Xbox One X Preorder

Have you preorded your Xbox One X yet?  Are you planning on getting one?  Should you get one?  Is your Xbox One S good enough?  Personally, I want one.  The pre-order is happening now, pretty much everywhere, to ensure that you get one on or around the release date.  From the 100s of reviews that are currently online, most people say that it is pretty amazing.  Of course, there are going to be the people that are simply not impressed by anything.  To add to my barrage of questions, what about the PS4 Pro? Is that good enough for $100 less?

The new Xbox is going to be able to do some pretty amazing things, but can it replace your theater PC?  This is going to depend on the user, but to remind you, here are the specs of the new XBOX:

Tech specs

CPU
Custom CPU @ 2.30 GHz, 8 cores
GPU
Custom GPU @ 1.172 GHz, 40 CUs, Polaris features, 6.0 TFLOPS
Memory
12 GB GDDR5 @ 326 GB/s
Flash Memory 8GB
Internal storage
1TB HDD
Optical disc drive
4K UHD Blu-ray
PSU
245W, internal
HDMI resolution and framerate
2160p @ 60Hz
AMD FreeSync
HDMI Variable Refresh Rate (when ratified)
HDR10 support
Yes
Content protection
HDCP 2.2
Video CODECs
HEVC/H.265, VP9, AVC/H.264, MPEG-2, MPEG-4 Part 2, VC1/WMV9
HDMI audio, encoded
Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1, PCM 2.0, 5.1, & 7.1; Dolby TrueHD w/Atmos¹¹ (from games)
HDMI audio, passthru
Dolby TrueHD (opt. Atmos¹¹), DD+ (opt. Atmos¹¹), DTS-HR/MA (opt. DTS:X)
S/PDIF audio, encoded
Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1, PCM 2.0
CODECs decoded
AAC, MP3, MPEG1, WMV
Connectivity
3 USB 3.0
2 HDMI (1 HDMI 2.0b out, 1 HDMI 1.4b in)
S/PDIF
IR receiver/IR Blaster port
IR Blaster
Ethernet (IEEE 802.3 10/100/1000)
Kinect (via external USB adapter)
Wireless
IEEE 802.11ac dual band (5GHz & 2.4GHz), 2×2 wireless Wi-Fi with Wi-Fi Direct for home networks
Accessories radio
Dedicated dual band Xbox Wireless radio
Dimensions
11.81 x 9.44 x 2.36 in (299.97 x 239.77 x 59.94 mm)
Weight 8.40 lbs (3.81 kg)
In the box
• 1TB Xbox One X Console
• Xbox Wireless Controller
• HDMI cable (4K capable)
• Power cable
• 1-month Xbox Game Pass trial
• 14-day Xbox Live Gold trial

Let me know your thoughts! Preorder pretty much anywhere that you would normally buy one!

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54 Comments

  1. Yeah, it's very unlikely your 4K receiver would molest the video in any way, that's mostly a relic from bygone days. And you'll need the AVR for sure to get the best audio. Going through an AVR gives you so much more A/V flexibility.

  2. ^ If you're asking me… Do you mean your AVR doesn't do 4K passthrough? (What model?) If so, that would be weird, because that's been around in AVRs before there were even "proper 4K" AVRs (i.e. they couldn't process a 4K video signal, but would just pass it through to the display…I think one of my older AVRs does that). A "full 4K" AVR should definitely have a mode where the video signal is "unmolested" and essentially passes through unmodified. It was true that some AVRs had a hard time doing this (for 1080p), but that was quite a long time ago. Sorry, that's the best I can do…

    The proof is in the viewing. If you can't see the diff vs direct-connect to the display, then go with the AVR in the chain. Even better if you have instruments. It's been quite a while since I've seen an AVR that screws up video, but I have seen sources that screw up the 4K video, they're still around…you can notice with instruments.

  3. I have a scorpio edition ordered despite the fact I haven't gone 4K yet (need a TV plus a Receiver so probably next year). The 1080p comparisons look good and the better/more consistent frame rate and shorter loading times were enough to convince me to upgrade my original One.

