5 Important Reasons Why The Xbox One X Could Fail

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With every new console that releases there is always the risk that the console could fail upon launch and during its lifetime. There are many reasons for this, but here are 5 important reasons why the Xbox One X could fail once released.

1. People Might Not Understand The Improvements It Brings.

One of the most common things mentioned about the Xbox One X is its 4k capabilities. With it starting to come more common in the TV/monitor market, many people still haven’t made the upgrade to 4k yet (which is understandable). So since 4k isn’t an upgrade many people have made yet, if people don’t realize the other upgrades it brings to you, it may not interest them. Even though this is a console which is aimed towards the “hardcore gamers”, not everyone fully understands the in-depth specs of devices and what they mean.

2. The Price Tag

Even though this console was built and aimed at the hardcore gamers, some people still see the price tag as too steep. The launch price of the Xbox One X is the same as the price of the original Xbox One at launch, and we all know how well that console sold at launch. Even though the price tag is fitting for what is under the hood, majority of people will probably wait for a price drop on the console.

3. People Have PC’s Already Capable Of 4k

The gamers who are interested in 4k most likely have a gaming PC which can already support 4k gaming. With games also having better support on PC as well (such as uncapped frame rates), it is unlikely that people will want to switch from a custom built PC to a gaming console. However, the Xbox One X is meant to hold as much power as a $600/$700 gaming PC, so it will certainly be a slight bargain on those 4k gaming PC’s.

4. Forced Parity With The PS4 Pro

Forced parity could cause the Xbox One X to fail because some games will run the exact same on both the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X. This would make the higher price of the Xbox One X pointless since you would get the exact same on the PS4 Pro which is at a lower price.

5. Game Updates

With most games getting an Xbox One X patch which will allow them to be played in 4k, these will be most likely forced patches on the console. With rumors spreading around that these updates could be up to 100gb or higher, this could easily scare people away if they have a data cap on their home broadband. Even though this isn’t an issue to people without a data cap, these updates could soon put big charges on your bill if you go over your allowance.

With pre-orders not even being live yet for the Xbox One X, we can’t tell if it will succeed or fail, but only speculate. The Xbox One X could fail, but with different reasons than the ones listed above. Let us know in the comments if you think the Xbox One X will fail or not.

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Joel Hurley
From England, UK. About to go on to study computing at college, hoping for a job as a game programmer in the future. Xbox One gamer. Feedback is greatly appreciated through the comments.
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Joel Hurley

From England, UK. About to go on to study computing at college, hoping for a job as a game programmer in the future. Xbox One gamer. Feedback is greatly appreciated through the comments.
  • Ponds 908

    I think its possible to fail but i say we have to wait and see

    • DarthDiggler

      @ponds908:disqus

      I mostly agree with you.

      BUT —- History has not been kind to $500 game consoles. Almost all of those consoles were more powerful than their cheaper competition.

      • Brian

        Not an entirely appropriate view, IMO. There really isn’t any precedence for an ultra-tier product in a current generation. There has often been the update, like we see with the PS4 Pro, the One S, the Elite before that, the Slim. But never an iteration that was still within the same release cycle and that much more powerful. $500 isn’t a lot of money for everyone.

        I don’t think I am arguing that the One X will be a “failure”, any more than the Xbox One family is considered to be. I think it’s safe to say that it’s positioned as a premium product, with corresponding price point, and will sell to those who desire such things.

  • QUIMICOMORTAL

    You were doing great until the last point! First, you can’t expect people who doesn’t understand the “improvements it brings” to know the game updates will be 100mb! Either they know both things or none!

    But most important, the lack of exclusives and the lack of a killer app is missing from your list!

    • DarthDiggler

      @QUIMICOMORTAL:disqus

      You were doing great until the last point! First, you can’t expect
      people who doesn’t understand the “improvements it brings” to know the
      game updates will be 100mb! Either they know both things or none!

      Some places have caps. I know some of my Canadian friends on PSN have data caps on household internet. Not to mention the Xbox One X would be difficult for anyone in the military to take on deployments. My friend in Afghanistan gets booted from a PSN party in about 3 minutes just because the internet there is terrible.

      MS likely won’t be advertising the 100GB (not MB) updates that could be required for 4K assets. If you going to be true 4K (or near 4K since they will still use dynamic resolution) that will go for all your textures and videos. Granted I doubt if every game will require a 100GB update, but even a quarter of that would be expensive for those with data caps.

      But most important, the lack of exclusives and the lack of a killer app is missing from your list!

      The Xbox One X like the PS4 Pro is a mid-life-cycle update. If they had Xbox One X exclusive games that would be more like a new console.

