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Xbox One X: Specs, release date, price and latest pre-order details

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Everything you need to know about the Xbox One X

At Microsoft’s E3 briefing, the company revealed a load of new information about the Artist Formerly Known as Project Scorpio – now the Xbox One X. Here's everything we now know about the 4K UHD mini-monster of a console, includings its specs, release price, and how to pre-order it today.

The year's biggest gaming event, E3 2017, certainly didn't disappoint, with this year's gathering treating us not only to a slew of awesome new games, but fresh hardware as well.

Yes, as expected, Microsoft fully spilled the beans on the Xbox One X, and it looks like it has been worth the wait.

For starters, the Xbox One X will be fully backwards-compatible with Xbox One games – and offer improved performance on these titles to boot.

On the technical side, there was some new information about the specs, in addition to what was revealed a couple of months back. The processor is cooled using a liquid vapour chamber, a technique that’s becoming more common on more compact devices. There’s also a brand-new power-management system for the most efficient delivery of electricity seen on an Xbox console.

And finally, Microsoft revealed the Xbox One X's price and release date. Read on for full details of everything we now know about the Xbox One X.

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Xbox One X Specs: How powerful is the Xbox One X?

Here's a quick breakdown of all the key Xbox One X specs:

  • CPU: Eight-core 2.3GHz processor
  • GPU: 40 compute units at 1172MHz
  • RAM: 12GB GDDR5 (shared between system and GPU)
  • Bandwidth: 326GB/s
  • 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
  • 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

First, let’s look at the headline Xbox One X specs before moving onto how this will affect gaming resolution and performance.

The One X uses an eight-core processor, likely from AMD although not officially stated, running at 2.3GHz. Seasoned PC gamers might not think this sounds like a lot and, indeed, it isn’t. But keep in mind console processors are packed into an incredibly tight space, and more GHz means more heat. This is still a substantial boost over the Xbox One, whose eight cores ran at 1.75GHz.

In the graphics department, the One X will get a GPU with 40 compute units running at a seriously impressive 1172MHz. Even more startling is the massive 12GB of GDDR5 memory, which is a handy combination of more and faster memory. This 12GB will be shared by the whole system, so some will be reserved for the CPU with the rest going to the GPU.

You’ll get a 1TB hard disk inside your Xbox One X, along with a UHD Blu-ray player. And that’s all we know.

Scroll down to bite your teeth in the Xbox One X's performance, but first, let's quickly address the all-important matter of its price and release date.

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Xbox One X Price and Release Date: Can I pre-order the Xbox One X?

At E3, Microsoft revealed that the Xbox One X will be released on November 7 2017 – just in time to make it this year's Christmas must-buy.

The company also divulged that it'll be relatively affordable for such a powerful new-gen console, costing £449 in the UK and $499 in the States.

That's huge news for those who bought an Xbox or PS4 back in 2013 and have been waiting to upgrade to the next 'major leap' system. That starting price also puts it close enough to the PS4 Pro, which will give potential buyers of Sony's latest console some serious pause for thought.

The only thing we weren't told is when the Xbox One X will go up for pre-order. We'd expect that to happen about two to three months prior to its release date, based on experience, so watch this space towards the end of summer as we'll be updating it with all the latest information as it becomes available.

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Xbox Scorpio Performance: How does it stack up against other consoles?

The biggest way performance has been boosted over the current-gen Xbox One S is the GPU (graphics processing unit). Up from 12 compute units at 914MHz, we now have 40 cores running at 1172MHz. Cores and clock speeds don’t mean everything, so you’re not getting ten times the performance here.

But what you are getting is impressive 4.6x performance multiplier. This opens up a huge number of possibilities for developers, with ultra-high-resolution textures and 4K resolutions now a core part of the game development process.

For PC gamers who want a rough comparison to a GPU currently in the wild, the 6TFLOPs (trillion floating point operations per second) figure bandied around when the Scorpio was announced is roughly akin to Nvidia’s GTX 1070, a card that can handle 1440p and UHD gaming at a push. But there’s much more to graphics power than TFLOPs, and consoles are always much more efficient at making use of hardware than PCs.

Digital Foundry was shown a single stress test running on One X hardware, so we don’t have any information on how real games will actually run, but Microsoft has revealed a lot of details on how it will support different resolutions and graphics settings.

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Still, the stress test, which is based on Forza Motorsport, ran at Ultra HD resolution at 60fps, which is an enticing prospect when you consider the One X, apparently, was only using 70% of its graphical might to do this. Microsoft then turned up the heat to higher graphics settings, and DF says the console ‘didn’t break a sweat’. What this means in reality we don’t quite know, but it all sounds very promising.