  4. I think the price is too high to compete with the PS4 Pro (which is inferior overall but priced better for the market) but it is definitely powerful. That said, the early reviews say the biggest issue is the lack of games supporting the leap in performance over the One S. Loading times are better most or all games, but otherwise non-X-upgraded games don't perform or look any different than on the One or One S.

    So my question: what games are people excited to play that take advantage of the new hardware?

  5. Well Amazon isn't delivering mine until Thursday… 🙁

    I have bought Forza 7 / Call of Duty: WWII, but have lots of the titles getting the 4K update. I have read 75 games will be "X" enhanced tomorrow, with over a 100 in the first 30 days. Now "Enhanced" means several things. 🙂

  6. DavidMiller

    Now "Enhanced" means several things. 🙂

    Like: Higher price? More profit? Prettier packaging?

    Nah, they'll take advantage of the new capabilities, it's in their best interest. They're selling to a tough crowd…

  7. Apparently my local Best Buy is going to sell it starting at 9:01pm PST (12:01EST). I'm going to swing by after dinner tonight to see if I can score one. I have one on preorder for midnight at the local Microsoft store, but if I can score one three hours earlier and not be in line at midnight, I'll pull the trigger. If BB already has a long line, I'll just head home and wait for my MS preorder 3 hours later.

  8. Sam Posten

    Full list:
    https://www.xbox.com/en-US/games/xbox-one/xbox-one-x-enhanced-list

    Honestly, there's like maybe 5 games in that entire list that have 4K, HDR, and are interesting enough to play. And all except maybe Assassin's Creed Origins and Call of Duty WWII (I have no interest in CoD, but it probably looks/sounds great) are pretty old.

    I'm honestly kind of surprised that MS hasn't gotten more companies on board. It's cool to see something coming soon that will take advantage of this, but what's their flagship day one game? What's the experience that is recent and fresh and absolutely stunning and also exclusive to the One X? Maybe like…Forza?

    EDIT: By "more companies on board" I mean with supporting 4K and HDR on day one with some huge titles. World of Tanks? Super Lucky's Tale? Halo 5 doesn't even have HDR. It's cool that the One X is capable of doing 4K and HDR but nothing amazing stands out.

  9. CraigF

    ^ If you're asking me… Do you mean your AVR doesn't do 4K passthrough? (What model?) If so, that would be weird, because that's been around in AVRs before there were even "proper 4K" AVRs (i.e. they couldn't process a 4K video signal, but would just pass it through to the display…I think one of my older AVRs does that). A "full 4K" AVR should definitely have a mode where the video signal is "unmolested" and essentially passes through unmodified. It was true that some AVRs had a hard time doing this (for 1080p), but that was quite a long time ago. Sorry, that's the best I can do…

    The proof is in the viewing. If you can't see the diff vs direct-connect to the display, then go with the AVR in the chain. Even better if you have instruments. It's been quite a while since I've seen an AVR that screws up video, but I have seen sources that screw up the 4K video, they're still around…you can notice with instruments.

    No. The Xbox one x does not support 4k pass thru. I’ve searched online and cannot get a definitive answer. The One s does not for sure.

    From one of the sites;

    “We've asked Microsoft whether the input will support 4K pass-through, a feature that was missing from the Xbox One S.
    Read more at https://www.whathifi.com/features/xbox-one-x-everything-you-need-to-know#vEdBu7xm8DeFWBEd.99‘

    I have a Yamaha Dolby Atmos receiver so no issues there.

  10. Morgan Jolley

    Honestly, there's like maybe 5 games in that entire list that have 4K, HDR, and are interesting enough to play. And all except maybe Assassin's Creed Origins and Call of Duty WWII (I have no interest in CoD, but it probably looks/sounds great) are pretty old.

    I'm honestly kind of surprised that MS hasn't gotten more companies on board. It's cool to see something coming soon that will take advantage of this, but what's their flagship day one game? What's the experience that is recent and fresh and absolutely stunning and also exclusive to the One X? Maybe like…Forza?

    EDIT: By "more companies on board" I mean with supporting 4K and HDR on day one with some huge titles. World of Tanks? Super Lucky's Tale? Halo 5 doesn't even have HDR. It's cool that the One X is capable of doing 4K and HDR but nothing amazing stands out.

