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The Xbox One X Is Awesome For The Right Type of Gamer

Xbox One X vs Xbox One S

How The Xbox One X Compares to Original and S Variants

For Xbox users curious about what's different with the Xbox One X, or potential new consumers wondering which Xbox One model to get, the Xbox One X is a very familiar device. Its form factor is nearly identical to the equally compact Xbox One S but with some notable differences.

The Xbox One X is pleasantly quiet and just a tiny bit shorter than the S, but wow is it solid. It feels like heavy duty hardware. It feels worthy in a way the giant, hollow-feeling, cheap looking launch Xbox One didn't. Where that awful form factor evoked feelings of a cheap old VCR, the Xbox One X feels like a luxury piece of power.

And like the Xbox One S, there’s no power brick so the Xbox One X keeps it all within the unit, and users just need the power cord and HDMI cable to get started. That's rather impressive for the smallest Xbox console ever.

  • Central processor (CPU): Eight custom x86 cores clocked at 2.3GHz
  • Graphics processor (GPU): 40 customised compute units at 1172MHz
  • Memory: 12GB GDDR5 (326GB/s bandwidth)
  • Storage: 1TB 2.5-inch Hard Drive
  • Optical Drive: 4K UHD Blu-ray
  • Dimensions: 11.8 x 9.4 x 2.4 inches
  • Weight: 8.4 pounds

Setting Up And Using The Xbox One X

For reviewing the Xbox One X and testing games and apps with it, we used the 55" Class Q7F QLED 4K TV by Samsung. On the audio side we used Turtle Beach's Stealth 700 for Xbox One and Razer Thresher for Xbox One, both of which use the console's new wireless technology allowing for simple one-button syncing the same way players sync up their controllers to the Xbox One. No extra cords or hubs or dongles required.

Before being able to use the console an update is required. The download size was less than 1gb but it downloaded and verified very slowly, perhaps because when we updated, the console had yet to hit retail. We’ve never seen such a slow download from Xbox Live this generation though so it was particularly noticeable. We also battled some issues connecting via ethernet cord to try and expedite the process during setup. Once it finally finished updating, you'll enjoy the Xbox One X's unique startup screen and it's smooth sailing.

The update, along with the Xbox One X firmware, already come with the latest Xbox One dashboard update. It'll take some getting used to but the combination of it being a faster and most customizable interface, and boosted by the Xbox One X's power, it's the most responsive Xbox interface ever.

How To Play Xbox One X Enhanced Versions of Games

Not all games have been crafted or updated to support the power of the Xbox One X but first party games and many of the bigger triple-A titles have already announced that they’ll be enhanced to benefit from the 4K and HDR capabilities.

See here for a full list of Xbox One X Enhanced titles.

In the Games and App section (on the latest Xbox One dashboard interface hit the home button and use the bumpers to navigate left and right) go to the top right most dropdown and here there’s a section specific to Xbox One X Enhanced titles. These games, when ready, have an additional update (quite large) for the 4K upgrade.

Do you want the latest and greatest in console gaming hardware? The Xbox One X is that. Do you want the most high-end exclusive games to go with that unique level of power? Well, that's another question. We've been hammering the idea all year long that the Xbox One family desperately needs more exclusive games at a time when there's no new Halo and Crackdown 3 was delayed out of the holiday season. Throw in an avoidance of console VR from the Xbox camp and the reality that the Xbox One line is being outsold worldwide drastically by the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch, and the timing is weird for a premium Xbox.

The Xbox One X offers something awesome and special though, so the next step is Microsoft going above and beyond on the software front. They at least have PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds coming as a console exclusive before the year ends.

More: 15 Things You Didn’t Know Your Xbox One Could Do

The Xbox One X launches November 7, 2017 for $599 CAD ($499 US). Xbox Canada provided a console for review.

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