Microsoft Unveils Name, Debut Date for Xbox One X

Furthermore, since the hardware costs a $499 premium, Microsoft has locked out the casual audience.

The Xbox One X is a new gaming console from Microsoft. The no-nonsense black box of gaming power is about as simple as it comes where the hardware is concerned, but based on the gameplay we saw at the Microsoft presser yesterday, the Xbox One X is now the most powerful console in the world, in terms of specs.

Mr Spencer, who is the head of Xbox at Microsoft, said the goal was to make Xbox users' games libraries look ever better, with better textures, smoother frame rates and faster load times. Just for comparison's sake, Sony's PlayStation 4 Pro's GPU has 8 GB of GDDR5 of memory, and 218 GB/s memory bandwidth.

For sure, the extra power of the Xbox One X is noticeable.

That being said, I think it will do better than PS4 Pro mainly because it's more powerful and because it has more features like true 4K gaming and 4K Blu Ray disc support. Microsoft's Xbox chief, Phil Spencer, introduced a number of new titles and left most of the company's E3 press conference up to the games themselves.

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You will also be able to play local multiplayer with old titles via system link. And while high-dynamic range colours do make a more noticeable difference, those enhancements are also available through the much cheaper Xbox One S. Save data from the previous versions of the game will carry over to this new one. Microsoft also confirmed that there will be no new video games released that will only play on the One X, versus the One S or the regular One. It's the only Xbox One that has enough power inside to fully take advantage of a 4K television.

Microsoft was quick to note that the 4K support stands in stark contrast to the PlayStation 4 Pro, which technically offers a 4K-like resolution, but not actual 4K.

In addition to the Xbox One X, 42 games were showcased at the event, including Crackdown 3 (launching on the same day as the Xbox One X), Minecraft (which is getting full cross-platform play and 4K graphics), and Sea of Thieves (not untll 2018, sadly), all Xbox exclusives. The console went on sale past year and is priced at $399 (or approx Rs. 25,856).

One of the announcements that delighted fans at the E3 was the one about extending the backward compatibility programme for Xbox in order to include the original console too.

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