Microsoft Reveals Xbox One X, its most powerful console
Say goodbye to your simple little Xbox One, meet the new Xbox One X.
The console, revealed by Microsoft at E3 2017, is promising better graphics, whether or not you have a 4K television.
They are doing this with a technique known as “supersampling,” where a computer creates images at a far higher quality than the TV can show, then shrinks them down. Microsoft says this makes the games look much better.
This release will be one of the most important product releases from Xbox in years. The Xbox One undersold compared to the PlayStation 4 at a nearly 2 to 1 rate. This put Microsoft at a disadvantage when striking deals with game publishers and attempting to invest in new technology and games.
Sony has been constantly pushing Microsoft in many ways. While Microsoft partnered with Facebook’s Oculus virtual reality goggles, Sony released PlayStation VR, and sold over 1 million units in 6 months, which beat Sony’s internal expectations.
Another powerful competitor is Nintendo’s new Switch console, which is receiving high marks from reviewers.
Some of the games Microsoft showed off during the event are enhanced by the new console’s more powerful chips. The One X includes a custom microprocessing brain and a super potent chip to power the slick visuals the company showed on stage.
For anyone interested in the exact specs, it's a custom eight-core x86 chip clocked at 2.3 Ghz, integrated AMD graphics with 6 teraflops of performance, 12 GB of GDDR5 memory, 1TB of storage, a 4K/HDR Blu-ray drive along with support for 4K and HDR television sets. This all translates to sharper looking games that can play on next-generation TVs and look even better on older ones too.
This is Sony’s most powerful console built to date, and along with that, Microsoft says it’s also the smallest console they’ve ever released.
Microsoft has been building hype for this device slowly over the last year, never releasing too many details, but now everything is out.
The console is expected to be released worldwide on November 7 and cost $499 in the US.
(Story via CNET)