An update, and my experience with the Xbox One X so far

Hello there, it’s been months since I’ve managed to post anything here and it feels like it’s been days. I’ve started a new job, my wife and I bought a house and life has been busy. I feel like I’ve been playing less video games than ever (may or may not be true) while there are more quality video games than ever vying for my attention. I still need to finish Tacoma, Life is Strange: Before the Storm, What Remains of Edith Finch, Persona 5, Horizon Zero Dawn and so much more. I’ve recently gotten into Civilization Beyond Earth (I really dig the look of it) and have spent a lot of time playing PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS on both PC and Xbox. Also a few weeks ago I decided to purchase an Xbox One X and have been pretty much blown away by it.

Since getting into PUBG on Xbox I think I’ve had more fun than ever, despite its shortcomings. When I first launched it on the Xbox One I felt that I made a mistake. The textures looked so horrible and I hated that I couldn’t see the buildings while I was in the plane. Despite all of this I’ve had so much fun finally being able to play with my brother who is primarily a console gamer. We’ve had so much fun hiding in boats or escaping a firefight on a motorcycle only to ram it into a tree and die moments later.

The Xbox One X has so far been a worthy purchase. I have a moderately capable gaming PC (GTX 1060, AMD FX8320), however it’s tucked away in my ‘man cave’ and doesn’t have access to a 4K TV. Sure Forza 7 still looks really nice and runs well on it, but Forza 7 in 4K HDR is beautiful. Add to that having 5.1 surround sound in the living room and I’m in love. Last weekend I finished Wolfenstein II on the X and it was an incredible experience. The game looks beautiful on the One X, but the sound design really blew me away. The thumps from the subwoofer as I fired various guns mixed with the exciting soundtrack really sold me on the game. I loved every moment of it! Beyond the visuals, I’ve also been impressed by the improved performance the One X offers. In Madden 18 I would often notice slow downs right after scoring plays (usually while the Xbox was processing the auto recording game clips). With the One X I’ve noticed everything runs so much smoother, I haven’t noticed a single slowdown yet in Madden. PUBG also seems to run smoother and of course looks better, but I haven’t played enough yet to know if I just got lucky with a good connection to the server or if things really have dramatically improved on the X.

Hopefully things start to slowdown soon so I can get back into the habit of blogging. I feel like as I get older each time I accidentally take a break from blogging the gap between posts gets longer, and I occasionally wonder if I should just let this domain disappear into the cobwebs of the internet. I enjoy blogging, but I often don’t feel that I have the attention span any longer to write something worth reading. I almost wonder if I should try to hold myself to some sort of schedule, but ultimately every time I feel obligated to sit down and write I’m less motivated than ever. I wish I could say ‘look forward to hearing from me again in “x” days, but that’s unlikely. So until next time, thanks for stopping by.

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