While the Xbox One X release just a few days, one can’t help but wonder if too little is too late. The software release for Microsoft’s crowning achievement is sorely lacking in a time when other hardware companies are releasing a flurry of releases for their respective systems. Take both Nintendo and Sony this year. Sony has put out a plethora of exclusive content for the PlayStation 4 console, in addition to releasing the PlayStation 4 Pro. While it’s not as powerful as its Xbox Counterpart, the marketing was superior and it fulfilled the wish of gamers. The Xbox One X seems to have such an exclusive niche that it is hard to say that it will ever truly pan out, regardless of how much power the console can muster up. If anything, Nintendo has shown how power isn’t everything, especially in this day and age.

Microsoft’s first mistake was separating the Xbox One X from the rest of the Xbox One family. With a machine that is so high-powered, it should get exclusive content from the get-go in order to fully utilize the system’s potential, especially in the realm of VR. Instead, Microsoft has refused to do this on both counts. I understand wanting to be able to allow players with older models the opportunity to play current high-tech releases, but at the same time this may just dumb down the content and keep it from fulfilling its highest potential. There need to be Xbox One X exclusives, period.

Microsoft doesn’t have VR as part of their unprecedented console, yet, but the PlayStation 4 has beaten them to the punch, at least a couple years in advance. This is insane. I’m not even the biggest fan of VR, but fans dig it, and Microsoft would be fools to not enter the VR spotlight ASAP, especially given the sheer power of the Xbox One X. While the PSVR is coming out with DOOM VR and Skyrim VR, not to mention Resident Evil 7 VR. Microsoft is once again sitting on the sidelines. This isn’t good for the industry, as they could push this technology forward given the hardware they are sitting on. There is no doubt that eventually, Microsoft will venture into VR, but this should have been guaranteed after E3 2016.

The Nintendo Switch has proven that power isn’t everything. Nintendo didn’t dominate hardware sales in September otherwise.  While the Nintendo Switch and the PlayStation 4 Pro may be technologically inferior to the Xbox One X, what it comes down to the at the end of the day is software. Power is overrated. Games like Super Mario OdysseyBreath of the WildHorizon Zero DawnNier Automata, and Uncharted: Lost Legacy dwarf anything Xbox has to offer in the near future. That doesn’t take into account The Last of us Part II, Spider-Man, and more revealed this week in Paris. It’s a shame. I can’t even name one Xbox exclusive coming out other than Sea of Thieves by Rare, which seems to be hit-and-miss.

It’s a dark time for Microsoft. They have the ability to bounce back, but they need to come out swinging next year if they stand of not being left behind by their competitors.

This is the time of the PlayStation 4 and the Switch.

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  • NeoMahi

    No. This is not Xbox 720 just as PS4 Pro is not PS5. Microsoft don’t want to cast fans aside. This is no different than a power PC. The disc contains a hybrid base game and an update completes the game. The One S gets the hacked down version, don’t jump the gun, that sounds ignorant.

    Yes. That’s what Microsoft have always done. They sit on the sidelines and watch and when the time is right they crank out a similar device (Sonys Eyetoy and PlayStation Eye) like the Kinect and then claim innovation. Listen to Microsofts Executive fanboy Aaron Greenberg (acts just like a fanboy when he should be being professional but acts like a child, he’s Microsofts executive of marketing but is a jerk) this is his favorite move. But, if Microsoft is smart, they’ll stick to their AR and leave VR alone this gen. Nintendo aren’t pushing VR. Let Sony, HTC, and Facebook duke it out and focus on AR and add VR next gen.

    • Bob Sacamanto

      What?

    • 7770777

      I think you are opening the door for a history lesson that you dont want to hear.

  • Playstation Novus

    Haha trash at it’s finest only thing doomed is there is no PS5 and Sony going to based services very soon and getting off Hardware is what I like all PS4 exclusives are timed for PC and Windows 10 PSN now app is in the works now go and suck them balls Sony fan your article is pure insecurity How Microsoft Xbox will fuck you scrubs up hahaha

    • JonTheGod

      You’re either a young kid, an imbecile, or a non-native English speaker – because what you just wrote is impenetrable garbage. Learn punctuation and sentences if you’re trying to communicate with other people.

    • steviem007

      I think XBOX ONE X will be successful and set the bar for the next generation of consoles. In the long game, MS will catch up. I’m also loving the Backward Compatibility feature! Having said that, you need to spend more time in school to get an education, or bloody grow up. You really sound like a freaking idiot!

  • johnnythexxxiv

    I don’t think the X will “save” XBox this generation, but being a true 4K machine at a very reasonable price point (try building a 4K PC for under $500, it’s doable, but FAR from easy) does give it an edge over the PS4 Pro. I expect the X to sell better than the Pro does, but still much worse than the PS4 or Switch in general.

    • 7770777

      “4K PC for under $500, its doable”. It isnt doable. Anyone telling you it is, is building something that will fry in a couple months, or they are purposefully ommitting hardware like the vapor chamber cooling, RAM, or completely leaving out the 4K UHD Bluray player.

