Although Sony is leading sales worldwide with their PlayStation 4, Microsoft isn’t too far behind — at least in the United States. However, in this generation, many games are cross-platform. Now unable to rely on exclusives driving sales, each company needs to work to stay ahead of competition by providing a unique experience. The Xbox One X 4K gaming console is Microsoft’s answer to this dilemma, providing a system that remains the most powerful piece of video game equipment (excluding high-end PCs). But is it worth the extra price? Should you upgrade from your regular console to this brand new version? Let’s take a look at what the Xbox One X has to offer.
The technical specifications of the Xbox One X 4K gaming console are nothing to sneeze at. With an 8-core CPU clocked at 2.3GHz, 12GB of GDDR5 RAM, 6 teraflops of graphical computing power, 8GB flash memory, and 1TB of hard drive internal storage, it’s designed with native 4K content in mind.
There’s no doubt about it: The console is an absolute powerhouse that can easily handle 4K Blu-Ray in Ultra HD and HDR quality, 4K+ HDR gaming when used with One X Enhanced games, and 4K video from your favorite streaming services like Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu.
Do You Have The Right Equipment?
You definitely want to avoid buying an Xbox One X 4K gaming console if you don’t have the equipment to take advantage of this new technology — you’ll need a 4K+ HDR compatible TV. If you just have a regular 1080p TV you’ll notice better graphics, frame rates, and load times, but is that enough?
What sets the One X apart from competitors is its ability to handle 4K content effortlessly. If you don’t have a television that can handle 4K, there’s definitely less of a reason to pick up this new console. The system is already more expensive than any other current-gen console, and if you have to add a brand new TV on top of that, it’s going to put a serious strain on your wallet.
Is the Xbox One X Worth Buying?
If you’re a hardcore gamer after the latest and greatest in console graphics, the Xbox One X is the way to go. However, you’ll only get the full experience if you already have a 4K capable setup.
Keep in mind, too, that there are very few (if any) games that will be exclusive to the One X, so you can still play everything on a less expensive Xbox One S or Xbox One — albeit with lower quality graphics and lower performance. If you don’t mind gaming in 1080p rather than 4K, this new system probably isn’t worth the buy.
Still, Microsoft had something to prove with their latest generation of console if they wanted to keep up with Sony, and they’ve exceeded expectations with the One X. As the most powerful option on the market, it’s sure to be the go-to choice for the graphics connoisseur.
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