Microsoft challenges Sony with powerful new Xbox One X

Nichole Vega
June 12, 2017

During today's E3 2017 press conference, Microsoft announced the XBox One X. It is the company's next-gen console that will arrive on November 7th. For example, loading times for current Xbox One games are claimed to be reduced significantly on the One X in comparison with the other Xbox One variants, and the new supersampling feature will allegedly bring about noticeable visual improvements for users with 1080p displays.

The Xbox One X's powerful technical specifications can be found below, with Microsoft stating that the Scorpio's silicon is the "fastest and most advanced processor to power a console", emphasizing that the system is liquid cooled, a first for a home video game system, according to the company.

When Microsoft launched backwards compatibility on the Xbox One for Xbox 360 games, there were some that wondered if maybe Microsoft could extend it to cover original Xbox games. One of the exclusives will be Crackdown 3, which is due for release on November 17th later this year. All was made clear as Spencer announced the Xbox One X, a new, higher-powered version of the Xbox One which Spencer billed as "the most powerful console ever created". The disc support is a notable advantage we've appreciated in the Xbox One S, which Sony left out of the 4K-capable PS4 Pro.

It's so powerful, they had to include a liquid-cooled vapour chamber to keep it from overheating - the first of its kind in console history. A deep-dive study by Ars Technica led to more discussion on the topic: do gamers really care about playing their older games on their new console? It still ships with that same Xbox controller that we've seen since the original One was released.

Spencer also won applause for the announcement that games from the original Xbox era in 2001 will soon become playable on the new machines too. Finally, system-link play will be available across all three generations of Xbox consoles.

Assassin's Creed is back, this time to tell the origin of the Assassins in a story that takes place in ancient Egypt. Assassin's Creed Origins is confirmed for release October 27 on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.

Forza Motorsport 7 will run in 4K and at 60fps on the One X and looks stunning, if the trailer is anything to go by. As a result of this longstanding notoriety, its return isn't all that surprising in the wake of Xbox backward compatibility support, but those hoping to secure one of these behemoths will have to be quick to the draw.

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