So apparently, according to Microsoft, pre-orders for the Xbox One X have officially sold out and it’s outpaced any previous Xbox they’ve developed in the past. This console, bare in mind, is being sold for $499.99, and yet surprisingly, that doesn’t seem to upset anyone at all. Curious, because back in 2014 when the Xbox One was announced, everyone was upset and shocked by the console’s price. However, when Microsoft states that the console will be “the most powerful console ever”, suddenly, everyone becomes ecstatic about it and proceed to blindly go pre-order at will. Why? What changed? What makes this so different from what Microsoft tried to do back in 2014??
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve viewed the specs for this console, and I understand why many gamers would be happy for this upcoming Xbox, but I found it odd when I saw Rise of the Tomb Raider played on the Xbox One X didn’t surprise me. This console is supposed to come with true next-gen graphics, 4k visuals, smooth lighting and textures, and a boost in framerates. Yet … the game looked no different than how I viewed on the original Xbox One. I’m sorry, but when your game can’t look better than Until Dawn on PS4, and you’re playing the game on a “4k HD console”, I start to feel like you aren’t being so truthful with your product.
Also, when comparing the consoles specs to your average gaming PC specs, it’s meh really. Nothing special. It’s got a couple nice features, but that’s about it. Sure it may sound great for a gaming console, but when you can just get a gaming PC for $100-$150 cheaper, it comes down to what would you rather pay for? My main question though is where the hell did this sudden hype come from??
When the Xbox One was $500 …
The original Xbox One was met with a lot of criticism when it was first announced. Not only was $499.99 price seen as outrageous, but the requirements to get the console operating was also viewed as unnecessary. The console had to be connected to the internet at all times, it also required a Kinect device for it to fully function, and even worse, Microsoft had been (and still is) colluding with the NSA. Allowing them to conduct surveillance on those who purchased the console.
Since all of this information was leaked out, the company suffered. Little to no one had bought the console, and had instead focused on their attention on the #399.99 PS4 that Sony announced. So what did Microsoft do? They finally listened. They made the console able to be used online, they removed the Kinect and eventually discontinued it, and they downed the price to $399.99. Though the console had some trouble with Lizard Squad during Christmas of the same year, the Xbox One went on to being a decent console and had worked great.
So back then, we weren’t willing to pay $500 for the console, but suddenly we’re cool with it? I’m still trying to figure out why.
Do NOT Pre-Order Consoles
How are the pre-orders for the Xbox One X so high? While I can agree with some of the hype, I find it very risky to go and pre-order a console you haven’t truly seen yet. Remember, you are investing $500 into this. So you better hope and pray that it doesn’t come out in a bad state. Since pre-orders are sold out, that means they will need a few months to make new models for those who didn’t get to purchase them in time. So if anything happens to your console, you’ll be stuck waiting for a few months until you get your new console with you warranty.
This is a very risky decision. Look at what happened with the Nintendo Switch back when it first came out. “What are you talking about, Mason?? That console is awesome. It didn’t suck.” You may say. Yeah, for the most part is was an excellent console … for some, not all. When the console finally came to the states, it was met with praise and criticism within it’s first days. The issues were the following: screen tearing, framerate dropping, texture glitches, game crashes, loud ear-piercing noises, dead pixels, small game library, the docking station causing scratches on the tablet’s screen, and even games being rendered unplayable.
When you sink $500 into the pre-order of a console, you better know exactly what you’re paying for, and you better hope it works.
Think before you buy. I understand that the specs on the Xbox One X are very high quality compared to other specs for consoles. However, the best way to properly purchase a console, is to wait and see. Just wait a little while longer, save your money, and truly make sure that the console is truly the greatest ever made. You are only going to feel horrible when you get the console, and it turns out to be a total, technical, or glitch mess. You don’t want to feel like you just threw away $500 when you get your product. I won’t be able to stop you from buying it, but at least let this serve as a warning when pre-ordering gaming consoles.
- Campbell, Evan. “E3 2017: Xbox One X Specs and Features.” IGN, IGN, 11 June 2017, http://www.ign.com/articles/2017/06/11/e3-2017-xbox-one-x-specs-and-features-explained.
- Humphries, Matthew. “Xbox One X Is ‘Fastest Selling Xbox Pre-Order Ever’.” PCMAG, PCMAG, 25 Aug. 2017, http://www.pcmag.com/news/355792/xbox-one-x-is-fastest-selling-xbox-pre-order-ever.
- Henry, Jasmine. “Nintendo Switch Controller Problems Persist After Day-One Patch.” Game Rant, Game Rant, 2 Mar. 2017, gamerant.com/nintendo-switch-controller-problems-after-patch/.