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One of the biggest moments at this year was the reveal of the ; the world’s most powerful console, for now. Boasting impressive specs and the ability to render images in native , the Xbox One X certainly got the attention of gamers across the board.

The console, however, has elicited a somewhat mixed response, and rightfully so. There are those who are excited for the new console and cannot wait to get their hands on it and then there are those who believe that releasing such a console at this point in a console lifecycle is rather odd.

The Xbox One X outperforms the original by a large margin, and thus comes with quite a hefty price tag. Quite simply, many feel that the Xbox One X doesn’t do enough to justify a purchase.

So, why exactly are some gamers so skeptical about the new console?

In attempting to answer this question, I came across four reasons that most often come up.

1. The Console’s High Price

The Xbox One X will be retailed at $499, a price that many gamers suggest is way too high for a console that is meant to be a mid-generation upgrade.

Because you can't get anything without this.
Because you can't get anything without this.

Now, you’ll find a lot of people suggesting that one could build a gaming PC at that price, but in some countries you would be lucky to get a mid-range laptop for that price.

The fact remains that it has been almost four years since the Xbox One and were first released. Most gamers are now beginning to look forward towards the next full generation upgrade and may be willing to hold out for that or even build a PC over buying an Xbox One X or PS4 Pro.

It is also important to remember that the big selling point of the Xbox One X is the fact that you can play games in 4K. This doesn’t mean that you need a 4K TV to use it, but what is the use of buying it if you don’t own a TV that allows you to enjoy its main feature?

Samsung SUHD Television. [Credit: Samsung]
Samsung SUHD Television. [Credit: Samsung]

Personally, in such a situation, I would rather save up for the TV first and then get the console. Perhaps, even by that time, the Xbox One X has already been replaced.

2. The Xbox One X Has No Exclusives Of Its Own

A lot of gamers do feel that with the price that Microsoft is asking for the Xbox One X and the specs that they are toting around, the console should have some exclusives of its own.

The term ‘exclusive’ in this sense refers to a game that you won’t be able to play on the original Xbox One, regardless of whether it is a multi-platform title (meaning then it may also be playable on the PS4 Pro, but not the original PS4) or a title that is only playable on Xbox One X itself.

Halo 5. (Credit: Microsoft Studios)
Halo 5. (Credit: Microsoft Studios)

This is also a problem that plagues the PS4 Pro. One can witness this in the fact that the standard PS4 is still outselling the PS4 Pro.

At the end of the day, people buy a console to play games and if the same games are playable on all versions of the system, what reason is there to buy the newest one?

I can't really think of all too many reasons myself.
I can't really think of all too many reasons myself.

One could make the argument for 4K gaming, but this is hardly a feature that is attractive enough for most gamers to begin considering an upgrade.

3. Power Is Not A Substitute For Good Games

On the issue of exclusives, I have seen it suggested that chose to compensate the lack of worthwhile exclusive games on their system by creating an exceedingly powerful console.

Although Microsoft did showcase a lot of new exclusive games at their E3 conference, a lot of gamers were quick to point out that most of those titles will also be available for as well.

Crackdown 3 [Credit: Microsoft Studios]
Crackdown 3 [Credit: Microsoft Studios]

Then, there was also the fact that many were disappointed that none of the newly revealed exclusive games (, and were already known to be in development) seemed to be an overly-ambitious triple-AAA title that would appeal to the vast majority of the gaming community.

There are so many hugely popular exclusives on the PS4 that have the ability to edge your decision towards buying Sony's console over an Xbox One, particularly if you already own a PC.

4. It Will Not Only Compete With Xbox One And PS4, But The PS4 Pro Too

PS4 Pro. [Credit: Sony]
PS4 Pro. [Credit: Sony]

One cannot deny that the general gaming public views the Xbox One X as Microsoft’s newest plan in attempting to turn the tide of console sales. It is no secret that the PlayStation 4 is outselling the Xbox One at a ratio that is almost 3:1.

For all the power that the Xbox One X has, some developers have already noted that having to ensure that titles are playable on the original Xbox One and PS4, as well as even the PS4 Pro, has held them back somewhat in using the full capabilities of the console.

If most developers are truly never really able to make the most of the Xbox One X’s capabilities, then is it really worth investing?


Sea of Thieves. [Credit: Rare]
Sea of Thieves. [Credit: Rare]

It will be interesting to see how the Xbox One X fares when it is eventually released later this year. Although there does seem to be a mixed response to the console at the moment, a very different situation may be apparent when it is actually available to purchase.

Personally, I’m rather undecided on whether to buy an Xbox One X or not. I do own a 4K TV and quite simply love new hardware, but I can see myself waiting for the next-generation of consoles to be released instead.

Are you thinking of buying an Xbox One X? Are there any reasons as to why you think people should or shouldn’t buy it? Please share in the comments down below.

(Sources: Kotaku; VG247; The Washington Post; MSPowerUser)


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