Microsoft’s new gaming console unveiled at E3 – Say hello to Xbox One X
Microsoft finally unveiled its next gaming console at E3. The new Xbox, codenamed “Project Scorpio” till now, is officially called Xbox One X. It looks similar to current Xbox One S (slim), but the console packs major computing upgrades inside that black box. The console will debut on November 7th in USA, Canada, Europe, Australia and many other locations. It will be priced at $499 in the US – a $100 bump over PS4 Pro’s price. The release date and price in India is not revealed at the moment.
The big takeaways from the announcement are that the new console will be able to run some games in native 4K, 60 FPS settings and that it is probably more powerful than PS4 Pro in terms of graphic processing capability.
The console will be able to play games in Native 4K, 60 FPS and Forza Motorsport 7 will be one of the first games to run on this quality on a Xbox. Microsoft has promised that the power-packed Graphic Processing Unit (GPU) will improve the performance existing Xbox One games by enabling the 1080p or 900p games to run on 4K setting. The console packs 6 teraflops of computing power – more than PS4 Pro which has 4.2 teraflops. The first PS4 and Xbox One had 1.8 and 1.3 teraflops of computing power respectively. A ‘flops’ means the number of floating point operations per second (for example, creating a closed, 2-D shape with a variable number of sides) that a computer or GPU can perform. Teraflops means trillions of floating point operations per second. Xbox One X has a 12GB DDR3 memory that will help to render bigger worlds, in smaller load times. It also packs 8-core AMD CPU clocked at 2.3GHz and a liquid cooled GPU unit that is similar to many high-end PC gaming GPUs.
Lastly, Microsoft has come up with ways to let gamers know that a developer has worked especially to take advantage of massive 6 Teraflops of the graphic processing power of Xbox One X. Xbox games will come with special indicating enhanced graphics. Four of such games are – Forza Motorsport 7, Assassin’s Creed Origins, Star Wars Battlefront 2, and Super Lucky’s Tale.