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To Buy Or Not To Buy: Xbox One X

Coming Nov. 7 and marketed as “the most powerful console in the world” should you really be racing to shell out $500 on the Xbox One X? Let us help you make that expensive decision!

Buy it!

The Xbox One X is truly remarkable in its gaming capabilities. Microsoft has said over and over again that this will be the only console to offer True 4k at this capacity. Both at E3 and Gamescon, Microsoft announced several games exclusive to the X1X that will take full advantage of this new hardware, including Forza 7, Gears of War 4, Titanfall 2, and Assassin’s Creed: Origins. While Xbox is in constant competition with Sony in a war for the best exclusive games, the X1X beats its 4K counterpart, the Playstation Pro, in every category. The true test of 4K gaming is 4K visuals at 60fps, and that’s quite a challenge. Beneath the hood, the X1X’s engine appears to be very promising and will make this challenge much easier for developers to overcome. All of that being said, the Xbox One X is still a steep $500, and coupled with the cost of a 4K UHD TV, (the main marketing point for the console, don’t waste your money unless you own one of these) it might not be worth it for you to make the upgrade. However, if you’re on the same never-ending quest (seriously, it will never end) for the best graphics and best gaming experience that so many gamers are on, then the Xbox One X will be and should be your next stop for the foreseeable future.

Don’t buy it!

If you’re still on the fence when it comes to this remarkable piece of gaming hardware then there might be a few questions you need to ask yourself. First of which is the price: Can I really afford a $500 console right now? For most college students the answer is no, but if you’re a proud member of this club you probably spend your money differently than the average student. If the price isn’t an issue, then it might be worth considering if you have friends that will make the switch with you. Fortunately, the Xbox One, X1S, and X1X will feature the same game library, but if you’re abandoning your Playstation then you might want some friends to join you. After all, a lot of what makes games like Destiny 2 and Call of Duty so fun is their multiplayer experience. The X1X might not be worth the money if you’re leaving behind your friends. In conclusion, the Xbox One X is not an entry level console for someone who is late to the next-gen scene. The One S offers a nearly identical experience apart from True 4K power for half of the price. If you’re not a die-hard Xbox fan, then you might want to wait for a price drop or for Microsoft to release more exclusive games before you empty your bank account for this beast of a console.

Greg Berrigan


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