Microsoft challenges Sony with powerful new Xbox One X

While the Xbox One X aims to provide 4K gaming at 60 frames per second (FPS), those with 1080p displays will also see visual benefits.

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"We are in the 4K world already", Layden told AFP.

For comparison, Sony's equivalent 4k console, the PS4 Pro, handles 4.12 teraflops.

Xbox One X launches on November 7th 2017 worldwide.

The news was announced at Microsoft's annual press briefing at the E3 video game mega-conference in Los Angeles.

Microsoft has pointedly avoided using the term "next generation" in describing Xbox One X, but the company has been clear in recent interviews that it believes the days of the industry launching dramatically different systems every 5-to-8 years is over.

The Xbox One X is a notable markup from the Xbox One S, which received a $50 price cut during the announcement and now is available for $249. It also boasts 12GB GDDR5, up from 8GB on Xbox One.

"We now assume a Project Scorpio price point of $499/€499/£429", explained IHS Markit's Piers Harding-Rolls. Chances are, if you're looking for a console to buy, you're considering a PS4 simply because your friends own one or for greater availability of games as the case is in markets like India. 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. That shoudn't be necessary for the vast majority of Xbox One X games - it's got more than enough power for native 4K.

So Microsoft was forced to reassess the direction of the Xbox program. You can come out with another box that has a better CPU or GPU or bigger hard drive, or can now progress to 4K. The company had given some information about the model but announced Sunday its actual name, its availability and its $499 price.

A handful of Xbox One games will get patches to take advantage of the Xbox One X's additional power.

  • Carolyn Briggs