E3 2017: Microsoft Finally Unveils Xbox One X for $499

Claudine Rigal
Juin 12, 2017

When asked if Microsoft ever considered dropping the "One" from the console's name, Spencer replied, "No, because we have a family of consoles".

Neither of the consoles has embraced the Dolby Vision format.

Updated: Microsoft has now revealed the Xbox One X, including specifications and price, so we've updated this guide with the PC components that most closely resemble the tech that will feature in Microsoft's upcoming console. Microsoft calls games that deliver the best visuals possible on Xbox One X "Xbox One X Enhanced" titles.

Microsoft also has a few extra tricks up its sleeve. The official sale is November 7 for Xbox One X. The brand will also introduce a host of new titles including Crackdown 3 and Sea of Thieves for the latest gaming console soon. The specifications page does say AMD FreeSync but FreeSync is not what is included in HDMI 2.1 but instead a PC standard. Microsoft could have thrown a curveball and settled on $400, but the middle ground seemed settled on that $499 entry point for some time. One X is Microsoft's answer to PS4 Pro, both consoles target the slim yet powerful category where One X out beat PS4 in terms of cost and power.

The biggest buzzword from Microsoft's show was "True 4K gaming". This means you'll need a new TV (if you don't already have one) to unlock the full potential of the Xbox One X. Sure, the Xbox One X has benefits to playing in 1080p like smoother graphics and faster load times, but you're really paying for that 4K experience. It unveiled it amongst a flurry of "console launch exclusives" and impressive (albeit wordy) specs.

Here's the Xbox One X announcement trailer in case you missed it. Some of the titles include Halo Wars, Forza Horizon 3, Gears of War 4, Battlefield 1, Minecraft, and more. That's twice the price of the standard Xbox One and $100 more than Sony's beefed up PlayStation 4, dubbed the PlayStation 4 Pro. Xbox One X will also be using a custom GPU engine developed by Microsoft which will run at 1172MHz. For disc-based games, users can insert the disc, and just download the game. It could be due to the fact that EB Games hasn't been told stock allocations or that they're waiting for clarification that it's OK for sale in Australia, but apart from this, we're a little confused about why EB Games wouldn't allow pre-orders.

The Xbox One X will come with 12GB of GDDR5 memory, which comes with a bandwidth of over 320GB/s.

The recreated Duke is being built with the guidance and blessing of Seamus Blackley, one of the designers of the original Xbox and long-time proponent of the massive controller.

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