Xbox One X is Microsoft claims the Xbox One X to be the most powerful gaming console on Earth, and from a technical standpoint they are absolutely right. But is it enough to win the hearts and minds of Asian gamers this Christmas and beyond?

I spent 30 days with the console to find out.

It is a powerful little black box

The Xbox One X is a substantial upgrade to the original Xbox One, which was released in 2013, and comes almost exactly a year after Sony delivered a somewhat similar performance boost with its PlayStation 4 Pro. It contains 6 TFLOPS of power from an AMD Radeon GPU, features 12 GB of GDDR5 RAM and is using a 2.3GHz 8-core AMD Jaguar processor. That’s nearly two teraflops more than the PS4 Pro, a faster CPU, and 3GB more of overall RAM. The Xbox One X comfortably outperforms the PS4 Pro. On hardware alone, it’s smaller, more powerful, and even includes a 4K Blu-ray player over its PS4 Pro rival.

The and Xbox One had its fair share of catastrophic (the former) and terrible (the latter) designs, but the Xbox One X looks like a fitting redemption for Microsoft’s design and engineering teams. When compared to the PS4 Pro’s design, the Xbox One X with all the power inside is quite mind blowing to be honest (Ed’s Note: It’s also worth noting that Microsoft have been building solid PC hardware over the past couple of years too).
The PS4 Pro brought along with it 4K (sort of) and HDR gaming, but the real promise of the Xbox One X is “true 4K” gaming and HDR. The icing on the cake? Microsoft has also claimed that the One X can run true 4K at 60fps, something which is only possible in the realm of high-end PC gaming. The Sony console simply does not have the horsepower to render native 4K at 60fps, and display something closer to 1440p or 1800p depending on the game developers. That’s quite a lot less detail than 2160p or true 4K. So the Xbox One X is quite possibly the most powerful, and cheapest

But here comes the complicating part about existing Xbox One games. Most of them are designed for 1080p resolution and not true 4K, so the benefits that come with the Xbox One X’s power depend on what game you are playing. Microsoft has promised more than 150 “enhanced” games for the Xbox One X (you can find the list of games here), but that doesn’t always mean they will support true 4K. Similar to how Sony let game developers decide on how they could best make use of the additional power available on the PS4 Pro, some of these “enhancements” on the Xbox One X could simply be better frame rates instead of 4K resolution, or HDR capability. Other enhancements might include a combination of 4K, HDR and improved frame rates. There isn’t a hard rule imposed on game developers to add true 4K textures to their Xbox One games.

This isn’t necessarily a bad thing however, as some older Xbox One games look absolutely gorgeous with their new 4K Ultra HD coatings – such as Far Cry 5, Fallout 4, and Dishonored 2 – and are worth revisiting them. Then some games like Gears of War 4 and Rise of the Tomb Raider (yes still old games) also allow players to choose between a 60fps performance-focused mode or 4K with HDR mode. These games look great at 4K fidelity, but running them at 60fps on a console was a refreshing experience for me

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