Wed. Nov 30th, 2022

Xbox One Project Scorpio is no more. Introducing the £450 Xbox One X, Microsoft’s effort to bring 4K HDR visuals to console gamers with six teraflops of graphic grunt and a sleek design similar to the Xbox One S that has been dubbed “the smallest Xbox ever”. It is scheduled for worldwide release on November 7, 2017 for $500/£450.

Xbox One X pre-orders aren’t quite available yet (pending FCC accreditation), but some retailers will let you “register your interest” like Game in the UK, or Amazon in the UK and Amazon in the US.

Microsoft chose Turn 10s forza 7 as the first game shown on Xbox One X. In addition to ‘super high resolution assets’, forza 7 will feature the Porsche 2018 GT2 RS supercar, a car not yet for sale in real life. Against the criticism that few compelling games have launched on Xbox One, Microsoft promises that 22 console exclusives will launch on both the OG Xbox One and Xbox One X.

Next forza, Microsoft debuted Metro Exodus, a sequel to 4A Games’ Metro Last Light to be published in 2018. This was quickly followed by a 4K demo from Assassin’s Creed Origins. Press PC Shooter PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds launching later this year exclusively for Xbox One and Xbox One X. The list of games featured, most with 4K and HDR support, is as follows:

  • forza 7 (Xbox exclusive, October 3)
  • Metro Exodus (2018)
  • Assassin’s Creed Origins (2017)
  • State of dissolution
  • PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (Exclusive Xbox)
  • The Darwin Project
  • minecraft (with a new 4K “Super Duper Graphics Pack” update, 2017)
  • Dragonball Fighter Z (Exclusive console launch, 2018)
  • Black Desert (Exclusive to console launch)
  • The last night (Exclusive to console launch)
  • The artful escape (Exclusive to console launch)
  • Code vein (Exclusive console launch, 2018)
  • Sea of ​​Thieves (Xbox exclusive, 2017)
  • tacoma (Exclusive Xbox, August 2
  • Super Lucky’s Tale (Excluding console launch, Nov. 7)
  • cup (Xbox exclusive, Sept. 29)
  • Crackdown 3 (Xbox exclusive, Nov. 7)
  • Life is strange before the storm (Episode One, August 31)
  • Shadow of the War (October 10)
  • Ori and the will of the wisps (Exclusive, to be determined)
  • Hymn (2018)

Microsoft also had a slew of indie games, boasting that over 500 were released through the ID@Xbox developer scheme. Microsoft is continuing its backward compatibility program, which allows Xbox One players to play Xbox 360 games, and is bringing original Xbox games to Xbox One. That includes fan favorite Crimson Skies.

While Microsoft is primarily presenting the Xbox One X as a 4K console, those with 1080p televisions will see graphical improvements. It’s not clear yet if that’s via supersampling or higher frame rates, but more details are expected at E3. Those with an existing library of games will be happy to hear that Microsoft is providing Xbox One X patches, introducing 4K support and enhanced visuals.

The will of Gears of War 4, forza 3, Killer instinct, Halo Wars 2and Minecraft gets free 4K enhancements. More than 30 titles from third-party publishers will also offer free updates as part of an “expanded” program. Games include: FFXV, Resident Evil 7, Ghost Recon Wildlandsand Rocket League.

Xbox One X, in motion pictures. Video shot/edited by Jing Niu.

As revealed earlier this year, the Xbox One X boasts six teraflops of processing power — more than the four teraflops of Sony’s PlayStation 4 Pro, which also plays 4K games. Unlike the PS4 Pro, however, the Xbox One X’s extra processing power allows it to play a wider range of games in native 4K resolution, rather than through some clever upscaling methods.

The Xbox One X is powered by an all-new AMD GPU, which features 40 “custom” Radeon computing units (compared to just 12 on the Xbox One and Xbox One S) clocked at an impressive 1172MHz. In contrast, the original Xbox One GPU is clocked at 853MHz, and the PS4 Pro’s is clocked at 911MHz.

That’s paired with 12GB of GDDR5 memory on a 384-bit bus for 326GB/s of memory bandwidth, again significantly higher than the Xbox One’s 204GB/s and the PS4 Pro’s 218GB/s. It’s even higher than AMD’s own RX 480 and Nvidia’s GTX 1080.

An image from the back of the Xbox One X shows that the new console still has an HDMI input, so it can still do HDMI pass-through through cable boxes.

Xbox One X Xbox One S Xbox One PS4 Pro PS4
Processor 8 “custom” X86 cores @ 2.3 GHz 8 Jaguar Cores @ 1.75GHz 8 Jaguar Cores @ 1.75GHz 8 Jaguar Cores @ 2.1GHz 8 Jaguar Cores @ 1.6 GHz
GPU 40 “custom” units of account @ 1172MHz 12 GCN units of account @ 914MHz 12 GCN units of account @ 853MHz 36 AMD Radeon GCN compute units @ 911Mhz 18 AMD Radeon GCN compute units @ 800Mhz
Memory 12GB GDDR5 8GB DDR3/32MB ESRAM 8GB DDR3, 32MB ESRAM 8GB GDDR5 (plus 1GB DDR3) 8GB GDDR5
Memory bandwidth 326GB/s 68GB/s, 219GB/s 68GB/s, 204GB/s 218GB/s 176GB/s
Hard Drive 1TB 2.5″ 1TB/500GB 2.5-inch 1TB/500GB 2.5-inch 1TB 2.5″ 500GB 2.5-inch
Optical drive 4K UHD Blu-ray 4K UHD Blu-ray Blu-ray Blu-ray Blu-ray

The Xbox One X originally debuted at Microsoft’s E3 2016 press conference as Project Scorpio alongside a slimmer Xbox One, the Xbox One S. Months earlier, Sony had unveiled the PS4 Pro, a 4K-compatible console with four teraflops of processing power. While Sony made the leap to Microsoft with both the announcement and release date of the PS4 Pro – which launched in October 2016 – the Xbox One X is significantly more capable graphically.

Now read how the Xbox One X and PS4 could be the beginning of the end for the PC gaming master race…

This story has been updated several times with more images and details.

By akfire1

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