Sony Could Learn a Lot From Microsoft About Backwards Compatibility

Microsoft has finally revealed its plans for Project Scorpio, the new generation of Xbox one consoles that have been rumored for far too long. The project will be named from now on Xbox One X and it will cost $499, being the premium option available in the Xbox series. Microsoft couldn't call it Xbox One Elite because it already has a version of the original Xbox One with that branding, and the Xbox One S is the existing console so it couldn't use "S" alone. The team is busy working on releasing 4K games that run at 60 FPS which is where majority of the focus will be whereas this backwards program is primarily to add some hype to the comprehensive gaming experience Xbox One aims to deliver on the same console.

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.

The new console contains the fastest processor chip ever used in a games console, Xbox said, and will offer "true" 4K gaming to users.

The Xbox One X will arrive on november 7 with a $499 price tag, which is $100 more than the PlayStation 4 Pro. It will ship with 6 teraflops of graphical power, more than its main competitor, the PS4 Pro, with 4.2 teraflops. And, as a result, he sees the PS4 Pro as "more of a competitor to [Xbox One] S than I do to Xbox One X".

The confusion also comes because earlier this week, The Wall Street Journal had reported that Xbox Marketing Chief Mike Nichols told them Xbox One X would not be able to work with VR headsets.

'You can only play 4K games like Forza Motorsport 7, Crackdown 3, State of Decay 2, Sea of Thieves and Super Lucky's Tale the way they're meant to be played on Xbox One X.' recited from the official site of Xbox. When Head of Xbox Phil Spencer was asked by the press whether the tech giant was making money, the man simply answered "No". The Redmond, Washington based tech titan is said to utilize super sampling on the Xbox One X console to make new titles look better even on 1080p TVs.

Xbox One X will release on November 7th but the price for the console in India is yet to be released. "I would make more of a comparison to the PC space in terms of capabilities", he says.

  • Arturo Norris