Sony PlayStation at E3 2017

Microsoft finally unveiled its Project Scorpio Xbox at its E3 2017 press conference yesterday.

The Xbox One X is out November 7 worldwide.

In a lenghty interview with Eurogamer, the head of Xbox discussed the upcoming lineup of Xbox exclusives, the Xbox One X branding and how the new console compares to Sony's Playstation 4.

While the specs of the new system have been known and circulating since April - it has always been expected that the announcement of the console would come at this year's E3 - the physical design of the system was previously unknown.

Another big announcement from Microsoft, which likely garnered kudos points from gaming fans is the expansion of the Xbox One's backward compatibility to include original Xbox games.

The upcoming release is going to be smaller than other Xbox One models, and it will present a sleek and minimalist black design.

"We expect (Xbox One X) to underwhelm at retail, as has PS4 Pro, which costs $399", he said.

The Xbox One X boasts a 6 teraflop graphical processing unit, 12 GB GDDR5 of graphic memory, and an 8-core custom AMD central processing unit.

Moreover, to facilitate the wide range of content that is available for Xbox, the company announced that the Xbox One X will be compatible with all the existing Xbox One games without any software or patches.

Of course, being the most powerful console on the market only matters if there are some great Xbox One games to play on the new hardware.

It's a significant improvement over the current Xbox One S, which can run certain games at a maximum 1080p resolution and 60fps.

This week marks the one-year anniversary since the Xbox Scorpio (now Xbox One X) was revealed at E3 2016.

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The One X will go on sale on November 7, Microsoft confirmed during a showcase ahead of E3, one of the gaming industry's largest conventions. Xbox One S also has 4K support at least for its streaming and disc drive.

  • Carolyn Briggs