Microsoft has developed the most powerful games console in existence, and you can buy it starting today: it's the Xbox One X.
Yes, it's still an Xbox One at heart, and it'll work with the same games and peripherals as the original Xbox One and last year's 4K-upscaling Xbox One S. But the Xbox One X packs in a heap of extra raw processing power, turning out eye-melting 4K/HDR experiences that you can savour… assuming you have a 4K TV, of course.
But you'll only see the big visual boost if an Xbox One game is enhanced for the new console, and not every game offers that – or has been patched to support it at this point. Looking for a few games to showcase the £449 console right now? Here are the eight that we recommend starting with.
Additional words by Rob Leedham
Forza Motorsport 7
Racing games always tend to look amazing, but Forza Motorsport 7 is something else entirely. We've played it on the Xbox One X and the results are absolutely magnificent, more so than even last year's gorgeous Forza Horizon 3.
The way weather effects sweep through the tracks, supercars are rendered in pristine fashion and skylines shift and change is phenomenal. You won't see a better-looking console game than Forza 7 on Xbox One X this autumn. That alone could be enough to sell the machine for some – it certainly convinced us of the console's abilities.
Unless you've gone over to the Pro Evolution Soccer side – and fair enough, we say – FIFA is appointment gaming for millions each autumn, and the best place to play FIFA 18 this year is on the Xbox One X
EA's latest sim is enhanced for the hulking horsepower of the pricey new box, and the game looks pretty fabulous throughout. Each major stadium has its own feel and ambiance now, while myriad gameplay enhancements make it even better than the last. Truth be told, there's not a huge visual difference between the Xbox One X and PS4 Pro with this game, but they're both superstars in our book.
Gears of War 4
Yes, Gears of War 4 is a year-old Xbox One game, but age doesn't stop it from being one of the best-looking games you can play on the Xbox One X right now. Thanks to various enhancements, this damn-fine-looking game looks pretty stunning on your 4K set.
Gears of War 4 is playable in two modes: Visuals, which gives you a 4K image with ultra high-quality textures, or Performance, which runs at 60 frames per second in 1080p with some added visual flourishes. You'll have to pick your preference, but in either case, you'll get way better textures, reflections, lighting effects, and more. It's like a whole new game.