Microsoft Xbox One X
Welcome to the GamingExpert’s Xbox One X review. Before we continue, i just want to make it clear that the Xbox One X (Check latest price) is the futuristic console which has beaten out all the consoles in almost every aspect excluding price. Shrouded in matte black color, the Xbox One X is equipped with an eight-core CPU, 12GB of GDDR5 RAM and the GPU which clocks at 1172MHz. In this review, i will try to discuss all the essential aspects of One X ranging from performance, quality, design, price and a little bit comparison with other high performance console available in market.
Xbox One X Review
Soon after it was released in 2017, the Xbox One X has successfully grabbed the top position in gaming consoles’ list. The claim is still backed by its excellent performance, stunning visuals and capability to efficiently handle cross-platform games such as Fortnite, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, World of Warships: Legends, Realm Royale and Minecraft.
Xbox One X – Specifications
|Model||Xbox One X|
|CPU||2.3 GHz (Eight Jaguar cores)|
|RAM||12GB GDDR5 at 6.8GHz with 326GB/s bandwidth|
|Disk drive||4K UHD Blu-ray drive|
|Storage||1TB Hard Drive|
|Wireless||Wireless IEEE 802.11ac dual band|
|Ports||1x HDMI-in, 1x HDMI-out, 3x USB 3.0, 1x IR receiver and blaster, 1x Ethernet port|
|In the box||Xbox One X console|
Xbox Wireless Controller
Xbox Game Pass trial (30 days)
Xbox Live Gold trial (14-day)
|Dimensions||11.81 x 9.45 x 2.36 inches|
|Weight||8.4 lbs (3.81 kg)|
Though its Xbox One X and its competitor PS4 Pro are in the direct competition, the former is still the king of consoles and, in future, the competition is going to be rather tougher than ever due to the release of PS5 in December 2020.
The Xbox One X is similar to its predecessor One S in terms of, internal power supply, storage capacity and vertical and horizontal placement. The only difference is that the Xbox One S is a bit more appealing than this model due to the striking white color, but i think that is OK, as the Xbox One’s limited edition (Check latest Price) comes in white color.
Those who have already used the Xbox One S could easily imagine the design of One X. As I have stated earlier, in terms of look the only difference is the color option which Microsoft has removed in its limited edition. Other than color difference, both consoles are same in terms of design. (Interestingly, the white color is now available in Xbox One X Pass Special Edition.)
However, for others who haven’t yet seen the Xbox One S, i want to say that this console comes in a rectangular shape, equal to the size of a Blu-ray player. The matte grey finish coating is actually a very nice and appealing color. But if you have used white color, this might seem odd for you. If i were to decide, it doesn’t matter whatever color you have, the real point is you have the king of consoles on your side.
The distinctive feature of Xbox One X is that, besides playing Xbox One games, you will be able to play 4K Blu-ray games and this is what makes Xbox One X worth the money. Bear in mind, that none other than Xbox One gaming console has been able to genuinely win 4K feature. Though Sony PS4 Pro too comes with 4K gaming, it still is much behind the competition.
In terms of ports, and cables the Xbox One X is equipped with HDMI input and output port, a power connector, two additional USB ports, an Ethernet port, an Optical Audio port and an IR output. Sadly, in latest consoles, including One X and One S, Microsoft has stopped adding the motion-sensing camera Kinect port which is really disappointing.
As I have mentioned earlier: Xbox One X is a futuristic gaming console. In near future, the users who are tired of using the traditional controller, will be able to control the console using keyboard and mouse. Though already offered by Dreamcast, the new feature likely to be offered by Microsoft will really be a major shift in the nature of controllers’ use. High-end players are well aware of the fact that the best gaming keyboards and gaming mice offer greatest perfection in stability, accuracy and precision while aiming target in gaming sessions.
Features and Specs
Surprisingly the Xbox One is built with amazing features including; 12GB of GDDR5 RAM, a powerful GPU that can be clocked at more than 1150MHz and an even more powerful 2.3GHz CPU with eight cores. This is where you will see the real difference in performance and quality. The huge RAM combined with a power oriented GPU offers 40 graphical computing power unit of up to 6 teraflops that is impressive.
Besides, the specs make the console perfectly suitable to handle 4K HDR gaming without the problems of lagging, pixel distortion or slow graphical performance. Unlike a dedicated VRAM, the 12GB of GDDR5 RAM is divided between the GPU and the system which makes it a bit difficult to compare with other consoles.
The good thing is that the CPU gives an exponential increase in performance due to the presence of 8 Jaguar CPU cores. As compared to the Original Xbox One and One S, nearly 75% increase in performance was recorded in One X through overclocking of CPU at 2.3GHz. That is to say the performance is nearly the same as offered by Intel Core i3 processor.
It is worth noting that, while analyzing the system of Xbox One X, Sony’s PS4 Pro, and Nintendo Switch, the Xbox One X is much better than both consoles. Basically, the Son’y GPU offers 36 Graphics Core Next Computer Units at 911MHz, although it has less 8GB DDR5 RAM and 2.1 GHz CPU. On the other hand Xobx One offers 40 graphical core units at 1172MHz. The reason Xbox One X is still the king is that the PS4’s memory exhaust at 218GB/s and offer up to 4 Teraflops of performance that is a bit lower than 6 Tflops offered by Xbox One X.
