Should you buy an Xbox One X during Black Friday 2018?

Is Black Friday 2018 the time to upgrade to Microsoft's powerhouse? We take a look at the Xbox One X.

The Xbox One may still be lagging behind the PlayStation 4 in terms of unit sales, but the beefy power of Microsoft’s 4K machine can still make for a tempting proposition if you’re into high frame rates and resolutions. Black Friday 2018 is creeping ever closer, and we’re bound to see a number of large outlets offer deals on a range of consoles, games and accessories.

Black Friday is one of the best times to upgrade your gaming setup, but the real question is whether or not you should. In this article we’ll give you the lowdown on what sort of deals to expect for the Xbox One X in Black Friday 2018, and whether we think it’s the right time to splash out the cash.

Should you buy an Xbox One X in Black Friday 2018?

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© Microsoft

The short answer for the Xbox One X is unfortunately still “it depends.” This year hasn’t exactly been a blinder when it comes to new Xbox games, but a few recent releases have certainly sweetened the deal. If you’re weighing up the purchase, these are the points we think you should be considering:

The 4K experience

The real selling point of the Xbox One X is the chance to experience games in stunning 4K, and that means you’re going to need a 4K TV to make the console worth it. If you’ve got one though? Oh boy is it a game changer. Exploring the worlds of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and Origins in crisp detail is a magical thing, and we’d be mad not to mention Red Dead Redemption 2’s visually-phenomenal open world. Microsoft has added 4K support to plenty of games in their back catalogue too, making this one of the most convincing arguments to pick yourself up a One X.

Exclusives

There’s no beating about the bush here, Sony’s PS4 is still unquestionably the king of exclusives. Compared with the likes of Insomniac’s Spider-Man and God of War, the Xbox One simply hasn’t been able to compete. All is not lost for Microsoft fans, however. 2018 has seen the Xbox receive a few smaller exclusives like Sea of Thieves and State of Decay 2, but it’s the recent release of Forza Horizon 4 that’s really drawn attention.

© PUBG Corp.
© PUBG Corp.

Looking for a game to really show off the additional power of the One X? Forza Horizon 4 is it, offering the choice between gorgeous 4K visuals at 30fps, or silky smooth motion with a constant 60fps at 1080p. If you’re a huge fan of driving games and have the cash to spare, Forza alone may be reason enough to pick up an Xbox One X. PS4 players looking to expand their library will also get the chance to enjoy the Xbox One’s exclusive back catalogue, including Sunset Overdrive or excellent indie titles Ori and the Blind Forest and Cuphead.

As for the future? The Xbox calendar isn’t exactly packed with games ready to knock your socks off in terms of visuals, but there are a few notable exclusives you may want to take into account. Gears of War 5 and Crackdown 3 are both due for release next year, and while you could certainly play both on an Xbox One S, the One X will be the only chance to experience both games in 4K.

Battle Royale

The other big draw for the One X right now is PUBG exclusivity. Fortnite may be available on all platforms under the sun, but those who like their Battle Royales with a more realistic twist will still find their needs best met by the Xbox. PUBG’s player numbers may have fallen a bit since its groundbreaking launch, but it’s still an undeniably huge game, and one well worth getting stuck into.

It’s here that the One X truly pulls ahead over its regular counterpart too. PUBG is a very demanding game, and it’s fair to say that the base Xbox One and Xbox One S struggle to maintain a decent level of performance during regular play. If you’re looking to try out the title that spawned a wave of genre copycats, you’ll absolutely want to do it on the One X.

What Xbox One X deals to expect in Black Friday 2018

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© Microsoft

With the One X fairly new on the market in 2017, most of last year’s Black Friday deals centered on the weaker One S console. Stores like Koh’s, GameStop and Dell offered the 500GB Xbox One S for a reduced price of $189.99, but we hope to see even lower prices this year round considering the base console is now around $200 without a sale.

Black Friday 2018 should mark the first set of good deals for the Xbox One X, and we’d recommend keeping an eye on bundle deals which may give you the chance to pick up new games like Forza Horizon 4 and Red Dead Redemption 2 with the home console for a reduced price.

It’s also worth keeping an eye on accessories during Black Friday too. Best Buy, Newegg, Walmart and more offered deals on the Xbox One S wireless controller last year, reducing its price to $39.99. You’ll typically also see reductions across the board when it comes to both AAA games and online subscription services, so if you’ve managed to hold off any purchases for the preceding months, you may earn a better deal!

Overall, if you’ve been considering picking up an Xbox One X then you won’t find a better time than Black Friday. That said, it’s still worth considering what you want the console for. If you’re a One S owner already, upgrading is a big expense that’s only really worth the cost if you’ve got a 4K TV, or are looking to try out games like PUBG that really benefit from the power boost. For PS4 owners who’ve been waiting to get their hands on Xbox exclusives, Black Friday is one of the cheapest chances to do so, but unless you’re desperate to play Forza Horizon 4, you may well be better off waiting until next year for a cheaper deal.

Either way, check this page again closer to Black Friday itself when we'll update with all the Xbox One X deals as and when they're announced this year! Naturally the Xbox One X makes a great partner to a 4K TV, and Black Friday 2018 may be your best chance to buy oneIf you're thinking about picking up a PS4 instead, here's whether we think it's worth it

Associate Editor

Henry Stenhouse serves an eternal punishment as the Associate Editor of AllGamers. He spent his younger life studying the laws of physics, even going so far as to complete a PhD in the subject before video game journalism stole his soul. Confess your love of Super Smash Bros. via email at henry.stenhouse@allgamers.com, or catch him on Twitter.

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