Good news, fans of Xbox. The much anticipated Project Scorpion is now officially known as Xbox One X and it will be available starting November 7, 2017, priced at $499.99. Billed as the world’s most powerful console, Microsoft’s new flagship console is said to be “40 percent more power than any console,” promising to offer an immersive true 4K gaming experience. What’s more, it will even make your existing library of Xbox contents look better with better textures, smoother frame rates and faster load times, even the contents are output to 1080p TV sets.
Moreover, all Xbox One games and accessories are compatible are compatible. That’s a ‘feature’ which somehow Sony’s Playstation failed to do and being more of a Playstation person, I absolutely feel disgruntled. Probably that’s one huge reason why I refuse to move away from Playstation 3. Anyways, that’s just my personal rant. Moving on… movie and TV series buffs will also be glad to know that the new Xbox One X also boasts support for 4K UHD for Blu-ray X and streamed content, HDR for both gaming, as well as Dolby Laboratories’ surround sound technology, Dolby Atmos.
Other technical bits you may be interested to know include Scorpio Engine gaming processor with 6 Teraflops, 326 GB/s of memory bandwidth, advanced liquid cooling backed by supercharger-style centrifugal fan, “digital power delivery system” custom tuned console voltage, 8 GB of Flash memory, 1 TB HDD internal storage, 12 GB GDDR5 at 326 GB/s, 4K UHD Blu-ray optical disc drive, HDR support, DTS 5.1, Dolby Digital 5.1 (TrueHD with Atmos), PCM (2.0, 5.1, 7.1), Bluetooth and dual-band WiFi, Infrared blaster, plus a host of ports, like two HDMI ports, three USB 3.0 ports, IR out, S/PDIF, and of course, an Ethernet Port for those who prefer the wired route.
Aesthetically, the Xbox One X is slim, sleek, but to be honest, the design is nothing bold or radical. It is, well, just another box. Then again, they don’t call it Xbox for nothing, ain’t it? It is not ugly, though and therefore, you probably won’t feel ashamed of exposing it on a TV console. While the specs are pretty and all, my guess is, all Microsoft wants you to know is, it is seriously powerful and more importantly, it has not forgotten existing owners of the Xbox One which was introduced way back in 2013 and updated in Q1 this year. A design and engineering gesture that Sony seems to have taken for granted (sore person here speaking, again).
As of now, Xbox One X appears to be offered in only 1 TB configuration and each unit will come bundle with a Xbox wireless controller, a 4K-capable HDMI cable, plus a month worth’s of Xbox Game Pass trial and a 14-day Xbox Live Gold trial, to get you started.