The faster loading times from Xbox One X may be its most important advantage

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Posted November 8th, 2017 at 12:30 pm

While the main selling point of the Xbox One X is the ability to showcase games in native 4K and HDR there are several other benefits that will be seen by playing games on the new more powerful system. Focusing just on the loading time improvements they are significant, given the number of times a game is loaded up and into over the course of its lifespan. 

Madden NFL 18
Boot to Main Menu: Xbox One (68 seconds) vs Xbox One X (51 seconds). Cut by 25%
Load into full game first action: XB1 (70 sec) vs XB1 X (26 sec). Cut by 63%
Load into Franchise training games: XB1 (49 sec) vs XB1 X (20 sec). Cut by 59%
Load into Practice mode: XB1 (61 sec) vs XB1 X (20 sec). Cut by 67%
Also save a few seconds loading into Ultimate Team, Franchise, Longshot.

FIFA 18
Boot to Main Menu: XB1 (79 sec) vs XB1 X (56 sec). Cut by 29%
Load into full game first action: XB1 (34 sec) vs XB1 X (14 sec). Cut by 59%
Also save a few seconds loading into Ultimate Team, Journey, Skill Games.

NBA 2K18
Boot to Main Menu: XB1 (34 sec) vs XB1 X (32 sec). Cut by 6%
Load into full game first action: XB1 (67 sec) vs XB1 X (39 sec). Cut by 42%
Also save a few seconds loading into MyCareer, MyGM/MyLeague, MyTeam, Shootarounds.

Forza
Boot to open world racing in Forza Horizon 3: XB1 (170 sec) vs XB1 X (99 sec). Cut by 42%
Boot to Main Menu in Forza Motorsport 7: XB1 (60 sec) vs XB1 X (46 sec). Cut by 23%
Menu to Career to race first action in Forza 7: XB1 (94 sec) vs XB1 X (68 sec). Cut by 28%

All games should see some improvement to loading times. Install times on the other hand have been extended on the Xbox One X by about 35% (.5GB a minute vs .7GB a min on regular Xbox One). Some images captured from the games in 4K/HDR can be viewed here. A full early assessment of sports games on the Xbox One X will be up later today written for Sporting News.

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  • hungryandrew

    Still not worth 500.

    • Beelzebot44

      I disagree. 4K Blu Ray players alone approach that price.

    • MoneyMayweather

      not enough money for food it seems either.

  • WilsonRamos

    I’m sure it’s a good bit of hardware but it’s controlled by a shit company

  • Wiz

    Yes it is

  • Guest2015.

    The install numbers for games are staggering, plus 250gb is already reserved for the console itself. If it had only been released with a 2TB hard drive.

  • I don’t think it’s a necessity by any means, but people who are passionate gamers that spend a lot of time playing and care about having the best visuals and other benefits should be satisfied by it. Whether that’s worth the money is tough to say.

  • Charles Wilson

    Nowhere else to put this…

    EA May Be Dropping Yearly Sport Releases

    Emperor? Figured a nicer spread could be posted.

    https://www.engadget.com/2017/11/09/ea-may-skip-yearly-sports-releases/

  • Iown You

    I’m convinced that Microsoft doesn’t know what it’s doing with gaming. If you don’t have games people want, what difference does all the power make? 4K was never XB1’s issue, it was games people didn’t care about and exclusives that fell flat. Taking those same games and patching them to 4K is not going to do a damn thing.

    As much as I’ve been an XBOX fan since the OG XBOX (I still have it and the 360 hooked up in my entertainment center) I honestly think it’s time for Microsoft put itself out of its own misery. XBOX division is not making money, never has, and this generation has proven that they are out of touch. Phil did his best, but at the end of the day the dumpster fire to far burned to fix the damage done.

    • The lack of compelling exclusives is definitely a concern for MS, and not something that could be quickly solved.