Xbox One X – Powerful, Small, Priced Right But Still Controversial

There has been a lot of buzz surrounding the Xbox One X since Microsoft announced it last week at E3. There have been several tech article written since and, of course, multiple different opinions. Some articles called it “boring” some said “over priced” and still others were too slanted toward its greatness. We thought we would write a simple post and keep things in the factual realm and let the reader decide if they want to spend five bills this holiday season or not.

According to Microsoft, the newest console in the Xbox One line will feature 6 Teraflops of graphical processing power, 4K gaming, and claims to be compatible with Xbox One games and accessories. It comes with 8 GB of flash memory and 12 GB GDDR5 graphic memory at
326 GB/s, 1 TB of storage, a 6 Teraflop GPU, and 4K Resolution. The console also sports advanced liquid cooling and is supposed to be incredibly quiet. Microsoft is touting it as “The World’s Most Powerful Console.”

When you read the specs and watch the trailer it’s quite an exciting offering and no doubt will fly off the shelves in November.
So how does it compare to other gaming options?

The PS4 Pro doesn’t come close in the 4K arms race with an octocore AMD Jaguar processor running at 2.1GHz, a GPU at 4.20 Teraflops, and 8GB of GDDR5 RAM.

What about simply building a custom gaming PC? This is absolutely an option and can be built to blow away the specs on both the PS4 Pro and the Xbox One X. However, at the $499 price tag for the One X, a custom PC can’t come close in a price fight.

We build custom gaming PCs all the time and even at our dealer discounts, we wouldn’t be able to build one for ourselves for less than $1,000.

One final thought/opinion, Microsoft has a history of delivering raw power with fewer game choices. So when comparing consoles this can make a huge difference because fewer games on a powerful console may not be the experience a gamer wants this holiday.

Happy gaming.

Xbox One – What You’ll Love and What You Need To Know

If you are a gamer, or have one in your household, then I’m sure that you are already aware of the new Xbox ONE. At least you are probably aware that it has been released and is on someone’s Christmas list. It’s been years since and actual upgrade to the Xbox gaming system. Sure, they’ve released the special editions, slimmed down the design, and beefed up the storage, but there have been no real changes to the processor or ‘guts’ of the device.

Well, that has all changed. The new Xbox is touting a brand new design along with brand new features. The processor can simultaneously switch between apps and inputs. No longer will you have to launch a new app and wait while it loads. This will all be done on the fly.

There will be a full NFL integration that allows you to watch the games, and see stats as they change on the fly. If you are watching a football game and your ‘fantasy’ wide receiver scores a touchdown, you will see your ‘fantasy’ results update right on the screen. On top of that you’ll have instant access to a skype based app that allows you to trash talk your friends after.

The new Call Of Duty Ghosts will have new rendering and all new skins for all of the graphics. The action and gameplay will be smoother and more realistic than ever. Prepare for this game to be taken to the next level.

Here is something that they are not advertising though. The new Xbox ONE will now allow for scanning YOUR room for licensing violations. Here’s an example. Imagine that you have gotten the latest UFC fight on pay-per-view. You invited 100 of your closest friends to a UFC party for some drinks and an evening of watching the fights. Well, now Xbox ONE can scan your room and report back to the broadcaster that you are violating the licensing contract and allow for proof for the broadcaster to take actual legal action against you. Big brother celebrates with this new technology.