Microsoft’s E3 conference featured plenty of games spanning different genres, but the focal point of the show was their upcoming hardware upgrade. Formerly codenamed “Project Scorpio,” the console’s true name is the Xbox One X.
XBOX ONE X FORMALLY SHOWN, COMING THIS FALL
The Xbox One X, which Microsoft boasts is “the most powerful and smallest console Xbox has ever built,” will launch on November 7 for $499.99. Notably, Microsoft’s anticipated Crackdown 3 will launch alongside the X.
As expected, all of the current games and accessories for the One will work with its newest iteration.
Head of Xbox Phil Spencer, who hosted the presentation, explained how the added power of the X will benefit the Xbox One experience with 4K visuals, amongst other improvements. Microsoft later illustrated their new product’s potential quite clearly:
“Games play better on Xbox One X. The world’s most powerful console begins rolling out to all Xbox One markets starting on Nov. 7. With 40 percent more power than any other console, experience immersive true 4K gaming when paired with a 4K display, such as Samsung’s flagship QLED TV. Xbox One X makes your existing library even better, with better textures, smoother framerates and faster load times, even on a 1080p TV. Xbox One X also offers the ultimate 4K entertainment package with 4K Ultra HD for Blu-ray X and streamed content, HDR support for gaming and video, and Dolby Atmos support. Xbox One X will join the Xbox One family of devices and coexist alongside Xbox One and Xbox One S, and all Xbox One games and accessories are compatible.”
Plus, Microsoft confirmed how select titles will be updated to take advantage of the X’s extra horsepower. Thus far, the roster includes “Gears of War 4, Forza Horizon 3, Minecraft, Resident Evil 7, Final Fantasy 15, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands, Rocket League and dozens of other popular Xbox One games.”
Personally, the presentation – while I overall liked it – failed to sell me on the X, especially since I could spend that money on a gaming-caliber PC, such as the forthcoming Dell Inspiron Gaming PC. Regardless, if you have yet to enter the Xbox One ecosystem, this isn’t a bad option.