Xbox One X announces ‘select enhanced titles’ that include many online games

At its pre-Gamescom press conference this Sunday, Microsoft revealed more about its upcoming Xbox One X and its glorious 4K gaming capabilities. As part of the conference, the company listed several games that would benefit from the enhanced performance and power of the console when it arrives this November.

MMO players should take note, because this list contains many games in our sphere of interest. The select enhanced titles include BioWare’s Anthem, ARK: Survival Evolved, Astroneer, Black Desert, Conan Exiles, Dark and Light, Diablo III, Elite: Dangerous, Path of Exile, Portal Knights, Roblox, Sea of Thieves, SMITE, State of Decay 2, The Crew 2, Elder Scrolls Online, The Division, Warframe, and World of Tanks.

The Xbox One X boasts six teraflops of processing power, 4K Ultra Blu-Ray, and 12GB GDDR5 graphics memory, and will retail for $500. Interested players can pre-order the Project Scropio edition right now for as long as supplies last.

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Jack Pipsam

I’d be keen if I had one lol.

The cost is keeping me at arms length from it, I have an Xbox One from launch and love it, but the price for this is so extreme (and I don’t have a 4K TV), that I just can’t justify it yet.

Hope it does well though, hopefully someday I get in on it.

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zeko_rena

$750 NZD for us, think id rather spend that much upgrading my PC at this stage, might get one way down the line, second hand most likely

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Siphaed

Might just give me reason to get a console….and a TV. Not sure though. There are limitations to a controller vs. a keyboard+mouse combo. Also the UI on a game on PC allows for swapping to a movie, web browsing, music, and so much more while waiting for a game to load, a match to start, or a cutscene I’ve seen 100x before to end. Just….some things to consider.

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Carebear

it depends how you look at it… if you look at it from efficiency point of view, then yes in most games keyboard and mouse will offer more capabilities (but not in all games). On the other hand controller is awesome too, because it is very relaxing, wireless, can sit/lay wherever you want to play rather than being on the desk.

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Sray

Exclusive titles are what sell consoles, and Microsoft has none this Fall/Winter other than an admittedly fun looking platformer aimed mostly at children. Couple that with the fact that most titles either won’t do true 4K and/or 30 FPS, and that leads to many of the more graphically inclined consumers feeling that makes this one skippable. That does not bode well for this console.

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Jack Pipsam

Super Lucky’s Tale is like all I want lol.

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zeko_rena

Exclusive titles are the worst thing for gaming as a whole

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Sray

That’s debatable: without exclusives you eliminate any meaning for competition, which in turn creates homogeneity that results in both stagnation and monopolies.

But that has nothing to do with the fact that people base their console buying decisions on what games are available, and quite simply Microsoft has nothing of note this holiday season. And the adoption rate of a new console over its first Christmas buying season is of vital importance in its long term health. Without a killer app, there are very few reasons for most consumers to buy an Xbox One X.

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zeko_rena

You still have plenty of opportunities for competition, hardware, peripherals, pricing, features, the OS itself, multiplayer stability.

I would never buy a gaming platform based on a game being exclusive, I would love to play Horizon Zero Dawn but I am not going to buy a PS4 just for that.

I believe one of the reasons a lot of people are looking at buying an Xbox One X is its ability to do many things, video gaming, 4k movies, netflix etc, not because of a few specific games.

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Sray

It is literally a proven fact that exclusives sell platforms: exclusives sell everything. They’re called killer apps for a reason: they provide the reason to to buy into a platform.

-Microsoft conquered the PC world not with Windows but with applications that ran exclusively on their operating systems: they had the better reasons for people to buy a Microsoft OS.
-Blu Ray beat out HD DVD because the movies available on Blu Ray were better: early adopters in the new formats found the Blu Ray selection had the better movies, thus the more compelling reason to buy.
-And two times more people own Playstation 4s than Xbox Ones today because of the exclusive games available: Microsoft may have Master Chief and Marcus Fenix, but Sony has Nathan Drake, Aloy, Ratchet and Clank, Crash Bandicoot, Joel and Ellie, and Kratos.

Without exclusives one platform becomes indistinguishable from another as competition will force hardware to become largely homogenized within every price bracket, generally robbing a hardware platform of any compelling selling feature over another. You can see this in any sort of consumer electronics: the differences between high end smartphones today usually come down exclusive software as the hardware itself, or least its capabilities, is largely the same whether you have an iPhone or a Galaxy S or a Pixel.

Ultimately though, your personal distaste for it is irrelevant; and my feelings on the topic are irrelevant as well: whether exclusives are “good” for the industry, or whether you or I personally would buy a platform for one game isn’t important, because millions of people will buy a platform based on its exclusives. Microsoft doesn’t bundle Halo games with its consoles because they want to give away software. It should be no secret why Sony introduced the slim model in a package with Uncharted 4. Going back nearly twenty years, Grand Theft Auto 3 sold millions of PS2: and that is a fact.

