“The Internet” says the Xbox One X embargo ends on Friday

We’re less than a week away from the launch of the Xbox One X, but I’ve slowly been drifting from excited to concerned, mostly due to the lack of info about the new console.

There’ve been a skillion Xbox One X “unboxing” videos on YouTube, but no video of the thing running. Turns out there’s an embargo. Now the glass-half-empty people see this as a warning. Maybe there’s something Microsoft doesn’t want us to know, lest we cancel our pre-orders. The glass-half-full people have another angle. I guess the ‘official word’ is that they put an embargo in place so the various outlets would have time to put together quality content rather than throwing some shit together in an effort to be first. Think of lifting the embargo like waving the green flag at the start of the race. Everyone can be prepared for when it starts.

I flip-flop between the two glass halves, personally.

Another concern is this list of Xbox One X Enhanced Games (scroll down to find the textual list). It’s a nice big list, sure, but look at the “availability” column. Very few of these enhanced titles are ready. Most are “In Development” or “Coming Soon.” Even new games like Middle Earth: Shadow of War and Assassin’s Creed Origins are listed as coming soon.

If like me you’ve been holding off on these games in order to play them on the Xbox One X, it looks like your wait is going to be longer than expected. It’s possible that all of a sudden on Tuesday all these “coming soon” titles will flop over to “available” but I’m a little worried. We were also told we could d/l 4K assets ahead of the Xbox One launch if we’re using an external drive, then swap that drive to the Xbox One X and start playing on Tuesday, so there is a reason why we’d want the enhanced versions ahead of launch.

Even 2nd party titles like Forza Horizon 3 and Forza 7 aren’t available yet. When the embargo lifts I expect we’re going to see a lot of Gears of War 4 gameplay (since that’s one of the few titles ready for Xbox One X).

I’ve had the PS4 Pro for a year now and support has been pretty hit or miss. I was hoping that with two ‘enhanced’ consoles on the market developers would step up their game, but maybe I’m being too optimistic. I will give Microsoft this much: at least they are being transparent about what is available. On PlayStation you have to turn to googling to find out if a game supports the Pro.