The biggest part of Microsoft’s E3 conference was its new hardware, Project Scorpio, being revealed as Xbox One X and will launch this November 7th, 2017 for $499.
In what Microsoft touts as “The most powerful console ever”, Xbox One X looks to check all the boxes for what gamers what in performance. Here is some of what will make this hardware “the most powerful”:
- 6 Teraflop GPU clocked at 1.172 Ghz
- 12GB of GDDR5 memory
- 326GB/s of memory bandwidth
- True 4K resolution, textures and assets
- 8 + million pixels
- HDR (High Dynamic Range)
- Wide color gamut
- Premium Dolby Atmos sound
- 4k UHD Blu-ray playback
In addition to all of this, it was announced that all of your Xbox One accessories and games will work on the Xbox One X from the start. All Xbox One games will also receive enhanced visual fidelity, isotropic filtering and faster load times.
All 4K TV owners will also be pleased to find out that all Xbox One X games will be fully rendered in 4K. For those of you without a 4K TV, the Xbox One X uses a process called, Supersampling, that will improve your 1080p output.
The Xbox One X will employ the most powerful console processor seen yet by using 16 nanometer technology to build a 360 square millimeter chip with 7 billion transistors and a 384 bit wide memory bus. Due to this power, the Xbox One X will employ a Liquid-cooled Vapor Chamber that is usually only used for servers and high end PC cards.
The Xbox One X has also gained the title of the smallest console ever.
Xbox One X will launch on 11/7/2017 for $499.
There was a lot of what was said that I didn’t fully understand, I’m looking at you 384 bit wide memory bus. Even with the hardcore tech jargon, the Xbox One X sounds impressive. Even with the claim of having the best 4K console around, I like how it still makes improvements for us gamers who don’t have full 4K setups. The $499 price tag is steep, especially with the games lineup (all games can be played on regular Xbox One or other platforms) and lack of exciting exclusives only for the One X. If I ever can afford a 4K TV, I will likely go with the PS4 Pro which is not far off from the One X and is currently $100 cheaper.
Kyle Stephenson is a lifelong gamer and movie lover emanating from Long Island, NY. When he’s not playing games or watching movies, he is cleaning up the streets of Gotham City and playing superheroes with his 3 nieces. Follow him on Twitter and Letterboxd to keep up with what he is doing.