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At E3 2017, Microsoft launched its latest and greatest video game console. The Xbox One X is the company’s most powerful console E3 2017: Microsoft Unveils the Xbox One X E3 2017: Microsoft Unveils the Xbox One X Microsoft has unveiled the Xbox One X, which the company describes as "the world's most powerful console". Read More to date, and the third console in the Xbox One line.

So what makes the Xbox One X better than its predecessors, the Xbox One S and the original Xbox One? What are the differences that matter?

Availability and Price

The Xbox One X with a 1 TB hard drive will launch on November 7, 2017 in the U.S. It will retail for $499. That’s a clear $100 more than the most expensive Sony console, the PlayStation Pro (our review Sony PlayStation 4 Pro Review Sony PlayStation 4 Pro Review Is the PS4 Pro such a big improvement that it's worth upgrading, or just a failed experiment? Let's find out. Read More ).

Meanwhile, the 1 TB Xbox One S with Gears of War 4 already retails on Amazon for $250. Side note: We reviewed the Xbox One Gears of War 4 Limited Edition Xbox One S Gears of War 4 Limited Edition Review Xbox One S Gears of War 4 Limited Edition Review The big pitch behind the One S is support for 4K streaming and Blu-Ray, with HDR in games and movies. Can you tell the difference though, and is it worth the upgrade? Read More console in detail.

The original Xbox One doesn’t make much sense to buy any more. It’s only really available as a refurbished product from Microsoft, and costs $210. You should instead pay another $40 and get the Xbox One S.

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Hardware

Microsoft keeps talking about the Xbox One X being the most powerful video game console. What does that actually involve?

xbox one x hardware

  • Processor — The Xbox One X has an octa-core custom-made AMD Jaguar processor What Does "Dual Core" & "Quad Core" Mean? What Does "Dual Core" & "Quad Core" Mean? A long time ago, your CPU came with a single core. These days, most CPUs are at least dual core, and more likely quad core. But what does dual, quad, or octo-core even mean? Read More clocked at 2.3 GHz. The One S and One had eight-core CPUs too, but clocked at a much lower 1.75 GHz.
  • RAM — The One X has 12 GB GDDR5 RAM, far exceeding the 8 GB of DDR3 RAM on the One S and One.
  • GPU — Microsoft hasn’t revealed the exact chip, but just says that it has 6 teraflops of performance. The Xbox One S and One were around 1.4 teraflops by comparison.
  • Storage and Media — The Xbox One X will launch with a 1 TB hard drive and a 4K + HDR Blu-Ray drive. The One S is available with the same Blu-Ray drive, but has storage options of 500 GB and 2 TB as well.
  • Size and Weight — The Xbox One X is the same size as the Xbox One S, while the original Xbox One was much bulkier. The One X does weigh the most though. It weighs in at 8.4 pounds, compared to 6.4 pounds on the One S and 7.8 pounds on the One.
  • Ports and Connectivity — All the Xbox consoles have the same ports and wireless connectivity options, so there isn’t a major difference here.

Graphics

The biggest selling point of the Xbox One X is how your games will look. This is the only Microsoft console which supports 4K resolution gaming with HDR (High Dynamic Range). Of course, you’ll need an HDR 4K TV Should You Buy an HDR 4K TV for Gaming? Should You Buy an HDR 4K TV for Gaming? With console compatibility with 4K & HDR becoming more common, should you buy an HDR 4K television for gaming yet? Here's an overview of how HDR 4K TVs currently work with gaming. Read More to take advantage of this. And you’ll also need games that support 4K HDR.

Meanwhile, the Xbox One S supported HDR in games, but not 4K resolution. The only place in which the One S supported 4K was when you watched movies or TV shows. Still, HDR makes a big difference, as you can see in this screenshot:

xbox one x standard vs hdr

Of course, the original Xbox One had no 4K or HDR support.

Games Catalog

Speaking of games that support 4K HDR, Microsoft says you’ll only need to look for games with the Xbox One X Enhanced logo. Some games have already announced support for this, including:

  • Crackdown 3
  • Assassin’s Creed: Origins
  • Halo Wars 2
  • State of Decay 2
  • Forza Motorsport 7
  • FIFA 18
  • Need for Speed: Payback

That said, the game catalog for all three Xbox One consoles remains the same. Every Xbox One game you buy can be played on the Xbox One X, Xbox One S, and Xbox One. But depending on the console, the game might look better on the One X or One S because of HDR and 4K support.

xbox one x enhanced logo

And yes, all Xbox One consoles support backwards compatibility for Xbox 360 games. But as a new addition, they will also support games for the original Microsoft Xbox! That means you can play most Xbox and Xbox 360 games on the Xbox One now. Here’s a full list of the backwards compatibility game library.

Movies and Entertainment

In our epic PlayStation 4 Slim vs. Xbox One S PS4 Slim or Xbox One S: The One Question Casual Gamers Should Ask PS4 Slim or Xbox One S: The One Question Casual Gamers Should Ask The new generation of video game consoles is more affordable than ever before. Both the Sony PlayStation 4 Slim and the Microsoft Xbox One S cost around $250, both packaged with one game each. Which... Read More battle, it became quite clear that the Xbox One S is a better console if you care about movies and entertainment.

There isn’t anything new to add with the Xbox One X, since it supports the same 4K Ultra HD Blu-Ray standards Everything You Need to Know About Ultra HD Blu-Ray Everything You Need to Know About Ultra HD Blu-Ray Ultra HD Blu-ray is one of the hot topics in home entertainment for 2016. Curious? Here's everything you need to know about it to decide if it's worth getting excited over. Read More . And both consoles run the same operating system, so there’s no different there either.

Value for Money?

The Xbox One X hasn’t been released yet, so it’s unfair to give a verdict right now. But ask yourself this. When you take everything into account, is the Xbox One X worth twice the price of the Xbox One S?

xbox one x hero

Early reviews online say that $500 is a steep price that will only get interest from hardcore gamers. When you weigh all the pros and cons, the most distinguishable factor is 4K HDR gaming. Do you think that’s worth paying an extra $200-250 for?

Will you be buying the Xbox One X when it launches in November? Or will you wait till the price drops a little? What do you think the ideal price would be? Tell us down in the comments!

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  1. Degoragon
    August 13, 2017 at 10:38 pm

    Honestly, I don't see the point of either the Xbox one X, or the PS4 pro. I mean, a refreshed console that costs more than it's original launch? I think it would have been smarter to wait a year, tweak it a little more, and release them as a new gen console, then the price would be justified, and the sales would be great! If the specs are really as good as they say on these new versions, it would have been easy to make these as next gen consoles.