Is The $500 Xbox One X Worth Buying If You Don’t Own a 4K UHD TV?

by on June 20, 2017

Juan Carlos Ropel, June 20, 2017

The extremely powerful new Microsoft Xbox One X, also formerly known as “Project Scorpio”, was finally unveiled recently at E3 2017 to the joy of Microsoft’s console fans, confirming its powerful hardware and its native 4k platform, and consolidating itself as the most capable console for 4K Ultra High Definition gaming yet created.

However, although the Xbox One X was built with real 4K games on mind and is more likely to be able to play games in 4K with high-res textures without dropping the frame rate (4K visuals at 60fps), its supersampling technology also applies to older TV displays with lower resolutions and offers graphical improvements on 1080p displays in particular. So if you own a regular HD TV you will indeed benefit from the supersampling and other specs of the new One X console.

Is The $500 Xbox One X Worth Buying If You  Don't Own a 4K UHD TV?

In essence this means that even if you’re not the owner of a 4K HDR TV, the future-proofed graphics features for all console gaming in the Xbox One X may still justify the device’s confirmed $500 release price. Furthermore, for gamers who wait just a bit longer until the year-end holiday shopping season which will follow the Xbox One X’s release, prices for this device might just sink a bit further, making a slight wait worthwhile for anyone who wants to upgrade, whether they have  4K TV or not.

Supersampling is essentially an anti-aliasing method that gets rid of jagged and pixelated edges, also known as “jaggies”, from rendered images in computers and game consoles. You’ll also notice an overall quality improvement for shadows decreases in texture blur.

Microsoft has stated that the Xbox One X will have universal supersampling and built in improvement modes for old games regardless of the display that is connected. So even with a regular 1080p TV, you’ll get the immediate visual boost and will be able to choose between performance modes that make the games run better, or resolution modes that will then “supersample” the 4K image down to your 1080p display.

4K is obviously the push from Microsoft (and this trend also applies to Sony and Nvidia), but the Xbox One is still a worthy system for anyone on an older TV.

The Xbox One X is designed for the premium gamer who wants the absolute best experience in a console that’s the first ever to deliver 4K gaming chops of the kind previously only found with 4K PC GPUs, not only in visuals but for performance and loading times as well. Its incorporated 2.3 GHz octa-core CPU, a Radeon GPU generating 6 teraflops of graphical computing performance and 12 GB of GDDR5 RAM will noticeably increase the overall loading time in comparison with the Xbox One S and even the PS4 Pro.

Forza Motorsport 7 on the Xbox One X in 4K and with HDR

Forza 7 Motorsport on the Xbox One X in 4K and with HDR

On the other hand, although supersampling is nice for 1080p owners, maybe it’s not enough of an argument to justify spending $500 bucks if you already have a PS4 Pro or Xbox One S, unless you are planning to buy a 4K TV in the near future. Your best bet would be to wait until you buy the 4K TV itself (assuming you’re already the owner of both Microsoft’s and Sony’s other two 4K-capable consoles), at which point the XBO X will either have a price drop or come in a bundle.

Xbox One X will be released on November 7, 2017, with a 1 TB model that will be priced at US $499.

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