Over the years, weird half step consoles have been par for the course. This generation has been the same with the PS4 slim and the Xbox One S doing the usual minor upgrades and a change of form factor. This generation though we have been introduced to beefed-up versions with the PS4 Pro and now the Xbox One X, and the question is it worth the cost of upgrading for the extra power.
Over the last few months we have been hammered with the stats like 6 Teraflops, and 12 GB of GDDR5 ram, which to be fair was a lot of the messaging PS4 has used since its release. Though these stats don’t mean anything until you know how games are going to run on the machine itself.
Playing around a little bit with the machine, the upgrade in power is clear with its boot up time, and how snappy the Operating System (OS) is in comparison to my original Xbox One. This may seem minor, but as OS’s grow, it makes a significant difference for it to respond quicker, and it also means we can get to those sweet games faster.
With my limited time with the console I couldn’t test out all the games I would like to have, but the games that have been patched have noticeable visual upgrades. The most notable of these are the exclusives but there is also a solid amount of third party support as well. Games like Assassin’s Creed Origins or older ones like Titanfall 2 have all been given the Xbox One X enhanced patch treatment, which is great, and will hopefully continue for a long time and isn’t just a short time fad.
The game I can speak most of is Forza Motorsport 7. Having recently come out, and with many dozens of hours sunk into the game, my experience with the Xbox One and Forza is fresh in my mind. Immediately jumping into the game, it is night and day. The game has been given a fantastic visual upgrade and thought previously it was beautiful, now it is just that much prettier.
The other advantage to the power of these upgraded console are elements like load times or how the game runs. Forza Motorsport 7 had terrible load times on the older consoles, so this was something I hoped would be fixed, and we got halfway there. The load times are much faster than they were before, but they still aren’t great. Instead of taking a minute or so, it has been cut to 30 seconds. Initially, it felt snappy because of my previous experience, but it didn’t take long to adjust and it was back to annoying me.
This is an example of one game though, and that is dependent on the way the game has been built in the first place. The important part is the improvement, which hopefully Forza will be fixed later, but the improvement is clear meaning this will make load times that don’t start terrible, better in time.
The hard drive is another kicker, which I am torn on. The 1Tb in the Xbox One X, sounds like a lot, and it is in comparison to other consoles, but these days with big budget games, it won’t take long to chew through. For perspective, Halo 5 is around 100GB, so a few games like that and that terabyte will disappear in no time.
The Xbox One X is a tough sell to make, and it depends on what you are after. If the Xbox is your main console it makes a whole lot of sense to upgrade as most of your games, including multiplatform games are going to be at their best there. But if it’s a secondary console, it may not be worth the cost of upgrading, at least not yet until the original machine falls too far behind for the exclusives. I know as my second console, I do want to make the upgrade, but will only do so when I have saved enough disposable income, but no rush.