Xbox One X: First impressions, price and release

Angelica Greene
June 19, 2017

At E3 2017 Phil Spencer announced that Xbox One backwards compatibility would be getting original Xbox games as well. That first Microsoft game console was a behemoth, weighing almost nine pounds, and it launched with a controller that matched its ridiculous size.

Under the console's enclosure sits a custom 2.3GHz processor, 0.55 more than the entry-level Xbox One S, and six teraflops of graphics power - 1.8 teraflops extra compared to the product's PlayStation 4 Pro rival. "I think it's a fundamental design point of Xbox One X to take those engines and make it really easy".

The Xbox One X launches on November 7, priced at $500 in the US. In other words, the Xbox One games and all its accessories will be compatible with the Xbox One X. And a priori, this brand new Xbox will not have a specific repository: all "One" games will run on all platforms, but with a graphic boost visible on the new machine. Big, triple A console games, I hear that and I'm committed to that. Microsoft, however, claims it won't be making money on the sale of the upcoming console. There are even small visual touches that add to a game's immersion, including shaking windscreen wipers on cars in Forza Motorsport 7.

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Just like the Xbox One S, Microsoft's new, more powerful Xbox One X console can stand vertically. The pre-order figure ahead of Xbox One X release could have a been an interesting market tool: A simple statement from Microsoft like - "Xbox One X pre-orders is above expectations" would have given them a lot of free publicity.

"The fact that somebody would make an assertion that somehow we're not keeping Minecraft players safe, I found, not only from a Microsoft perspective but from a game industry perspective.... 30 FPS is something we have to be strict about because of the game's massive scale, characters and environment", said the developer. "We'll have more to share about this program when it launches later, this year". Yesterday, I know people want to see what we're investing in new.

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