Microsoft Claims The Xbox One X Will Feel Like A Premium PC Experience
(Last Updated On: July 5, 2017)

In a recent interview that touches on the topic of the Xbox One X catching up to PCs and feeling like a “premium PC experience overall”, the head of Xbox Operations details more about the hardware and what the console will offer gamers and developers when it releases this year.

Trying to hold back my laugh while reading the interview between MCVUK and head of Xbox Operations Dave McCarthy, there’s news from GameRant that Microsoft will provide a console that will challenge PCs thanks to the specs of the Xbox One X. McCarthy noted that customers that want the best of the best only had the PC space, but until now have the same opportunity in the console space.

Moreover, the interview reveals that McCarthy believes that the Xbox One X will bring an overall “premium PC experience” as noted below:

We’re all about the developer choice there overall. Different developers are going to choose to do different things for different game formats. But the good news is that the Xbox One SDK that everyone writes to will be able to handle that variation. You don’t need a unique version for Xbox One X. It’s just going to know if I’m running a One X, will take advantage of it and going to feel like a premium PC experience overall.

According GameRant, the site notes that the company wanted this “premium PC experience” to be a visual part of console gaming. Additionally, the Xbox One X is said to give gamers a chance to experience impressive graphics and frame-rates, whilst providing the best of the best options that is mainly found in the PC space:

The way we look at it, choice feels like the right principle right now. There are consumers that really want to balance price against capabilities. But there will always be customers in your segment of gamers that want the best of the best, and I think that up until now the PC space was really the only place they could go to get that. They now have the ability to get that in the console space.”

The topic regarding the Xbox One X creeping up to rival PCs and providing a “premium experience” has a lot people debating at this very moment about consoles and PCs, while the actual testament of the Xbox One X’s capabilities and how well it will perform in consumers’ hands will be rendered this Fall.

With that said, what do you think of the Xbox One X attempting to feel like a premium PC?


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  • descent3031

    It’s possible you’re being a bit hard on them. I’d read somewhere (can’t find the thread now), about a bunch of people trying to build a pc with the same specs and they couldn’t do it for the same price.

    You can obviously make a much better PC than this box, but for the price and the 0 effort it costs it actually seems to be a pretty good machine.

    The problem is, that every bloody game will be capped to 30fps so the playstation can play it anyway, and that it doesn’t have any exclusives. The very marketing that it is a “premium PC experience” begs the question, if I have a premium PC already, why would I want this?

    • You can obviously make a much better PC than this box, but for the price and the 0 effort it costs it actually seems to be a pretty good machine.

      The proprietary tech makes it a tough comparison to PC. For $1,500 you can obviously get a PC that completely smokes an XBX. For $1,000 you can get something comparatively strong, give or take some specs. For $500 you can get something that smokes the PS4 Pro, but probably won’t measure up well to the XBX.

      It’s a tough sell, but it’s also a very powerful machine, which leads me to this…

      The problem is, that every bloody game will be capped to 30fps so the playstation can play it anyway, and that it doesn’t have any exclusives.

      This is a problem by 200%, because what’s the point of buying an XBX when most of its line-up will be multiplats that are gimped due to performance parity to match the PS4 Pro?

      • Outrunner

        They said it’s up to the developer and the guys that make Project Cars already said that they won’t let PS4 Pro hold them back on the Xbox One X version. You had also Xbox saying that it is up to developers whether they want to keep parity or not so… The console has proven to be able to do native 4k at 60 fps with Forza 7 with still a lot of GPU power unused. Of course open world games and others may not be able to reach 4k 60 fps but might be close, it will all be up to the developers. I’d suggest to wait and see…

  • DizzyGear

    Can i mod my games?
    Can i install user made patches to fix shit the devs could not be arsed to fix?
    Can i run emulators without hacking the console?
    Can i play online for free?
    Can i buy games off other online distributors?
    Can i use any input device i want?
    Can i upgrade the CPU/GPU/RAM without having to throw away the entire machine?

    No? I’ll stick with PC then.

  • DizzyGear

    Can i mod my games?
    Can i install user made patches to fix shit the devs could not be arsed to fix?
    Can i run emulators without hacking the console?
    Can i play online for free?
    Can i buy games off other online distributors?
    Can i use any input device i want?
    Can i upgrade the CPU/GPU/RAM without having to throw away the entire machine?

    No? I’ll stick with PC then.

  • static5225

    How can you get a premium experience when the damn thing uses Jaguar for its CPU? Also, we have 4 months until its release and CPUs and GPUs will go down in price by the time it comes out.

  • ThyPancakeConsumed

    Yeah premium pc experience my ass.

  • Gorgon

    top kek

    • Cinj

      The toppest.

  • Cinj

    I actually kinda like the Xbox but lol. They gotta stop hiring pajeet to code their software if they want the XboneX to come anywhere near feeling premium, nevermind the PC part.

