Microsoft announced its next gaming console, aka the Xbox One X, at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in June. The Xbox One X — Microsoft’s much-awaited Project Scorpio — is being touted as the world’s first true 4K console and will be available for buying from November 7 for a price of $499. On Monday at Gamescom, the Redmond major kicked off the pre-orders for the Xbox One X, via both online and offline channels, like Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, and Target, including Microsoft’s own e-retail website. At the same time, the company announced a limited period Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition for tech nerds who’d prefer a more cosmetically enhanced version of the Xbox One Day One Edition.
As mentioned earlier, the Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition is a cosmetically enhanced Xbox One X that features a slightly more gradient design, and of course, the Project Scorpio code name etched on both the console as well on the controller. The retail box, in case of Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition, will also carry a gigantic X pattern reminiscent of the original Xbox. Microsoft did not announce a number but confirmed all initial units up for grabs will be a Project Scorpio Edition and will sell for the same price as the Xbox One Day One Edition.
Moving on, Microsoft — at its Gamescom press conference — also announced that the company now has over 100 games ready and enhanced for the Xbox One X. This means that these games — ranging from Dishonored 2 to Fallout 4 to Injustice 2 to Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands — have been updated to make use of the Xbox One X’s blazing power, as well as bringing 4K and HDR support. Games that have been updated for the new platform will carry an ‘enhanced’ logo thereby indicating that they’ve been updated to fit with more assets, a higher resolution, and better frame rates over the non-enhanced version.
The Xbox One X is the most powerful gaming console in the world
Not only is the Xbox One X the most powerful gaming console in the world, it is also the smallest Xbox ever, according to Microsoft. To recall, Microsoft had first announced Project Scorpio at E3 last year. It was all but a mere idea at that point of time.
The first signs that Project Scorpio was, in fact, the real deal came in early April when Microsoft revealed the console’s full spec-sheet. Only its name, design, and price were kept under the wraps at that point of time.
The Xbox One X, it has now come to light, will look a lot like Microsoft’s incumbent Xbox One S console, and will start shipping worldwide on November 7 later this year. Although there is no word on the India launch right now, it could be in the weeks that follow the global launch.
The Xbox one x CPU has: Eight custom x86 cores clocked at 2.3GHz as opposed to eight Jaguar cores clocked at 2.1GHz in Sony’s PS4 Pro
— GPU: 40 customised compute units at 1,172 MHz as opposed to 36 improved GCN compute units at 911 MHz in the PS4 Pro
— RAM: 12GB GDDR5 (with 9GB dedicated to games) as opposed to 8GB in the PS4 Pro
— Bandwidth: 326 GB/s as opposed to 218 GB/s in the PS4 Pro
— Storage: 1TB
The Xbox One X will ship with 6 teraflops of graphical power. Its main competitor, the Sony PlayStation 4 Pro — for your reference — ships with 4.2 teraflops of graphical power under the hood. It will (also) ship with a UHD Blu-ray drive. Note that, although Sony’s PS4 Pro supports 4K — not natively, however — it does not include a UHD Blu-ray drive.
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