Microsoft Explains Why Xbox One X Is Worth $100 Premium

The console is expensive simply because it is powerful, even when compared to the PlayStation 4 Pro. Everyone knows those specs are impressive, but it's tough to quantify how that translates to running games.

The spokesman of Microsoft considers that the price set is excellent considering "it's a wonderful premium device in terms of operating those capabilities".

In a behind closed doors presentation with Microsoft, we were given a statistic that seems particularly impressive.

Microsoft's new Xbox One X will work with all existing Xbox One accessories, as well as Xbox One games and all existing Xbox 360 backwards compatible titles.

Microsoft updated the Xbox One a year ago with the Xbox One S, a white redesign of the original black console that reduced its size by 40 percent. When asked if each unit sold would result in lost profit for Microsoft, Spencer stated "I didn't answer it that way".

Speaking with Eurogamer, Spencer's stance on the current Playstation vs. Xbox rival is made abundantly clear. Microsoft is essentially selling the Xbox One X at cost, Spencer said.

My initial reaction when seeing the Xbox One X for the first time was how compact the chassis looked and this was also confirmed by Choudhry who claimed it was the "smallest Xbox console ever".

Spencer touted his console's superior GPU, CPU, RAM, and while those are facts, it is also a fact that Xbox One S is nowhere in the same league as PlayStation 4 Pro.

When the Xbox One X launches in November, it will cost $499.99 United States dollars - $100 more than the PlayStation 4 Pro. In the interview, he also revealed that Xbox One X fans would be able to enjoy 22 more Xbox exclusive games within the next 3 years.

However, hardware just isn't where console manufacturers make money anymore: Microsoft will instead be focusing on games and services like Xbox Live Gold and Game Pass to get the cash rolling in.

The Xbox One X releases on November 7, 2017, and will cost $499.

  • Arturo Norris