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:
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).
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 7680×4320, 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.