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Can the Xbox One X reclaim the gaming market - PC comparison

Jonathan Easton
Can the Xbox One X reclaim the gaming market  - PC comparison

The Xbox One X (née Project Scorpio) was at the centre of attention last night at Xbox's E3 press conference and while everyone that appeared on the stage referred to it as the 'most powerful console ever', but how does it stack up against a similarly priced PC?

It's worth noting at this point that we don't have a UK price point for Xbox One X, with the US RRP sitting at $499. Given the current state of affairs, you can expect the console to sit anywhere between £450-£500. So, to get us started, here's how the X fits into the existing Xbox One family with the full spec sheet:


 

Spec Xbox One X Xbox One S Xbox One
Size 30cm x 24cm x 6cm 29.5cm x 23cm x 6.5cm 34.3cm x 26.3cm 8cm
Weight 8.4lbs 6.4lbs 7.8lbs
CPU Custom CPU @ 2.3 GHz, 8 cores Custom Jaguar CPU @ 1.75GHz, 8 cores Custom Jaguar CPU @ 1.75GHz, 8 cores
GPU Custom GPU @ 1.172 GHz, 40 CUs, Polaris features, 6.0 TFLOPS Custom GPU @ 914 MHz, 12 CUs, 1.4 TFLOPS Custom GPU @ 853 MHz, 12 CUs, 1.3 TFLOPS
Memory 12 GB GDDR5 @ 326 GB/s 8 GB DDR3 @ 68 GB/s, 32 MB ESRAM @ 218 GB/s 8 GB DDR3 @ 68 GB/s, 32 MB ESRAM @ 204 GB/s
Flash 8GB 8GB 8GB
Internal Storage 1TB HDD 500GB, 1TB, 2TB HDD 500GB, 1TB HDD
Optical Disc Drive 4K UHD Blu-ray 4K UHD Blu-ray Blu-ray
PSU 245W, Internal 120W, Internal 220W, External
HDMI resolution and framerate 2160p @ 60Hz AMD FreeSync HDMI Variable Refresh Rate (when ratified) 2160p @ 60Hz 1080p @ 60Hz
HDR10 Support Yes Yes No
Content Protection HDCP 2.2 HDCP 2.2 HDCP 1.4
Video CODECs HEVC/H.265, VP9, AVC/H.264, MPEG-2, MPEG-4 Part 2, VC1/WMV9 HEVC/H.265, AVC/H.264, MPEG-2, MPEG-4 Part 2, VC1/WMV9 AVC/H.264, MPEG-2, MPEG-4 Part 2, VC1/WMV9
HDMI audio, encoded Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1, PCM 2.0, 5.1, & 7.1; Dolby TrueHD w/Atmos (from games) Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1, PCM 2.0, 5.1, & 7.1; Dolby TrueHD w/Atmos (from games) Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1, PCM 2.0, 5.1, & 7.1; Dolby TrueHD w/Atmos (from games)
HDMI audio, passthru Dolby TrueHD (opt. Atmos), DD+ (opt. Atmos), DTS-HR/MA (opt. DTS:X) Dolby TrueHD (opt. Atmos), DD+ (opt. Atmos), DTS-HR/MA (opt. DTS:X) Dolby TrueHD (opt. Atmos), DD+ (opt. Atmos), DTS-HR/MA (opt. DTS:X)
S/PDIF audio, encoded Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1, PCM 2.0 Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1, PCM 2.0 Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1, PCM 2.0
CODECs decoded AAC, MP3, MPEG1, WMV AAC, MP3, MPEG1, WMV AAC, MP3, MPEG1, WMV
Wireless IEEE 802.11ac dual band (5GHz & 2.4GHz), 2×2 wireless Wi-Fi with Wi-Fi Direct for home networks IEEE 802.11ac dual band (5GHz & 2.4GHz), 2×2 wireless Wi-Fi with Wi-Fi Direct for home networks Dual band 2.4GHz and 5GHz spectrums, compatible with IEEE 802.11/a/b/g/n networks
Ethernet IEEE 802.3 10/100/1000 IEEE 802.3 10/100/1000 IEEE 802.3 10/100/1000
Accessories Radio Dedicated dual band Xbox Wireless radio Dedicated dual band Xbox Wireless radio Dedicated dual band Xbox Wireless radio
USB Port 3x USB 3.0 3x USB 3.0 3x USB 3.0
HDMI Out 2.0b 2.0a 1.4b
HDMI In 1.4b 1.4b 1.4b
S/PDIF Yes Yes Yes
IR Receiver/IR Blaster Port Yes Yes Yes
IR Blaster Yes Yes No
Kinect Port External USB Adapter External USB Adapter Yes

