I can’t wait for Xbox One X to launch in November. While I’m a fan of PlayStation and Nintendo, Xbox has been my favorite place to play for over a decade. In preparation for the new console, I’ve upgraded to a 4K setup so that I can have the best experience. During Gamescom (which is still going on) I noticed something that concerned me. A lot of great looking games that I want to play are launching before the Xbox One X.
Middle Earth: Shadow Of War, Forza Motorsport 7, and Assassin’s Creed Origins are a few of the games I want to play. They all come out in October. My question is. Should I play these on my Xbox One S or wait for the Xbox One X to launch. While this seems like an easy question, it’s something that I need to think about. As I mentioned before, I bought a 4K TV deliberately because I knew that I’d buy an Xbox One X at launch. Microsoft has touted that the console will be the most powerful home console on the market. As an Xbox fan and someone who loves new technology, it was a no brainer in regards to purchasing the console.
The downside is working in games media, I pride myself in playing the newest titles so that I can cover these games extensively for you readers. Whether they’re quality or subpar games, I take joy in playing, writing, and discussing all games. My problem stems from the fact that I could play these games at launch, but I wouldn’t be getting the best version. Each of the games I listed above will be “enhanced” by the Xbox One X. The visuals will be a lot better, and the performance should be noticeably smoother as well. There are plenty of games on the list of 100 + games that will receive upgrades that I haven’t played yet. Some of these are in my backlog as well.
Why wouldn’t I choose to play the best possible version of a game? Let me use two examples on the opposite ends of the spectrum. Take ReCore. When I bought the game at launch, the loads times were atrocious, and the visuals were average. What’s worse, there were performance issues and achievements weren’t unlocking. As an achievement hunter and someone who was growing frustrated, I stopped playing on my Xbox and finished the game with a friend at his house. The definitive edition of the game is launching next week and will have Xbox One X enhanced capabilities in November. For me, that seems like the right time to restart my adventure in Far Eden.
With The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, the Xbox One X version will be the first time I’ll complete Geralt’s adventure. Don’t get me wrong. I think The Witcher 3 is an exceptional game. The problem for me was that CD Projekt Red made so many improvements over time that when I started playing again, it felt like an entirely different game. Now, with excellent 4K visuals, I can play through the whole game and the expansions and have the best possible experience.
I’m not saying the people should wait for Xbox One X to come out before playing some of the Fall’s hottest games. In fact, I might end up caving. It’ll be a daunting task to look at the Forza Motorsport 7 box and not want to install it onto my Xbox One S. As a video game fan; this season is my favorite time of the year apart from E3. 2017 just happened to throw a wrench in my plans called Xbox One X.
My desire to play the best console version of a game conflicts with me wanting to talk about video games. If all of my friends and colleagues here at Xbox Enthusiast are talking about a game and I didn’t play it because I’m waiting for the Xbox One X, I’ll surely miss out on a lot of conversation. All of this may sound as if I’m petty, but my question is legitimate. What should I do?
I’ve never cared about power before when it comes to video games. Some of my favorite games were on the Wii, which can’t compare to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Other Xbox One games I love are Grand Theft Auto 5 and Gears Of War 4, which push console boundaries. This is the first time in my gaming career where a mid-cycle upgrade emphasized power over anything else. Now, I find myself enthralled in the desire to see that power displayed on my TV screen.
Some people will agree with me while others (maybe even people I know) will think I’m crazy. I’m genuinely curious though, what do you think? What would you do? Are you getting an Xbox One X? If so, will you be waiting to play enhanced versions of highly anticipated games? Will you start on your Xbox One S and then continue on the One X? One thing’s for sure. I’m at an impasse here, and I can really use your help.