This isn’t just a console for 4K TV owners, though. Games developed for Xbox One X will have customisable graphics settings for all types of displays, so even if you only have a 1080p TV you’ll still be able to ask your One X to render everything in UHD and then downscale it to 1080p for the sharpest gaming experience you’ve ever seen. Or, for better performance, you could just amp up the graphics settings but keep the resolution at 1080p.

In other words, this is a PC in console’s clothing.

The One X will run all current Xbox One games and should improve performance, whether or not they have been updated for the new console. It runs on the same software as Xbox One, so you won’t have to buy all your games again.

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What does it mean for console generations?

The One X represents a shift in Microsoft’s Xbox strategy. Like Windows 10 being the ‘last version of Windows’, being updated constantly as new demands arise, expect Xbox consoles from now on to gradually flow into one another, with several ‘generations’ active at once before the oldest models have support for them dropped.

In an interview, Xbox head of games marketing Aaron Greenberg said that the Xbox One X marks the beginning of the end of traditional console life-cycles for Microsoft.

"We think the future is without console generations," Greenberg said. "We think that the ability to build a library, a community, to be able to iterate with the hardware – we're making a pretty big bet on that with Project Scorpio.

"We're basically saying, 'This isn't a new generation; everything you have continues forward and it works.' We think of this as a family of devices."

Greenberg goes on to say that, if the One X is a success then it will "change the way we think about the future of console gaming."

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Xbox One X is VR-capable, but...

The Xbox One X is capable of running games in virtual reality, but Xbox boss Phil Spencer isn't yet sold on the technology.

Speaking to Stevivor, Spencer says that while he's a fan, he doesn't feel the tech or games are quite there yet, and that will affect its availability on One X.

"I love the technology behind VR. I have an HTC Vive; I have an Oculus Rift. I’ve used the PlayStation [VR] device a lot in demos and stuff," he said.

"I think VR will find its spot in gaming; I would make that bet,” he continued. “We designed Scorpio as a VR-capable console. Whether that happens this year, next year or the year after… like I said, I still think the creative community has to get its arms around what are these new tools, and this new feeling – this new immersion.

“What experiences do you put in people’s hands to have a long-term engagement? Most of these things I’m playing now feel like demos and experiments, which I actually think it’s absolutely the right thing to have happened. That’s not a criticism at all. But I think it will take time.”

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Spencer believes that in order for VR to become a mainstream success, it needs to be wireless.

"In the long run, we need untethered solutions. You need to have the compute capability to not be wired to the display that’s on my head. That means I either have some kind of high-bandwidth wireless HDMI or I have compute here.

"With the HoloLens we’ve chosen to put compute in the HMD itself, so it’s right there. The other thing I think most people who look along in this technology is a mixed reality world, where I have a head-mounted display that can go from a fully enclosed, opaque world that is VR to a fully transparent one where I’m seeing augmentation in my world. I should have one device that spans both."

One major VR title we're expecting to see on Project One X is Fallout 4, which is currently in development at Bethesda. Due to launch in 2017 for HTC Vive. Pete Hines recently gave Hip Hop Gamer an update on the project, and it sounds pretty damn exciting.

"Fallout 4 VR is the most incredible thing you've ever seen in your life. You can't even imagine what it's like, playing in VR and how realistic it looks and everywhere you turn your head. It is going to blow your mind. It is the craziest thing you've ever seen," game director Todd Howard told Hines.

No mention of this game was made during Microsoft's 2017 E3 event though, so we're not sure exactly what's going on.

Will you be waiting to buy an Xbox One X? Let us know in the comments below.

mattias pettersson

June 12, 2017, 6:55 am

499 is a rippoff... bought the Xbox one S for that price last year and now MS expects people to shelve out the same ammount again... F - off tbh... seeing out this generation on my Xbox one S then im moving to Sony ... 399 would have been the ideal price for a MID GEN REFRESH but nah Microsoft dont get logic.. They will NEVER get market shares off Sony with this approach... have fun dying out Xbox MS

toboev

June 12, 2017, 7:20 am

How did you manage to let go of £499 in exchange for an XBox One S last year, when they were widely going for around £250 with some games thrown in?

mattias pettersson

June 12, 2017, 7:54 am

The Xbox One S 2TB limited edition m8.. 499:- ;) sticking with it untill next Gen as i stated before then im jumping ship !

