After the Project Scorpio was announced at E3 2016 last year, it has been heavily researched and discussed by games journalists everywhere. As the year went on, we got more and more detail about the console and now we have a name, price, and 100% confirmed release window. Now known as Xbox One X, Microsoft’s new console is set to release on November 7th, 2017 for $499.
Now that we know so much more about the console, can we predict how well it will do? Many out there have been rallying behind the Scorpio, now the X, for a year now saying it will be a huge Microsoft comeback. Others, see it more as just another PS4 Pro due to its status as a mid-generation update to its Xbox One counterpart meaning it will do just as poorly.
I personally think the answer is somewhere in between but closer to PS4 Pro status. Xbox One X has great potential. It is much more powerful than the PS4 Pro, boasting 6 Teraflops over the Pro’s 4.2 and 12GB of GDDR5 RAM over the Pro’s 8GB. This meaning that it’s computing power is much faster than the Pro, allowing things to load faster and for more to load at once. It also allows for true 4K resolution gaming on console while PS4 Pro only upscales.
Microsoft is also treating this console as both a mid-generation update to Xbox One and the first console in a new wave of gaming philosophy on their part. With the addition of backwards compatibility for Xbox 360 games (and now original Xbox games as announced at E3 2017), Microsoft has already made strides for unifying their brands. They also allow many of their games to play on Windows 10 PCs showing just how much they like the idea of turning the Xbox into a PC. This means that gamers can buy the new console if they want the greater processing power to run newer games, but they don’t need to (exactly like with PCs).
However, this feature is one of the many issues the new console has right now. Eliminating the need to keep your old Xboxes is nice and all, but there’s absolutely no need to get the new one as of right now.
There are no new features on Xbox One X, just better load times, image quality, and processing power. Xbox One S also has 4K support at least for its streaming and disc drive. It and the original Xbox One will have all the same features as the X. This includes access to all the same games (even backwards compatible titles from Microsoft’s 7th and 6th gen consoles), the same apps, and so on. There also aren’t that many exclusives for Xbox right now, with the good ones being available on Windows 10 and with not that many coming after a disappointingly lackluster E3 this year.
So I highly doubt people will try very hard to get their hands on a $499 console that offers better processing power and visuals over a $249 and even cheaper equivalent that has all the same features and games in almost unrecognizably different quality. That and Xbox One is struggling as it is because most of its good games are also available on PC. Even then, it doesn’t have many exclusives to offer. Scorpio was also a cooler name than Xbox One X and probably would’ve helped sales.
That being said, I think it will do better than PS4 Pro mainly because it’s more powerful and because it has more features like true 4K gaming and 4K Blu Ray disc support.
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