Last summer, Microsoft unveiled its revised console, the Xbox One S. While it wasn’t a proper new console generation, the device came with quite a few updates that made it an attractive alternative to the Xbox One – its 4K upscaling and HDR support made all games, including new live casinos look amazing on any screen, and its Ultra HD Blu-ray disk support also turned it into a great media player for your living room. Not to mention its slim design and vertical orientation that turned the console into a high-performance and stylish device. Yet the Xbox One S was not a true upgrade – this designation is reserved for this year’s Xbox One X.
Soon after the release of the Xbox One S, Microsoft announced a brand new platform that would offer its users true native 4K support and never-before-seen performance. Called “Project Scorpio”, it promised a massive performance boost compared to Xbox One and a huge increase in graphics processing power. As it was revealed at E3/2017, Project Scorpio was, in fact, a new Xbox console with a “Scorpio” engine, available for pre-order for $499.99.
Under the hood
Microsoft promotes the Xbox One X as “the world’s most powerful console”. It offers faster processing for smoother gameplay, more graphic memory that allows it to render bigger worlds, an insanely fast GPU that allows it to natively render 4K visuals with completely lifelike details, and vastly improved memory bandwidth for much faster load times than ever before.
The Xbox One X will have a custom-built octa-core AMD CPU clocked at 2.3GHz, the Scorpio Engine GPU with a 6 TERAFLOP performance and a 326GB/s memory bandwidth, 12 GB of GDDR5, 8GB of flash memory, 1TB of hard disk space, and a UHD Blu-ray Optical Disc Drive. Its HDMI 2.0b output is able to show 2160p (4K) visuals at 60fps, and it supports HDR10 for more vivid images shown on the screen. Add the Dolby Digital 5.1 audio, the support for PCM and DTS, the built-in WiFi, the infrared port, and the improved connectivity to all of the above for the complete picture.
The Xbox One X will be smaller than any previous Xbox version – a monolithic console with sharp edges and a matte black finish.
Upon release, the Xbox One X will come with a handful of exclusive 4K games, like Forza Motorsport 7, Crackdown 3, State of Decay 2, Sea of Thieves and Super Lucky’s Tale. Many other games will also get the 4K treatment. Minecraft, for example, looks like a completely different game with its free 4K update and the Super Duper Graphics Pack, as we had the chance to see during this year’s E3. But many other Xbox titles, like ARK: Survival Evolved, Crackdown 3, Fallout 4, Halo 5 Guardians, Injustice 3, LA Noire, and Rocket League will also be available for high-performance and high-resolution play on the new console.