Slayer

June 12, 2017, 8:11 am

I knew we would see arguments of this nature once the price of scorpio was announced. It was known at the reveal of the Xbox S that a more powerful version was coming - if that was something that you would be interested in then buy the most basic Xbox one while waiting for the Scorpio - don't buy a limited edition Xbox S and then get upset when the X is announced for the same price. I know its hard, I had to fight off temptation too but in the grander scheme of things, it just didn't make sense to buy and S last year when I knew I wouldn't be happy unless I had the best - and that best was just a years wait away.

mattias pettersson

June 12, 2017, 9:08 am

Not the point, the point being there isnt much updated in this version warranting a high price tag... they have refined the cpu still a jaguar and updated the clockspeed on GPU... furthermore no xbx will run the same due to their individual speed control .. basicly u get a "bad" xbx chip u wont get "full" power due to the built in regulation as seen in modern GPU`s with their throttling... the S will hold me fine untill PS5... ;)

yaz j

June 12, 2017, 9:22 am

I bought the Xbox one s 1tb with Forza horizon 3 and gow4 with a controller for £130. The console was used a handful of times before I bought it.

mattias pettersson

June 12, 2017, 9:25 am

you just explained it urself.. Used, i bought mine brand new ;) and my 2tb storage has 500gb left i have 30+ games i play and 102 that i can install.. way to little space ;)

Slayer

June 12, 2017, 10:20 am

Well, potential hardware caused speed limitations aside, what makes this so much different from what Sony did with the PS4 pro? Times are changing and the console manufacturers realise that an 8 year console life-cycle is no longer viable. There will be players that are happy with the original hardware and there will be others that want newer, faster hardware with access to better tech (such as 4K and VR) - it doesn't help the console manufacturer to bury their head in the sand while waiting for next-gen. If we look at the speed at which computers are being upgraded, consoles cannot afford to lag almost a decade behind by the end of their life-cycle. As for price, 12GB DDR5 ram, faster processor, VR ready, smaller package? I think the price is where it should be considering the pricing of the Xbox and the S.

mattias pettersson

June 12, 2017, 12:07 pm

haha stick a VR ready sticker on a cardboard box and charge 10 times more ... and for the Ram lol .. u do know that DDR5 doesnt exist rite ? highest you can go atm is DDR4 .. and GDDR is GPU ddr... i think personally the price is 100 over what it should be considering that The CPU is still a Jaguare albeit has been fiddled with also the Polaris chip is 1½ year old and sells for 100-150 ergo Rx 470/480... also its only 1 TB storage and 1 tb doesnt cost a shirt to buy ... and the "old" its a UHD 4k Blueray player.. yes that was also present in the S ;) as i said before i belive i shall wait considering black friday is after release ;) furthermore u say look at sony... yes i do look at sony... their Ps4Pro sold at release for 399... PS4 was a fail from them so they tried to rectify it unlike MS with their day one Xbox one... FYI im no fanboy of either camp im a gamer also a smaller formfactor isnt always good and a 245w PSU ... that is just telling me that the HW isnt top notch so calling for the PC update in hardware makes me laugh... just face the fact.. Xbox X could have been so much more than it is... their biggest mistake was revealing it at the same time as the S also locking in what hardware to be used... they would have been better off with a Ryzen APU in it than this 2013 Jaguar chip... 6 year old chip in "new" hardware.. dont make me laugh ;)

Robert Fuller

June 12, 2017, 12:20 pm

Sick of all the complaining. Its a mid range pc. Which costs more. They're actually selling for less than i thought. Wish fcc approval would hurry up so i can preorder.

mattias pettersson

June 12, 2017, 12:25 pm

A mid range pc you can Do so much more with, also a mid range pc can be repaired personally and not sent away for 2 weeks when the RRD comes knocking... nah they sank their own ship this time... 22 games coming in a 2 year fram optimized for XoX and 21 being patched.. lol... its not a complaint its a point of view ;) we are all entitled to it...

Robert Fuller

June 12, 2017, 12:29 pm

Some of us are older gamers. Hate pc would rather hook up to tv and game like i did when i was kid. You cant make a pc gamer out of console users. We like them and will stick with them.

Robert Fuller

June 12, 2017, 12:33 pm

I like consoles for one simple reason. I dont have to worry if i got the graphics,memory,ram all the crap a pc gives. At least i know if i buy on console its going to work for me.

mattias pettersson

June 12, 2017, 12:34 pm

haha what is it you dont see, im an old old console gamer when all u had was 2 bars moving on each side with a ball goin back n forth.. and after that i was a pc gamer and since 360 ive been back on consoles... it has no flippin thing to do with what platform you game on its the fact that the platform could have been so much more for that price ... as i said before the chip (cpu) is a 2013 product.. its 2017... soon 2018 (6months) by the time this hits the stores its an 5 year old chip im sure they could have had a better chip in it if they waited maybe 5-6 months but nah need more green from people and then in 3 years time we will release the ultimate super humoungous console or atleast that is what they think ;)

Robert Fuller

June 12, 2017, 12:41 pm

As far as console upgrades go. Its no worse than a pc. It really isnt. I find the console cheaper to upgrade over pc