      Microsoft losing exclusive games and having so many issues bringing games to market certainly doesn’t bring value to any console they offer.

      • QUIMICOMORTAL

        I understand and agree with your point! but I mantain that people that wont enter to research the full details of the X advantage wont even know about the 100mb texture packs.

        And I dont limit the comment of exclusives to just xbonex, I mean the whole xbox brand. as you said its an update from a brand that has been lacking exclusives all year! so I guess many people will ask themselves if they really want a $500 console that may be barren of exclusives in a couple of years the same way xbone has this year.

  • Edonus

    And they tell me there is no bias in the gaming media………. MS already has the X1 out and are making profits. Thus the only thing this console has to do to be a success is deliver I high end experience. Lets have fun and breakdown these reasons.

    1) If the consumer doesn’t understand the benefits of the most powerful console ever created that is a fail on the gaming media because

    • DarthDiggler

      @Edonus:disqus

      And they tell me there is no bias in the gaming media.

      Do you understand the concept of an OpEd? This guy is sharing his opinions while he provides 5 reasons he has that opinion.

      MS already has the X1 out and are making profits. Thus the only thing this console has to do to be a success is deliver I high end experience.

      Of course the Xbox One is making profits Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony have abandoned the Gillette business model which is taking a loss on the consoles in order to generate more revenues from game licensing. The Xbox One made profits at launch, but the console is clearly in 2nd place when you compare it to the PS4. This second place factor means MS will have fewer exclusives and their attach rate suffers.

      I can guarantee you that the top brass at the Xbox division are not happy with the way things are panning out this generation.

      Lets have fun and breakdown these reasons.

      I think I will have some fun with your responses too. 🙂

      1. People Might Not Understand The Improvements It Brings.

      1) If the consumer doesn’t understand the benefits of the most powerful console ever created that is a fail on the gaming media because they are suppose to be educating the consumer.

      The benefits of the Xbox One X and the PS4 Pro are mostly lost on those without a 4K television. Microsoft is the creator of the Xbox One X if their marketing is not properly educating the consume that is 100% Microsoft’s fault. The gaming media is not responsible for carrying Microsoft’s water. When the PS4 Pro came out Sony didn’t hide what the system was at all, they revealed that it was a system that would generate 2K level graphics and employ an up-scaler to get the images up to 4K. Mark Cerny himself refereed to this as 4K images without relying on brute force GPU prowess. Many of the pro-Xbox crowd (within the media and without) pointed out this wasn’t true 4K (something that was never a secret). Many of the pro-PS crowd (within the media and without) pointed out that the price point was quite attractive for the hardware that was included. So the games media is going to do what they have always done.

      There is no Alex Jones style conspiracy to keep the Xbox One X down. Put your tin-foil hat away.

      2. The Price Tag.

      2) For what the system delivers the price tag is beyond fair…. again the gaming media needs to educate the consumer.

      The price of the Xbox One X for the hardware is a value, but the value of the hardware diminishes for those who do not have 4K televisions. Granted people running 1080p displays will get a benefit, but is that enough of a reason for everyone that owns an Xbox One X to upgrade? Maybe? Maybe not.

      The fact is the video game industry has a long history of expensive consoles that failed. ALMOST EVERY ONE OF THOSE CONSOLES WERE MORE POWERFUL THAN THEIR COMPETITORS!! Which is why the $299-$399 price range is targeted by console creators.

      3. People Have PC’s Already Capable Of 4k.

      3) PCs surveys show there is a very small amount of PCs capable of running games as well as the Xbox One X and the ones that are start at $800 and still don’t land you everything. The most basic upgrade to a computer running around a X1X range from $300-$500. The idea that there is some massive bank of 4k pc gamers looking past the X1X is bias gaming
      media wishful thinking.

      Which PC Surveys? Steam? Granted many people on Steam are still playing at a sub-4K level, but those surveys do not do a good job of separating the single monitor users from the multi-monitor users. If we are talking about a player with 3x 1080p screens I am pretty sure they could come close to 4K on 1 screen. Not to mention PC gives you all kinds of bells and whistles to adjust what kind of performance you get. Given all the love for 60fps in the PC gaming arena I would bet many are opting for lower resolutions for a higher frame rate.

      That being said this author completely misses a really good point. Given all Xbox games come to PC if you are really a high-end gamer why wouldn’t you gravitate to the PC if you were a Microsoft guy?

      – You aren’t going to miss out on ANY software for the Xbox One on the PC.
      – The PC is forward compatible (to a point) and backward compatible. All games will always look better as you upgrade.
      – Upgrades can be done incrementally so while you have a fairly high initial investment, you will have an upgrade patch you can take advantage of when you can afford it.