      Its not like that matters to console gamers anyway. People game on console because that is the experience they want. They dont give a rats ass about anyones gaming PC. If some one gave me their $5,000 gaming rig for free, I would sell it and buy a $5,000 console entertainment set up.

      • Edward Turvey

        It is doable. You have to remember that top tier graphics cards are only necessary for 4K at 60fps with Ultra settings. A 1060 card can do 4K high settings at 30 and even 4K60 in some games like Forza 7. And no, a PC wouldn’t “fry itself” in two months, that’s ridiculous.

        • 7770777

          The 1060 nor 1070 have the memory bandwidth equivalent to the X. You might get by with a 1070 and 16GB of RAM, the 1060 is a no go period. And yes if you cobble together some used piece of s*** rig trying to stay under $500, you might as well just throw your money in the toilet and flush it. Forza 7 still had an overhead in power(20% I think) at native 4K HDR 60FPS.

          • Edward Turvey

            There is more than enough memory bandwidth to allow the 1060 to play games at 4K. Not many PC gamers would play their games at 4K 30 but it can do it. You should remember that the X uses an APU and the memory bandwidth is shared between the CPU and GPU where as on a graphics card it is all dedicated to GPU.
            Here is video of the 1060 playing Forza 7 at 4K60:
            https://youtu.be/Yw03aXdf3dI

          • 7770777

            Xbox One X 4K HDR 60FPS Ultra, the video you posted isn’t Ultra at 4K, the guy didn’t even run 100% Ultra at 1080p. He even had the 1060 overclocked during the 4K portion and the settings were more compromised below Ultra. He was simply showcasing the framerate.

          • Edward Turvey

            You do know that Forza 7 on PC has HDR aswell right?

          • Edward Turvey

            Like I said in my previous comment, the 1060 can run 4K60 with tweaked settings and this video was made before the Forza 7 optimized drivers were released by Nvidia so performance has improved dramatically since then.
            https://www.google.co.uk/amp/wccftech.com/geforce-driver-387-92-optimizes-forza-7/amp/

          • Edward Turvey

            The X doesn’t run Forza 7 at full maxed out Ultra either. It uses a less demanding (and less effective) form of anti aliasing, TAA. As the X couldn’t handle the 8xMSAA the PC has.

          • Cigi

            It runs naitive 4k you don’t need highest AA

          • Edward Turvey

            The point was not whether it needs to, the point was it simply doesn’t.

          • Cigi

            Makes no sense

          • Edward Turvey

            No. This is a common misconception that new PCs have to be expensive to run well or have to be made of used parts to be cheaper. Neither is true. Cheap dual core Pentiums with Hyperthreading still run games very well (Destiny 2 at 60fps) and 1060 6GB graphics cards can run games at 4K if you don’t mind 30fps and tweaking setting down a notch. People seem to believe that you MUST spend thousand to get a good experience on PC and it’s just not true.

          • 7770777

            We aren’t shooting for “good”, we are shooting for equivalent hardware at $500. It simply cant be done right now without resorting to compromises with the PC. How about this, you post a build with what you think is equivalent hardware, but the hardware must be new, not used. If you can do so, after I have went over your list, if it is $500 or less, I will concede the argument.

          • Edward Turvey

            No we weren’t we were shooting for a 4K for $500 as you said “”4K PC for under $500, its doable”. It isnt doable”. I will do the build.

          • 7770777

            lol Go ahead if semantics are your argument.. When you are finished simply shooting for a compromised 4K PC, Ill introduce you to the Ps4 Pro, and we will see if its worth $400.

          • Edward Turvey

            Are you saying that the Xbox One X isn’t a compromised 4K machine, while it’s having to run Assassin’s Creed Origin with Checkerboard rendering?

          • Cigi

            It is part of the engine that is used also on PC – it is not the same as it is rendering below 4K. We have not seen test yet on xbox one x, but they did have an initial look

            “Does Assassin’s Creed Origins use checkerboarding? The bulk of the evidence suggests no. However, infrequent edge-cases (particularly on the feathers of Senu, Bayek’s eagle chum) show the same kind of edge cross-hatching we saw on the E3 trailer, which was apparently running on Xbox One X hardware. We hope to hammer down this detail soon.”

          • gemini002

            AC does not use checker boarding its Dynamic res man..

          • Edward Turvey
          • Edward Turvey

            Looks like I must concede. The lowest price for a full new build with Windows 10 and Keyboard and Mouse was $532.23.

            Though I would argue that $500 is not the full price of the Xbox One X as you still need to pay $60 to play online like this PC can.

            https://pcpartpicker.com/list/f96DGf

          • 7770777

            Just out of curiousity, did you include a 4K UHD Bluray drive in the build you were doing?

