Microsoft Xbox One X: A beast of a console

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Karachi (Web Desk): Microsoft’s Xbox One X is a beast of a console. It’s 30% faster and its graphics chip is 4.6 times more powerful than its predecessor, the original Xbox One. And Microsoft (MSFT) is also pretty keen on boasting about all of that firepower.

But what’s the point of all of it all? To push 4K, high-dynamic range-capable games at 60 frames per second. In other words, the Xbox One X is designed to make your games look and run better than the standard Xbox One.

But, and there’s a big but, you’ll only see all three of those benefits if you own a TV that’s 4K, HDR compatible. So is the Xbox One X worth buying? That depends on whether you’re willing to part with $499.

Microsoft’s original Xbox One didn’t have the best start when it launched in November 2013. Not only did it cost a pretty penny at $499 (that’s familiar), but it also had to contend with Sony’s PlayStation 4, which launched that same month for $100 less.

The original Xbox One, which currently resides on the middle shelf of my entertainment center, was a huge machine. It dwarfed the PlayStation 4 and had a massive external power brick that you had to cram behind your TV stand.

So what does 4K, HDR gaming at 60 frames per second get you? Well, that depends on the game you’re playing. See, the Xbox One X isn’t launching with any one marquee title. Instead, developers are updating existing and recently released games with patches that allow for 4K, HDR games played at 60 fps.

Eventually those games will include the likes of “Forza Motorsport 7,” “Gears of War 4,” “Killer Instinct,” “Halo 5: Guardians” and “Super Lucky’s Tale.”

Additional titles include “Assassin’s Creed Origins,” “Rise of the Tomb Raider,” “Middle Earth: Shadow of War” and “Titanfall 2.”

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