      4. Forced Parity With The PS4 Pro.

      4) We have already seen the trend of X1X games being enhanced despite Ps4Pro so this point is pretty much dead already.

      What trend? The system was just announced and MS has negotiated with various studios to get support for the system out of the gate. That support will dwindle if the system doesn’t sell well. At that point it will be easier for a studio to port the PS4 Pro code to the Xbox One X and call it a day. Why are you going to spend extra resources on a system that doesn’t have an audience?

      5. Game Updates.

      5) This is a stupid reason….. if you order twice the food yo need a bigger plate….. if you buy a faster car you are going to go through gas faster….. if you buy a bigger house you have more property to maintain. Basically if someone is buying an Xbox One X they are buying it to get the best, to have the best means more data and more storage. If they are scared of that they didn’t want the best…. because that is what the best costs.

      Its not a stupid reason it is just one you don’t agree with and in my opinion it is because you are uninformed. Some places have data caps on their internet. Have you ever played online games with people from Canada? Some of their data caps would be wiped out 4 fold if they were to download a 100GB update for their game.

      You also completely reveal your bias here. You are referring to the Xbox One X as “the best” clearly it will be the most powerful console when it releases but it will not have any software exclusive to it. If you want to play Xbox One games with the highest quality you are going to play on PC. You can get a system today that will run games in excess of 4K.

      One last thing, and I am adding this just to bust your bubble a bit. The Xbox One X will still largely be relying on dynamic resolution (very similar to the PS4 Pro) in order to achieve 4K. Especially for open world games or if the title is running at 60fps.

      Granted if the game is optimized for XB1X it will still look better than PS4 Pro, but there are diminishing returns to consider. Which is why the graphical fidelity upgrades have not been as robust from the PS3/X360 generation -> PS4/XB1 generation. Not nearly as big a gap as there was between PS1 -> PS2, PS2 -> PS3, XB -> X360.

      Xbox One X will be a great piece of hardware if the software support is there. The software support will largely depend on the sales. Historically sales for $500 hardware hasn’t been good. Evidence of this was how poorly the Xbox One launch was when the system cost $500, which was 4 years ago. History may repeat itself.

      • Brian

        Do you understand the concept of an OpEd? This guy is sharing his opinions while he provides 5 reasons he has that opinion.

        Oh, can you point out where the article is labeled as an opinion piece, differentiated in any way from the other ‘news’ articles on this site?

        • DarthDiggler

          @disqus_vLIUr9DNhM:disqus

          Oh, can you point out where the article is labeled as an opinion piece, differentiated in any way from the other ‘news’ articles on this site?

          Dude you can’t be this dense. The premise of the article are theoretical reasons for why the XB1X could fail. Predicting the future is not a factual affair. Read between the lines a bit.

      • Edonus

        I have been meaning to respond to you because you did such a thorough response and I appreciate the thought.

        1) MS and Sony doesn’t go out to each and every person and tell them directly what they selling. They make statements or do things that the media then takes and passes along to consumers. So all information is filtered through the media……….. Thus if the gaming public lacks information it is the fault of the media. And since we have a bias gaming media it is not a mistake. Everything else about who said what and what said who is irrelevant.

        2) The Xbox One X is a value and the Xbox One guys upgrading isn’t the only market. Anyone that bought a Ps4 that isn’t a PlayStation purist and bought the Ps4 because of performance and power are also in the market for the Xbox One X. Not to mention people that didn’t buy a new gen console yet. And if you just bought a 4ktv or own one currently the X1X is really the only device you should be looking at…… Also gaming consoles go down in price with time…. It will not always be $500 but it will always have its same high level of graphic fidelity and performance as time goes and prices drop.

        3) The surveys are not 100% but they do sample the effective group well enough. Trying to add in multi monitor users and other variations are just high expectation speculations and can be countered with low level expectations. The data at hand says the vast majority aren’t playing games at 4k. Also….. I (like many others) don’t really like playing games on PC. I invested my entertainment budget in to my home entertainment center and PC budget went to my work PC. I am not hooking my PC up to my TV and don’t want to play from a monitor. With that said I do like the play anywhere feature. I have found myself using it when I travel. This argument is shadow logic because it sounds like it makes sense….. but when you look at PC and Ps4 and all the better performing multiplats ask the same question. The multiplats sell better on consoles and they sell better than the exclusives on the consoles so this draw to PC is not really there. PC gamers can play Gears 4 and it is dead on PC but thriving on the X1. Truth is PC just isn’t the best place to play.

