Specifications: Custom 8 core CPU @ 2.3Ghz, 12GB DDR5 RAM, AMD GPU with 6 teraflops of performance, 1 TB internal hard drive, 4K/HDR Bluray drive, HDMI in + out, Ethernet, 3 x USB 3.0, S/PDIF, IR out, dual band WiFi ac, 3.8kg, HDMI cable and one controller included.
Pros: The best, fuss-free true 4K gaming experience, futureproof, capable of running most games at 4k resolution at 60fps, runs cooler and quieter than before.
Cons: Typical Xbox One issues (massive game downloads, can’t play without updating games first, limited game storage on internal 1TB drive), PS4 Pro is significantly cheaper.
Console gaming is typically split into two camps and for the most part, people tend to stick to one or the other. There are exclusive titles on each side and fierce (unwarranted) loyalties that tie people into these camps. But right now, it’s also about getting the best possible 4K gaming quality if you have a compatible 4K TV or projector, and the Xbox fits the bill. This is the first console that does native 4K and that’s a big deal for such a compact device that can be tucked into a entertainment console.
The design is such that you can place other equipment on top because vents are on the sides. Pick it up and the 3.8 kg weight will surprise you — it just feels so dense, like there’s not a millimeter of wasted space inside.
But it’s not just a 4K game console — it’s also a 4k Blu-Ray player and 4K video streamer (for the likes of Netflix and Amazon Prime). There’s a claimed 40% more power than any other console and the increased horsepower is apparent when you put it through its paces. If you still have a 1080p TV (but plan to upgrade), the One X might still be a good option. Even in 1080p, it can create higher detail compared to something like a standard PS4 and Xbox One S — a process called ‘supersampling’.
Obviously, older games have to be updated to take advantage of the increased power under the hood. This means massive downloads, even if you have the game disc. If you see the words ‘Xbox One X Enhanced’ on the game, that means it has been updated. About 80 (new and old) titles now have 4K support and more are bei n g added.
This includes all the blockbusters like Forza 7, Halo Wars 2, Gears of War 4 and PUBG.
Bottom line is that we had a great time playing the latest games in 4K. You will too if you have the following: a good 4K HDR display, 4K Enhanced game titles and an internet connection that can support the insane amount of downloads. In the two weeks we used the console, we easily crossed 500GB in game downloads and update patches alone. Which brings us to the limitations: 1TB internal storage is so inadequate when single 4K games take up upwards of 100GB space.
You should factor in the cost of an additional 2TB external drive because you will need it for sure. Especially in a land of weak broadband connections and crippling FUP limits, you don’t want to keep deleting and re-downloading games/ patches. The PS4 Pro is the only competing console and on paper, it doesn’t have the specs to match the Xbox One X. However, you not always ‘see’ that difference when you’re playing games.
In addition, both consoles have seen price cuts from the launch price. PS4 Pro was launched earlier and it’s cheaper by a significant Rs 8,000 compared to the One X (prices spotted online at the time of writing). If you’re leaning towards getting the current, most powerful console in the world, the Xbox One X is the logical choice. But you also can’t go wrong with the PS4 Pro, which offers a slicker overall experience.