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Microsoft Says That the Xbox One X Is in Very High Demand

If you haven't got a 4K, HDR TV, go to a department store - I would suggest John Lewis because going past all the champagne truffles in a grubby hoody and busted trainers to loiter around the expensive electronics feels is quite fun - and have a look at 'em. What could I possibly compare it to? When it comes to technical specifications it edges out even the PS4 Pro, so it certainly tops the Nintendo Switch as well.

Yes, we're wax lyrical about the Xbox One X - it's hard not to be, really. To do that though would require the power of the Gods, Microsoft has done this with the new One X.

And we say this because anyone who games on PC has gone the SSD route years ago - and it's one of things where once you make that leap there's no going back. As suckers for visuals, it has in our minds put the core Xbox One console firmly into our rear-view mirror. Microsoft PR has told me that players should keep an eye on this website for a list of games that have been marked for Xbox One X enhancements. If money is no object, then sure grab the Xbox One X. But in the likely event that you're someone that is on the fence and wants to be careful with their money, this guide is for you. It's a colourful, vibrant game and I can't help but feel that it greatly benefits from Xbox One X. The colours pop and the worlds look Pixar-like. In a tweet, Xbox Group Program Manager Kevin Gamill said that the Xbox One X can deliver native 1440p graphics on supported monitors.

I've spent the better part of the past week waiting for a lot of that work to come to fruition. Perhaps this speaks to the quality of the components.

If you have a 4K TV and an older Xbox, it's a trickier situation.

Users on Microsoft's current console also gets "Tales from the Borderlands Complete Season" for their action role-playing fix, about two weeks from now.

So what exactly is under the hood anyhow? With the common household running an Ultra High Definition television it made sense that the next logical step would be 4K gaming.

Xbox One X specs and hardware: What's inside?

4K is the name of the game, and this machine does a sterling job of serving up games at the fabled 3840 x 2160-pixel resolution. If you've already got an Xbox, it's probably best to stick with what you have.

Of course, with native 4K gaming now an established reality on console, game file sizes will only get bigger and bigger. If there's a mix of games that utilise the raw power that is within the Xbox One X, then it might just be the magical combination to take the Xbox brand to the next level. We are very, very excited about Xbox One X right now. Of course, games optimized for 4K resolution, whether natively or through updates, are available at the launch of the console next week - Federation Internationale de Football Association 18, Gears of War 4, etc. - but for the most part, 4K content will trickle out over weeks, months and years, eventually becoming the standard. Spend some time getting everything setup and tuned in before jumping into the games, as hard as that is!

Forza Motorsport 7 and Assassin's Creed Origins will support the full gamut of performance upgrades including 4K resolution, HDR, and 60fps, but Halo 5's patch will have the game render at 4K without HDR (the original game ran at 60fps already, so there's no improvement there). With wonderful textures and smooth 60 fps gameplay, Gears of War 4 nearly felt like a new experience. You'll see light rays filtering through trees, shadows that more accurately reflect what's going on in the world, higher-quality reflections, the ability to see further and in more detail, and much more. To say that it looks incredible would be an understatement. This is assuming you're downloading a game from scratch. The performance in loading times is very noticeable. Granted, it isn't as lightning fast as one would hope. There's also the original Assassin's Creed, which sadly had not been patched at the time of writing, but will be by the launch week. That internal hard drive, while not an SSD, manages to boost performance and provide that extra oomph that you expect with the X. It's the oomph that's promised when you turn on the X from an energy-saving state and are treated to a hype-filled Project Scorpio chipset startup sequence before the Xbox One logo itself.

Games that are designed for 4K are automatically supersampled to 1080p, resulting in better textures and richer environments. Not to mention the games run smoother and load quicker. A few more tricks: You can filter your games by their One X enhancement status to verify if you're playing the most updated version, and you can also see precisely which version you've downloaded by selecting the game tile and simultaneously pressing menu/page/right-bumper/left-bumper on the controller.

An initial complication that we experienced was making the most of our Samsung 4K HDR TV with the new console.We had to make some changes to the port settings on the TV to enable HDR and a variable bit-rate on the port. That is incredibly frustrating!

The Xbox One X is, unsurprisingly, the best Xbox out there.

That's a comforting thought given the hefty price tag, but all the evidence points to the console being the flag bearer in the near future. My PS4 can sound like a desk fan when I boot it up; however, the Xbox One X is remarkably quiet.

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