Xbox One X Launches Worldwide

Posted on November 7, 2017 by Paul Thurrott in Games, Xbox One with 48 Comments

Xbox One X Launches Worldwide

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Xbox One X, the first true 4K video game console, is launching worldwide today. Microsoft even got a peek at what it’s like to be Apple, with lines of eager customers snaking outside of its retail stores overnight.

“With 40 percent more power than any other console, Xbox One X is where console gamers can play the best versions of games,” Microsoft’s Will Tuttle writes. “The new console launches with the largest games lineup in Xbox history, with more than 70 Xbox One X Enhanced titles coming in the first week and more than 50 available on launch day.”

Overall, Microsoft can point to more than 1,300 titles in the Xbox One games library, of which over 220 are exclusives. And some hot new titles are on the way, including PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, which will be an Xbox One console launch exclusive on December 12.

I’ve already published a number of hands-on overviews of the Xbox One X, including most importantly my article, Xbox One X First Impressions: The 4K Era Arrives. But this week, the real work begins, as Microsoft has flipped a switch that will enable far more Xbox One X Enhanced titles, with 70 more coming in the next several days. So my final review should be ready by the end of the coming weekend; I’ll be watching the availability of Xbox One X Enhanced updates very closely.

For those who haven’t tried Xbox One X yet, it’s the real deal, offering true 4K gaming with HDR at frame rates of up to 60 fps. But Xbox One X works well on 1080p displays (and, soon, 1440p displays) too, and will enhance any Xbox One—and Backward Compatible Xbox 360 and original Xbox—games, regardless of the display, and regardless of whether the developer did any work specifically for the new console. These enhancements can include superior graphical fidelity and/or faster load times.

Starting today, Xbox One X is available in 35 markets around the world for a price of US$500. And additional markets are coming onboard soon, Microsoft says.


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50 responses to “Xbox One X Launches Worldwide”

  1. Rob_Wade

    And I have absolutely no reason to waste my money on one. Certainly not $500.

  2. Jeff Merritt

    I cancelled my pre-order. I have a computer that would run circles around the Xbox X. Also, because I have been burned by MS and their products lately fool me once...I will wait until the dust settles to see if it's worth it. Or, I may just pickup another Shield TV. I love that little angled box!

  3. winlonghorn

    This console is incredible. I am enjoying it immensely!

  4. MutualCore

    Some people are reporting RROD failures.

  5. Waethorn

    Seriously Microsoft?!? You had to use a photo of a person with an obvious palsy ailment?

    Did anybody in marketing not think of how this person would play games on the console? What's the solution here? Hire Ben Heck to fix the problem for you?

    This is serious exploitation for the unrealistic scenario of inclusion, which only demeans the exploited, and isn't representative of the audience that Microsoft targets.

    At least Sony employees listen to folks. Just ask Peter Byrne.

      • Waethorn

        In reply to evox81:

        If you had a physical impairment and a company marketed to an audience which included you, and then you bought the item and found out that no, they don't actually have a solution that works for you, wouldn't you feel that much more impaired and ultimately exploited and left out? I know that's what happens to people that I know that have dexterity issues, are wheelchair-bound, or have palsy impairments.

        I'm all for including people with disabilities, but this is just pandering without even having a proper solution that works for them. At best, it's false advertising. At worse, it's virtue-signalling.

        Have you ever tried a modern game console controller with one hand before? It's impossible. So where is Microsoft's solution for that? Kinect? They killed that.

        And you call me the dick....

        • evox81

          In reply to Waethorn:

          Maybe you missed the fact that he's dressed like all of the other employees. Or maybe you missed his employee badge. Regardless, that man is clearly an employee. An employee who, I might add, you are making a lot of assumptions about. This imaginary scenario of selling some poor guy an "impossible" to use Xbox is entirely in your head.

          I think it also needs to be said that you're also greatly underestimating the ability of people with mobility or dexterity issues. Go on YouTube and search for people playing with one hand or similar... They do it. And they do it successfully. 

