It might be hard to imagine now, given how the last few years have gone, but once upon a time the Xbox was thought of as the powerhouse console. Though Microsoft didn’t always have quite the same robust library PlayStation was able to offer, especially in the era of the original Xbox and the PS2, what it did have was a small but significant technological edge. With the Xbox One X, Microsoft aims to get back to its king-of-the-tech-hill status, and it’s a distinction that the brand needs badly right now. 

That edge in power was sanded down during the current generation, when there’s been rampant talk about how much of the Xbox One’s power was diverted to Kinect, how many cross platform games ran and looked better on PS4, how 900p was more common on Xbox One than proper 1080p (the gold standard when these consoles launched). Piled atop all the abuse around how the Xbox One was lagging behind in terms of power were the even worse offenses early on, with consumers being told that the console would need to always be connected to the internet and loose talk about how it wouldn’t be able to play used games. Microsoft further crippled their launch by trying to focus attention on the Xbox One as a “media center, family room” console rather than as a platform to play the best new games.