What You Need To Know About The Microsoft E3 4K Xbox One X Reveal
Stephan Jukic – June 12, 2017
At the June 11th E3 Microsoft mega press conference for the opening days of E3 2017, anticipation was running enormously high with hopes of the public finally getting a major reveal about Microsoft’s long-anticipated Xbox “Project Scorpio”. The company certainly didn’t disappoint on that count and as a result of the conference, we finally got to find out that the Scorpio is in fact going to really be called the Xbox One X, that it would start shipping as of November 7th and that no, it won’t exactly be cheap with its $500 price tag.
Other things promised by Microsoft during and prior to their major E3 2017 press conference were compatibility with all existing Xbox One and Xbox One S games and hardware but with superior overall graphics performance, higher frame-rates and 4K upscaling or even full resolution in the case of some games. Furthermore, for all upcoming games that will be designed and released sooner or later for the extremely powerful processing graphics of the Xbox One X, backwards compatibility with the two older Xbox One and One S consoles is something that Microsoft is promising.
The Xbox One X has been long in the making and in the anticipation. Since its first extremely announcement at E3 2016, when the console was simply dubbed “project Scorpio” without any further elaboration of its specs or expected design, several further revels and leaks slowly let the public see more of what they could look forward to in the upcoming device. What was promised bit by bit definitely indicated a console of previously unseen power which would outshine even the best that rival Sony ended up offering when they released their own 4K gaming device, the PlayStation 4 Pro.
The Xbox One X now offers a fair bit more kick than the PS4 Pro has delivered during its time on the market but it will also cost a solid $100 more than the rival console. For some gamers who are happy with the 4K upscaling and enhanced 1080p graphics handling of the Ps4 Pro, or even Microsoft’s own Xbox One S console, this may not be a price that’s worth paying. However, for owners of 4K HDR TVs who want the best possible console gaming experience for their televisions and in maximum 4K UHD resolution fidelity, there is little doubt that the newly unveiled Xbox One X outshines all of the existing competitors. Yes, the Xbox One S can also play all of the same games as the One X will handle but there will be major graphics differences between the two devices.
And what sort of graphics and 4K media handling does the Xbox One X promise to deliver? Well, aside from being reportedly capable of full frame-rate 4K UHD gameplay (something no existing console really manages), it will also handle 4K UHD Blu-ray playback (something the Xbox One S can also handle) and will also support VR technology.
The new One X’s internal specs are what really make us take the claims offull frame-rate 4K UHD gaming more seriously than we did with the One S and Sony’s PS4 Pro. This beast of a new console will come with a CPU that’s 30% more powerful than that of the Xbox One S and a GPU with 6 TFLOPs of performance that delivers 4.6 times more power than what the Microsoft Xbox One contains. There are also major additions to RAM and of course, HDR support. In other words, if any console should be able to really deliver 60fps of 4K gaming on a 4K ultra HD HDR TV of the kind that will really push this console to its max, the Xbox One X is it for now.
On the other hand, all of the awesome performance promised by Microsoft before and during their E3 2017 One X unveiling comes at a price. In addition to being the most powerful of the consoles of 2017, the One X will be the priciest, costing a solid $100 more than even the PS4 Pro. We’ll see how this translates to practical consumer happiness as of November of this year. At the very least, there’s one minor Microsoft consolation against the One X’s stiff price that you can take advantage of right now. The Xbox One S is selling for $50 less than it was just a few days ago. The 500GB model goes for a mere $200. Not bad for 4K UHD Blu-ray playback, 4K upscaling of games, Dolby Atmos audio support and HDR.
Here are some games that will be available for both the Xbox One S and the Xbox One X..
- Metro: Exodus
- Assassin’s Creed: Origins
- Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds
- State of Decay 2
- Crackdown 3
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