Does X mark the spot — Xbox One X

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

"When all of that is working together, Gears of War 4 on the One X is dramatically smoother, and a sharper, deeper visual experience than it is on the One S". Resident reviews veteran Jon Bray is thoroughly impressed with Microsoft's latest, calling it a great, if expensive 4K-capable games console. "However, the big question of how it compares to the PlayStation 4 Pro in running third-party games remains, for now, unanswered". The Xbox One X comes with 1TB of storage. Impressive. A Beautiful Box Right, so let's talk aesthetics. Like the S, it's power supply is internal and when you pick it up the extra ballast at the back throws it off balance, so as much as any console can be it's ungainly to carry. The game is a stunt-focused arcade racing title that puts players in various outlandish race tracks.

The redesigned cooling makes use of fancy manufacturing techniques and technologies such as vapour chamber heat pipes and matching the heatsink to the chipset to ensure the best possible fit. It's got a rectangular compact shape and is nowhere near as bulky as the old original Xbox. As we get closer to the release date, we are starting to learn a few more details about the console. In fact, there's a certain PlayStation 2-like quality, with the main body of the console overhanging the base in a way that helps disguise the console's size even further. Developers might jump at the opportunity to be able to market their games as being 'Xbox One X enhanced', and it's always easier to sell a game that looks better. GoW 4 plays brilliantly fast, with crisp, clear rendering no matter how intense the onscreen action might be. Yeah, we fall into the latter category.

"The team was eager to use the additional power of the Xbox One X to push Halo Wars 2's graphics to 4K". AC Origins' update, meanwhile, was a mere 1.7GB to add 4K support and HDR for all consoles. Still, it looks very nice in 4K HDR.

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. The Xbox One struggled with its dashboard at its initial launch, but has been steadily if not completely renovated since.

Size wise, the X's dimensions are 11.8 x 9.4 x 2.4 inches, compared to the PS4's 12.8 x 11.6 x 2.1ins. Halo 5's 4K update also increases the game's download size, from 98GB to over 113GB.

The Xbox One X has made me realise I'm ill-equipped to detail just how good games look on the world's most powerful console. It's spell binding. Suddenly, the television which hasn't had a blu ray drive connected is displaying an image we've never seen before.

Other titles we've tested include 4K resolution and performance bumps for both Diablo 3 and Path of Exile, two titles that look considerably better on the new console but in the same way that a simple resolution increase does.

For anyone without a 4K TV, the real appeal of the Xbox One X will be the higher framerate.

Games with Gold also has a couple of Xbox 360 games up for free download. And there's five other games still lined up after that.

I played Gears of War 4 when it came out on my 10-year-old HD TV. Same goes for Forza 7 and Halo 5. You also, ideally, want to have these games already installed, so you just have to deal with the Xbox One X patches, rather than downloading the whole thing from scratch. Playing Ninja Gaiden Black this week was a stunning reminder of how good some of these original Xbox games can still look, even if my atrophied skills can't handle them anymore.

Because of this, we will have to revisit the One X's library of games next week, but of those we have seen both with final release code and through events over the last few months, the results are impressive.

It is, in short, a smart and stylish block - games consoles are not meant to be statement devices - and for all the One X offers, it fades neatly into the background beneath your TV. The new console can make games look better on 1080p sets, since it'll supersample high-res textures and have more graphical effects, but it's simply not worth the upgrade since those TVs don't support HDR. Already tired and haggard after a long day at PAX AUS, a handful of Stevivor crew stayed up until 3.00am watching episode after episode of Planet Earth II, crazily lifelike in native 4K. The big difference on the One X is that the sluggish feeling that's nagged the Xbox One interface since its launch in 2013 is finally gone. Well, that's me speaking.

This is a console that goes well beyond just gaming. Some offer 4K, some offer HDR, others are mysteriously labelled as 'Xbox One X Enhanced', which could mean any number of things, and some are a mix of those three categories.


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