Microsoft announced its next gaming console, aka the Xbox One X, at the Electronic Entertainment Expo on Sunday. The Xbox One X Microsoft’s much-awaited Project Scorpio is being touted as the world’s first true 4K console. Not only is the Xbox One X the most powerful gaming console in the world, it is also the smallest Xbox ever. To recall, Microsoft had first announced Project Scorpio at E3 last year. It was all but a mere idea at that point of time.
Here on this page, we’ll give details on Xbox One X specs, games, peripherals and backwards compatibility, and what we know about Xbox One X price and release date.
Unlike the Xbox One S – which is more along the lines of a traditional slim redesign – Xbox One X is a mid-generation upgrade to the Xbox One. At E3 we had a first glimpse at the box itself, which is touted as the smallest Xbox ever – smaller even than last year’s Xbox One S slimline revision.
The hard specs are as follows, with comparisons to the PS4 Pro and original Xbox One
- Eight custom CPU cores clocked at 2.3GHz
- 326GB/s of memory bandwidth
- 1172MHz GPU – with 40 customised compute units
- 12GB GDDR5 memory
- 1TB HDD
- 4K UHD Blu-ray disc player
- 4K gaming support
- VR support
Xbox One X backwards compatibility with Xbox One
Like PS4 Pro, certain existing Xbox One games will see developers create optimised updates for Xbox One X – including first party titles Gears Of War 4, Forza Horizon 3, Minecraft, Halo Wars 2, Killer Instinct, as well as third party games such as Final Fantasy 15 and Rocket League, some of which will run in full 4K.
In short, Xbox One X will likely offer a range of benefits to your classic Xbox gaming, from smoother performance to higher resolutions and better texture filtering – but to quote Rich Leadbetter:
“What this means in practice is that games that cannot fully sustain their target frame-rate on Xbox One stand a really good chance of doing so on Scorpio. But to be clear: what we won’tsee will be 30fps games suddenly running at 60fps. The game itself still sets its frame-rate target, and there are no functions for removing performance limits.”
The $499 price tag isn’t ridiculous but surely exorbitant
The Xbox One X isn’t meant for everybody. The Xbox One X starts at $499 (around 33K) and would sound too much to all but die-hard Xbox fans. Microsoft, it should be known, isn’t new to such high pricing. But, at this point of time, the Xbox One X seems way ahead of its time. Microsoft, unless it outs more games and brings mix reality into the picture, will have trouble selling its new console to buyers. At least, in the initial run.
The tech giant says the Xbox One X will launch on November 7 at $499. On several occasions during a press briefing ahead of the Electronic Entertainment Expo, Microsoft pointed out how their new home device is the world’s most powerful console.