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Xbox One X Review

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The Xbox One X is by far the world's most powerful console, it boasts an increase of 40% over any other console currently available on the market and that shows. I was quite fortunate to be included within the review program for the console and it's been an incredible experience. This latest entry in the Xbox One family plays games from every Xbox ever released with many titles being available as Xbox Backwards Compatible Games. It runs the entire Xbox One family of games including support for peripherals and all Original Xbox or Xbox 360 games that are supported through the Backwards Compatible Program. Aside from just supporting these games, this console plays them better with some even getting improvements specifically for Xbox One X. The bold example there is with Halo 3 (2007) that has been beautifully shined up and just stuns.

When it comes to the core hardware this is a native 4k (3840x2160) machine. There are games that strictly prove this such as Gears of War 4, Titanfall 2 and Halo 5: Guardians. If you're still on a standard HD (1920x1080) display there's Supersampling which makes the 4k resolution play on that screen and makes it look amazing. The console itself is silent, I've been running it for almost a week straight to see how it gets pushed and it doesn't make any noise. It doesn't run hot, only being somewhat lukewarm when you touch it after the most intense of gaming sessions.


Hardware Continued
When it comes to power there's that proud boast of 40% more than any other console on the market. It features 6 teraflops of graphical processing power. There is 12GB of GDDR5 memory at 326 GB/s and a custom 8-core CPU clocked at 2.3 GHz. It comes packed with a true 4k Blu-ray player and gorgeous HDR support. There is proud Dolby Atmos support, an IR blaster and 3 USB ports. This console is a straight up beast and it greatly out performs all of the competition. It's a beautifully crafted, tiny yet absolutely silent powerhouse.

The Games
With the review I was given an allotment of games to check out. This will mostly mean you'll see many more Xbox One X enhanced focused articles as these games get improved. For now, what I've seen is amazing. The games that used to run poorly with FPS drops or screen tears are clean. It won't magically fix bugs, but if there was ever an issue due to there not being enough power, that's solved. Even at its start I'm seeing some incredible gains as Gears of War 4 absolutely kills it, Fifa 18 emits brightly to showcase sports games and there's a promise that starts with Halo 3 that even our cherished classics can shine once again on Xbox One X. The HDR feature is incredible and if you've never seen it I can say it's a must have feature for games going forward. My only complaint here is that I wish more enhancements were available so I could get an better idea of just how much better games could look on the console.

Xbox One X Review Screenshot

The Conclusion

With the Xbox One X it's all about power. Your existing games run better than before, nothing in the Xbox library is left behind and it shows a strong new era for Xbox. It's really what they've been working towards in terms of getting the whole dashboard speeding along, the connection of all Xbox console families and the continued build of Xbox Live. This premium console is for those that want the best possible looking games and those that are ready to embrace a native 4k future. We're going to start truly seeing some pushing of boundaries for gaming and this all starts with the Xbox One X.

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Xbox One X Review using Gears of War 4; Halo 3, Fallout 3, Fifa 18, Halo 5: Guardians, Quantum Break, Super Lucky's Tale, Titanfall 2, World of Tanks, Zoo Tycoon: UAC, Destiny 2 (Not yet Enhanced) and Ninja Gaiden Black (Not yet Enhanced)

Hardware Provided by Microsoft


Rating Overall: 9.2

Gamerheadquarters Reviewer Jason Stettner
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