The Xbox One X is officially on sale, and console gamers can finally get in on the 4K gaming bandwagon. But the $499 system does more than play games — it also streams 4K content from Netflix and Hulu, and supports UHD Blu-Rays. In addition, the console supports HDR (high dynamic range), which means that games will not only look sharper, but the colors will also be even more vivid.
But is the Xbox One X the right system for you? We've researched all the data, and we've come up with reasons why the One X deserves a spot in your gaming lineup — and why you might want to pass.
Yes, technically, the PlayStation 4 Pro plays games in 4K. However, Sony's console doesn't always hit a native 3840 x 2160, and instead uses a technique called checkerboard rendering to render images at higher resolutions than it's capable of. Meanwhile, Xbox exclusives such as Forza Motorsport 7 (pictured), Gears of War 4 and Halo 5: Guardians all get that sweet, sweet native 4K treatment. Even if you don't own a 4K TV, the Xbox One X can still upscale games to a higher resolution for an overall prettier game.
Hey, I get it. Some folks just like having a physical copy of their favorite game or movie. Fans of Blu-ray can upgrade their collection to 4K since the One X supports UHD Blu-rays — a feature the PS4 Pro is decidedly lacking. After watching Mad Max: Fury Road and Planet Earth II (pictured) on Blu-ray, I can understand what all the fuss is about.
If you hit an awesome trick shot and no one's there to see it, did it really happen? Now you can put your awesome skills on display in 4K, thanks to the One X. The console lets you capture stills and 30 seconds of video at gorgeous 3840 x 2160p. Competing systems only offer 1920 x 1080p resolution capture.
Not only is the Xbox One X the most powerful console, it's also the most expensive. At $499, the One X costs $100 more than the PlayStation 4 Pro, which offers many of the same features. You can also get the entry-level Xbox One S for $239, which can do just about everything the One X can do, with the exception of supporting 4K games and capturing 4K stills and video.
Having a new console is exciting and all, but hardware without compelling software is just a fancy paperweight. The One X has some fancy specs all right, but the exclusive content is lacking. Xbox's current holiday lineup includes Forza Motorsport 7, Super Lucky's Tale and Cuphead, with hit online shooter PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds right around the corner. Meanwhile, PlayStation has a ton of great exclusives, including Uncharted 4 and Horizon Zero Dawn (pictured), with exciting titles such as God of War, The Last of Us 2 and Detroit: Become Human coming soon.
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Despite holding the title of the world's most powerful console, the One X still doesn't support virtual reality headsets. You can, however, use the PlayStation VR with either the PS4 or the PS4 Pro. Sony and its partners continue to roll out new VR titles for its popular peripheral, which has sold over 1 million units to date.
The big draw about the One X and consoles of its ilk is that you can play or watch content in 4K. But if you're not planning on investing in a new television anytime soon, there's no rush to jump on the Xbox One X — or any other 4K system, for that matter.