Is it possible to build a gaming PC that can match the incredible power of the Xbox Series X? That's what popular YouTube channel Linus Tech Tips attempted to find out recently, and let's just say they didn't find it easy!
In the video above, you can watch them putting the PC together, which ultimately turned out to be highly competent, but was made with a bunch of compromises and was missing various Xbox Series X features.
"It would be irresponsible of me to declare this some kind of PC master race victory."
"We cheated on the price, we made all kinds of compromises to the config... we don't have any meaningful warranty whatsoever, we ended up spending a fortune on shipping, and of course the complete lack of any modern features like HDMI 2.1 and ray-tracing support."
The channel noted before it even began the attempt that they believed the Xbox Series X would easily win the challenge, and ultimately that turned out to be the case. It's another testament to the superb value of the system!
Are you surprised by the results, or is it what you expected? Give us your thoughts down below.
It’s definitely great value and I have one.
Along with GPU.
Just need some new AAA games now please.
With Covid and game delays it’s gonna be tough year, big hitter game wise.
Picked up my Series X today that I managed to order from Best Buy.
Haven't had a chance to actually play anything. Love how setup was smooth - especially with the Xbox App - and how games that were on my external HDD just started upgrading to their Series X versions where applicable - still have yet to move them to the internal storage.
But yeah, I don't think there is any way to get the same spec of the Series X on a $500 PC.
I was recently trying to upgrade my PC and in my experience, that graphics card would be double that price.
Yeah the whole "you can build a PC that can outperform a console for the same price" argument has never held up. At best you get a PC that could maybe be on the same level right when you build it but the problem is that PC games are always getting optimized around the latest hardware and when you have a gaming PC that just barely meets the demands to run games as well as a console when it was built, it will just age terribly. Consoles don't have this problem as the hardware always remains consistent making it so developers are always optimizing the games around a very specific hardware configuration. PC games on the other hand need to go for a one size fits all sort of approach, so extra power is generally needed.
Problem with consoles is that it's always a closed book.
Even if a PC costs more you can do whatever you want.
Console are great for the economics, convenience, and exclusives.
With PCs, you can assemble it over time, upgrade, and run almost anything.
They certainly got closer than I expected, the thing is these are always funny comparisons as I doubt many have a PC just for gaming. Then you factor in that online play is free, extra compatible storage is significantly cheaper, there are a lot more games available and of course you can upgrade the capabilities of your PC. So if you already had one, then upgrading to outperform the new consoles wouldn't be that expensive (in a normal market).
These have always been 2 very different markets and as for cost, I'm currently building a PC and have spent more than the price of a Series X so far and thats without a graphics card
Who is even he? I never heard of that youtuber before
@Gaming365247 Linus Tech Tips !?!
I saw this video earlier today, I watch LTT videos everyday, pretty cool channel.
Series X is a beast for sure, but the PC they build got closer than I though it would in performance.
@Gaming365247 its a big channel, not so much a gaming focused one though as its largely PC hardware, TV's, mobiles etc
Not that idiot Linus lol.. he’s a total fake, he reads numbers of a sheet and thinks bigger numbers means better. He did that with the PS5 and had to publicly apologise in a video after being proved wrong by a developer for the crap he said about its SSD. In this video he uses second hand parts? That is a failure from the start and proves no, you cannot beat the Series X with a 500 dollar PC.
Take that PC master race
So, how much would you have to spend to build an xbsx-equivalent pc?
Honestly, I’m surprised people even still watch Linus. I stopped watching him years ago after he became a complete sellout, using tacky clickbait thumbnail tactics, etc. I used to admire him back in his NCIX days, real nice guy. Go watch his older videos, watch today’s ones, and tell me you don’t see it too.
But if you already bought a pc a couple years ago you could get a graphics card that could compete or maybe beat series x for similar price. That’s the beauty of a pc.
@PhhhCough yeah, I think that would be a great video. Actually buy all the parts you need to make an Xbox Series X, brand new not second hand, and crunch the numbers to see what value we are getting inside that thing.
It's really a misleading comparison - the PC market is vastly different to console.
Some PC gamers can perhaps quite rightly say "Consoles are pointless as my set up outperforms them easily" but those who go console for their gaming needs do it because they want to pay one affordable price for all their gaming needs, different type of consumer.
@sandman89 To make a direct comparison you would need to apply that logic to a PC that’s 6 or 7 years old, because that’s when the Xbox One came out.
@notleks_ In one of his latest videos I see he’s networked their building with fibre optics.. using the excuse of they need it for video editing, no you don’t, professional houses don’t even use fibre optic networking. But then again he has bought several RED camera setups each north of 100,000 dollars to make his You Tube videos with. Like I said sees pretty big numbers and instantly thinks better and must have. All whilst selling something from a sponsor or his clothes range to you...
@S1ayeR74 well it would still be ok. A pc of that age. Mine is around that age and still plays latest games no problem. I’ve got a 2060s graphics card and apparently that’s around ps5 power. 🤷🏻♂️ Only thing I lack is an ssd but I’m not bothered. Series x is a bargain for the spec no denying it.
So no you can’t, just as we thought. The Series X is great value for the money.
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