The only problem in this console lies in the limited storage capacity. You will get only 1TB hard drive that can store hardly 15-16 high quality games which cover more than 50GB. You have compromise over this problem as still no other option is available to expand the storage capacity.
The only thing a gamer needs from a console is an outstanding gaming performance, and this is where Xbox One X excels all its competitors. The gaming performance is as great as the company has advertised. Not matter whatever game you are playing, whether it is in 1080p resolution or 4K HDR, the One X won’t make you feel regret in any case. We will try to explain each corner of gaming performance offered by Xbox One X.
The good thing is that the Xbox One X offers Supersampling feature that is much similar to the PS4 Pro. In Supersampling the console when connected to a 1080p gaming monitor or TV produces four time better images and resolution look like that of 4K TV. This makes clearer, sharper and better images even in 1080p screen. Although one cannot compare 1080p screen with one supporting 4K, still the images produces on 1080p will be much better than a standard 1080p screen.
Those who really know how to differentiate between a 4K and 1080p could easily recognize the real change in image sharpness, brightness and clarity. The would definitely admire the worth of the console that will let them see the sky above the could, flowers beyond their colors and large and clear buildings from far away. The Xbox One X will prove to be the one that can meet their expectations.
This is not enough, if you have a 4K HDR monitor, the reality will be unleashed here, as the Xbox One X will now be able to show off its full strength. Not only the games will be played at the original 4K display, but also there will be greater color variation, more details, and better sharpness than you could’ve expected. What more should i say? if i am not exaggerating, the results will be in in front of you, once your explore the potential of Xbox One X.
Besides, visual improvements, the major difference you will experience is in performance side. Basically, i am talking about the speed of the game that is calculated in frames per second. I just want to cut the crap, in brief the Xbox One X runs the games in standard, yet most demanding, 60 frames per second (fps). This rate actually matches to the same offered by most of the TVs. Besides, this is twice the rate offered by PS4 Pro which offers 30 fps. Sadly in previous models of Xbox One the issue was about decline in the frame rate which has successfully been resolved in One X.
Surprisingly, the Xbox One games were much better and improved in every aspect on One X. Most of the high-end games couldn’t even touch the 60fps threshold level and the rate varied between 40-50 fps in most of the time. That is to say, you will still be able to save one-fourth of the speed for the next future games that may cross the 60fps level. Till then, you need not to worry about performance.
Multiple criteria are there to talk about the performance of the console. And what criteria is sufficient for Xbox One X to make it an Enhanced Xbox One X? Just like Sony, there is no minimum criteria fixed by Microsoft too. Broadly speaking, we can find about it in any of the three way: Frame rate, HDR visual processing or 4K visuals. In this way you can either get 4K visual or framerate of 60fps. Now this is up-to the game developer what kind of combination the choose for their gaming.
Xbox One X – Gameplay
Since it has been two year of its launch and the software has been updated twice, the Interface is much improved and looks better than it was before. The updated design looks like a combination of newly released Windows 10 and Xbox 360.
Similar to the blade design of Xbox 360, the interface has separate Home and Store tabs. Besides you will tabs for Entertainment, Community and Mixer. The interface is user friendly, easy to navigate, simple to use and fast in performance with no bugs found yet.
The good thing about the updated version of the software is that you can pin the apps or games on the Home screen for easy navigation. This is perfect idea to run the downloaded games or apps. This is a nice addition and good to remain connected to the console as well as the game you are currently playing.
Finally, the wait is over. At last there is a gaming console that comes with a decent sound. The new Xbox One X is equipped with DTS and Dolby Atmos sound. Using the Dolby Atmos feature, you can now connect your amp and speakers to your console setup.
The Sound quality is fine. While playing Transformers: The Dark Knight, and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare we experienced some glitches in balance and echo. But, the sound while playing music and watching movies was much better than it was in gaming. However, with all the best things in hand, something as just good is not a big compromise. Plus, you can’t expect something louder from a console which is made for gaming.
Xbox One X Vs PS4 Pro – Which is better?
|Model||Xbox One X||PS4 Pro|
|Display||4K HDR||4K HDR|
|RAM||12GB DDR5||8GB DDR5|
|CPU||2.3 GHz||2.1 GHz|
|Dimensions||11.81 x 9.45 x 2.36 inches||18.5 x 4.9 x 15 inches|
The numbers speak itself. Though both Xbox One X and PS4 Pro offer 4K HDR resolution, it is the Xbox One X that offers 4K UHD Blu-ray drive which PS4 Pro is lacking. Besides Xbox One X is at a clear cut advantage over RAM, GPU clocking and CPU performance.
Technically speaking, the Xbox One X is far better in terms of performance, GPU clocking, Computing units, 4K HDR gameplay, and features, considering the price is now the same for both console. Now it is up to you which choice you make for your gaming console
Xbox One X Video Review
The Microsoft has made a commendable job in developing a visionary product that can last long and perform excellently. The Xbox One X is one of the few products that set precedents for the coming products. In every aspect the product won’t disappoint you, whether you are using it for longer gaming sessions or just stream videos for entertainment. This is actually an all in one package in a reasonable price.
In the start of Xbox One X review, we stated that the Xbox One is a futuristic gaming console that you can use for many years to come. If you want to feel the difference of what we have said, just use two consoles side by side and then distinguish the features and performance. The decision is yours. I am pretty sure Microsoft’s Xbox One X will beat out all other consoles available in the market.