Microsoft kicked off the first of the major E3 press conferences this morning and finally revealed the results of their Project Scorpio. The official name is the Xbox One X. This new version of the Xbox One console is their answer to Sonys PS4 Pro. Not a whole new generation of console but a heavy duty version of the hardware running the same software.
Lets break down the important features.
Video Output – Xbox One X will support up to 4K HDR. This includes video streaming services, games that have been “X Optimized”, and 4K Blu-ray discs. The previous console Xbox One S did support 4K Blu-ray discs and streaming but only HDR for games. PS4 Pro does not have support for 4k Discs.
GPU – Microsoft has developed their own custom GPU with 40 computing units running at 1172 MHz. PS4 Pro has 36 Computing Units running 911MHz. And yes, more MHz means faster graphics processing.
CPU – Xbox One X has a 2.3GHz processor which does have .2 legs ahead of PS4 Pro’s 2.1GHz processing.
RAM – RAM (Random Access Memory) is the part of any computing device that determines how many files the device can have active at one time. Both PS4 Pro and the Xbox S have 8GB of RAM while the Xbox One X has 12GB. More RAM, more files at once, faster system.
Storage – Just like the PS4 Pro, Xbox One X will have 1TB of storage. This doubles the storage from the Xbox One S’s 500GB.
Games – Xbox One X will, of course, play all Xbox One titles as well as apparently backwards compatible all the way back to the original Xbox. With the upgraded graphics processing, you may see some of the previous gen games running smoother than on their original consoles.
While the Xbox One X is quite the impressive powerhouse, all that power doesn’t mean anything unless they bring it hard with some killer titles to play on. The Xbox One has been criticized for a lacking first party library. Check out the full 2 hour and 20 minute event here.
Xbox One X will be available on November 7th, 2017 priced at $499