          • Waethorn

            In reply to evox81:

            Please show me people playing Destiny one-handed, or where Microsoft has created one-handed controllers for people with disabilities.

            And sorry, I still fail to see why you're letting your sensitivities get the better of you. Why aren't you saying "Microsoft should be making a solution for these people. It's a potentially good-sized audience looking for a product that doesn't exist yet. They should cater to them and grow their customer base.", hmmm?? I work in retail, and I go out of my way to offer anybody with a disability a computer solution that works for them. I've worked with blind people, deaf people, people with mobility and/or dexterity problems, as well as learning and memory disabilities, and they all want to be provided options without unrealistic pretenses of equality, which only embarrasses them when they can't conform. This is why you don't put handicap parking at the end of a parking lot because of some conflated promotion of self-dignification.

            • evox81

              In reply to Waethorn:

              Wow! That was a Kelly Ann Conway-level pivot... I'll agree, I think they should make some effort to accommodate people with dexterity/ability issues (and some third party options do exist)... But, that isn't what we were talking about.

              Since you've clearly decided to change the topic rather than discuss your original point, I'm done with your nonsense.

              • Waethorn

                In reply to evox81:

                My point is with Microsoft using a photo as "inclusionary" marketing where THEY, THEMSELVES, AS IN MICROSOFT have no right to use it because they don't offer such a thing. If they did, I wouldn't make the statement. I never deviated from that point. To prop someone up that isn't actually included is just nonsensical exploitation. It's sappy political-correctness virtue signalling without a reason.

        • thisisdonovan

          In reply to Waethorn:

          Ummm, you are one.

          This guy did a reddit AMA. He's a massive fan not an employee, he lined up outside the store about 31 hours before the console was due to be released. A lot of Xbox bigwigs were coming down taking photos with him..... whether he has a disability or not is completely besides the point.

          All microsoft did was take a photo with a guy who was the first to buy the console.

          You're a sad little man.

    • Mestiphal

      In reply to Waethorn:

      I though exactly the same thing... it's mean to comment on it, I guess people now days are too sensitive about everything, just mention how the sky is blue and colorblind people will through a fit. in any case, maybe he is also getting a Kinect?

  6. myForumName

    Great day! I can't wait to go home and play Forza 7 in 4K with HDR at 60 fps!!!

  7. mattbg

    Now I see the benefit of segregating Premium from Standard comments :)

  8. stimshady

    Waethorn = Bellend.

  9. KazJunior

    I just need an xbox 1 x

  10. Mcgillivray

    I'm going to wait for the Xbox One Xs, If I didn't already have the slim version I'd go for it. But I can't do the 'every year' cycle that I think's going to become the norm now with consoles...

  11. PunCakes

    ps4 pro is the worlds first console to have 4k and player unknown battlegrounds will not be a xbox exclusive so this is fake news website.

  12. Careyy Price

    I feel like Microsoft should have waited until they had a great flagship game to release this console. None of the available games really make me wanna get an Xbox One X. I'm sure it's great but not enough value for money in my opinion. At the end of the day it's all about the games.

  13. Eric Rasmussen

    Does this thing use a custom variant of AMD's new Zen/Vega APU? I haven't seen any details of the underlying architecture confirmed yet.

    If it does, this bodes very well for the notebooks based on that chip coming out soon.

    • SRLRacing

      In reply to Eric_Rasmussen:

      The CPU is still the old custom Jaguar based architecture used in the original Xbox but modified at the silicon level and using a smaller manufacturing process. I have seen it reported in multiple places the GPU is actually Polaris but i have not seen that anywhere that makes me feel certain about it.

  14. MoopMeep

    hmmm, no ps4 pro price drop. I'm guessing sony isn't worried?

  15. Waethorn

    "For those who haven’t tried Xbox One X yet, it’s the real deal, offering true 4K gaming with HDR at frame rates of up to 60 fps. "


  16. Maxpayne

    I wish somebody presented with one. The specifications of this console are really mind blowing one. They how to stop snoring have developed this foreseeing the 4K revolution that is about to hit the digital world. I am waiting to see the review of this Xbox version.

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