Why The Xbox One X Will Fail

The Xbox One X is an upcoming console from Microsoft that is set to serve as a more powerful version of the Xbox One. On paper, this move makes sense. Sony already released the PlayStation 4 Pro so, naturally, Microsoft would want to compete. However, their updated console is going a little overboard.

Why The Xbox One X Will Fail
At this year's E3 conference, Microsoft announced that Project Scorpio is called the Xbox One X. It will offer 4K gaming and is set to compete against Sony's own PlayStation 4 Pro. However, I think Microsoft has made a few mistakes with this console that will really hurt its chance at thriving in the market. I'm not sold that the world actually wants the Xbox One X and what it brings to the table at this stage of a console cycle. With that, here are a few of the reasons why I think the Xbox One X will be a failure.

Price

To be fair to this point, Xbox head Phill Spencer has always billed this as a premium console, which is probably why it has a price tag of $499. Much like Sony and the PlayStation 3 last gen, I believe Microsoft is pricing themselves out of the competition. The PlayStation 4 Pro is currently $100 less than that so Microsoft has to make a case for why consumers should buy the Xbox One X instead of the PlayStation 4 Pro. I just don't see what Microsoft has to offer here.

The price is also just getting into computer range at that point. With dedicated gaming PCs becoming cheaper and easier to get, I think many people will see the $500 price tag and decide to see what they can try and do there. This isn't helped by Microsoft putting all of the exclusives on PC as well now. While I'm certainly grateful for the fact they do this, I don't think it will help them sell this console.

Power

While the Xbox One X may have more power than the PlayStation 4 Pro, I'm not entirely sure that matters. I truly don't think third-party developers are going to go out of their way to make sure the Xbox One X version is superior to the PlayStation 4 Pro version. It very well could end up the user just paying $100 extra just for some prettier console exclusives. That may be worth it to some, but I just don't see the value in it.

I could be wrong on this front. The console isn't out yet, so maybe devs will continue to make all games noticeably better on the Xbox One X. I'm just now sure they will find it worth the investment. It is going to have a smaller user base than the Xbox One and, with it being later to the party, the PlayStation 4 Pro. I think developers are likely to use the PlayStation 4 Pro as a base and make slight improvements at best for the Xbox One X.

Why The Xbox One X Will Fail. With the timing and price point, I can't see the Xbox One X being a huge success.

timing

The Xbox One X is coming out at on odd time. Going based on the console cycle of the previous generations, it seems likely that this one is coming to an end sooner rather than later. It seems odd that Microsoft would release a more powerful version of the Xbox One for $499, then a few years later expect them to pay at least another $399 for the next version of Xbox. This could mean Microsoft doesn't have plans to release a new console soon, or that Michael Pratcher is correct and this is the last console generation. With the money Sony has made off of this console generation, then it is likely they could pay to make the pigs fly to make that a reality.

Both the Xbox One X and the PlayStation 4 Pro bring up interesting talking points either way. Is this the future of consoles? Are we just going to have to keep periodically upgrading them to make sure we don't get left behind? If that does become the case, then why have one over a PC? It seems the longer consoles are around, the more PC like they become. It isn't inherently a bad thing, but I'm not sure that it is the best path for consoles to take.

Conclusion

With everything we currently know about the Xbox One X, I just don't think it can thrive in the market. I think it is priced too high for the casual gamer to buy one, especially since a similar experience can be found for a $100 less with the PlayStation 4 Pro. I'm also not convinced that devs will make much use of anything more powerful than the PlayStation 4 Pro right now. With a new console generation coming most likely in a few years, I find it hard to believe devs will spend the money and time to improve their games beyond the basic improvement already offered by the PlayStation 4 Pro.

What do you guys think? Do you believe that the Xbox One X will succeed in the market, or do you think it will fail for one reason or another? Do you think this will set a trend where consoles become even more PC-like where they need to be upgraded every so often to stay up to date? Let me know what you think in the comments below. 

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Your realy poorly informed first the xbox one x was not released as a competitor for PlayStation pro. Ps pro wad released because thats all they could do to even compete with t quality with to original Xbox which they tryed playing it off as a competitor for the xbox one s which its not xos blows it out of the water. Xbox one x was made so that games could play any game they want on any system computer, switch, xbox one x all eventually could play together the xbox one x is to give console players a fair… Read more »

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I think you have a good point, I also think MS is actually helping Sony by bringing down the cost of

 

newer AMD parts, so by the time PS5 is released it will make it much cheaper to produce and enable Sony to make it more powerful for the same cost.

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Agree. Xbox one x will fail like the sega dream cast. Its to far ahead of its time. Michael Pratcher is wrong too. If he got out of his fibre optic internet bubble he would realize a great percentage of gamers who buy consoles dont have amazing internet yet. Thats why they buy them over pc.

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Rorschach

Or this guy could be a Playstation Fanboy….