    There are about 28 games available in 4K/HDR now and a total of 65 available or in development.

    And whether they are interesting enough to play is of course an individual opinion. Many of yours I disagree with.

  11. Tino

    There are about 28 games available in 4K/HDR now and a total of 65 available or in development.

    And whether they are interesting enough to play is of course an individual opinion. Many of yours I disagree with.

    So…which Xbox One X-enhanced games are you looking forward to playing?

  12. Tino

    No. The Xbox one x does not support 4k pass thru. I’ve searched online and cannot get a definitive answer. The One s does not for sure.

    I figured that was what you probably meant, by context, but wasn't sure, since asking about passthrough with an AVR and not molesting the XB1X's video would also be a valid Q.

  13. So I just set mine up

    To get 4K and HDR I have go hook up the Xbox directly to my OLED tv bypassing my Yamaha Dolby Atmos receiver.

    Now I can only choose DD 5.1 as an output from the Xbox one menu since the sound is now output from my tv thru the arc setting to my receiver.

    Am I missing something?

    Frustrating that I have to choose.

  14. Morgan Jolley

    First off, does your receiver support HDR pass-through? Second, are your HDMI cables all the right standard?

    Those are the only two things that could be at issue.

    Yes and yes

  15. What the other guys said: settings/inputs/cables.

    I have mentioned the odd time here that with very high-spec very-current HDMI sources, I have had trouble with display devices unless the HDMI cables were of the very highest spec also. Not high-price, just high-spec. Just because a cable worked before with the display at the same video resolution/format doesn't mean it will work with the new source device (i.e. I'm "blaming" the source, rather than the AVR or display). IDK why, still. I keep a bunch of the latest cables around, throw one in, and be done with it.

    [But it's a mystery to me, my speculation is a lot of the source devices use a similar/same "HDMI chipset" and it's very fussy. I know that e.g. some of the Intel chipsets are fussy about cables, and don't work with cables that work with "everything" else for the same format.]

  16. I've had good luck with Monoprice's inexpensive certified premium high speed cable which is very affordable. Less than $5 for anything under 10'. The cable jacket is pretty stiff, so be aware of that, but I'm more than willing to put up with that for the price/performance ratio. Because of the extra stiffness (read: not super bendable) I tend to buy a little longer than I need if I need it to bend.

  17. Tino

    I use the monoprice certified 4K hdmi cables. And I have it hooked up to the hdmi 2 Arc output on my lg OLED.

    Called LG
    Called Xbox

    No one had a clue.

    There's one important manufacturer missing there…for the piece in the middle that everything works without. 🙂

    Have you made any progress, or just going to live with it?

    Edit: "4K Mode1 in Advanced Setup" is what most people say, might work for you too. I have no idea what it means…and just that you apparently have to go to a bit of "effort" to get into advanced setup mode. There was the same prob with Yamaha AVRs and PS4 Pro with 4K+HDR, so more info re that combo.

  18. I'm waiting for a black Friday sale for the purchase of the X. Last year I got my Xbox One S $50 off plus two free games, and a $25 gift code. That was great. I hope there is something close to that this year from the Microsoft store.

  19. Try going into the setup menu of your Yamaha receiver and see if it is set to mode 1. I had my 3060 set to mode 2, so my PS4 pro would only recognize the TV as being 2K HDR capable. Once I set the Yamaha to Mode 1 my pro would see the TV as 4K2K HDR capable. It may be the same for the XBOX1X.

  20. Edwin-S

    Try going into the setup menu of your Yamaha receiver and see if it is set to mode 1. I had my 3060 set to mode 2, so my PS4 pro would only recognize the TV as being 2K HDR capable. Once I set the Yamaha to Mode 1 my pro would see the TV as 4K2K HDR capable. It may be the same for the XBOX1X.

    Thanks. Gonna try that.

  21. CraigF

    There's one important manufacturer missing there…for the piece in the middle that everything works without. 🙂

    Have you made any progress, or just going to live with it?

