I don’t think anyone can call any of Microsoft’s Xbox consoles underpowered for their price tag, but yesterday at E3 2017, the company raised the bar on what a console is capable of. Here’s what you need to know.
The Xbox One X, otherwise known as “Project Scorpio,” is Microsoft’s latest variation on the Xbox One and essentially boils down to an enhanced Xbox One X that can handle basically anything you can possibly throw its way.
Microsoft claims that the Xbox One X can handle some games at 4K resolution at a steady 60 frames per second, no small task for any piece of hardware. It does this by running atop a custom 8-core AMD CPU at 2.3GHz, 6 teraflop GPU at 1.17GHz, and 12GB of GDDR5 RAM. 4K HDR gaming with Dolby Atmos support is included just like on the Xbox One S, but games on the One X will still look better even on a 1080p TV thanks to supersampling and the raw horsepower.
Better yet, this new console is 100% backward compatible with Xbox One games, meaning you won’t have to upgrade your library to play them on this new hardware. 4K Blu-Ray discs are also supported. Forza Motorsport 7 launches alongside the One X with full 4K and 60fps support, along with stunningly accurate graphics.
The Xbox One X is set to debut later this year on November 7th for a price of $499. While that’s certainly quite a bit higher than the $199 the One S has been sold at, it’s not completely out of the question for those looking for the best console possible. The X also opens up the possibility of VR for Microsoft’s console, something its main competitor, the PlayStation 4 Pro already offers.