I Bought An Xbox One X, But I’m Not Sure Why Anyone Else Would
One question I get asked a lot is “If you weren’t reviewing video games for a living, would you still buy [X thing]?”
Most of the time, the answer is yes. Granted, while I don’t know what my schedule or income would be working some other job, most of the games I buy, the consoles I purchase, I would still be buying even if I wasn’t doing this for a living because well, I love video games. But after just shelling out $500 plus tax and delivery for an Xbox One X pre-order, this is one of the first times when I genuinely don’t think this is something I would have bought myself.
As Eurogamer noted in a great piece this weekend, Microsoft has not done a good job selling the Xbox One X from the start, and didn’t do so in what will probably be its final high profile sales pitch at Gamescom. With very few recent, exclusive games that can only be played on Xbox generally, the Xbox One X’s main selling point is that it will play multiplatform third party games better than everyone else as “the most powerful console ever made.”
I will say what Microsoft has done with the Xbox One X’s tech is impressive, extracting power from places no one’s even thought of before to really put a ton of horsepower into a home console. But that’s put the system in a weird position where even if $500 might actually be a logical, even great price for the capabilities of the system, it’s…still a $500 console in a market where its closest competition, PS4 Pro, is $100 less than that, and most consoles, including Microsoft’s own Xbox One S, are half the price instead.
i totally agree with what this guy is saying… the gaming geek in me totally loves what MS did with this new xbox, from the tech specs and just what they’ve managed to do with the console really is pretty damn impressive… but damn, it really is a tough sell, and i’m not sure what exactly they’re doing here… if there were some awesome games that took advantage of it — 4K + HDR @ 60fps — they i’d probably be all over it, since that would be worth selling my XB1 and getting the new sexy… but as it is, there’s just not anything to justify it outside of maybe the new Forza game… and it’s just not worth dropping $500 for Forza, sorry.
if they come out with some new kickass games that take advantage of it, then maybe it’ll be worth it later on… just have to wait and see.
for now, i’m gonna take a pass and wait.