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Microsoft has unveiled the Xbox One X, which the company describes as “the world’s most powerful console”. The Xbox One X IS a new games console with increased power and improved performance, but it IS NOT a next-gen machine. Which makes it a luxury rather than a necessity.
Something strange is happening in the world of console gaming. There used to be defined generations, so the sixth generation saw the PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube, and Dreamcast competing, as an example. Now, we have multiple consoles being released within the same generation. Which is confusing.
From Project Scorpio to the Xbox One X
The Xbox One X is the latest example of this trend. The eighth generation of gaming consoles comprises of the Wii U, the PlayStation 4, and the Xbox One. Except that Nintendo has already moved onto the Switch, Sony has released the PS4 Pro, and Microsoft has released the Xbox One S. And now we have the Xbox One X further muddying the waters.
Microsoft unveiled the Xbox One X at E3 2017. Its reveal wasn’t a big surprise, as Microsoft has been teasing a new version of the Xbox One for some time now. The Xbox One X is the final name of the mysterious Project Scorpio, which was first hinted at this time last year, during E3 2016.
The Xbox One X is essentially an upgraded version of the normal Xbox One and Xbox One S. It’s powered by a 6-teraflop GPU clocked at 1.172 GHz, boasts 12GB of RAM, and comes with a 1TB hard drive. It also boasts a 4K UHD Blu-ray player, a built-in power supply, and three USB 3.0 ports.
In terms of games, the Xbox One X is capable of delivering true 4K gaming. A selection of future titles (including Forza Motorsport 7) will offer native 4K, while enhanced versions of existing titles (including Minecraft, Gears of War 4, and Final Fantasy XV) will be upscaled to take advantage of the new hardware.
A Luxury Rather Than a Necessity
The Xbox One X is being released worldwide on November 7th. In the U.S. it will cost $499, which is $100 more than the PlayStation 4 Pro. Despite the high asking price, the Xbox One X should sell well. But remember, folks, this is just an enhanced Xbox One, so while you may WANT to upgrade, you certainly don’t NEED to.
Do you currently own an Xbox One? Or an Xbox One S? What do you think of the new Xbox One X? Is it a necessary upgrade? Or a luxury reserved for the richest gamers? How likely are you to drop $500 on an Xbox One X? Please let us know in the comments below!