Xbox One X announced
Microsoft officially announced the Xbox One X, their newest console into the Xbox family. The console formerly known as the Scorpio will be priced at $499 US and will be released November 7th, 2017.
The name itself is a little bland but what are you going to do. I don’t mind the name and I’ve rarely ever cared about the naming of consoles. If the Wii U can be a thing, Xbox One X isn’t so bad.
The Price of the Xbox One X
As for the pricing, in Canada, the console will be priced around $670 Canadian. I saw some mostly negative reactions to the pricing of the Xbox One X and to be fair, no one likes the prospect of spending a lot of money on something. But there are a couple things to keep in mind.
There are some people out there that can’t afford this console, and that’s fine. Microsoft isn’t making this affordable for everyone, they’re pricing it as a high-end product and positioning it as the most powerful console ever made. If you’re looking for a new car and you want a new Cadillac, you’re not going to get mad at Cadillac for being a higher price product, so why would you be upset about a higher priced console?
When the PS3 came out, it had a similar price and people walked away from the product. The problem with that was the PS3 was the only option for Sony console players. Microsoft is actively working to not leave you hanging by making all the game available on both the Xbox One and the Xbox One S, meaning you have choices.
Is the pricing really that off for a brand new console? I’m currently in the market for the Nintendo Switch. For a brand new Switch and a game to play (looking at Zelda Breath of the Wild), I’d looking to fork out about $540. So for a premium product, about $100 doesn’t seem unreasonable in the least.
What’s exciting about the prospect of purchasing an Xbox One X is its 4k capabilities.
The Xbox One X is capable of true 4k gaming playback with HDR video quality, Premium Dolby Atmos sound, and 4k UHD Blu-ray playback. So not only are you getting your games in 4k but the rest of your entertainment in 4k with quality sound, making it one of the most powerful entertainment devices period.
All Xbox One accessories will work with the Xbox One X, meaning you won’t have to go out and spend extra money to upgrade to the powerful new console.
All in all, I skipped the Xbox One S to wait for the Xbox One X and so far I haven’t been disappointed. Power, design, and playability all come together on this console and I can’t wait to add it to my collection.