The industry has dubbed Microsoft’s upgraded Xbox One ‘’the most powerful and expensive console in the world’’. While it’s no next-gen offering, there’s still plenty to be excited for.
The new console will run on the Scorpio Engine, obliquely referenced in the codename for the console: ‘’Project Scorpio’’. Here’s just a snippet of the X’s impressive specs and features:
– 1TB internal storage, matching the X’s predecessor
– 4k resolution, giving greater image clarity
– HDR lighting, giving greater detail in areas of extreme brightness and darkness
– 6 teraflop graphics processor, increasing computing power and helping render bigger, more complex worlds
– UHD Blu-Ray player, supporting 4k-equivalent Blu-Ray discs
– Backwards capability, making Xbox One, Xbox 360 and Original Xbox titles playable, and even upscaling Xbox One games to 4k
In other words, expect the works: smoother gaming, faster load times, realistic detail, larger worlds.
Retailing at $499/£449, the X won’t be cheap – but a tactical launch date of November 7 means that Black Friday and Christmas shoppers are likely to cash in on the console, for sale predictions of over 500,000 units by the end of the year.
When Microsoft’s previous console, the Xbox One, launched in 2013, it proved to be less popular than the Playstation 4. Now, Microsoft are eager to bag more market share from rivals Sony.
Typically one of the biggest draws with a new console, it’s unfortunate that this is the one arena where the X lets itself down, leading some to question the price tag.
While the console will play many Xbox One exclusives, there are no Xbox One X exclusives – at least, it’s only offering time-locked ‘’launch exclusives’’ and Microsoft exclusives, which would also be available on Windows 10.
A brave tactic, it seems the X is more about offering better quality and more advanced specs – their USP is that titles will play better on their console than their rivals’.
Sony – over to you.
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