          • Edward Turvey

            The challenge wasn’t to get a feature for feature comparison. If we do that then there are things that a PC can do that an X can never do, no matter how much money you spend on it. Blu-ray players are unnecessary for PC gamers.

        • starscream1180

          a 1060 is a 250 dollars card , and the x is a 6 teraflop machine , the 1070 is a 6.5 teraflop card and the 1070 is 400+ dollars ,

          how good are you at math ?

          with any of those cards at best your tower with cheap ass components , you’re lookin at $700 + os + mouse + keyboard

          • Edward Turvey

            Tflops are not the end-all be-all measure of a GPUs performance, in fact they are next to useless. A 1060 at 4.3 Tflops matches or beats a RX580 at 6.1Tflops. You can’t just compare the Tflops and expect to get the whole story, that’s what benchmarks are for.

          • Cigi

            Yeah but you should know that you can not compare a console which is molded together to play games and only games, with dx12 embedded into the command processors of the x, is comparable to a pc. They just need to start using dx12, and shader model 6.then you will see it take off like nothing else.

      • bewareofZ

        whose to say that the One X won’t fry within a couple of months, MS have a track record after all.

        • 7770777

          Gaming PCs have a track record too.

    • starscream1180

      it isnt meant to save the brand its a niche product for the higher end crowd , its just an option for those seeking 4k or close to 4k fidelity, look at the ps4 pro it isnt the main reason ps4 is selling, the pro is just an option for a small percentage of the fanbase.

      btw theres absolutely no way you can build a pc thats comparable for 500 dollars

      the gpu alone is 300+

    • EditoMZ

      It wont save the box but it will give a new life to the brand but again the True 4K box uses checkerboard too and sooner or later people will ask why they are advertising the X like there are no compromises when in reality we know there is? They are not being real with they ads and that will back fire at some point.

  • 7770777

    lol Sonys in a full blown panic, theyre paying websites outright now. They know their mindshare is about to take a huge hit.

    The X is about to graphically destroy the Ps4 Protato. People will see it first in their living room, then in stores, then on youtube, then on gaming websites. The snowball will get bigger as more people become aware of just how inferior, from the top down in graphics, 4K hardware, and features the Ps4(Protato) is compared to the X.

    • starscream1180

      they also just showed 5 exclusive games this week … they’re trying the most they can to take away the attention from the x …. love me some good competition means more stuff for us gamers lol

      • Cigi

        Yes with no lauch date again… I guess greatness awaits

        • starscream1180

          i have the ps4 just for their exclusive games i just detest psn , but man they show exclusive titles at e3 then show it again for the next 3 e3’s lmao then the game actually comes out 4 yrs later….

          not hating tho microsoft has done the same and cancelled titles.

  • Gary

    To be honest as a PS fanboy I don’t know what all this Xbox is doomed stuff is about. It doesn’t take a genius to see right now with Phil Spencer sitting under Nadella, Microsoft is trying to merge PC and Xbox platform, and if successful Sony can be in for some serious trouble since they don’t have a foothold in the PC ecosystem. Yes true Xbox lacks exclusives right now, but there are enough loyal members to keep the brand alive, and MS can afford to play the long term game. In relation to PSVR, lets be serious, is it really that ahead? The VR space is still at its infancy, once MS allows for Mixed reality headsets to work on the next gen or current console, then it will be more than enough to catch up since PSVR barely have any quality exclusives (Except Dreams VR when it comes out). Sony Playstation is no longer competing solely against Xbox when it comes to MS, it is competing against the whole of Windows platform, and that is a imminent threat that Sony needs to urgently respond to.

    • starscream1180

      i totally agree with you.

    • EditoMZ

      I don’t agree with you for the simple fact that, Playstation and Nintendo deliver games that you simple can’t find on PC and we all know that Sony exclusives are better than anything you will find on PC or Xbox so no matter if they merge or not the issue remains there are no quality games there to fight Sony or Nintendo.

      • starscream1180

        their recently exclusive titles are single player games with a linear adventure except horizon , but nier , uncharted , etc are single play-throughs for the most part….it wont matter in the long run , microsoft is making moves for the future where sony is going to be forced to pay attention.

        and your argument for ” quality” games is just your opinion , gears of war , halo , halo wars , forza etc have a decent fanbase , just bc you might not like them, means nothing.

    • Cigi

      You are spot on. They point is that all future PC games or the most of them will also head to xbox going forward. So saying that xbox has no games is just ludicrous. They will pull ahead. Games from now on will be the main focus and Phil sitting just under Nadella is the proof.

      • starscream1180

        the “no games” comment is just a fanboy comment.

        only people saying that havent passed middle school yet.

  • PonyExpress

    What an incredibly biased and trash article. This pathetic site should be ashamed of themselves.

    I love how these garbage biased sites try to downplay the Xbox One X. You can sense their fanboy anger and fear lol. Must be a bunch of anti-consumer Sony shills running this travesty of a site. Absolute garbage from this shithole.

  • Jadranko Pavlotić

    PS4 WINS

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