Recently, I’ve been having impure ideas about giving up my desktop PC.

Home windows has been steadily exhausting my persistence, with sudden slowdowns, inexplicable bugs, heavy-handed makes an attempt to push Microsoft providers, and numerous different minor nuisances. I’ve additionally bored with the maintenance that my home-built desktop requires, having gone by way of a few cooling followers, two onerous drives, and two graphics playing cards over a six-year span. Now waiting for the inevitable CPU/motherboard substitute, I’ve entertained the thought of throwing all of it away in favor of a Chromebook and even simply my iPad Professional, which I usually use for work now anyway.

However doing so would imply giving up PC gaming, and all the facility and suppleness that goes with it. For years, that’s been my foremost anchor to the Home windows ecosystem; I couldn’t think about leisure time with out it.

That modified after I tried the Xbox One X.

No, Microsoft’s super-charged sport console doesn’t do every little thing PC can. However it does significantly shrink the console-PC efficiency hole, proper at a time when the Xbox platform is turning into extra PC-like. If not for a pair lingering issues, that may have been adequate for me to depart the desktop PC behind.

In pursuit of smoothness

Keep in mind that I’ve by no means been obsessive about my PC’s gaming efficiency. I don’t overclock my processors, fiddle with liquid cooling, or fret an excessive amount of when a sport gained’t run on Extremely settings. And whereas I’ve sometimes fantasized about curved, ultrawide, ultra-expensive 4K screens, mine are a lowly 1080p.

The one PC efficiency perk that basically issues to me is the flexibility to play video games at a gradual 60 frames per second, and sometimes I’ll sacrifice each different setting—wanting sub-720p decision—to make this occur. I gained’t even purchase a sport on consoles when superior framerates are assured on the PC, as a result of when you’ve grown accustomed to silky-smooth gaming, something much less is tough to tolerate.

So for all of the hype round 4K gaming, what intrigued me most in regards to the Xbox One X was the prospect of taking part in extra video games at 60 frames per second. Video games which can be “enhanced” for the Xbox One X could supply a toggle of their settings, letting you sacrifice 4K visuals for smoother framerates at decrease resolutions.

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