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WILL THE X XBOX ONE X LIVE UP TO THE HYPE?

By: Ryan Jenkins

 

Ever since the unveiling for the high end console addition to the Microsoft family titled Xbox One X (aka Project Scorpio) during the E3 conference, there have been many question surrounding its specs, benefits and capabilities towards current and backwards compatible titles. Having made a lot of promises regarding its 4K attributes, many are left intrigued about what applicational uses it could be put towards. Though the E3 demonstration of Forza displayed the hardware hitting its mark, Microsoft didn’t disclose as much information as we expected.

 

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However, upon discussing this with the game developers, Eurogamer was able to find out more regarding how to console will perform on existing games, what we can expect as gamers and whether the console will live up to the hype. We can expect that some of the latest titles yet to be released will incorporate various forms of native 4K quality; one example is the upcoming Shadow of War. In relation to the performance on the Xbox One X, game designer Bob Robert noted that “it’s a crazy powerful box, it will be the prettiest possible version of the game”. In this example, the transition to the Xbox One X will prioritised over the Playstation Pro, though Robert did state that the developer team will aim to optimise the game across the board. Eurogamer reinforces the point that “Microsoft is bullish on the machine’s native 4K credentials, with its own early benchmarks painting a compelling picture of the hardware’s capabilities.”
Although the design of the new console is somewhat lacklustre, the technological improvements it brings onboard are undeniable; though the question remains:
Will the improvements justify the £449 price tag?
We’ve highlighted the main specifications, which include:
  • A new and improved power-management system for the most efficient delivery of electricity seen on an Xbox console.
  • A processor cooled using a liquid vapour chamber.
  • Video: 4K output, HDR 10 support
  • CPU: Eight-core 2.3GHz processor
  • Storage: 1TB hard disk
  • Wireless: Bluetooth, dual-band Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, IR blaster
  • GPU: 40 compute units at 1172MHz
  • RAM: 12GB GDDR5 (shared between system and GPU)
  • Bandwidth: 326GB/s
  • Disc: UHD Blu-ray player
  • Audio: DTS 5.1, Dolby Digital 5.1 and Atmos, PCM 2.0, 5.1, 7.1
  • Connectors: 2x HDMI (2.0b out, 1.4b in), 3x USB 3.0 ports, IR out, S/PDIF, Ethernet
This new addition is seen primarily as a high performance variant of the existing Xbox One model. Set for a 7th November release date, there’s no doubt that new console will be in high demand during the fourth quarter, especially over the Christmas period. We expect for the One X to be up for pre-order about two to three months before it’s due to be released. So make sure to check back here regularly as we update you with all the latest info.
What do you think about the latest console? Will you be buying it upon release? Share you thoughts on our twitter page @JenchauMedia.
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