Last Updated on January 3, 2020 by Danielle
Microsoft unveiled the Xbox One X, but it fails to impress based on initial impressions.
Microsoft just unveiled its new console, previously code named Project Scorpio, as the Xbox One X. In our frank opinion, the name is unoriginal and uninspiring for the ‘world’s most powerful console’. There’s got to be more creativity over at Microsoft. I suppose we’ll get over it over time – not such a big deal. Xbox One Scorpio would have been a more appealing name.
The console is slated to debut on November 7th and will retail for $499. For at least three years Microsoft has hyped up ‘Project Scorpio’ but we really came away unimpressed and underwhelmed after their E3 press briefing after going in super pumped and excited. The console was touted as the ‘world’s most powerful console ever’ but the games showcased honestly left us less than impressed. Much hype has been made of the powerhouse console featuring 6 teraflops of power, 8-core 2.3 GHz processing power, and 12 GB of graphic memory. Gigaflops, figaflops … let’s face it … this was one epic MEGAflop! At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter how much power you have if you don’t have the games to back it up. In the gaming industry, it’s all about the GAMES!! Microsoft featured over 40 games, with 22 being exclusives but none of them really captured our interest and made us say, “WHOA! Now take a look at that! Sign me up for an Xbox One X.” It’s important to remember it’s NOT about quantity – but rather the quality of games!
In all honesty, we wanted Microsoft to succeed since Sony has been killing it the past few years. The ball was in Microsoft’s court and they just did not hit it as hard as they could have and should have! Don’t get me wrong, the Xbox One X has tremendous potential, but the entire showpiece left us looking for that one killer app. And we were waiting and waiting … and never really saw that heavy hitter that defines the Xbox brand and showcases why you absolutely need an Xbox One X. Where was Halo 6 and Gears of War 5? They were notably missing in action. Yeah, we got what we were expecting in the form of Forza 7, Crackdown 3, State of Decay 2, Sea of Thieves, and Cuphead. Yeah, Metro Exodus and Anthem looked great but didn’t blow us away given this is the ‘world’s most powerful console’. We were expecting mind-blowing visual fidelity and breathtaking immersive experiences, especially for a $500 console!
Given our first impressions, in our book, Microsoft’s new console, Xbox One X, missed the mark and fails to sell us on a $500 upgrade. It lacked the AAA heavy hitters or innovative new IPs to make that massive positive first impression and the messaging lacked clarity overall. As it stands, it was a huge letdown and simply not worth it as there was nothing that made a definitive statement: This is the reason you need an Xbox One X. But we’re not counting it out just yet as we’ll look to the coming months to see if it can redeem itself with the top Xbox experiences they are known for.
Sony’s press conference is tomorrow and honestly Microsoft left the doors wide open for Sony once again to steal the show unless Nintendo has a few tricks up its sleeve. They have an awesome lineup of exclusives from God of War 2, Spider-Man, and Last of Us 2 to Uncharted: Lost Legacy, Death Stranding, Days Gone, and Gran Turismo Sport. Sony clearly has a stronghold on the exclusives and is likely to win the show. We genuinely hope Microsoft can clean up its act and deliver on Xbox One X’s huge potential in the coming years to close the gap on Sony’s PlayStation 4 and deliver the amazing immersive entertainment experiences gamers desire. Show us the real POWER, EXCITEMENT, SUSPENSE, and EXHILARATION of Xbox One X!! In the meantime, I guess GREATNESS AWAITS!! What does the gaming community think about the unveiling of the Xbox One X? Did it meet your expectations? Were you blown away? Will you be ordering an Xbox One X? What game has you most excited for the Xbox One X? Let us know in the comments below.