Microsoft held their E3 conference today! (or yesterday, depending on when you read this) And just like we expected, we got our first look at the official–
XBOX ONE X
It’s….underwhelming is the word that comes to mind. But then again, I’m not sure what we should have expected for a mid-generation upgrade to the Xbox One that’s supposed to put the PS4 Pro to shame. It’s essentially what we saw in the development kit previously, but without the programmable buttons and the screen. While those would have been cool to have, I guess Microsoft decided that was too much to put on it with too little in terms of extra revenue. No one’s going to buy a console just because it has a screen on it.
It’s sleek, it’s black, it’s a variation in classic Xbox form. And while the outside may look dull, it’s what’s on the inside that’ll really matter. It’s actually smaller than the Xbox One S, the console that was supposed to be cost-effective and more compact by nature, so I guess the design makes sense in that way.
Does it come in black?
It’s pretty safe to say that the launch version will only come in black, much like the original console itself. Microsoft has never been much for variation in color. But I’m sure the countless edge-lords who buy it won’t really mind.
Speaking of buying the thing, I was right on the money with my prediction earlier this year when I said that since it’s a more powerful Xbox, and the original Xbone is around $350-$400, this console would be priced at $500. While many people would scream at that kind of price point, it’s to be expected, it follows the current market well enough that it makes sense. And it’s not like you’re not getting extra bang for your buck with the 1172 MHz GPU, 8 Core processor at 2.3 GHz, and 12 gigabytes of GDDR5 RAM. It’s well above any other console on the market right now.
Ok, I need to do this. It’s really nagging at me, it’s probably just because I’ve had a long day, but…
THIS NAME IS STUPID
Do you want to know how the branding conference probably went?
“Gentlemen, we’ve got this f*****g powerful console, it’s gonna blow Sony out of the freaking planet. What do we name this thing?”
“Jim, shut up. I need to think.”
“Anyone got any ideas?”
“BOX X BOX”
“Jim, I’m not kidding…”
“BOX X XBOX X X OXOBOX X X BOX!!!!”
“I’VE GOT IT! Xbox One….X!”
It’s like one guy with Tourettes just couldn’t shut up.
Ok, maybe I’m a bit too on edge about this, but I just think the name could have been better. I mean, is this a contest to see how many X’s you can fit in a name? Honestly, I would have been perfectly fine with Scorpio, in fact, ‘Scorpio’ is what it should have been. It’s cool, simple, and no one’s used it yet. That’s all you need in a name, you don’t need to overthink it. Once you start trying to find the perfect name you end up naming it something stupid…like Xbox One X.
So in conclusion, my opinion on the console remains the same. It looks like it could be something pretty cool, but there’s no telling until we get to see and experience the thing in action when it releases this November. And with the high price point, I’m not sure I would be so inclined to buy it. Especially considering I already have my dream machine which processed the words you’re reading now. In fact, I’m not sure many people will be rushing out to stores to buy it considering console gamers are usually the budget gamers looking to spend less money, and anyone who is willing to pay that much money is spending it on building a computer which is a much more versatile and can be a more powerful option.
So having seen the actual console, what do you think about the Xbox One X?
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