Xbox One X: Microsoft's Future is Spectacular
By: Fedora Atjeh | 9/24/2017 09:40:00 PM
Facing Xbox One X involves arousing conflicting feelings. The cataloged as "the most powerful console ever created" lives up to its name, but its ability to impress live does not dispel the doubts we were already bringing home. I'm going to play games that are going to look this good, but what games?
Xbox One X is the third iteration of Xbox One after the launch of Xbox One S. It is a review of the possibilities of the console, now also destined to offer native 4K resolutions. And if he does. Putting yourself in front of 'Forza Motorsport 7' instantly enamored you with the console, but whether it's a whimsical flirtation or a lifelong marriage is something to be seen.
A design suitable for the living room
There are two ways to watch Xbox One X, and one of them inevitably requires calm and patience. The second is the passionate, which lists technical figures between teraflops, gigahertz and gamusinos, leaving you astounded by the technical prodigy that has caused such a list of specifications to enter a machine so small.
With a size smaller than the Xbox One S, X is the machine your room has always wanted. A real beauty on the outside, but with a brown beast inside waiting to be exploited. It succeeds without too many artifices, with a minimalist design and fleeing that polygonal aesthetic that seems to have flooded everything that smells like hardcore in this industry. Neither lights, nor tribal, nor anything that comes near to it most remotely. Pretty to rage, what my grandmother would say.
Not especially complicated. Its configuration of inputs and ports is basically what we already saw in One S: digital audio here, HDMI input and output over there. Nothing remarkable. Not even the command accepts revisions, maintaining the same aesthetic and comfort that has been treasuring for years.
The guts of a beast like Xbox One X
Where there is room for revolutions is in their guts. We jumped from almost 1.5 TFLOPs of Xbox One S GPUs to 6. Two more than in the case of PS4 Pro and with a performance similar to a GTX 1070 from Nvidia. Add to that eight Jaguar cores at 2.3 GHz and 12 GB of GDDR5 memory with a bandwidth of 326 GB / s.
The power it offers ensures native 4K content in both game and video, the latter thanks to its Blu-Ray 4K drive and streaming services. All supported by the integration of Freesync 2 ensures that HDR support is not affected (plus more than one end up opting for a monitor instead of a TV).
If that were not enough, Xbox One X also aims to engage moviegoers in the pockets with the integration of Dolby Atmos technology. And if it had not been clear since Xbox One X is a console of niche, just like to clarify it. Starting from zero to reach a configuration of pots of this magnitude is not going to be precisely cheap. At least not in the short term. Do you know what is said about a Ferrari with bicycle wheels? Well, this is something similar.
A 4K-oriented niche console
There are no surprises with Microsoft's strategy, and in its day openly commented that Xbox One X was aimed at a very specific type of audience. That is, at least, the one that has a 4K television. "For the rest is Xbox One S," said Phil Spencer in his day.
They can not be denied that they have gone face-to-face, they want to create a niche and Xbox One X is the ideal console for them. Where you can shake your head from side to side is in its strategy, and is that the most powerful console ever created offers few guarantees of future in the short term. You have 'Forza 7' this year as a great workhorse, yes, but one would imagine a more flattering horizon for the launch of a new machine.
There will be those who emphasize that all this investment could well have been destined to the creation of more games for Xbox One and Xbox One S. Consolas that despite not being at the head of this generation, they have a market share more than respectable. They are right. Even less considering that friendship that the division Xbox wants to engage with PC users, public with which clashes Xbox One X despite wanting to teach the duck under the door.
Does the 4K justify the jump from One S to One X?
Knowing how much Xbox One X will get us to fall in love with the technology it offers is very complicated. In fact, it will not be until we have an Xbox One S and an Xbox One X face to face when we can dictate sentence. There is no doubt about which game we will choose for the test: 'Forza Motorsport 7'.
At the wheel of their supercrosses I have experienced really spectacular moments, especially those in which the rain offered skies to frame and reflections so clear that they looked like another generation. Was it for the HDR? By the jump that is the 4K? For the extra power of Xbox One X? It is likely, but the answer to the question of what I lose if instead of in One X I play it in One S, you are about to check firsthand.
Maybe even load times, now adorned with options so they do not get so heavy, end up being smaller in One S by not having to deal with the textures of high resolution. It all depends on the work behind the developers.
Not all games look just as good
If I saw the jump in Turn 10 Studios' car game clear, there was no such thing in 'Assassin's Creed: Origins' or' Quantum Break '. The first was impressive by its draw distance, but the textures did not seem to be at the level of 'Forza 7'. Being an open world game, the requirements it demands are not the same, of course, but the feeling of hallucinating with what I had before my eyes was not comparable between one game and another. Yes I noticed a load times there more grateful than those of other deliveries of the saga but, again, was it thanks to the game or to the console?
In the case of 'Quantum Break' we are before one of those examples in which improvements of Xbox One X require a little more mime on the part of its creators. It is not enough to put textures at a higher resolution. Those who swarmed around asserted that their PCs on ultra could move that easily, but what was in the version of Xbox One X and did not appear on their home platforms was a problem more than remarkable with the lighting, making the points of light suddenly appeared at some distance. We will have to keep an eye on the promise that all games will improve with the new console.
'Super Lucky's Tale', to cite a more humble game, looked terrifically well and had almost no load times, but there are games of that style that can easily give you a visual twist. Even more so when a certain plumber appears within a month and gets to win the public with level design and originality instead of graphic power. In any case, the price of the machine and the configuration it requires will assume a fundamental decision-making. The experience, at least with the test and lack of comparative techniques and performance, is that of a normal Xbox One with more colors and better textures.
Promising future. Horrifying Horizon
The excuse of how well you will see in Xbox One X third party games is as logical as real. Just stroll through titles like 'Assassin's Creed: Origins' or 'Middle Earth: Shadows of War' to prove it firsthand. But the performance of these, and the evidence of the 4K, is far from what can offer a 'Forza Motorsport 7' in which the 4K and 60 images per second are more than guaranteed.
But let's go back to the exclusive ones that are falling, let's think about 'Cuphead', 'Super Lucky's Tale', 'Ori and the Will of the Wisp', 'Sea of Thieves'. For the first three I get a 1080p resolution. For the latter, the only thing that gives me guarantees is that extra power that will make loads a little more enjoyable, and that's just guessing to put the final versions of Xbox One and Xbox One X face to face.
I spoke at the beginning of feelings encountered and, waiting to get our hands on the final version of Xbox One X, I imagine you already understand where it was going. It is an amazing machine, precious and very promising, but it requires more mime on the part of Microsoft to take advantage. If the steps that will follow its launch are correct, it is something that, in addition, we will not know until the next E3. Until then, Xbox One X sells a future that I do not know if I want to get there already, and at a price I know I can not afford. Congratulations to those who can, certainly will enjoy it.