The Xbox One X has arrived at Ars Technica’s Orbiting HQ, and we can’t wait to dive in to see what Microsoft’s console looks like in 4K (once all the games we’re testing are done downloading, that is). For now we can show and tell how the system looks, feels and smells (it smells like plastic).
The most striking thing about the physical machine itself is how compact it is. Despite being much smaller in volume than the 2013 edition of the Xbox One, the system is noticeably heavier: about eight pounds by our calculation, compared to seven pounds for the original Xbox One and about six pounds for the One S. This isn’t likely to be a big deal if the system is just sitting in your entertainment center, but it says how much hardware is crammed into that box.
We also appreciate a design overhaul that hasn’t been played much since the One X’s E3 debut, which is that the touch-sensitive power button has been replaced with a more standard, pushy spring-loaded button (which still lights up when turned on). No more accidentally turning on the system when you lightly rub the front with a finger. Yes, this is also present on the Xbox One S, but if you’ve been waiting for a bigger upgrade, it’s a nice bonus.
We’ll have more details on how the Xbox One X actually affects the gaming experience soon. Enjoy these photos for now.