Last week, Microsoft finally made the Xbox One X available for pre-order and the new console quickly sold out. While I did pre-order the hardware, I am still on the fence about if I will keep the device or cancel the pre-order before the console shipped.
One thing I have been waiting for is the proof that the new console is actually going to be as good as Microsoft has promised. The company loves to talk specs and how it is the most powerful console of all time but at the end of the day the only thing that matters if the user can tell the difference.
Digital Foundry, the same people who got an early look at the specs of the console, has managed to put together a side-by-side comparison of the PS4 Pro and the Xbox One X to show the difference in the hardware. Simply put, the Xbox One X performs significantly better than Sony’s console but at this point, this should not be a surprise.
You can see from a few images in this post that the Xbox has significantly more detail than the Pro; the images come from the upcoming Tomb Raider release that will deliver the higher resolution for the Xbox One X.
If you have the time, I highly recommend watching the video below as it does an excellent job of breaking down the visual differences between the PS4 Pro and the Xbox One X.
The fact that the Xbox One X is better than the PS4 Pro is not a surprise. Microsoft’s console costs $100 more and it was released a year later than Sony’s so of course, it has to be better in every way if they want to gamers to pay an additional $100.
As I consider if I am going to keep my pre-order, this is very good news. The fact that you can change between 4k output and higher-framerates (as shown in the video) is the ideal result of having a more powerful Xbox as depending on the title, I can see some users choosing a higher framerate (shooters/fighters) or 4k (RPG) depending on the game.
I’m hoping that we will see more examples in the near future that show additional the difference between the Pro and the X. The early impressions of the new console are looking great and this genuinely has me excited but I’d also love to learn more about the ‘high framerate’ settings as one that keeps me wanting to go back to my PC is 60FPS at 1080P; here’s to hoping the X can achieve this too.