Microsoft has revealed its latest games console, the Xbox One X, which will ship on 7 November and cost £449 in the UK.
The company chose to unveil the console – which had previously been known as Project Scorpio, and is the most expensive Xbox ever – at the E3 games conference in Los Angeles, one of the biggest annual video games conferences in the world.
It is the smallest Xbox console produced, but still boasts an impressive 12Gb of RAM, a six teraflop graphics processor running at 1,172Mhz and a 2.3Ghz custom central processing unit, beating Sony’s PS4 Pro.
The console is an upgrade on the Xbox One S which was launched in August 2016, and has been described as “the most powerful console ever made” by Phil Spencer, the head of Xbox.
It can play 4K ultra-HD Blu-ray discs, unlike the PS4 Pro, but while it can support VR gaming there was practically no mention of Virtual Reality during Microsoft’s presentation.
All existing Xbox One games will be compatible with the newest console, and games which have not been produced at 4K resolution can be ‘scaled up’ to improve the visuals. There were 42 games shown off in LA, with 22 of these being exclusive to Xbox One consoles.
While the Xbox One X certainly appears to be an exceptional console, very possibly even the best ever, it remains to be seen how well it sells, and the games coming to the console will be a big factor here.
The Xbox One S only came out last August, and the PS4 Pro was released in November, so games fans may not be rushing to upgrade just yet. They also cost much less than this console.
Additionally, while HD TVs will still perform well, Xbox One X owners would really need a 4K TV to get the most out of the console, which could mean thousands of pounds being spent in total.