Xbox One X: Microsoft reveal name, price, games and release date for 'Project Scorpio'
In the late hours on Sunday, Microsoft unveiled the Xbox One X, the "most powerful console in the world", and a list of 42 games and some surprises. The console was formerly known as "Project Scorpio" since it was teased at the end of E3 2016 was revealed to be the smallest Xbox to-date and it packs quite a punch.
Head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, was keen to stress that although the Xbox One X was designed to be the best console to create and play games on, putting the greatest graphic fidelity in the hands of the world's best game creators to create 4K games, every game will play great across the Xbox One family.
"Xbox empowers game developers large and small to create different types of games for every type of player, Not only do we have the biggest cross-platform blockbusters on our platform, we've also scoured the world to bring our fans unique content from creative artists that capture the imagination."
- Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox
Xbox One X is designed to make your existing library even better, with better textures, smoother frame rates and faster load times. Microsoft designed it to make it compatible with all of your existing Xbox One accessories and games. The new console will play all existing Xbox One and backwards compatible Xbox 360 titles with improved filtering (less jagged edges on graphics) and faster load times (Older games expect to only have 5GB of RAM, the Xbox One X has an additional 4GB of RAM that will be used to cache common data and load more quickly).
In a crowd pleasing move, Spencer announced that original Xbox games will also be available through backwards compatibility on Xbox One. The process for a publisher to make an original Xbox (OG Xbox) game available on Xbox One appears to be a more involved process than that for Xbox 360 games, so for now we only have Crimson Skies as a confirmed title, but the engineering team will have more to talk about before the feature releases later this year.
The improved filtering and faster load times will automatically be applied to every Xbox One, Xbox 360 and OG Xbox titles. Games, like Halo 5, that use dynamic resolution to adjust the screen resolution to try to keep the frame rate up when there is a lot of action on-screen, will benefit from the additional processing power to mean that it will hit the desired resolution and frame rate consistently.
In order for games to reach "True 4K / UHD" resolution, developers will need to update their games - either via patch for existing titles, or by developing the features with their game. Spencer closed out by announcing that at least 30 existing titles will already have patches to update to 4K available when the Xbox One X launches. Titles that will be upgraded, for free, include "Gears of War 4," "Forza Horizon 3," "Minecraft," "Resident Evil 7," "Final Fantasy 15," "Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands," "Rocket League" and dozens of other popular Xbox One titles.
Always marketed as a premium console, the Xbox One X will launch on 7. November 2017 for €499 (£449) and be available in Ireland and all Xbox One markets.
The existing Xbox One S console will continue to be available and will play all games announced at E3 this week. The console has received a temporary price cut and is now available for €199 for this week only.
[UPDATE 12. June 2017, 15:00]
Here is the current list of existing games confirmed to receive Xbox One X specific updates (4K, 60FPS, or HDR, etc.)
Ark: Survival Evolved
Dead Rising 4
Elder Scrolls Online
Farming Simulator ’17
Final Fantasy XV
Forza Horizon 3
Gears of War 4
Ghost Recon: Wildlands
Halo Wars 2
Homefront: The Revolution
Mantis Burn Racing
Resident Evil 7
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide
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