We have come to the time when the most powerful console is revealed. It has been the talked by a lot of people since its official announcement last year, and Project Scorpio did get a lot of positive and negative feedback. But even with some negative feedback about Microsoft’s lack of exclusives, Project Scorpio, now officially called as Xbox One X, is one impressive piece of hardware to be tagged at a $499 retail price.
Now, $499 that can run games on native 4K is something that you don’t always get to see. Sony’s PS4 Pro is priced at a lower price of $399, but it does have its own caveats: no ultra-HD blu-ray player and it runs most of its newest releases on a checkerboard technique to deliver an almost identical 4K native resolution, and games also run at a cap of 30 frames per second. Xbox One X, however, delivers far better performance and stability as what we’ve seen at Microsoft’s press conference yesterday. Games will run at a native 4K resolution and most of them will run at 60 frames per second – a great example of that is the upcoming Forza Motorsport 7.
The original Xbox One was inferior compared to Sony’s PS4 in 2013. Most of the games such as Star Wars Battlefront, Watch Dogs 2, and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare were mainly developed first on the PS4 before porting it over to Xbox One. But it seems that the tides are turning in favor of Microsoft. With Xbox One X as the most powerful console with almost similar piece of architecture with the PS4 Pro, we’ve seen worldwide reveal trailers of upcoming games that ran in-game on 4K like Assassin’s Creed Origins and especially BioWare’s latest IP – Anthem – revealed first at Microsoft’s E3. This means that most of the developers now, unless if there’s a partnership with Sony, will be making their games on Xbox One X first before doing the PS4 version.
Majority of the games revealed at Microsoft’s E3 press conference were from third-party studios, and there were only a few exclusives like shown such as Crackdown 3, State of Decay 2, Sea of Thieves, and the highly anticipated sequel – Ori and the Will of the Wisps. Most people will tell me I’m just going to waste my money for buying a high-end piece of plastic without exclusives. Now, exclusives are not the only the reason why we buy consoles, but we want to experience the full potential of titles like the upcoming Anthem and Star Wars Battlefront II. This is one of the main reasons why I want to buy Xbox One X over the PS4 Pro – the former provides more than the latter.
PS4 Pro is what I personally call as the “mid-generation upgrade”, while I call Xbox One X as the true “premium” console that can run original Xbox games (yes, it was announced) and Xbox 360 titles through backwards compatibility. Even if the Xbox One X titles will still be on Xbox One and Xbox One S, having an upgrade from my original Xbox One to a full true “4K” machine in both gaming and movies will be worth its price one way or another. While the PS4 Pro is something that I think is not really a necessity as it only provides minor improvements and it also doesn’t have a UHD blu-ray player, paying another $100 for a hardware with a huge upgrade and a full entertainment package will not be waste – and oh! It’s the smallest powerful console ever with an impressive liquid cooling vapor system.