Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Xbox One X -- Is it time to upgrade?

Jonty Norling


Two colors of the Xbox One X 
Before getting the Xbox One X, I had very little experience with consoles at all. Until two years ago, I had been an avid PC gamer. I had never owned a console, and all my gaming experience was on a PC. I had no intentions of switching, because not only was PC gaming more affordable, it provided better graphics, faster load times and overall better performance. However, I came to the painful conclusion that none of that mattered, because I had no one to play with. All of my friends played on either Xbox or PlayStation, and I realized that mattered more to me than graphics. I decided then to cash out on an original Xbox One; something I really enjoyed playing on, up until an electrical storm took it out (along with my tv, stereo, and speakers). I got back into PC gaming for a bit, but that ended up breaking also (bad luck I guess). After that, I never got back into console gaming - or gaming in general - until now.

The first thing I noticed about the Xbox One X was its size. I still had my broken original Xbox One for comparison and was astounded by how much smaller it had become. In my hands, it felt a lot more dense and sturdy than the original had. As I unwrapped the box, I was pleasantly surprised by the lack of an external power brick; something the previous generation had. Another thing I liked was the aesthetics; the console was much sleeker than the original and was generally better looking.

Xbox One X Interface
When I went to turn on the Xbox, I immediately noticed that the capacitive touch sensors on the original model had been replaced with tactile switches. This solved a problem I had run into with the previous generation, which would turn off when something touched the power button even slightly. With the new physical switches, it’s a lot harder to accidentally press the power button, and also gives the console a much more quality feel. It took me around 20 minutes to set up the Xbox to play, and another hour more to get my first game downloaded. A downside I quickly realized with the improved graphics was that downloading games took much more space than the previous gen, and therefore took more time. My house’s wifi is far from ideal, so downloads took a lot longer than they used too. While downloads were noticeably slower in the new Xbox, everything else was considerably faster. Boot Up times were a lot faster. Disks read and launched much faster. Almost everything, I came to realize, was a lot faster. Other than that, not much had changed on the interface side of the Xbox.

When I launched Call of Duty WW2, I was impressed by just how much better the graphics had gotten from the previous generation. Lines were a lot sharper, colors more vibrant, and the environment was more immersive. Everything from special effects to player models looked better on the new console. Although I didn’t notice it, Microsoft claims a huge jump in framerate from the previous generation. I don’t know if it was my tv, or if it just wasn’t a noticeable enough improvement, but I did not notice any frame rate improvements from the last gen.
Activision’s Call of Duty WWII




Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to utilize one of the biggest improvements from the previous gen, that being 4k (UHD) output. The Xbox One X introduced the ability to play 4k media on your tv, but since I don’t currently own a 4k TV, I wasn’t able to experience this improvement.

Do I think the Xbox One X worth it over the previous generation? Yes, and no. I think that if you already own the previous generation of Xbox, and don’t own a 4k tv, it’s not worth it. The older generation costs half as much, and while it doesn’t pack quite as much punch, it does the job. However, if you’re looking for a new console, or if you own a 4k tv, I would say it’s worth it.


Images Cited

Bennett, Matthew. "Xbox One to Have 300 Gamerpics Available at Launch." Google Search. Google, n.d. Web. 16 Jan. 2018.

"Call of Duty®: WWII." Call of Duty. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Jan. 2018.

"Xbox One X: Microsoft Releases Official Pictures, Specs, Size and Weight Compared with Xbox One S." DualShockers. N.p., 12 June 2017. Web. 16 Jan. 2018.

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