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Xbox One X Review in Progress

03 Noviembre 2017, 03:27 | Benedicto Grullon

Xbox One X review: A console that keeps up with gaming PCs

Gears of War 4

Still, Xbox One X supported games do look pretty great, so factor that in when deciding whether or not the Xbox One X is for you. Spending time with the Xbox One X has confirmed my choice to not buy a PS4 Pro and hold off for the arrival of Spencer's baby.

Whether it's 1080p or 4K gaming you're after, video games have ballooned in size over the past few years, and games are regularly pushing toward the 100GB mark once you take DLC into account.

Gears of War 4 is a shining example of this.

The video up their will guide you through the process but depending on what you want to do you'll need a hard drive, an internet connection, or the ability to connect new and old machines via a router. But perhaps more importantly, more games are being designed and built for high-end PCs and being scaled down to work on consoles, sometimes not far enough. The Xbox One X has clean lines, sharp edges, is smaller and more discreet than its peers, and looks like Microsoft wasn't even trying to make it look good (which is, as everyone knows, the only real way to look good). You want to tick the box next to 'Download 4K game content'.

Like the One S, the One X can be laid horizontally or vertically and has an internal power supply, so there's no bulky power brick to deal with.

It seems like Microsoft is seeking to recast a narrative that has haunted the brand since the One launched: that the PS4 is the best place to play games.

You can preorder the Xbox One X now.

"But the Xbox One X isn't just the fastest console with the best graphics, it's also the most expensive console available right now".

"Yet when a game does take full advantage of everything the One X can do, there's a downside: 4K textures are huge".

When your Xbox One X is out of the box, just plug in that same external hard drive, and you're good to go. It's like getting 4K remasters for free. AC Origins' update, meanwhile, was a mere 1.7GB to add 4K support and HDR for all consoles. But with the November 7 launch still around the corner, this has meant that the number of ready-to-play Xbox One X Enhanced titles has been limited to mostly first-party family friendly offerings.

The answer? Games run faster, smoother and are better looking. As soon as you set up this gaming console, your room will be full of bright colors and the sound quality is so impressive that it will evoke jealousy among your neighbors.

Microsoft's new top-end system has been created to give the most serious gamers - and those willing to pay £450 - the very best experience possible.

Here's the thing though: I am of the opinion that you should probably only get a half-generation console if you've got a 4K TV, and my time with the Xbox One X has not changed that.

Like the One S before it, the One X is now the most appealing console for home theater enthusiasts thanks to its ultra-HD Blu-ray drive and Dolby Atmos audio support. It feels as fast as my older Xbox One S. The dashboard is exactly the same, so it really is the same software experience. Native 4K prioritises resolution at the expense of performance, High Frame-Rate leaves the game at 1080p but gives you higher-resolution textures, and Enriched 4K appears to allow the resolution to scale to maintain a consistent performance level.

Third party support is extensive, with most major publishers and many smaller developers happy to jump on with both existing and future titles. In addition to the already mentioned eight-core CPU clocked at 2.3GHz alongside the 12GB of GDDR5 RAM, it also features a GPU clocked at 1172MHz leaving the console with 6 teraflops of graphical computing power.

The $500 Xbox One X is a ridiculously powerful console, but in order to actively harness that power, developers need to beef up their games. (The list of enhanced, 4K, and HDR games numbers about 10 at launch, but goes up into the twenties when you exclude HDR.) All were downloaded with relatively acceptable haste (i.e., a few hours) from the Microsoft store.

Xbox One X specs and hardware: What's inside? So please don't abuse your TV if initially the XBOX One X thinks your TV isn't HDR compatible.

Basically, 4K combined with HDR is as close as we can currently get to looking like your TV is just a window onto somewhere else.

It is important to remember that Microsoft have the One S available now too. It looks much better in motion, but it's difficult to capture and share HDR in motion. How about pitting the Xbox One X against a PC rig?

So much waiting. Armed with a TV capable of displaying 4K HDR games, what I've gotten so far has certainly been worth waiting for. That includes overhauls to avatars, game hubs and profiles - an update that Microsoft says will make Xbox "more fun, personalised and social than ever".



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