So there we have it, after a bit of foreplay for the eyes, Head of Xbox Phil Spencer pops out on stage and officially unveils Project Scorpio as the Xbox One X. Now I know what you’re thinking, that Scorpio was a pretty kick-ass name, but the new one is probably a bit more sensible, conforming to the original Xbox development team mantra “No more power than X”. Trumping (that word has a completely different meaning now) the PlayStation 4 Pro, The Xbox One X is now the most powerful console ever made but with a hefty price tag: £449 ($499).
Following Phil Spencer, Kareem Choudhry, Head of Xbox Software Engineering, arrives on stage to give us some number porn. Here’s just a few of them:-
6 Teraflop GPU, Clocked at 1.172 Ghz
12GB GDDR5 Memory
326GB/s Memory Bandwidth
As should be expected, all Xbox One accessories and games will work on the Xbox One X. And for those who don’t yet own a 4K TV, fear not, the Xbox One X is still apparently made for you too. The console will take advantage of something called ‘Supersampling’, which to me sounds like computer magic which makes your games look even better but I’m sure it’s a little more complex than that. Oh, and the Xbox One X will be the smallest Xbox ever. Woot.
My initial reaction to all of this is one of confusion. I don’t want to dismiss the console right away because it’s an absolute powerhouse and could be an absolute hit. But I can’t yet figure out who this console is made for. I understand that a premium product requires a premium price tag, but apart from the hardcore Xbox devotees, it seems out of the acceptable price range for the average consumer. And I could be wrong but I’m under the impression that Microsoft are looking to take bake some of the consumers that moved over to PlayStation. Is this going to be the console that does it?
The Xbox One X will be launching worldwide on November 7th 2017.