Now that Microsoft has begun rolling out pre-orders for their highly anticipated Xbox One X, many Xbox fans around the world are torn whether or not they will buy the console at launch or just wait it out. Going by what their marketing tells us that the Xbox One X is the “most powerful console ever”, would that be enough to warrant a day one purchase? Let’s admit it, the Xbox One X has the potential but there are still things that Microsoft needs to do in order for the Xbox One X to really succeed.
Here are the some of the things that Xbox One X needs to succeed:
Drop the Price
Going by the competition, the PlayStation 4 Pro is relatively cheaper by $100 compared to the Xbox One X. When both consoles do the same thing – and that’s providing 4K resolution with improved performance at 60 frames per second, a consumer pretty much will go to the cheaper brand, which is the PS4 Pro. That $100 difference between the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X, a consumer can use that to buy a game already along with the console. Going on the technical side, the Xbox One X is really the most powerful console compared to the PS4 Pro, but will regular consumers care at all at the specs of the Xbox One X when they know that the PS4 Pro can do similar things that the Xbox One X can?
Right now, Sony has the best exclusives in the market whereas Microsoft is struggling with their exclusive games. Just this 2017, we haven’t really seen many AAA Xbox One exclusives released for the console (aside from Halo Wars 2). For a console that is $100 more expensive than the competition, and with very little, to no exclusives at all, will consumers who will buy the console be able to enjoy much at launch? Exclusive games like the Gears of War, Halo, Halo Wars, and Forza are not enough to go head-to-head with the line up the PS4 has to offer. Microsoft needs to step up when it comes to exclusives and show to consumers that aside from being the “most powerful console”, they have the games they can only play on the Xbox platform and not anywhere else. Don’t get me wrong, the Xbox One exclusives are great, but with them rehashing the same series over and over, it’s getting stale. The delay of Crackdown 3 made it even worse for the console as that is one less exclusive to play for those who will get the Xbox One X this year.
Bundle with SSD
Delivering the most powerful console isn’t that powerful when the console doesn’t have a solid state drive. With a Solid State Drive, games would load faster and of course read off games at a much faster rate- improving the performance of running the game in a significant level. If a SSD is already included in that $499, that would be a great deal already but nope! They have still decided to pack it with an old mechanical spinning drive, for which I know is at 5400rpm.
Capitalize On Movie Buffs
One of the advantages Microsoft has over Sony at the moment is that both the Xbox One S and Xbox One X can play 4K UHD Blu-ray discs. Sony’s PS4 Pro lacks the ability to play physical 4K Blu-ray discs so this is something Microsoft should highlight when marketing the Xbox One X as an all around entertainment machine. Streaming 4K content can be troublesome for some people due to bad internet connections. However, watching a 4K movie on a UHD disc shouldn’t be any problem at all. Not to mention more movies these days are getting converted to 4K.