  • Disqusted

    If I wanted a premium experience I’d go play old games on a PC emulator.

    • I honestly think that’s the way to go if you want to have genuine fun with video games.

      Virtually all Western video games are just full of SJW crap. The video games industry needs to die off along with the mainstream parasites who call themselves “games journalists”.

      • Disqusted

        Well, I mean, on a PC you can get better resolution, higher frame rates, better post/filtering effects, high texture packs, mods, etc.

        Sometimes even netplay, where on console there was only local play. Or even multiplayer when there was only singleplayer, like the Mario 64 Luigi co-op mod.

        I guess you could say consoles are kinda like Apple products in how they simplify and limit what consumers can do with them.

      • Disqusted

        Well, I mean, on a PC you can get better resolution, higher frame rates, better post/filtering effects, high texture packs, mods, etc.

        Sometimes even netplay, where on console there was only local play. Or even multiplayer when there was only singleplayer, like the Mario 64 Luigi co-op mod.

        I guess you could say consoles are kinda like Apple products in how they simplify and limit what consumers can do with them.

  • s_fnx

    So now running a game at 30 fps and using checkerboard rendering instead of true 4K is considered a “Premium PC experience”?

    • VersVlees

      Hey man 60 fps feels so wierd and fluid too game like. Playing on 30 FPS gives you a cinematic experience.

      Seriously, why are consoles dicking around with 4k if they can’t even run games on 60 fps. Can they even run games on 60 fps with on 720p?

      • Gorgon

        At least it makes sense for Sony, it helps them peddle their 4k TVs, I don’t know why Microsoft is bothering with it.

        • Phasmatis75

          Game sold well on graphics before and game sales have dwindled lately (because of crap games) so they’re hoping graphics will sell again.

    • The 30fps part sucks, but has it been confirmed the XBX is using checkerboard rendering? The PS4 Pro can’t seem to run games at 4K without it most times, but I haven’t seen any reports about it with the XBX.

      • jeco0357
      • s_fnx

        Yes, watch DF’s Xbox One X videos like the one posted below.

      • s_fnx

        Yes, watch DF’s Xbox One X videos like the one posted below.

      • Phasmatis75

        Pro was never meant to be a 4k machine though. At least to my knowledge. Having stuff upscaled is nice, but it is largely irrelevant. Microsoft sold themselves on being a 4k machine and at best it renders in 2160p which is often passed off as 4k but isn’t 4k.

        • 3840 x 2160p is native 4K. So far only a couple of games have been confirmed native 2160p for the XBX, but some of the others have been confirmed, by Digital Foundry, to be running at dynamic checkerboard resolutions, including Anthem and Assassin’s Creed.

          It’s impossible to tell right now how well optimized the hardware is for running true 4K since it is proprietary, and usually that means it’ll be up to first-party to prove how powerful it is (almost an identical situation to Sony and the PS3).

          • Phasmatis75

            Thanks for that correction. I had to google it, to confirm, but it seems I was mistaken about what qualified as 4k. There is a lower resolution that gets passed off as 4k that is more appropriately called 2k. I was probably mixing this up with that.

            A moot point that the console has it when Microsoft has changed it’s stance on everything must be 4k. We can guess that everything will have parity with the Pro and PC. With almost no exclusives (PS4 has Japanese games which are a blast) there is little reason to switch IMO. A nice upgrade for those that game on Xbox though.

          • With almost no exclusives (PS4 has Japanese games which are a blast) there is little reason to switch IMO. A nice upgrade for those that game on Xbox though.

            I don’t even know if it’s a nice upgrade. Let’s consider that most people don’t have 4K TVs, even though market analysis says the adoption rates will skyrocket in 2018 and beyond. There’s also the issue that everyone with bandwidth caps are pushed out of owning an XBX since no one in their right mind is going to spend all their data getting 100GB patches for XBX 4K updates. And the biggest fail of them all is that Microsoft says the XBX won’t have exclusive games.

            I love futurism and tech moving forward, but I see this more as an expensive lateral move; it’ll be dead in the water if they don’t plan on releasing any exclusives for the XBX. It’s going to be Kinect 2.0 all over again.

          • Phasmatis75

            Didn’t even think of data caps, but that’s a great point. 4k just feels like a novelty they’re trying to pedal instead of innovation, unique experiences, improving the platforms.

            I’d say it’s a good update since most games probably won’t use the 4k feature. Like with the pro you can get a boost in processing, but to be frank I’m being nice. It’s $500 investment that won’t have any good first party titles, a few meh third party titles that will also be available on PC, and as you said data limits.

            It’s a lame direction and I’m glad Sony isn’t rushing out as well. Honestly unless you enjoy certain series, I’d say screw consoles and get a PC.

    • Cinj

      There are actually retards on Xbox Live that fell for the “humans can’t see more than 30fps” meme, so I see the lot of them eating this shit up.