The palindrome for “XBox One X” is actually X Eno XobX. Microsoft’s marketing team might have been having a rough week when they thought up that “one”. There are so many Xs in the name, it’s almost like they subliminally wanted us to see XXX. If you ask me? I prefer “Project Scorpio”
What’s new with the machine?
Microsoft is pushing 4K gaming. I remember when I used to play games in 640×480 in the 90’s. 4K is almost 6X the amount of pixels from my youth. The real people that benefit from the higher resolution are those that have televisions that are larger than 50 inches. Anything smaller than that and you’d have to be an expect to see the difference between 1080p and the new 4K output.
I’d like to think I’m pretty good a deciphering between resolutions. Every time I switch computers at work, I will instantly notice if that user has throttled the resolution in favor of larger print. Sometimes I think it’s my life’s mission to instruct baby-boomers on how to increase the font size in Windows 10 instead of messing with the screen’s native resolution.
To put my skills to the test I went to a local Walmart to see if I could tell a difference between 1080p and 4k. I have to be honest, on the larger TVs it was very noticeable to me.
HDR: 4K also comes with an HDR option
HDR stands for High Dynamic Range. It touts better contrast, higher brightness levels and a larger color pallet. The idea is to make shows and movies appear more real. With the hope of darker blacks and brighter whites HDR tried to make the viewing experience as vivid as possible
They compete with Dolby vision. It’s a lot like the old Beta vs. VHS saga from the 80’s. It’s obvious who won decades ago and it appears that HDR seems to be the contemporary winner.
The Xbox one X not only does 4K but HDR as well.
Why not just use the XBox one S? Doesn’t that do 4K as well?
The Xbox One S is capable of up 1080p graphics running at 60fps ( Forza Horizon 3). Unfortunately not all games can reach those numbers. The One S also up-scales all video output to 4K for compatible TVs, but the games don’t run in Ultra HD natively.
It’s due to be released on November 7th for $500 USD. We now know the internal specifications, which put it very much as a premium machine over the existing Xbox One S.
With three iterations of the “one series”: Xbox one, one S and, X Microsoft shows gamers that they are serious about keeping their system on the bleeding edge of technology. This is important with competitors like Steam where PC users can upgrade their video card/processor/ram at ease while running the latest games.
I look forward to seeing more upgrades in the future to hardware. VR and augmented reality are sure to follow.
Let me know in the comments section what you think of the new specifications of the machine. Will you buy and XBox One X?