Microsoft made many announcements today at the 2017 Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles, California, but perhaps none was more anticipated than the final details regarding the progressively less-mysterious “Project Scorpio.”
Now known officially as the Xbox One X, the new console will be made available in all Xbox markets on November 7th, 2017, and will be priced at $599 here in Canada.
“Xbox One X was created to deliver uncompromised power, ultimate compatibility and design excellence,” the company said in its press release. “It’s both the most powerful and smallest console Xbox has ever built.”
The company went on to explain further what the newest iteration of the Xbox One platform offers:
Games play better on Xbox One X. The world’s most powerful console begins rolling out to all Xbox One markets starting on Nov. 7. With 40 percent more power than any other console, experience immersive true 4K gaming when paired with a 4K display, such as Samsung’s flagship QLED TV. Xbox One X makes your existing library even better, with better textures, smoother framerates and faster load times, even on a 1080p TV. Xbox One X also offers the ultimate 4K entertainment package with 4K Ultra HD for Blu-ray X and streamed content, HDR support for gaming and video, and Dolby Atmos support. Xbox One X will join the Xbox One family of devices and coexist alongside Xbox One and Xbox One S, and all Xbox One games and accessories are compatible.
Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox, would go on to announce that the lauded backwards compatibility the Xbox One features for Xbox 360 titles would be expanded further to include games from the original Xbox platform as well, beginning with Crimson Skies, and that they would look and play better than before on the Xbox One. Furthermore, “dozens” of games already available for the Xbox One will receive free updates to “take full advantage of the power of Xbox One X” by being enhanced to run in “true 4K,” including Gears of War 4, Forza Horizon 3, Minecraft, Resident Evil 7, Final Fantasy 15, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands, and Rocket League.
“Xbox One is the only console system designed to play the best games of the past, present and future,” the press release states. “The Xbox One games and accessories you already own are compatible with Xbox One X, so if you’re an Xbox gamer, chances are you already have a library of games that will look and play better on Xbox One X.”
For more information about the Xbox One X, visit the official website.
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