Today's Hard|Forum Post
Today's Hard|Forum Post

Saturday June 17, 2017

Creating the PC Equivalent of the $500 Xbox One X Is Trickier Than You Might Guess

Some say that the Xbox One X is actually a great deal at $499. PCWorld added credibility to that theory when they tried to build an equivalent system for the same amount of money, but couldn’t: something that really drives the price up is the XOX’s 4K UHD drive, which results in a build far north of the console’s price at $944. And even foregoing that part, the cheapest system they could manage was $652. Mike Ybarra, Xbox’s Corporate Vice President, recently compared the XOX to a $1500 PC.

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For the moment, Microsoft’s created a machine that the DIY PC crowd can’t currently match - not when you try to copy both its feature set and cost at the same time, at least. The 4K UHD Blu-Ray disc drive really throws a wrench into this build challenge, and even without it, the Xbox One X holds its own. This situation might be a first, given how often PC gamers tout benefits that console fans miss out on. Still, it’s not a complete victory for the Xbox One X. PC gaming doesn’t require an optical drive, after all, so you can enjoy 4K gaming, 4K video content, and HDR through digital downloads.