During Microsoft’s E3 presentation, we found out the new Xbox One console, which is not really a new console but a mid-generation upgrade, is going to be called Xbox One X. It sounds like someone in corporate dared someone else to put as much Xs in the name as they could. I could’ve easily put more. Xbxox One X. Xbox Xonex. Xbox One XXXL. See? The important thing is, we now know when the console will be released, and how much it’s going to cost.
The Xbox One And A Half will launch on November 7th, and it’s going to cost $500. As for the specs, it’s going to have a six teraflops GPU with 326GB/s of memory bandwidth, 12 GB of DDR5 and liquid cooling. There will be 1TB of space inside, and it will be able to play 4K at 60 FPS. Microsoft is saying that The Artist Formerly Known As Project Scorpio is the most powerful console on the market, throwing around numbers like “40% more power than any other console”.
Honestly, it’s kind of embarrassing. If you care about specs so much, you’ll probably just end up buying a PC, which can nowadays even run every Xbox game that comes out. The games are what sells consoles, and almost all of the Xbox One exclusives are playable on PC as well. A bunch of games will be getting free updates to accomodate for the new console’s capabilities, and there’s even a list of games expected to launch with Xbox One Point Five features, like Crackdown 3, State of Decay 2, Forza Motosport 7, Assassin’s Creed Origins and Sea of Thieves.
It’s a strange time for console owners. Sony will probably have something to say at their own press event, in order to combat Xbox One X. Perhaps a price cut for the PS4 Pro, or a healthy line-up of exclusives.