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Letters from the Front

Last month, a report that came out of the Verge stated that Microsoft was going to discontinue the Xbox One X. The discontinuation of the One X makes a lot of sense as we enter a new generation, the rumored and now confirmed Lockhart will take the place of the One X as the mid tier gaming device. Lockhart is basically in every way a better version of the One X, so there is no reason why Microsoft should continue the One X line of consoles.

The Xbox One X is an interesting console for a myriad of different reasons. It was announced in 2016 and launched in 2017 and was the major landmark announcement for a generation that was already sealed in 2013. The Xbox brand lost this generation for many reasons and one of those reasons was the tech aspect of the original Xbox One. The Xbox One was not good enough at launch, while 1080p was the norm for many years, the Xbox One was at 720p and many games released on the One was the inferior version of that game. Xbox had no way to get rid of that fact until the Xbox One X.

When it launched in 2017, the One X was the most powerful console at that particular time and still is as we enter a new decade and a new generation of hardware. It had an impressive 6 Teraflop GPU, nearly a 5x increase over the original Xbox One and it was also noticeably more powerful than the PS4 Pro, Sony’s own take on the One X. After four years of back to back losses, the Xbox brand took the power crown back and had positioned itself as the kings once again, a position that was lost at the end of the Xbox 360 era. The Xbox One X was the best place to play your games and still is.

While a powerful console doesn’t mean everything, the One X changed the image for the Xbox brand forever. It was a return to the Xbox 360 days, not fully there, but it was almost a return to the good old days. There was now legitimate questions if Xbox was quite serious about gaming, and whether or not they still wanted to sell you a multimedia device but the One X shut all of that down within the period of launch. The One X was a major change in the wind.

Beginning with the reveal of the console, the marketing for the One X was on point. It was marketed out to be the best place to play your games and nothing else, a far cry from the original Xbox One reveal in 2013. This philosophy of a serious gaming machine that focused solely on games started with the One X, and that has moved on to the Series X. The One X was the reminder to us that Xbox was and is the best place to play your games.

Red Dead Redemption 2 looks the best on the Xbox One X.

It changed the outcome of the generation for the Xbox brand. For four years, Xbox was at the heels of defeat and backed in a corner after one bad day in the Summer of 2013. The Xbox One X is an incredibly powerful machine, it is a console for the hardcore gamer and for those that wants the best out of their games and the best out of their gaming experience. There is nothing quite like the Xbox One X. The One X is one of the best investments I have ever made.

The Xbox One X is one of my favorite consoles of all time and it’s solely down to the history of the Xbox One X that’s the reason why it is one of my favorite consoles of all time. It forever changed the course of history and the changed the course of the generation. There was nothing quite like the Xbox One X.

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