The Xbox One X has now been out for a little more than a month, and it has become both big news for anyone looking to upgrade their Xbox with the best tech, and a new feather in Microsoft’s cap, one sorely needed as the Xbox continues to struggle against the much more popular PS4.
But that’s exactly why the One X ($500) – despite its clunky name – has proven such a success. Sony also released an upgrade to the PS4 last year called the PS4 Pro. It had some graphical improvements, etc., and people immediately tried to compare the upgraded Xbox (then Project Scorpio) to it. It turns, that comparison is almost impossible to make, because the One X is far beyond the PS4 Pro in terms of graphic capabilities, design, and capabilities for 4K resolution.
This console is fast, compact and more durable than any previous Xbox model…and it turns out, that’s all some gamers were waiting for. The console also wisely doubled down on better 4K support than the PS4 Pro, and spent less time on largely unnoticed extras like VR support, which Sony may have spent too much time touting (VR gaming gets a lot of headlines, but very few sales, as most gamers remain uninterested in the technical hoops they’re required to jump through).
According to Microsoft’s own reports, demand for the Xbox One x was “super high” even before its November release – this points to lots of pre-orders and similar markers. Warnings about shortages started to increase, and even now it’s a little tricky to find a One X for sale unless you are cruising the online sites looking for sales.
There’s also other good news at work in addition to all the favorable word of mouth. Major games like Fortnite and Skyrim, among others, have announced expansions to their Xbox versions specifically to prepare them for 4K resolutions supported by the One X. That’s the sort of ongoing news that gamers will also pay attention to, and it’s likely to result in even more sales.
Here’s the bottom line: The Xbox One X is doing great and appears to be everything Microsoft promised. If you want one for the holidays, or are buying one as a gift, we suggest you order it now, rather than risk supplies running out. Also note that older tech like the Kinect isn’t supported by the One X, and that it comes with a traditional Xbox One controller, not the Elite controller that Microsoft has been advertising.