In just a few short days, Mircosoft unleashes its latest console – the Xbox One X worldwide. The most powerful console in the world, says Microsoft, comes with upgraded specs, an ever-growing list of enhanced games capable of running in 4K, and a more compact and sleeker design when compared to current console, the Xbox One.
At £449, the Xbox One X is by no means cheap, but is it a console worth investing in? We’ve rounded up various reviews from across the internet to find out.
Polygon: FULL PRE- REVIEW
Samit Sarkar writes: “The Xbox One X is undeniably the best console to play multiplatform games; they’ll look and run better on it than on the PS4 Pro. 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. And the ancillary benefits of Microsoft’s ecosystem, such as Xbox Play Anywhere and backward compatibility going back to the original Xbox, can’t be discounted. But I’ve been floored by plenty of games on the PS4 Pro, like Horizon Zero Dawn. For now, with the limited number of enhanced Xbox One X titles I’ve been able to test, I haven’t seen enough to be able to recommend the console in light of its high price — especially when the audience for these mid-cycle upgrades still seems so specific.”
IGN: 8.7 Review in Progress
Brandin Tyrrel writes: “The Xbox One X is a very impressive collection of hardware crammed into a sleek case. It runs cool and quiet as it delivers impressive performance in the enhanced games we’ve been able to test out so far. It’s hard to believe Microsoft exclusives like Gears of War 4 can look so good and run so smoothly on a box that costs less than half of what you’d pay for a high-end gaming PC. Plus, it caters to home theater enthusiasts with 4K ultra-HD Blu-ray playback and Atmos sound. However, the big question of how it compares to the PlayStation 4 Pro in running third-party games remains, for now, unanswered. We won’t know for sure until those enhanced updates come out around the November 7 launch, but if I had to score it now…”
Gamespot: FULL REVIEW
Jimmy Thang writes: “Should you get an Xbox One X? That answer should largely depend on whether you’d be happy with the console’s library of games. You can check out a list of all the Xbox One X-enhanced games here. If you’re happy with the lineup and are thinking about jumping in, allow me to outline three different scenarios for you. If you game on a 1080p TV and don’t have any plans to upgrade to a 4K one, the Xbox One S is going to be a better fit for you. While you will get some graphical enhancements with the X, you don’t really get your money’s worth if you don’t have a 4K HDR TV. But what if you already own a 4K HDR TV and an Xbox One? In this case, I’d only recommend getting the X if you have the disposable cash to spare for the increased visual fidelity and performance benefits. If you have a 4K HDR TV, don’t have a current gen console, and are looking to purchase one, however, the Xbox One X is a great choice.”
Engadget: FULL REVIEW
Devindra Hardawar writes: “Ultimately, the Xbox One X offers some major performance upgrades that gamers will notice — especially if you’re coming from an original Xbox One. But it’s also a bit disappointing since it’s coming a year after the PS4 Pro, and it doesn’t offer VR yet. For Microsoft fans, though, none of that will matter. It’s exactly what the company promised: the fastest game console ever made.”
Independent: FULL REVIEW
Jack Shepherd writes: “Thanks to these upgrades, the Xbox One X just about snatches the title of best console available on the market when considering the sheer power of the machine. However, you still have the issue of the Xbox One’s back-catalogue — unless you’re a Halo fan, there’s just no competing with the game’s available on PlayStation. Still, if you want the best experience playing Call of Duty: World War II on a console, look no further than the X. Whether that’s worth the upgrade remains debatable.”
Digital Foundry via Eurogamer: FULL REVIEW
Richard Leadbetter writes: “The workmanship that’s gone into Microsoft’s latest console is exceptional. To quadruple graphics power over the original model but to retain essentially the same form factor and the same acoustics points to a level of engineering that really does take console design to the next level. Xbox One X is a beautifully designed little box that does the job assigned to it without taking up much space or making much noise – the latter being our biggest bugbear with PlayStation 4.
Beyond that, what we can definitely say is that the machine is a love letter to the core gamer, with many forward-looking features. The implementation of FreeSync support – something we didn’t have time to fully test – is the kind of feature we didn’t expect to see until at least the next console generation. Meanwhile, the backwards compatibility features really are superb – if you’ve stayed with Xbox across the generations, you’re in for a real treat here. There’s a sense that Microsoft is paying homage to its roots, honouring its past successes and making genuine efforts in curating a great library – all at no cost to the user.”