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Angry Gamer

I agree it will fail

Jon
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Jon

This console will fail, not everyone is rich and bringing this out just after the xbox one S is luke shooting themselves in the foot stupid strategy of microsoft they just dont like sony competing with them and winning

Anonymous
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Anonymous

I think it will gather momentum as developers learn to exploit it’s full potential.

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Tattlad

You know I thought the S on the upgraded iPhones was naff and MS go with this lame duck name ?

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Maybe XBOX is financially already a big success….   Keep an open mind.   Some companies just want financial big WINS without spending\investing to much. Selling the most is not always the goal to achieve that.   Some probably don’t like that marketing strategy 🙂 (SONY had invested a ton in owning game companies :)..   Microsoft just does not…   Owned game studio list by MS and SONY should give you the clear picture:     https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Studios     https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sony_Interactive_Entertainment     As long as we are happy with the games we do play on our XBOX.I bet MS… Read more »

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I think you should get into the stock market with the vast insight you have.

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Smh lol

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Lol try building an actual gaming PC that puts out the graphics and performance of an Xbox one let alone the xb1x for 500$, u can’t. As for the rest of your reasons u are just grasping at straws. Click bait article and I fell for it.

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First, the $ goes before the number and second, what does the price of a PC have to do with this article? In fact, the only mention of a PC in the article was when the author talked about how more PC like consoles are becoming and that MS exclusives are also on PC. He is in no way comparing gaming on an XB1 with a PC

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Complete trash! The “author” is uninformed and really just click baiting here. (Note to self:Ignore anything from Keengamer & Austin Fern going forward) Yes, patching older games with 4K assets to maximise the power of the Xbox One X could be time consuming(depending on the engine) but had the “journalist” actually done some research he’d discovered that there’s never been an easier console to develop for. Most newer games coming out will be built on 4K already. No 4K assets?, no worries, the “boost mode” is built into the hardware and needs no patch to improve gameplay (unlike the PS4… Read more »

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You’re badly informed, the boost mode at Pro is also built into the hardware. The X1X will need patches in a similar way than Pro and it’s questionable many developer will care. We all know how Microsoft handle “the truth”, be it “The Cloud” or “true 4K” so unless the X1X is on the market and holds true to Spencer’s promises I advice everyone to take it with a huge grain of salt.

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BanHammer

I own a PS4 but this is just another trash article from this site posted on N4G as the one posted yesterday. Do you guys only write click bait like this?!

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Getouttahere

Click bait Fanboy article, learn how to be a proper journalist

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Hey Austin, I do believe the Xbox One X will undoubtedly have some excited early adopters when in it launches in November and through December, as well. However, while the Xbox One X is well worth the price point based on the systems specs and the UHD bluray drive, it ultimately comes down to how the system will influence the casual market and as we all know the best way to position new hardware is with standout exclusive games which are exclusive to the hardware, justifying the steep $500 investment. So, to answer your first question of whether it will… Read more »

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Well, everyone has a right to their opinion. And PS4 pro is 100 cheaper because it’s not true 4K, doesn’t have a 4K UHD drive. Xbox one X is going to dominate and a lot of us Xbox owners really don’t care about the console wars, because our console company keeps things fresh and Xbox live still is so much more interactive with friends and media. And our rep, Major Nelson, updates us weekly with video previews and other news. PlayStation needs to step it up by interacting more with its fans.

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Fell for the MS marketing lies I see…PS4Pro is just in the same way a “true 4K” console as the X1X. It does nothing the Pro can’t do. X1X also does checkerboarding and dynamic resolution on third party titles. The UHD drive is hardly a deciding factor when there are close to no UHD BluRays on the market. It’s essentially a dead format. The Pro will be 150,- cheaper coming fall not 100, that’s quite a difference, plus it has the games to back it up.

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Honestly go fuck yourself with all these articles. Every day at least one more bullshit article like this appears based on pure speculation from someone who has no clue about the topic. It was article about Windows 10 games and store from someone who never used it. Then like 10 articles about E3 from blind fanboys. And now this from someone who thinks PS4P and XBX are close in HW and have no clue about Xbox development.

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Its so easy to write them off. But I do think it has a place.     But even if it somehow under performs this holiday, it may not mean much in the long run. How powerful are the next gen consoles going to be? How much will they cost? And most importantly, when would one release them?     Even if you remove Nintendo, last gen was a combined 160 million consoles sold between PS3 and X360 systems. We are just over halfway there after almost 4 years. In another 3 years or so, we’ll catch up to last… Read more »

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Sorry but I’m tired of hearing “I don’t understand who the X1X is for”, or “I believe the X1X will fail”. Only time will tell once it hits the market. With 4k becoming more and more common as prices drop people will naturally gravitate toward a console that supports native 4k and has UHD player standard.     I do agree if companies do not take advantage of the extra processing power then they will be in trouble. It WILL be slow out of the gate because of the price, but they are also making smart moves in regards to… Read more »

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