When the powerhouse of a console was announced there were many who loudly cried, “who is this even for?” They lamented that it would do poorly in sales due to the $499 price tag attached to it and questioned Microsoft’s decision to price it so high. And now, mere days after pre-order’s opening, the console is nearly sold out.
As of this morning, the console is unavailable from Target, Best Buy, Amazon and WalmartIt’s sweet justice for me to see the console doing so well in sales. We don’t know how well the box actually performs but this is a great win for Microsoft amidst months of bad PR with the “lack of exclusives”, a critique I admittedly have leveled a time or two as well. The machine can render in 4K at 60fps per what technical tests have been done so far, an impressive feat for only $499. For a PC to perform at a similar level, the rig would cost $1,000+ and even then may experience performance issues. It is a truly impressive work of engineering from Microsoft. Granted, I’m sure they are losing on each console sale where a PC is going to net profits for the sellers of the components.
While PC gaming will still be the ultimate place to game (as it relates to graphics and performance) the fact remains that Xbox One X is going to blow all other consoles out of the water and be the best price for 4K gaming. Often compared to the PS4 Pro, the Xbox One X far out performs it as noted below with some basic specs:
Xbox One X, 8-core 2.3 GHz
PS4 Pro, 8-core 2.13 GHz
Xbox One X, 6 TFLOPS, 326 GB/s, 12GB DDR5
PS4 Pro, 4.12 TFLOPS, 218 GB/s, 8GB DDR5
Xbox One X, 4K UDH
PS4 Pro, Bluray
Without a doubt, the Xbox One X (XBOX) is a beast and will allow many to enter the 4K gaming space without the high cost ceiling of the PC. As the resident Gamer for the Couch Crunchers, I cannot wait to see what this console does in action!