Project Scorpio is now officially the Xbox One X, and it promises true 4K gaming at 60fps.
Find out the Xbox One X release date, price, specs and more here.
At this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo, the tech giant shared what they call "the world's most powerful console." And based on its specs, Microsoft could be right. Microsoft's Kareem Choudhry made the announcement at the E3. He shared that aside from being a top-tier gaming device, the Xbox One X is the smallest system that Microsoft has ever built.
Microsoft's latest home gaming system is not entirely a new console. Fundamentally, it is just like the Xbox One, but with more powerful components. Since the upcoming console is not a next-generation gadget, games from the Xbox One and the Xbox One S will still be accessible on the device. But one important aspect that sets the console apart is performance.
With its upgraded specs, Microsoft assures users that games will look better when played with the Xbox One X, given that the games reach the console's needed extra horsepower. The company promises that the device is more powerful than any other console by 40 percent. With that in mind, it is expected to deliver a true 4k gaming experience.
First up, let's talk CPU. The One X boasts a custom-built eight-core CPU, with each core clocked at 2.3GHz. That's similar to the octa-core setup in the PS4 Pro, but that only runs at 2.1GHz - and it's miles ahead of the 1.75GHz CPU in the original Xbox One.
That's an exciting step up, and it's needed to drive the biggest hardware change here: the GPU. The entirely custom AMD chip boasts 40 compute units each running at 1172MHz - dramatically faster than the 911MHz the PS4 can manage across its 36 units. Microsoft has lived up to its promise to offer six teraflops of GPU power.
That's all with the aim of running smooth, consistent 4K, which requires plenty of bandwidth elsewhere. To that end, the One X has 12GB of GDDR5 (versus 8GB in the PS4 Pro), with a total memory bandwidth of 326GB/s (218GB/s on the PS4 Pro), with 9GB dedicated to games and 3GB for the system. XMOD TEKS
It also boasts a 1TB hard drive by default, again with improved bandwidth to help keep load times light. There's also one of the latest AMD media blocks, to let players capture game content in full 4K with HDR, and an Ultra HD Blu-ray drive.
All of that extra power means extra heat, and the One X has opted for a console cooling first: in line with high-end PC graphics chips like the GTX 1080, the Scorpio boasts a vapour chamber heat sink, which in turn required a custom fan - all in the name of packing in enough cooling to run the high-power console in a compact form factor.
Meanwhile the sound is impressive true - it boasts 5.1 surround sound driven by Dolby Atmos, so your games should sound as good as they look.
What's clear from across these specs is that not only does the One X improve on the original Xbox One S in almost every regard, it also exceeds the specifications of the PS4 Pro in just about every area. Whatever else you say about it, this does indeed look like the most powerful console on the market - by a comfortable margin. XMOD ELECTRONICS
While we haven't been able to test the Xbox One X out for ourselves, thanks to Microsoft's E3 briefing we have a pretty good idea of the sort of performance layers can expect from it.
The company has made much of the console's 4K capabilities, and showed them off in Forza Motorsport 7, which it claimed was running in true 4K (including 4K assets) at a locked 60fps - a claim borne out by Digital Foundry's time with the hardware earlier in the year:
Of course, this is a single first-party demo, perfectly optimised, but it shows off one of Microsoft's major goals for the One X: to produce native 4K at 60fps with overhead to spare. XMOD MODCHIP