What began as top secret Project Scorpio has finally been revealed as XBox One X, the world’s most powerful game console. Unveiled at the E3 Gaming Conference in Los Angeles, Microsoft’s latest is compact in size (the smallest XBox to date in fact), but simply massive in potential. Among its array of new features is true 4K Ultra HD resolution. Additionally, the new console gives a graphics boost to up to 400 previously released Xbox One and 360 game titles. Indeed, the classics of yore have never looked better than they will now. Needless to say, Microsoft stepped up to bat and hit one out of the park. The cost of said home run? $499 USD retail.
Microsoft gave fans plenty to relish at the E3 launch. The fruition of Project Scorpio came complete with jaw-dropping previews of upcoming games. Naturally, the word “power” was tossed around a lot. As usual, that was a little hype mixed with a lot of substance.
Meanwhile, the industry at large honed in on a few major take-aways from E3. One is that the new XBox One X does indeed deliver more power than both its predecessors and the competition. The console will come equipped with 6 teraflops of graphic power. In other words, it will be really fast and really great. Compare that number to the PS4 Pro’s 4.2 teraflops and you’re getting an idea of just how much muscle the new XBox One X is flexing. Additionally, the CPU is a 1172 MHz, which represents a big step up from the Xbox One and Sony PS4 Pro alike. Under the hood is a liquid-cooled vapour-chamber–the kind normally used on the most powerful of PC gaming cards–to ensure a consistently cool performance in every regard.
Another huge talking point? True 4K resolution has arrived. An adjoining 4K display (Samsung’s QLED TV for instance) will be necessary to reach that top graphic tier. However, even without the right display gamers should expect superior texture, speed and clarity from both new games and old ones alike. Furthermore, each XBox One X will include Blu-Ray X, streaming content, HDR support and Dolby Atmos sound. Hence, your movies and shows will come to life with spectacular precision and detail. Likewise, streaming will be as seamless as is humanly possible.
Of course, at the end of the day the new XBox One X is about games. Microsoft definitely brought the goods in that department. Joining the system launch was the unveiling of 22 exclusive titles that represented a mix of updated classics and stunning newcomers. Among the newcomers are games like Forza Motorsport 7 and Middle Earth: Shadow of War. Meanwhile, legendary titles like Minecraft, Gears of War 4, Rocket League, Final Fantasy 15, Halo Wars 2 and dozens more of the platform’s biggest sellers will see complimentary upgrades to XBox One X. Some of those classic titles will be enhanced to run in true 4K.
Xbox Chief Phil Spencer introduced the new console at E3, and he said the following: “Xbox empowers game developers large and small to create different types of games for every type of player. Not only do we have the biggest cross-platform blockbusters on our platform, we’ve also scoured the world to bring our fans unique content from creative artists that capture the imagination.”
Comparisons to the 4K-capable PS4 Pro are already scouring the Internet. In other words, the great game console debate of our time lives on (as if anyone thought it wouldn’t). Comparisons aside, the new XBox One X is indisputably compact, fast and powerful. In other words: this one’s a winner.