Slayer

June 12, 2017, 12:58 pm

Yes GDDR5, sorry I missed the 'G'. I don't know what all the complaining is about, its the best console money can buy - period. This is where the extra $100 in price comes from I suppose. Packing all that hardware into such a small form factor takes some time, you cant have the latest and greatest while ignoring the testing & development etc to ensure the hardware performs and does so safely. They also have to ensure that they don't leave current Xbox one owners behind in terms of hardware, surely it can't change as drastically as you might want it to. The original Xbox was a problem, packaged with a mandatory Kinect and DDR3 memory, Microsoft wanted to fix that I suppose. And don't mention that massive power brick that was only fixed with the S.
If you don't like it, get a PC and then you can throw in whatever hardware you want, old or new, expensive or cheap. I have a PC, Xbox one, PS4, & PS Vita, each has their benefits and disadvantages - you have to live with what makes you happy - $100 is clearly the deal breaker for some.

mattias pettersson

June 12, 2017, 1:40 pm

I have a PC already i7-6700k@4.5ghz with a Gtx 1070 @ 2ghz with 8gb gddr5 and 8gb ddr 4 system memory so your point being ? .. Only reason i play on console is due to all the Hax on PC .. played the division both console n pc and on pc it was hacking galore... but single player games i stick to PC D3 / Fallout etc... alot better and more responsive... multiplayer games like Fifa 17 / nhl 17 i play on the console also due to the skewed player base on pc ... still imo its overpriced... and it will be noticed on the market shares.. Playstation will have an even larger market... just annoyed at the fact that i have to get rid of my MS account with 105 games on it for xbox when switching due to their failures

Slayer

June 12, 2017, 1:58 pm

My point being - you are complaining about what exactly? It is too expensive? Then don't buy it. Keep you Xbox S and go to the Next gen Sony when the time comes, nobody cares, least of all Microsoft. Just don't think that the whole world supports your views, the sales will tell the full story. Sony got the lead this Gen with a superior console from the outset as well as a worldwide launch while Microsoft skimped on the memory while also forcing a stupid Kinect bundled and a delayed launch - they are currently paying the price in terms of sales and are probably hoping that the X will help them to make up some ground. This, backwards compatibility, windows 10 cross play and streaming - all trying to catch up to Sony this Gen. Nevertheless, I doubt they'll miss your purchase.

Slayer

June 12, 2017, 2:03 pm

Yet you paid the same for 1TB (or maybe 1.5TB, depends on the version) more HD space than a standard Xbox one and some fancy decals? How does that make sense?

yaz j

June 12, 2017, 6:41 pm

Yes used for about a month with Microsoft warranty enough space for games that aren't on ps4 as I usually play multi plat on my ps4 and finally a big saving compared to how much you spent on your Xbox one s. Xbox one x will be a day one for me. Gaming at 4k with some games at 60fps is definitely next gen to me

RonRoyce

June 15, 2017, 7:29 pm

Looks like for the first time we may actually have a console that is graphically comparable to a PC. £500 is a very reasonable price if we really do end up with GTX1070 levels of performance - especially when you consider that card is over £350 on its own. I await the review of this console with great interest.

Solar Warden Gaming

June 22, 2017, 1:08 am

Looks that way .I myself being a PC Gamer and a console gamer, has wished that certain PC games were on console. While my PC can play all the top games, I admit, it is convenient to play those games on console. I am definitely keeping my eyes and ears open regarding the XboneX. But regardless, I'll always be a PC Gamer first . But I do also enjoy console gaming too.

Solar Warden Gaming

June 22, 2017, 1:15 am

I started gaming on consoles back with the Atari and on from there. Yes I do love to PC Game, but I also love console gaming. I come from the generation that the PC gaming is always going to be ahead of consoles. So let's say I had the Xbox one X and I had to choose between selling it or my PC Gaming Rig. Which would I choose? Without hesitation, I'd sell my console in a heartbeat. For me, we gamers are all part of the same family.

Solar Warden Gaming

June 22, 2017, 1:16 am

Consoles are convenient way to game . Heck I game both on PC and console.

Solar Warden Gaming

June 22, 2017, 1:19 am

This is so true. The amount of money I put into my gaming PC does add up. Plus the good thing about Xbox One X is that even when future xbox systems come out.. all the past xbox games, even the original xbox games will play on that new xbox.. If the PC Games I play like SWTOR (yes I like it) were to come out on Xbox one X with mouse and Keyboard support. man, I'd be all over the Xbox One X.. truth is, I own all the consoles since my dad got me the Atari 2600 in 1977.. so it's a fact I'll be buying the Xbox One X.

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