AHEAD OF the E3 games show in Los Angeles, Microsoft recently unveiled the latest games console in its line-up – a more powerful version of the Xbox One called the Xbox One X.
To be released on 7 November, the Xbox One X will cost £449 (€509) in the UK.
The system, which runs games at 4K ultra-HD and 60 frames-per-second (fps), was labelled ‘the most powerful console ever made’ by Phil Spencer, head of Xbox.
It is also the smallest Xbox yet.
It joins the Xbox One S – a slimmer version of the Xbox One that supports 4K video streaming – in the roster of consoles that make up Microsoft’s latest console generation.
Sony, too, has a console with 4K capabilities – the PS4 Pro – which it released in November last year.
However, the PS4 Pro’s specifications – including memory and processor speed – are lower than those of the Xbox One X.
It boasts 12 gigabytes of RAM to the PS4 Pro’s 8 gigabytes, for example and 6 teraflops of graphics processing power compared to 4.12.
Plus, unlike Sony’s machine, Microsoft’s is able to play 4K ultra-HD Blu-ray discs.
However, while the Xbox One X is capable of supporting virtual reality gaming, there was almost no mention of this during the presentation and no demonstrations of games that use VR headsets.
The console will also be immediately compatible with all existing Xbox One games. It will ‘scale up’ games not made at 4K resolution to enhance their visuals.