Goodbye, Project Scorpio – Hello, Xbox One X
Published on June 11th, 2017 | Updated on June 11th, 2017 | By FanFest
Many applauded Sony for launching the PS4 Pro last fall, a system that does support 4K (though lacking a physical 4K optical drive) and HDR. Microsoft, however, took the Tortoise approach to Sony’s Hare. Rather than rush their next system to the market, the Washington-based company instead took their time. The developers ripped the system apart, rebuilt the system from the ground up with newer innovative technology, and advised gamers they would release details on the aptly-titled Project Scorpio at 2017’s E3.
Earlier today Microsoft didn’t disappoint. Ladies and gentlemen, your patience has paid off. Meet the Xbox One X.
What a time to be alive, to finally achieve a real 4K gaming experience without cutting corners. Granted, to appreciate the One X you’ll need a 4K television. (And they are getting cheaper by the day if you stop by your local retailer.) The price point may scare some people off – $499.99 – but you’re getting a 4K Blu-Ray player and the most powerful console in existence for that price tag. Microsoft may have been last to the table but surely made up for their lethargy with a top notch press conference. The system will hit shelves on November 7th – the same exact day as Crackdown 3 and just four days after Activision’s Call of Duty: WW2.
For those who are more driven by technical specifications, then peruse the enclosed advancements in the Xbox One X thanks to CNET. Not that there’s any doubt, but the One X outperforms every platform currently available in retailers. That includes the Xbox One, Xbox One S, PS4, and PS4 Pro. Personally, if you ask this gamer, he would like to know why Sony rushed the PS4 Pro to shelves. If the company’s mindset was to get a 4K-supported system to the market, then they achieved their goal – albeit with a slower processor and lack of a 4K optical drive.
- CPU: Eight custom x86 cores clocked at 2.3Ghz
- GPU: Integrated AMD graphics with 6 teraflops of performance
- RAM: 12GB of GDDR5
- Storage: 1TB
- Color of System: Black
- Optical Drive: 4K Blu-Ray drive
- 4K Support: Yes
- HDR Support: Yes
- Sound: Premium Dolby Atmos sound
- Cooling System: Liquid-cooled vapor chamber
Now, note the cooling system. Rather than relying on a fan built in the back to keep the system cooled, instead Microsoft developed a whole new technology – the first of any system to utilize liquid-cooled. The One X is also the smallest Xbox system yet, even smaller than the predecessor S. The system measures as just 11.8 x 9.4 x 2.4 inches. The One X will also play all of your Xbox One and backwards-compatible Xbox 360 games, along with all existing Xbox One accessories.
The question for gamers will be which system is the best fit for their needs. For this forthcoming holiday season there will be three Xbox systems on the market. Just a casual gamer and not overly worried about HDR or 4K support? Pick up the Xbox One. Need a system that does support HDR and 4K but without all the perks? Skimp on your budget, pick up the Xbox One S. Want the whole experience for the ultimate gaming and entertainment system? Pick up the Xbox One X. This gamer, however, who already owns a Xbox One will be double dipping for the Xbox One X.
Again, the Xbox One X launches on November 7th for $499.99 at your favorite retailer. Stay tuned to Fan Fest News for updates from E3 as this week moves along.
Jerrold spent his childhood in southeastern Pennsylvania ingesting far too many TV shows and movies, thus creating a stark-raving mad geek. He’s a movie aficionado, binge-watches Netflix, and is a total TV junkie. His addiction has led to an unhealthy and rabid obsession of various geek pantheons – Star Trek, Star Wars, both DC *AND* Marvel,
cult 80’s and 90’s television, Supernatural, The X-Files, Doctor Who, and, and…holy overload. He’s still waiting to run away in a 1967 Impala or a blue police box.