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Xbox One X console review roundup

Xbox One X console

ReviewerScore
Amazon (customer reviews)4.3/5
IGN9/10
Trusted Reviews8/10
The Guardian4/5
Tech Radar4/5
The Verge8.5/10
PC Magazine4/5
Aggregate Score8.3/10

The Xbox One X launched this week, bringing with it the promise of the most powerful games console on the market. The Xbox One X boasts more power and capabilities than any other competing console, offering players the chance to play some of their favourite games in a new light as they’re upgraded to take advantage of the power the Xbox One X provides. Launch day wasn’t without its problems as a number of consumers who pre-ordered in the UK were met with a disappointing email from Amazon telling them that their console had been delayed and to wait for an update on the situation. With that said the console has been met with a number of high review scores from press outlets, let’s take a look at what they have to say.

Gamespot. Around half of the reviews for the Xbox One X have no score because it is a product not a game, Gamespot are one of the companies who have provided an in-depth analysis but no review score. They say that the Xbox One X is only worth getting if you really like the lineup of enhanced titles for it, featuring games such as Gears of War 4, Outlast 2, and Need for Speed Payback, and if you have or are going to buy a 4K TV. While the Xbox One X does provide some graphical improvements to those not using a 4K TV it really is designed to be the best at 4K gaming. As such, any consumer who isn’t planning on upgrading their monitor would be better suited by an Xbox One S.

IGN: “The Xbox One X is the most powerful console, though its full potential is tied to your display and developer support.”

IGN have scored the console 9 out of 10. For them this is a truly great console that offers those looking for high quality gaming an option that costs half of what a conventional gaming PC would. The first party games such as Gears of War 4 tend to look better, but there’s no denying the quality of the 4K Blu-ray cinematic experience that’s the reason many consumers would buy this console. What remains to be seen is how the Xbox One X compares to the Playstation 4 Pro when it comes to graphical upgrades to third party titles, something they’ll be testing in the future.

Polygon’s pre-review has no score because like IGN they haven’t completely finished testing the console’s full capabilities. However, they do say that while the Xbox One X provides the best quality graphics on the console market they’ve also been floored by how stunning certain PS4 games look on the Playstation 4 Pro. For them the price is the real issue when it comes to recommending the Xbox One X, and with so many games to test they haven’t finalised their opinion on whether they would say the console is worth it just yet.

Tech Advisor UK. While Tech Advisor UK gave no score but they do give the console high praise. On the market right now there aren’t many people looking for a 4K games console, but those who are have just been given the cheapest option by far, especially compared to gaming PCs. They echo Microsoft’s words saying that the console definitely isn’t for everyone, but for those few who want the best looking home gaming experience guaranteed.

The Guardian: “With its stunning visuals, the Xbox One X is the closest thing to a good PC gaming experience in console form. But is it worth a £100 upgrade?”

The Guardian gave the Xbox One X 4 out of 5 and say exactly the same as every other press outlet, that this is the best console on the market. However, they clearly see the price as a major downside, despite how cheap it is compared to the real competition, gaming PCs, and urge consumers to seriously think about this purchase before they make it.

Tech Radar also gave the Xbox One X 4 out of 5, telling readers that this is most certainly the console for gamers who like to stop and stare at the sights in their games, especially those such as Dragon Age, Skyrim, or The Witcher. But they also say that if you’re not completely certain you need a 4K games console then to go with the Xbox One S as it’s probably closer to what you’re after if you just want to play great looking games.

Eurogamer give a brutally honest review with no score, starting out with the point that if you don’t have a 4K screen and aren’t going to get one then there’s really no point in getting the Xbox One X. While the enhancements offered by the console do make older games look great it’s not worth the price tag unless you’re all in. They add that the 4K media support is lackluster and needs to be supported by Microsoft.

Conclusion
From the reviews out there it sounds like the Xbox One X is indeed the most powerful console on the market, but that doesn’t necessarily make it the best. The graphical upgrades on offer are hardly worth the price tag if you don’t own or aren’t going to buy a 4K TV, meaning there is a much smaller market for the Xbox One X already let alone those 4K games who prefer Sony’s Playstation 4 Pro.

Xbox One X console

Aggregate Score: 8.3/10

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