The Xbox One, Microsoft’s third generation home console, has proven quite profitable for the company. It is currently outpacing the Xbox 360 in terms of both hardware and software sales at this respective point in its lifecycle. With the Xbox 360 generally deemed a commercial success, it stands to reason that the Xbox One would be viewed in much the same way. Alas, with the PlayStation 4 dominating the market with a near 2:1 ratio thanks to some early PR victories (and a few other significant factors), the Xbox brand has found itself playing second fiddle this generation. That is a shame because Microsoft has made major strides since the console’s disastrous first year on the market in making the Xbox One a viable competitor to the PS4. The Xbox One is a system that deserves attention and here are 10 reasons why it is worth a purchase, whether it be the standard Xbox One S model or the more powerful Xbox One X.
10. Xbox One X
The most clear advantage of purchasing an Xbox One over a PS4 right now is that Microsoft has the most powerful console on the market. Sony updated their PS4 line in 2016 with the release of the PS4 Pro, a more powerful console that bumped up performance and offered 4K visuals. However, across the board, the Xbox One X is the more powerful console, offering native 4K visuals and an overall performance boost on all Xbox One software, even for games that have not been optimized for the X.
Speaking of optimized games, while the Xbox One may not have as many must-have games in general as the PS4, the fact that Microsoft is offering backwards compatibility (as in, games that have been updated for higher performance on the X) for 300 titles to start with is an improvement over Sony’s haphazard approach to PS4 Pro patches. The other major advantage — and this applies to the Xbox One S as well — is that Xbox supports UHD Blu-ray playback and Dolby Atmos, whereas the PS4 Pro does not. Of course, we’ll have to wait until the Xbox One X has been fully tested in the wild to get a full read on its overall value but in terms of technical capabilities, the Xbox One X has the PS4 Pro soundly beat.