Microsoft is promising the most powerful console in history with their next gen system, the Xbox One X and, man, it sure looks like they’ve delivered.
On Sunday at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), Microsoft announced the One X, a massively powerful upgrade on the Xbox One which surely will set a high bar for the next generation of gaming.
— Xbox (@Xbox) June 11, 2017
The One X is filled with incredible hardware inside. The system is designed for 4K Ultra HD gaming with 6 Teraflop of GPU, 12 GB GDDR5 GM, true 4k textures, assets, 8 million pixels, HDR, Wide Color Gamut and 4K UHD Blu-Ray playback. On top of all that, the system has a liquid-cooled vapor chamber and uses the Scorpio Engine, the most powerful chip ever placed inside a video game console. In non-nerd terms, it’s the most potent, dynamic video game console ever made.
Here are the full specs from Microsoft:
Lose yourself in worlds built for immersive true 4K gaming, where action is brought to life with 2160p frame buffers. Enjoy brilliant graphic details in lights, shadows, and reflections with High Dynamic Range and Wide Color Gamut. Experience premium audio that puts you in the center of 3D spatial sound. Stream and record game clips in 4K at screaming-fast 60FPS. With 6 teraflops of processing power and 12GB GDDR5 graphic memory, Xbox One X is 40% more powerful than any other console. Feel true power.
The specs are nothing short of miraculous, but for those still wanting to enjoy Xbox One games and its massive library (including Xbox 360 digital games) you aren’t left in the dark. The system is backwards compatible just like its predecessor. Plus, not only is it backwards compatible, but using the Xbox One X will lead to faster load times while playing older games. So, there’s incentive to upgrade – although you’re not forced to if you’re OK with your current Xbox One Specs.
Incredibly, Microsoft managed to fit all of the hardware upgrades into the smallest Xbox console ever. Sure, video game systems are destined to get smaller and smaller, but considering how powerful and small the Xbox One S was, I didn’t think it was possible to condense it down even more.
Are there any downsides to the console? Not that come to mind. Unlike the latest generation console before the One X, the Nintendo Switch, there’s no gimmicks like snap controllers, instead, it’s an upgraded version of the previous console, which is what it should be. There’s no learning curve, just an updated experience in every technological aspect that Xbox users can jump right into.
Grasping at straws, the only negative I can think of is the uninspired name. The One X is like the Wii going to the Wii U. But, who cares? LOOK AT THEM SPECS. Sony just had a ton of pressure placed on them to hit a home run in response. Now, the only thing Microsoft has left to do is help develop some stellar games to show off the hardware, which is certainly no small feat.
The Xbox One X will be available November 7th, and at an understandable $499 price point, I can already feel my wallet getting lighter.