"$4,099.00
SamsungMU8000LED/LCDYESYES55"$2,899.00
SamsungMU9000LED/LCDYESYES65"$4,399.00
SamsungMU9000LED/LCDYESYES55"$3,099.00
SamsungKS9800QLEDYESYES88"$29,999.00
SamsungMU6400LED/LCDYESYES65"$3,549.00
SamsungMU6400LED/LCDYESYES55"$2,449.00
SamsungMU6500LED/LCDYESYES55"
SamsungMU6500LED/LCDYESYES65"$2,999.00
SamsungKU6500LED/LCDYESYES55"$1,999.00
SamsungKU6500LED/LCDYESYES65"$3,399.00
SamsungKU7000LED/LCDYESYES65"$3,499.00
SamsungKU7000LED/LCDYESYES55"$1,999.00
SamsungKU7000LED/LCDYESYES49"$1,799.00
SamsungKU7000LED/LCDYESYES43"$1,449.00
SamsungKU6000LED/LCDYESYES70"$4,199.00
SamsungKU6000LED/LCDYESYES65"$3,199.00
SamsungKU6000LED/LCDYESYES60"$2,399.00
SamsungKU6000LED/LCDYESYES55"$1,799.00
SamsungKU6000LED/LCDYESYES50"$1,599.00
SamsungKU6000LED/LCDYESYES40"$1,299.00
SamsungKU7500LED/LCDYESYES78"$6,999.00
SamsungKU7500LED/LCDYESYES65"$3,699.00
SamsungKU7500LED/LCDYESYES55"$2,199.00
SamsungKU7510LED/LCDYESYES55"$2,399.00
SamsungKU7510LED/LCDYESYES49"$2,049.00
SonyA1OLEDYESYES55"$4,999.00
SonyA1OLEDYESYES65"$7,499.00
SonyX84E/X93ELED/LCDNONO55"$3,999.00
SonyX84E/X93ELED/LCDNONO65"$5,299.00
SonyX84E/X93ELED/LCDNONO75"$8,999.00
SonyX90ELED/LCDYESYES49"$2,499.00
SonyX90ELED/LCDYESYES55"$2,999.00
SonyX90ELED/LCDYESYES65"$4,499.00
SonyX85ELED/LCDYESYES55"$2,499.00
SonyX85ELED/LCDYESYES65"$3,999.00
SonyX85ELED/LCDYESYES75"$6,999.00
SonyX70ELED/LCDYESYES43"$1,399.00
SonyX70ELED/LCDYESYES49"$1,599.00
SonyX70ELED/LCDYESYES55"$1,999.00
SonyX70ELED/LCDYESYES65"$3,299.00
SonyX94D/X93DLED/LCDYESYES55"$3,499.00
SonyX94D/X93DLED/LCDYESYES65"$5,499.00
SonyX94D/X93DLED/LCDYESYES75"$8,499.00
SonyX85DLED/LCDYESYES55"$2,699.00
SonyX85DLED/LCDYESYES65"$3,999.00
SonyX85DLED/LCDYESYES75"$6,999.00
SonyX85DLED/LCDYESYES85"$14,999.00
SonyX80DLED/LCDYESYES43"$1,699.00
SonyX80DLED/LCDYESYES49"$1,999.00
SonyX75D/X70DLED/LCDYESYES49"$1,699.00
SonyX75D/X70DLED/LCDYESYES55"$1,999.00
SonyX75D/X70DLED/LCDYESYES65"$3,299.00
Hisense75N9LED/LCDNOYES75"$9,999.00
Hisense65N8LED/LCDNOYES65"$4,999.00
Hisense65N7LED/LCDNOYES65"$3,499.00
Hisense55N7LED/LCDNOYES55"$2,499.00
Hisense50N7LED/LCDNOYES50"$1,699.00
Hisense65N6LED/LCDNOYES65"$2,999.00
Hisense55N6LED/LCDNOYES55"$1,699.00
Hisense50N6LED/LCDNOYES50"$1,199.00
Hisense43N6LED/LCDNOYES43"$1,299.00
Hisense65N5LED/LCDNONO65"$1,999.00
Hisense58N5LED/LCDNONO58"$1,499.00
KoganKU8000LED/LCDNONO75"$2,799.00
KoganKU8000LED/LCDNONO55"$629.00
KoganKU8000LED/LCDNONO49"$499.00
KoganJU8000LED/LCDNONO43"$479.00
KoganKU8000LED/LCDNONO65"$949.00
KoganMU9500LED/LCDNONO55"$899.00
KoganKU8000LED/LCDNONO55"$499.00
KoganMU9000LED/LCDNONO65"$1,299.00
KoganKU8000LED/LCDNONO65"$999.00
KoganMU9000LED/LCDNONO55"$799.00
KoganMU9000LED/LCDNONO43"$459.00
KoganMU9500LED/LCDNONO65"$1,399.00
KoganMU9000LED/LCDNONO49"$649.00
KoganMU9000LED/LCDNONO55"$637.00
KoganKU8000LED/LCDNONO49"$499.00
PanasonicTH-75EX780ALED/LCDNOYES75"$6,599.00
PanasonicTH-65EX780ALED/LCDNOYES65"$3,849.00
PanasonicTH-58EX780ALED/LCDNOYES58"$2,749.00
PanasonicTH-85X940ALED/LCDNONO85"$15,999.00
PanasonicTH-65DX900ULED/LCDNOYES65"$4,999.00
PanasonicTH-58DX900ULED/LCDNOYES58"$4,399.00
PanasonicTH-65DX740ULED/LCDNONO65"$4,599.00
PanasonicTH-58DX740ULED/LCDNONO58"$3,299.00
PanasonicTH-50DX740ULED/LCDNONO50"$2,649.00
PanasonicTH-65DX700ALED/LCDNONO65"$3,399.00
PanasonicTH-58DX700ALED/LCDNONO58"$2,299.00
PanasonicTH-50DX700ALED/LCDNONO50"$2,199.00

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