As expected, the Microsoft E3 conference started with a bang, that is a proper introduction of its new, upcoming hardware, the Xbox One X.
While the social media exploded with a invasion of not-so-witty jokes about the name (as it always happens with the reveal of a console name), Microsoft provided much information on-stage about its new hardware that is supposed to correct all mistakes made during the launch of the original Xbox One (that is, the third Xbox, is this the fourth, or the 3.5 version?). Here’s the world premiere trailer for you to enjoy, with the Master Chief, cars and a woman attacked by a cloud of pixels present.
The Xbox One X will launch November 17 of this year, just before the Christmas season. The console will cost $499 / £449 / €499, depending on your region. Microsoft boasts that it will be the most powerful home entertainment system on the market, boasting these components for all you tech freaks out there e.g.:
- CPU with eight custom x86 cores clocked at 2.3 GHz based on a custom, upgraded AMD Jaguar CPU Tech
- GPU with 40 customized computing units at 1172 Mhz
- 12 GB of GDDR5 memory
- 326 GB/s memory bandwidth
- 1 TB of free space
- 4K UHD Blu-ray drive
- Vapor chamber cooling system with air pushed through the back
This year Microsoft opted for the “little talk, many games” model for their presentation, though much of the audience will hate the world “exclusive” for a while as the hosts used it all up. Let’s pick a new word for this aspect of gaming, please.
The XboneX will launch in the company of some great AAA games, presented during the conference. Finally, we’ve received a reveal for the new Assassin’s Creed: Origins game and a new IP from BioWare, but we’ll describe those in separate pieces, for your enjoyment.