        4) There are over 40 games already released getting Xbox One X enhancements that Ps4pro isn’t and better than the ones Ps4pro can get. New games have already been said to run better and will be getting higher base resolutions and textures than the Ps4pro can even handle. The Xbox One X has the same audience as the standard Xbox One so its not a waste at all. The Xbox One X dev kits are DX12 compatible and the devs love DX12 it makes life much easier. Soon Xbox One X will be lead platform it just easier……. and Xbox One X development down scales games to the standard with ease so the standard isn’t even holding it back.

        5) If you have data caps, then we have a console for you…. HAHAHAAHA
        But seriously if you have those limitations the system isn’t for you….. it will use the same assets as PC so I guess they are PC gamers either. Your argument is silly because its talking about the best shoes for men with no feet. This is for men with feet. You know if you have feet or not. if you don’t have feet I am not expecting you to have a great shoe collection.

        and you are not busting my bubble…….. truth is for me all this resolution and performance talk has been nothing but splitting hairs. I still look at my Xbox One S and love what I see. I am actually only upgrading because I can afford to and I have a 4kTV. I would like to use it to its fullest…….. But on the console war side of things.I will tell you like a Pony told me when Ps4 games started coming in at 900p and everyone was giving te Xbox so much crap over 900p games…….. It doesn’t matter what the resolution or performance is…… as long as it is better than the Ps4pro. And it clearly will be 100% guaranteed better than the Ps4Pro.

        The Xbox One launched to extreme bias and hate and the media confused the gamers and ran damaging narratives. The media is still bias but those same lies and non sense they pushed then wont work now. (Hopefully) The media is an active enemy of MS and the Xbox One brand.

        • DarthDiggler

          @Edonus:disqus

          I have been meaning to respond to you because you did such a thorough response and I appreciate the thought.

          Thanks. 🙂

          1) MS and Sony doesn’t go out to each and every person and tell them directly what they selling. They make statements or do things that the media then takes and passes along to consumers. So all information is filtered through the media……….. Thus if the gaming public lacks information it is the fault of the media. And since we have a bias gaming media it is not a mistake. Everything else about who said what and what said who is irrelevant.

          This is simply NOT TRUE. Almost nothing in your statement is factual.

          With all due respect, I am not sure what fantasy land you live in but I live in a reality where content is no longer dished out by a select few. Sony and MS both have their own marketing. They both have their own public relations. They both have their own websites where they tout a very Pro-PlayStation and Pro-Xbox stance. There is no dependance on the media at large to get the word out. Especially when you can produce a commercial that will have more reach than most of your top 10 gaming websites.

          2) The Xbox One X is a value and the Xbox One guys upgrading isn’t the only market. Anyone that bought a Ps4 that isn’t a PlayStation purist and bought the Ps4 because of performance and power are also in the market for the Xbox One X. Not to mention people that didn’t buy a new gen console yet. And if you just bought a 4ktv or own one currently the X1X is really the only device you should be looking at…… Also gaming consoles go down in price with time…. It will not always be $500 but it will always have its same high level of graphic fidelity and performance as time goes and prices drop.

          Based strictly on the hardware alone the Xbox One X is a good value. That doesn’t mean it will usher in a revival of the Xbox One brand. There are a number of factors to consider software ia a big one. PS4 gamers who have tons of friends on PSN are likely not going anywhere. They know a PS5 is just a couple years away at most.

          The Xbox One X will cost $500 for sometime. The fact is if Sony lowers the price of their PS4 Pro this holiday season it could present a challenge for Xbox One X. History has not been kind to $500+ game systems.

          3) The surveys are not 100% but they do sample the effective group well enough. Trying to add in multi monitor users and other variations are just high expectation speculations and can be countered with low level expectations. The data at hand says the vast majority aren’t playing games at 4k. Also….. I (like many others) don’t really like playing games on PC. I invested my entertainment budget in to my home entertainment center and PC budget went to my work PC. I am not hooking my PC up to my TV and don’t want to play from a monitor. With that said I do like the play anywhere feature. I have found myself using it when I travel. This argument is shadow logic because it sounds like it makes sense….. but when you look at PC and Ps4 and all the better performing multiplats ask the same question. The multiplats sell better on consoles and they sell better than the exclusives on the consoles so this draw to PC is not really there. PC gamers can play Gears 4 and it is dead on PC but thriving on the X1. Truth is PC just isn’t the best place to play.

          I am saying if someone has a PC with 3x 1080p displays they can likely do 4K on 1 display. Your anecdotal evidence doesn’t really add anything to the discussion. If you want the absolute best fidelity PC is a great place to play games. Most console gamers have other considerations, but I highly doubt the Xbox One X is going to take much of the PC market share. Most people on PC will stay on PC, Steam is very compelling.