    Edit: "4K Mode1 in Advanced Setup" is what most people say, might work for you too. I have no idea what it means…and just that you apparently have to go to a bit of "effort" to get into advanced setup mode. There was the same prob with Yamaha AVRs and PS4 Pro with 4K+HDR, so more info re that combo.

    Yamaha is next on my list

  22. ^ Make sure you try that "4K Mode 1" thing at least a few times. I read that it took a few tries for some people to get it to "take", perhaps involving power-cycling etc. Since I don't have a Yamaha AVR, it was awkward for me to get a good sense of it from written descriptions.

  23. CraigF

    ^ Make sure you try that "4K Mode 1" thing at least a few times. I read that it took a few tries for some people to get it to "take", perhaps involving power-cycling etc. Since I don't have a Yamaha AVR, it was awkward for me to get a good sense of it from written descriptions.

    I don’t see that option at all on my Yamaha V 581 receiver.

  24. ^ I'm not sure you have it, but I'm pretty sure some "lower models" (if we're going strictly by model numbers as an indication of "lower") have it. That's what I meant by "effort" to find the Advanced Setup menu, Yamaha made it a bit out of the way to prevent casual/accidental changes. If it's there, you would not be the first having trouble finding it, that's why there were so many questions re it for the PS4 Pro.

  25. CraigF

    ^ I'm not sure you have it, but I'm pretty sure some "lower models" (if we're going strictly by model numbers as an indication of "lower") have it. That's what I meant by "effort" to find the Advanced Setup menu, Yamaha made it a bit out of the way to prevent casual/accidental changes. If it's there, you would not be the first having trouble finding it, that's why there were so many questions re it for the PS4 Pro.

    I searched every option under every menu. Not there.

    Thanks btw for helping Craig.

  26. Tino

    I searched every option under every menu. Not there.

    Thanks btw for helping Craig.

    You're welcome, but Tino, you definitely do have the option in the Advanced Setup menu, which your model definitely does have. That's the menu where you go for firmware updates etc. The unit has to be in Standby mode to activate it. Try p103 of the manual, it's a little procedure to access the menu.

  27. CraigF

    You're welcome, but Tino, you definitely do have the option in the Advanced Setup menu, which your model definitely does have. That's the menu where you go for firmware updates etc. The unit has to be in Standby mode to activate it. Try p103 of the manual, it's a little procedure to access the menu.

    Holy Shit!!!!

    That did it!!!

    Getting full 4K, HDR and 7.1

    Thanks Craig and Edwin!!

    You guys Rock!:thumbsup::thumbsup:

  28. Hold on a tic

    Is anyone getting 7.1 sound from Call of duty WWII?

    I think I have it set up correctly but I’m not getting 7.1. Or is it just 5.1? My receiver says 7.1 but I’m getting no sound from my rear speakers.

  29. I haven't scoured the whole web, but nothing official nor fanboy nor reviews etc. etc. even mentions the game's audio format, for any platform. Not even the game publisher cares enough to mention it…"red flag" for me, but not the least bit unusual.

    Tino's display and AVR are perfectly capable of handling 7.1 over the ARC, so no probs there, it's not a "connection problem". If the game doesn't have an audio output format menu, as many (most?) don't seem to these days, then the game will output "the max" format and leave your gear to re-fomat to suit i.e. 7.1 PCM output which your AVR can change to stereo or 5.1 etc.

    Does the XB1X itself have an audio output format menu? I think it probably does. If you tell some other consoles to use e.g. 7.1 output, they'll always send all those channels even if some are empty (annoying). So if it's like that, you might see 7.1 on your AVR even though it's really a 5.1 signal from the game, but 7.1 from the XB1X.

    I'm not saying those two back channels from the game are empty because I don't know. It seems unlikely a current game would do this, it's a tough and discerning crowd in many respects and they'd be all over that sooner or later. Maybe the back channels are active in some scenes. Maybe the back channels will be there in the enhanced version (or is this the enhanced version?…don't think so).

  30. Sam Posten

    Not all games support 7.1, check the box back and see what it says. Google is no help here.

    Bought the digital. And I can find no confirmation anywhere.

    But it’s all good. Thanks again for all the help guys.

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