Microsoft unveils flagship 4K console – meet Xbox One X!
TerseInfo: Microsoft Xbox’s engineering team reportedly put together their best efforts for Xbox One X. Moreover, they desperately needed to, as their rivals were advancing already. Xbox One X is their answer to the current console-king, Sony’s PS4 pro. Here is a detailed look at Microsoft’s E3 2017 keynote earlier this week.
At E3 2016, Microsoft teased their “most powerful console yet”, calling it – “Project Scorpio” – touted to be the best 4K console in the market by Q4 2017. Now at E3 2017, they finally made it official as ‘Xbox One X’.
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What’s Under the Hood?
Xbox One X taunts the highest hardware specifications for any gaming console as of yet. Microsoft thought they bested PS4 Pro with their previous generation console ‘Xbox One/One S’, but Sales numbers opine otherwise. They are making sure this time around though, with the top of the line hardware and Craftsmanship. The new Xbox One X runs on AMD’s ‘Scorpion Engine’ in addition to, improvised edition of ‘Jaguar’ core CPU, as seen in the previous installment. Although, the most innovative attraction ought to be the liquid-cooled GPU.
Hardware Specifications of Xbox One X:
- CPU: AMD Scorpion – 8 Core CPU clocked @2.3GHz
- GPU: Integrated AMD Graphics with 6 Teraflops clocked @ 1.17MHz
- RAM: 12GB GDDR5
- Memory Bandwidth: 326GB/s
- Storage: 1TB Hard Disk
- Dimensions: 11.8 x 9.4 x 2.4 inches (as Microsoft noted “the smallest Xbox ever”)
- Weight: 8.4 pounds
- Optical Drive: Blu-ray 4K
- Compatibility: 4K HDR gaming, UHD Blu-ray playback, Xbox One Games, and Accessories.
Xbox team certainly buoyed the fans by meeting their expectations, on paper at least. In addition to the high-end hardware, the software experience also matured. Xbox team claims the new Xbox One X sports various graphical optimizations that run older generation titles faster and better in upscaled 4K and supporting 1080p screens for Native 4K emulation. A head-to-head comparison to PS4 Pro puts Xbox One X ahead. Nevertheless, Platform optimization can be the deciding the factor for some games.
It is the smallest Xbox Yet – echoed the presenter, Kareem Choudhary, Head of the Xbox Engineering.
Xbox One X holds another advantage – form factor. Moreover, it possesses 4K HDR Blu-ray playback and Dolby Atmos support, making itself a great 2-in-1 home entertainment system. I bet Enthusiasts all over the globe sure are watching out for this new Xbox now.
There was not an echo about VR support for Xbox One X at the conference. Past rumors about “Project Scorpion” placed that it supports Microsoft’s ‘Mixed Reality’ headsets. As the name suggests, this headset(s) is a culmination of both VR and AR. Therefore, by technicality, it supports VR. However, no confirmation or denial, at this point in time.
Release Date and Price of Xbox One X:
Microsoft set the global release date for Xbox One X to November 7, 2017. Amazon is the first official partner who opened for pre-orders in certain parts of the world. Microsoft Xbox One X might be bolder for its price tag too. It is currently marked as $499 for the U.S and £449 for the UK, making it costliest standalone gaming console as well.
It will be nothing short of a reckoning come November for the Team Green.