Microsoft challenges Sony with powerful new Xbox One X

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A year ago at E3 Microsoft hinted that project Scorpio would be a platform for virtual reality gaming, but the company made no mention of VR during the Xbox One X announcement, and no VR games are being launched with the hardware. The actual nomenclature of the product is X Box One X and the fact that Microsoft has placed a lot of stakes on this product is evident from its description of the new product as the "most powerful gaming console ever made".

Xbox chief Phil Spencer said the goal of Xbox One X was to deliver a device that would "empower developers, delight gamers and deliver true hardware and technical innovation".

Games play better on Xbox One X. The world's most powerful console begins rolling out to all Xbox One markets starting on November 7. First of all, Spencer fully admits that the new Xbox One X is going to be a niche console. Among the titles the company presented we could find Crackdown 3, Assassin's Creed: Origins, Cuphead, Forza Motorsport 7, Middle Earth: Shadow of War, Playerunknown's Battlegrounds, Life Is Strange: Before the Storm etc.

Another interesting announcement was the inclusion of more backward compatility for the console with original Xbox game support coming later in 2017, starting with Crimson Skies. Of course, they all run smoother and better looking, using supersampling technology to bring your 1080p games to 4K resolution. This makes it possible to have LAN parties where you can play supported games by plugging in an Xbox, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. E3 2017 kicked into full gear once the company revealed their new Xbox One X.

Spencer also used this argument to justify the $100 price premium over the PS4 Pro ($499 versus $399).

You see, the Xbox One X might be the most powerful console now on the market but it still falls squarely into the 8 generation of consoles. Also you will find 12GB GDDR5 of graphic memory that adds speed and power to game performance. In terms of raw power, we have to give this one to the Xbox One X.

VR will likely still come to Xbox, then, but Microsoft's messaging around that is, ironically, a little mixed right now. "A consumer can buy Xbox One S and PS4 for the same price", he said.

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