You’d have to be a lunatic to buy this console.
Let me start off by saying that I’m not trying to be an elitist, PC gamer who’s just dumping on consoles. I’ve always owned consoles and I don’t hate them, I just prefer to play my games on PC. But with Microsoft’s announcement of the Xbox One X this week at E3 and its $500 price tag, I’m struggling to find any justifiable reason for anyone to purchase this console. Let’s start by taking a look at the console itself.
I don’t believe Microsoft when they say that the Xbox One X runs games at a native 4k resolution at 60 frames per second. You can sit up there on stage and say 4k a thousand times in your press conference and put it on all of the pre-rendered footage you show, I don’t care. Is it a more powerful console? Yes. But just because you say it and use fancy words like teraflops doesn’t mean that it’s reality. I’m not a huge hardware guy but I don’t believe that games will run at a native 4k resolution on the Xbox One X nor do I believe that every game will run at 60 fps. Hell, it’s already been confirmed that Destiny 2 will run at 30 fps on the Xbox One X. We went through this same crap with the Xbox One and Playstation 4 and now we’re onto the next level of console because those two weren’t able to match that standard. The capabilities of the Xbox One X are suspect at best.
So why would you pay $500 for that? For a few extra hundred dollars, you could build a gaming PC that is capable of playing just about everything that the Xbox One X can. Not only would that PC be a superior product overall, but it will outlast the Xbox One X. When Microsoft moves onto its next version of the Xbox, your PC will still be running new games at the highest settings. It’s not just a gaming machine either, it’s also going to get use as your computer. Yes, you’d be paying a higher price up front but if you’re buying an Xbox One X, odds are you bought an Xbox One for $400-500 and potentially even bought an Xbox One S last year. On top of that, you’ve likely been paying for Xbox Live at the same time. You’re easily talking about well over $1000 there on an inferior console. There are so many misconceptions about PC gaming and pricing is easily the biggest one.
Now look, I’m not saying consoles don’t have a place in the industry. Being a PC gamer is more than just playing games on a PC, you have to understand how to maintain your PC. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to constantly upgrade parts but sometimes you’re going to have technical issues that you’ll have to learn to fix. These kinds of problems are more avoidable on consoles and maybe you don’t want to get involved in all of that or you’re more of a casual gamer and you just want a reliable machine that’s going to run your games when you get home. That’s totally cool and there’s nothing wrong with that. But then why would you go out of your way to ever buy the Xbox One X then? Even if you happen to play on Xbox because all of your friends have it, that’s a pretty high price point for a system that’s marginally better than the one you already have.
Microsoft has repeatedly stated that the Xbox One X is for “hardcore gamers” who want a top of the line experience. If that’s the case, then why don’t you just build an actual top of the line PC? With the absurd amount of sales for PC games, the longevity of the PC itself and the lack of an Xbox Live subscription, you’re not only going to have a better gaming machine but you’re going to save money in the long run. And with Microsoft’s recent change in making all Xbox exclusive games available on PC via the Windows Store, there’s legitimately no reason I can think of for anyone to buy the Xbox One X.
Don’t be stupid here. If you like playing on console then that’s totally fine, but don’t fall for this. Stick with your current console and then if you want to upgrade one day when the price on the Xbox One X drops then go for it. This thing’s $500 price point is ridiculous. If you actually want to invest in improving the quality of your gaming experience then I would highly recommend going in the direction of PC gaming. Between my gaming PC and my Playstation 4, I have just about the entire industry at my disposal at any given point in time.
Side note, I do find it comical that the exact same group of people that has spent years justifying poor graphics with the idea that “graphics aren’t as important as gameplay” is now willing to shell out major dough to get a console with marginally improved graphics.