Releasing on 7th November, the Xbox One X is set to be the hottest new console of 2017, not to mention the most powerful. Boasting 40% more umph than any other console, this beast is set to hit the shelves with a storm. 6 teraflops of graphical processing power means this hunk of design brilliance is going to have no problems playing this years new IP’s.
This is all information we can read anywhere, though. What about that nitty gritty stuff that’s going to entice us into taking the plunge this November? I mean, yeah, 6 teraflops of processing power sounds like a heck of a lot, but what can it really do? What’s going to make me think ‘crikey, I need this in my life‘ rather than, ‘I’ll just wait till after Christmas when the prices drop.‘
The Xbox One X comes in at only a few fractions bigger than the Xbox One S, and as an owner of the latter, I can say this excites me to no end. The original Xbox One is a rather bulky fellow, so knowing I can get over 40% the power in the same space as my little One S, well damn, yeah, I want that.
Of course, the design of it is beautiful. Minimal. Sublime. The matte black is sleek and sharp. It’s the best-looking console in a long time.
Power to the… Xbox?
The new Xbox One X is the most energy efficient Xbox to date. If you’re concerned about this beast sucking up all of your power and leaving your microwave meal half-cooked in said microwave, then you’ve got another thing coming.
The machine’s processor is to be cooled with a liquid vapour chamber, which is a technique that’s becoming more common on modern compact devices. Also, how electricity is being delivered into the console is changing – as the console is coming with a brand-new power-management system that delivers the most energy efficient power yet.
Project Scorpio Edition
In recent news, there have been some early leaks: detailing the surprise release of the Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition. It was originally listed on two German retailer sites, one of which has since been removed. They were first spotted by XboxDynasty.de.
We are sadly going to have to wait for Microsoft to officially announce the ‘special edition’, though it does seem that the Project Scorpio edition of the console will absolutely pay homage to the original codename of the Xbox One X. There will be the name branded on the front of the controller, as well as on the console itself. It also seems that the hardware that comes packaged with the Project Scorpio Edition will also be getting a brand new paint job; the console will have a subtle stippled texture which the standard version will not have, and the controller in an all-black colour scheme.
As the Project Scorpio Edition will be a limited time offering, it seems as though people deemed “the biggest fans” will be the ones receiving them. This would make sense, and it seems it will fall in line with the original release of the Xbox One, as the special edition Day One edition also featured a unique controller.
The Xbox One X Specs:
- CPU: Eight-core 2.3GHz processor
- GPU: 40 compute units at 1172MHz
- RAM: 12GB GDDR5 (shared between system and GPU)
- Storage: 1TB hard disk
- Disc: UHD Blu-ray player
- Video: 4K output, HDR 10 support
- Audio: DTS 5.1, Dolby Digital 5.1 and Atmos, PCM 2.0, 5.1, 7.1
- Bandwidth: 326GB/s
- Wireless: Bluetooth, dual-band Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, IR blaster
- Connectors: 2x HDMI (2.0b out, 1.4b in), 3x USB 3.0 ports, IR out, S/PDIF, Ethernet
Overall, this console is looking to be a heckin’ monster. So, come November, save up your pennies and you’ll be in for a treat, and if you’re one of the lucky people to receive the beautiful Project Scorpio Edition… well, you know there’s a lot of us out here who will be very jealous.