After months of speculation, Microsoft unveils its ‘Project Scorpio’ games console today, and it’s officially named Xbox One X at E3. The company’s E3 2017 press conference showed off an enormous list of 42 games, including 22 Xbox and Windows 10 exclusives.
E3 2017 is Microsoft’s big shot. After falling behind earlier in this console generation, it was up to the company to prove that its imminent 4K-ready console Project Scorpio was worth the extra year over the PlayStation 4 Pro, and would bring enough gamers to make it worth the purchase.
Microsoft put the pedal to the metal both in the steep quantity of software as well as in the hardware potency. Microsoft Xbox One X naming comes just a few days after the company trademarked a mysterious S logo and began providing Scorpio hints in its E3 teaser videos.
The company is planning to launch its next member of the Xbox One family, i.e. Xbox One X on November 7th across the globe, priced at $499. All existing Xbox One accessories will work on the new Xbox One X, such as Rocket League, Xbox 360 backward compatible titles, VLC Media Player, and Xbox One games. The company is planning to utilize ‘super sampling’ on the One X to make new games look better even on 1080p TVs.
However, the big takeaway is that Xbox One X is considerably more powerful than Xbox One and PS4 Pro, so that it can run some games at 4K/60 frames per second. The company led with the big news, giving both an official name and a release date for Microsoft Xbox at E3.
The new gaming console will ship with 6 teraflops of graphical power. Microsoft is making use of a custom GPU engine on Scorpio that runs at 1172MHz, a big boost over the Xbox One’s 853MHz and even PS4 Pro’s 911MHz. Microsoft is also shipping Xbox One X with an Ultra HD Blu-ray drive for entertainment and 4K movies, and 1TB of storage space.
Under the hood, Xbox One X features a 12GB of GDDR5 video RAM and a custom 8-core AMD CPU clocked at 2.3GHz. The console is all black and boxy just like the Xbox One, however, its top segment hangs over a slimmer base. It seems like the company customized the Xbox One S design a bit to be even more streamlined. Surprisingly, Microsoft claims the new gaming console is its smallest Xbox ever.
One of the gaming titles for Xbox One X is Forza Motorsport 7, running at native 4K and 60fps. The game will launch on October 3rd.
In a nutshell, it looks like Microsoft’s new gaming console has a strong lineup of supported titles coming such as Dragonball Fighter Z, Deep Rock Galactic, State of Decay 2, and a lot more. Some of them are timed elites and are not landing this fall, however, the heap of forthcoming games is a good sign for Microsoft. After all, having the most powerful console around is not enough if it doesn’t have games people really want to play.