With Sony releasing its mid-cycle upgrade to the PS4, the PS4 Pro, many analysts predicted that it was only a matter of time before Microsoft followed suit. And true to their predictions, the XBox One X has been announced.
Due to ship starting 7 November 2017, this addition to the XBox lineup truly rings the death bell for the traditional console upgrade cycle. But who is the product aimed at and is it worth the mid-cycle upgrade?
Traditional consoles see a lifecycle of about five to seven years. That is, if you buy a brand new console today, you can expect that it will be supported by the manufacturer and game developers for around five to seven years. This has been the case since Sony began with Playstation updates.
However, as audio visual technology outside of the console sphere leaps forward, consoles manufacturers can no longer afford to wait so …