Wait what? There’s a new Xbox?
That’s right! Microsoft revealed the Xbox One X, earlier known as Project Scorpio, at E3 2017 on June 11th. The console that was created competes and surpasses Sony’s PlayStation 4 Pro. It will be officially released on November 7th, 2017. The convenient date may allow gamers to snag a deal during Black Friday. Xbox One X will be backward compatible with the Xbox One S, the Xbox One, some games from the Xbox 360 catalog, and soon the original Xbox. Games for the Xbox One X will also run on the Xbox One S and the Xbox One. It will also be able to handle “true” 4K. This means it will be able to display everything from the UI to the games to media in 4K. Even if you don’t have a 4K display, the console will downscale it to 1080p, making it look even better than previous generations.
What are the Specs?
The Xbox One X will be a power house. At $499, the console can rival and even surpass PC’s . The new console boasts a custom 8 core x86 CPU. Although the AMD graphics are integrated, it outputs 6 teraflops of performance. That is 1.8 more teraflops than the PS4 Pro. It has 12GB DDR5 RAM, with 9GB of that RAM available for developers to use. It boasts of 326GBp/s too. It also has 4K, and HDR10 support. Microsoft is also branding it as the smallest console ever with the dimensions of 11.8 x 9.4 x 2.4. It also can read Blu-ray 4k, something that Sony’s console can’t do. For $100 more than the PS4 Pro, that is some serious power.
Games, Games, Games
The Xbox One X also has some “X enhanced” games. These are games that are truly meant for Xbox One X, and can take full usage of the Xbox One X’s power out of the box. You may already own these games:
- Ark Survival: Evolved
- We Happy Few
- Chess Ultra
- The Elder Scrolls: Morrowind Upgrade
- Portal Knights
- Injustice 2
- The Surge
- Outlast 2
- Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands
- Halo Wars 2 Standard Edition
- For Honor Standard Edition
- Resident Evil 7 Biohazard
Games that will release after the launch will also be enhanced.
Is it really worth it?
Honestly, shelling out $499 for the Xbox One X is only worth it if you are a new comer to the gaming industry and don’t have many gaming consoles. If you already have an Xbox One S, don’t make the jump. In fact, even if you are new, you should only get it if you can make full use out of the 4K and the Dolby Atmos. If you are on the regular Xbox One and experience periodic glitches, your upgrade should be towards the Xbox One S, not the X. If you are a YouTuber, you should be spending your money toward a PC rig. However, if you must have an Xbox, then you should go for the X due to its “rock-solid” 60FPS. Switching from PlayStation? Go for the Xbox One X and feel the true power of green >:)