          4) There are over 40 games already released getting Xbox One X enhancements that Ps4pro isn’t and better than the ones Ps4pro can get. New games have already been said to run better and will be getting higher base resolutions and textures than the Ps4pro can even handle. The Xbox One X has the same audience as the standard Xbox One so its not a waste at all. The Xbox One X dev kits are DX12 compatible and the devs love DX12 it makes life much easier. Soon Xbox One X will be lead platform it just easier……. and Xbox One X development down scales games to the standard with ease so the standard isn’t even holding it back.

          Good for them. That being said I can say for certain that the PS4 Pro is the best platform to play Horizon Zero Dawn. With Xbox One, the best place to play your games if you want the best fidelity is the PC.

          See the difference in how Sony and MS have positioned their products? Sony knows exactly what the word exclusive means. Microsoft no longer has exclusives.

          5) If you have data caps, then we have a console for you…. HAHAHAAHA
          But seriously if you have those limitations the system isn’t for you….. it will use the same assets as PC so I guess they are PC gamers either. Your argument is silly because its talking about the best shoes for men with no feet. This is for men with feet. You know if you have feet or not. if you don’t have feet I am not expecting you to have a great shoe collection.

          Making jokes about data caps doesn’t help sell Xbox One X in Canada, some European Countries or deployed Military. The reason MS is doing “4K Asset Downloads” is because they don’t want to move to a higher capacity optical disc. It wouldn’t be compatible with the original Xbox One X. They certainly don’t want to add the cost of releasing 2 different discs for the same game on the same platform. So they are bringing 4K on the backs of people’s access to data. This *almost* echos the always online requirement that Xbox One original released with.

          and you are not busting my bubble…….. truth is for me all this resolution and performance talk has been nothing but splitting hairs. I still look at my Xbox One S and love what I see. I am actually only upgrading because I can afford to and I have a 4kTV. I would like to use it to its fullest…….. But on the console war side of things.I will tell you like a Pony told me when Ps4 games started coming in at 900p and everyone was giving te Xbox so much crap over 900p games…….. It doesn’t matter what the resolution or performance is…… as long as it is better than the Ps4pro. And it clearly will be 100% guaranteed better than the Ps4Pro.

          You are correct, I have not busted your bubble. You seem to be pretty naive and your love of the Xbox brand is beyond a logical discussion. You are splitting hairs over performance and trying to have it both ways. On one hand you are saying the Xbox One X is the best gaming platform while you say the PC is not the best gaming platform. It all is a matter of opinion but you can clearly measure greater fidelity of games on Computers. So anyone who is playing on the computer will likely not see much value in the Xbox One X. PC also has true exclusives.

          Lets be clear, nearly all third party titles looked and played better on the base PS4 than they did on Xbox One. I can pull up the data for you if you really wish to argue about it. There is literally no debate here I can assure you that.

          The Xbox One launched to extreme bias and hate and the media confused the gamers and ran damaging narratives. The media is still bias but those same lies and non sense they pushed then wont work now. (Hopefully) The media is an active enemy of MS and the Xbox One brand.

          This is where you really showcase your bias and I don’t think that it is possible to have a good faith discussion with you.

          Microsoft simply shot itself in the foot with Xbox One, if you can’t understand that clear as day you are just an Xbot Fanboy. Their message was one that did not resonate with gamers. They even leaked their plans and that leak was met with resistance from players. MS unshaken powered on with their very unpopular message and revealed everything at E3 and confirmed gamers WORST fears.

          What was the media supposed to do at that point? Tell all the gamers who hated MS’s plans that they shouldn’t hate those plans and they should buy Xbox One even though it waas $100 more than PS4 and in many ways brought less to the table for gamers?

          This is where I have to call out your naivety, quite frankly your understanding of how mass media works suggests that I am talking to a child. I am not saying there is anything wrong with that, I am just pointing out your lack of experience.

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  • Duchess Espinosa

    PRV present value of money.$500 is a lot of money 15-20 yrs ago. How much was the minimum wage before compared to today? $500 is more affordable now. Xbox one x will suceed!

    • DarthDiggler

      @duchessespinosa:disqus

      The original Xbox One was $500 and it was not wildly successful that was only 4 years ago.

      The price was quickly dropped to $400 after they dropped the camera. If they didn’t drop the camera and the price the Wii U would have a stronger install base.

      • That’s not b/c of the price. It’s because it was an inferior box to PS4 specs wise and cost more.