Microsoft’s Xbox One X is finally here.
The company are calling it the most powerful console ever made, with hardware specs that’ll send shivers up PS4 Pro owners’ spines.
But at nearly £500, is it a worthwhile investment?
Here we go through everything you need to know about the new console – starting with those all important tech specs.
Under the hood
Under the bonnet is a six teraflop graphics processor running at 1172 Mhz, 12GB of GDDR5 memory and a 2.3 Ghz custom central processing unit.
It’s significantly more powerful than the Xbox One S and, crucially, Sony’s PlayStation 4 Pro, with its 4.2 teraflop graphics processing unit and 911 Mhz CPU.
So, what does this actually mean for gamers?
The Xbox One X is aiming for native 4K gaming at 60fps on all games, while the Ps4 Pro is a bit more of a mixed bag.
The latter sees some games run at 30fps in 4K, while others manage 60fps.
To help with performance, and to take pressure off the GPU, Sony’s console also renders games at sub-4K and uses a clever up-scaling technique to give the illusion of higher resolution.
Having seen the effect first-hand, it’s incredibly impressive.
The likes of Horizon Zero Dawn look as good, if not better, than some PC titles running at true 4K. Which brings us nicely on to the next point.
Much has been made about Microsoft’s decision to launch a console without any real Triple-A titles – it’s like building a race car with a 70mph limiter.
However, there’s still plenty here for graphics enthusiasts to get stuck in to – despite the fact that Crackdown 3, originally penned for launch, has now been delayed until next year.
Forza 7 looks absolutely stunning on the X, with pin-sharp textures and eye-wateringly crisp visuals.
Gears of War 4, despite being a year or two old, has been given the Enhanced for Xbox One X treatment, too – and looks breathtaking.
Newer games, such as Assassin’s Creed Origins also get a welcome boost – and, having played both the PC and standard PS4 versions, aligns itself comfortably with the former with regard to presentation and performance.
There’s also backwards compatibility with selected Xbox and Xbox 360 titles.
Thanks to a technique called super sampling, those without a 4K TV will still see a visual boost at 1080p resolution, too.
The PS4 Pro, however, is packed full of amazing games – with many more yet to come.
Existing exclusives such as Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End and Zero Dawn will be joined by the likes of The Last of Us Part II, Spider man and Days Gone in the coming months – must-have titles that are sure to make Xbox fans very jealous.
The Xbox One X has all the same input and ports as its less powerful sibling, the Xbox One S.
There’s an HDMI-in if you want to connect up a TV set-top box, an Ethernet port and a pair of USBs – one at the back, one at the front.
Gone is brick power pack – with everything now housed inside the console.
Size wise, the X’s dimensions are 11.8 x 9.4 x 2.4 inches, compared to the PS4’s 12.8 x 11.6 x 2.1ins.
When looking at how much space they occupy, the Pro takes 311.808ins and the X takes up around 266.208ins.
Then there’s the price. At £449 with no games, it’s a huge investment.
The PS4 Pro is £100 cheaper and, right now, is enjoying comparable performance.
It’s strangely fitting that arguably the most impressive game on the X is Forza 7.
Just like the supercars in the game, it’s currently revving its engine – but once it gets going, the X will be hard to stop.