Yes, there are some people who look at consoles for multimedia solutions beyond games, but by and large the deciding factor will almost always come down to what games are exclusive to what platform. And if gaming isn’t a factor, then relatively very few people will choose a game console over an Android box/Smart TV/Apple TV and a 4k Blu Ray player. The point being that to the larger, less bleeding edge consumer base there is not a lot of compelling reasons to buy a video game console that costs $100 more than its competitor that also does 4K gaming and has a much wider library of exclusive games.

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Melissa McDonald

Well, one thing’s for sure, they won’t be buying a PlayStation for 4K Blu Ray.

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Jack Pipsam

I did always find it assuming that Xbox One S can do UHD blu-ray.

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Sray

As a media device, at this point both the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X are overpriced. If the gaming isn’t a concern, you might as well get any of the dozen of cheap Android boxes (or a smart TV) and a 4k Blu Ray player, as it will cost less and still give you the same functionality.

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Melissa McDonald

You’re conveniently missing the point, you get games AND 4K Blu Ray and a system actually capable of delivering that kind of horsepower. I get it, you’re down on Xbox, but your bias shows through the many words you’ve thrown at it.

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Sray

If you’re a person who falls in the rather limited category of looking for all that this Christmas, then an Xbox One X is a great deal. But the numbers of people shopping for that is limited: 4K is still relatively niche and not yet widely adopted (changing of course, but still in infancy); and fewer people are using physical media, as streaming options are becoming cheaper, and of higher quality. This makes the market for the Xbox One X as a media device very limited, and there’s no where near enough of them to justify the development costs of this console. The average consumer will go with a Smart TV/Android box and 4K Blu Ray if games are not a concern.

I’m not down on the XB1X: on the contrary, I want Microsoft to rally on this and give Sony more serious competition because two strong consoles is good for gaming as a whole. But without killer apps, the console lacks compelling reasons for most consumers, because the majority of them purchase a console for the games first and foremost.

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Karma_Mule

It’s out of stock right now, but I’m guessing they’ll either release more soon, or switch over to the “regular” xbox one x and have stock on that.

In any case I ordered two (for me and the bf) I have a 4k OLED TV and have enjoyed the PS4 pro quite a bit, so I’ll be excited to see. how much further the one x can go.

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McGuffn

so basically some things that were developed for PC.

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rahkeesh

That’s the list that Massively selected, being a PC-centric site. There are quite a few games I’ve never heard of on the full list. Although not appearing on PC is getting pretty rare with this gen being so close in hardware.

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zoward

As you said, with the internal architecture of the PC, Xbox and PS4 being so similar now, the only reason anyone releasing a major game would not target all three platforms is if they are owned by one of the console makers, or paid for an exclusive (and most of those are timed anyway).

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Ket Viliano

Or, because the certification process for the consoles is non-trivial, and can take quite a bit of QA, development, and management effort to get approved. That would be the major reason for not releasing on both consoles at once. Obviously, major publishers have more manpower to get this done than smaller indies. It can be done, but takes quite a bit of effort for a smaller studio.

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Little Bugbear

I think this will be the next big gaming purchase the bf and I will be making. All of are friends will be playing destiny 2 on Xbox one.

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Ket Viliano

+1 for olde skewl Bugbear.

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Little Bugbear

I always loved my dads old Gary Gyagx monster manual, and Bugbears (as you can see) were always my favorite. = )

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Melissa McDonald

I’m buying one. It’s going to be my media hub. Sony bailed on such things, a shame, but my venerable PS3 will probably either go in the closet or given to a young relative.

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Carebear

Glad to see consoles become powerful :) i am personally fan of ps4 because of exclusives ( Horizon zero Dawn, last of us, uncharted) but if xbox becomes strong the ps will follow too :)

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mysecretid

I can’t see giving XBox my money this console generation.

The reason I went with a PlayStation 4 this time had everything to do with Microsoft’s DRM no-share, limited used-game policies — which they flat-out lied about repeatedly, saying the restrictions could not be undone — until Sony released their PS4 details (including far less punitive sharing and used-game policies) and suddenly, magically the “irreversible” user restrictions went away.

Basically, I voted with my money,because it’s the only thing big companies might even slightly notice, and I ended up getting a really nice console experience out of the process, as an unexpected bonus.

So, yeah, I understand that technophiles will go wherever the newest options lead, but I expect I’m sticking with PlayStation this console cycle.

And yes, Horizon Zero Dawn is a surprisingly good game. I figured I’d enjoy it, but it’s far better than I expected.

Cheers,

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Carebear

Me on the other side, I always buy my games digital from the ps store when there is a deal offer…. so game sharing didnt affected my decision, while I do understand your reasoning and agree with you. But if HZD, Last of Us and Uncharted were xbox games I would have bought an xbox instead :P regardless their sharing game policy and DRM hehe.

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mysecretid

Fair enough.

Me, I don’t live in the United States, so sometimes the currency exchange on The PlayStation Store means that the deals aren’t actually such great deals for me.

I do buy from the store when it makes sense for me, but I couldn’t afford to use it for everything.

Cheers,

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Karma_Mule

Horizon is a gorgeous game, amazing what they’ve managed to get the PS4 and PS4 Pro to do with that…. Last of Us is a great game too.

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