Microsoft launches new Xbox One X console

Microsoft unveiled its new gaming system, the new Xbox One X, on Sunday at the annual E3 Expo in Los Angeles, claiming it's "the most powerful console ever made,".

On the techy side, it's powered by a 4 teraflop GPU, with 12GB of GDDR5 memory, and 326gb/s of memory bandwidth. In fact, Xbox One X is pretty much the exact console that Microsoft has been selling us on for about a year now, and that's a problem.

Sony has already launched a 4K console, the PS4 Pro, so Microsoft faces a significant challenge to convince gamers that its higher-spec machine will be worth the extra investment this Christmas.

A handful of Xbox One games will get patches to take advantage of the Xbox One X's additional power. It's part of the "Xbox One family" and is architecturally identical to the Xbox One and Xbox One S. It features full compatibility with all Xbox One games and accessories, with room for graphical improvements when supported. A process they're calling "supersampling" and isotropic filtering means that games will look better, run smoother and load faster regardless of resolution. The Xbox One S has a 120 watt internal power supply, while the original's power supply is 220 watts and external. The press conference highlighted 4K gameplay video from Forza Motorsport 7 and Assassin's Creed: Origins, both of which were announced at the event. The company had given some information about the model but announced Sunday its actual name, its availability and its $499 price. On an IGN livestream (via Wario64), Microsoft's Albert Penello revealed that the console will not have pre-order until an unspecified date in the future.

The day that we were waiting for has finally arrived.

  • Zachary Reyes