Summary: This article just tells everything you want to know about the New Xbox One X.
The new Xbox One X in coming November 7 for $499, £449 or AU $649. One year after revealing the existence of Project Scorpio, an Xbox capable of playing games at 4K resolution and supporting virtual reality. Microsoft is lifting the lid on the last few details here at the 2017 Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles. To start, it's got a final name: the Xbox One X. The biggest surprise: Microsoft says it's the smallest Xbox ever.
The Xbox One X doesn't play any new games. Instead of trying to sell gamers on a brand-new generation of video game hardware, the Xbox One X is all about upgrades. With 4.5 times the power of an original Xbox One, Microsoft claims Xbox One X can run those same games at ultra high-def 4K resolution at a butter-smooth 60 frames per second. Compare that to today's Xbox One, which still struggles to output many games at 1,920x1,080-pixel resolution (1080p). Xbox One X is kind of like sticking a new PC video card and an extra memory stick into your game console.
- CPU: Eight custom x86 cores clocked at 2.3GHz
- GPU: 40 compute units at 1,172MHz
- 12GB of DDR5 RAM running at 6.8GHz (9GB available to developers)
- Memory bandwidth: 326GBps
- Hard drive: 1 terabyte (2.5-inch)
- Optical drive: 4K UHD Blu-ray
Microsoft says the Xbox One X chip is packed with 7 billion transistors.
- Forza Motorsport 7: Will run at 4K resolution and 60 frames per second. Xbox One X enhancements may not be available at launch: The game is coming to Xbox and Windows 10 on October 3, but "holiday 2017" is when the enhancements are out.
- Metro Exodus: Will run at 4K resolution.
- Assassin's Creed Origins: Will run at 4K resolution.
- PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds: Previously on PC, but soon a console exclusive for Xbox One in late 2017. Will have unspecified "enhancements" for Xbox One X.
- Deep Rock Galactic: Will run at 4K resolution.
- State of Decay 2: Will run at 4K resolution. Windows 10 and Xbox.
- Minecraft: Will run at 4K resolution with a new graphics pack on both Windows 10 and Xbox One X.
- Dragon Ball FighterZ: Unspecified Xbox One X enhancements.
- Black Desert: The MMORPG: Will run at 4K resolution.
- The Last Night: Will run at 4K resolution.
- CodeVein: Unspecified Xbox One X enhancements.
- Sea of Thieves: Will run at 4K resolution. Windows 10 and Xbox.
- Super Lucky's Tale: Will run at 4K resolution. Previously a VR exclusive for Oculus Rift, but doesn't seem to be VR here.
- Crackdown 3: Will run at 4K resolution, with "increased level of detail at greater distances with crisper, higher texture fidelity." Windows 10 and Xbox.
- Middle-Earth: Shadow of War: Will run at 4K resolution. Windows 10 and Xbox.
- Anthem: Will run at 4K resolution.
- Destiny 2: Will run at 4K resolution and 30 frames per second.
In addition, these existing Xbox One titles are getting free Xbox One X enhancements:
- Gears of War 4: Will run at 4K resolution at a locked 30 frames per second in single-player with HDR, dynamic real-time shadows and upgraded character and environment textures. Runs at 4K and 60fps in multiplayer.
- Forza Horizon 3
- Killer Instinct
- Halo Wars 2
- Final Fantasy XV
- Resident Evil 7
- Ghost Recon: Wildlands
- Rocket League
Microsoft says there are over 30 titles from third-party partners that will provide free updates as part of the "Xbox One X Enhanced" program.
Are the 4K-resolution games mentioned above rendered in *true, native 4K*?
Not necessarily. Microsoft's new branding means developers can label a game 4K even if it isn't truly rendering the game at that resolution 100% of the time, or using fancy (but effective!) techniques like checkerboard rendering that are technically lower-res.
Doesn't the cute white Xbox One S already do 4K?
Yes and no. The Xbox One S can technically display 4K images to your TV, but that isn't the same thing as rendering games at 4K.
Or, put more simply, you can watch 4K Blu-rays with an Xbox One S, but games won't look much better.
Still, the One S does now support high dynamic range (HDR) with a handful of games, which should mean better color saturation and contrast in those titles as long as you've got an HDR-compatible TV.
What about my Xbox One accessories? Will I need to buy new controllers?
Microsoft says every single Xbox One accessory should work, too. "Our commitment is to make sure every single game and every single accessory works across all of those platforms," Microsoft's Mike Ybarra told The Guardian last July.
What if I don't have a 4K TV?
You'll probably still see a graphical boost -- like Sony's rival PS4 Pro, the console uses a technique calledsupersampling to improve graphical quality even on a 1080p television. It works by rendering games at a higher resolution and then shrinking them down to a lower one, which tends to smooth the image.
Still, you might be better off with an original Xbox One if you don't have a 4K screen. "Scorpio is designed as a 4K console, and if you don't have a 4K TV, the benefit we've designed for, you're not going to see," Microsoft's Phil Spencer told Eurogamer some months back.
But you also might play your Xbox One X games in VR instead.\
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