With all of that in mind I scouted about the internet for a couple of similarly priced gaming PCs and came up with these two from Chillblast and Overclockers. I've taken out a lot of the fluff details from above (I'm sure you won't be losing any sleep when you find out that you can't use Kinect with the PCs).

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Spec

Xbox One X

Chillblast Fusion Mini Mumbo Gaming PC

Titan Hawk Overclocked Gaming PC

Size

30cm x 24cm x 6cm

26cm x 28cm x 19cm

 

CPU

Custom CPU @ 2.3 GHz, 8 cores

Intel Pentium G4560 @ 3.5 GHz, 2 cores

AMD FX-4 4300 @ 4.2GHz, quad core

GPU

 

Custom GPU @ 1.172 GHz, 40 CUs, Polaris features, 6.0 TFLOPs

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050, 2GB GDDR5, 1.8 TFLOPs

AMD Radeon RX 460, 2GB GDDR5, 14 CUs, 2.2 TFLOPs

Memory

12 GB GDDR5 @ 326 GB/s

8GB DDR4 2133MHz

8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz

Flash

8GB

8GB

8GB

Internal Storage

1TB HDD

Seagate 1TB 7200RPM HDD

Seagate 1TB 7200RPM HDD

Optical Disc Drive

4K UHD Blu-ray

None

None

PSU

245W, Internal

500W, Internal

450W, Internal

HDMI resolution and framerate

2160p @ 60Hz AMD FreeSync HDMI Variable Refresh Rate (when ratified)

Maximum resolution: 7680x4320@60Hz

Maximum resolution: 4096 x 2160@60Hz

Content Protection

HDCP 2.2

None

None

USB Port

3x USB 3.0

4x USB 3.0, 4 x USB 2.0

4x USB 3.0, 4 x USB 2.0

Operating System

Custom Windows 10

Windows 10 Home

Windows 10 64 Bit

VR Ready

Yes

No

No

Price

$499 (£450-£500)

£499.99

£529.99


 

On paper then the Xbox One X is actually pretty competitive with the PCs and has it beat in a couple of respects when it comes to memory and having more cores in the CPU department. The resolution is the big selling point of the X, with Microsoft stating that gamers will be playing in full 4K at a consistent framerate. While the Chillblast PC can potentially run at a ludicrous 7680x4320, realistically with the specs that it and the Overclockers PC have you'll be looking at 1080p and a solid 30-60 fps depending on the title and graphics settings. 

Obviously it's worth bearing in mind as well that the console comes with a controller while you'll have to stick on an extra £100 or so for a decent mouse and keyboard. 

I can safely say that I am impressed with the Xbox One X. What is underneath the hood of the smallest Xbox ever is competitve, but the biggest drawback for some may be the price. In the PC gaming community consumers are used to paying upwards of £500 for a decent rig, but consoles are an entirely different market. 

By contrast, the PlayStation 4 Pro retails at £349.99/$399.99 – a full $100 less than the X. And that's before even considering that Sony may announce a price cut at its press conference on Monday. Meanwhile, the Nintendo Switch sits at £279.99.

Ultimately developers will determine the success of the Xbox One X. While you can boast all you like about specs, unlike a PC where modders can improve a game's look or performance or creators can take advantage in video/audio/photo editing, a console is all down to the games (and Netflix, but a toaster can run Netflix in 2017).

If the Xbox One X has the support from developers it can flourish and, potentially, draw the gamers who moved over to PC back in.

Tags: Microsoft, gaming, pc, Vendors, xbox, features, Opinion, opinions, Xbox One X

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