At last year’s E3, Microsoft announced the existence of a new high-performance Xbox, tentatively called “Project Scorpio.” Then, when the specs were revealed, we found out it’s a really workhorse of a machine. Now, at Microsoft’s Sunday E3 conference, we got the rest of the story. Say hello to the Xbox One X, and it’s coming this November for $499. If you can’t hang with that price, the Xbox One S, which will play all the same games, is only $200.
The Xbox One X, which promises 4K gameplay as well as 4K playback for Blu Rays, will bring extra processing horsepower while still being backward compatible with all Xbox One hardware and games, which makes it more of a half-step of a generation without leaving the whole past behind.
Like its competitor, the PS4 Pro ($400), the Xbox One X promises to increase the performance of your old games with the use of its more powerful internals, but the new console will not have exclusive games. Instead, all current-gen Xbox games will come out for both the Xbox One S and and Xbox One X, but with better, high-res graphics and other improvements on the higher-end box. As an added bonus for any Xbox One owner, original Xbox games are also coming to the current console as part of an expanded backwards compatibility program.
The internals of the new Xbox One X, revealed earlier this year, include a CPU that’s 30 percent faster than the Xbox One as well as a GPU that’s better by a factor of 4.6, along with a bunch more high-speed RAM, all in service of providing games in 4K (great if your TV can handle it) and at 60 frames per second.
Although it wasn’t mentioned on the E3 stage, the Xbox One X will be VR compatible. All this power comes at a price though, and the Xbox One X will be a hefty $499, which could be a hard to swallow if you don’t have a 4K TV that can push the console to its max. Microsoft promises that the Xbox One X offers gains even for gamers who don’t have a TV that supports 4K, but only time will tell if that’s enough to justify a price that’s more than twice that of the Xbox One S, which is now $200.
New games coming to both Xbox One and Xbox One X as console-exclusives (i.e. they’ll be on PC but not PS4) include:
• Metro: Exodus
• Assassin’s Creed: Origins
• Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds
• State of Decay 2
• Crackdown 3