At E3 this year Microsoft announced the xbox one X followed by a plethora of game trailers. The console will be released on the 7th of November 2017 for £449. While this price has left some gamers wondering why they would upgrade it really isn’t bad when you consider what this console is packing under the hood.
This new Xbox one X is still built like a traditional PC however the design, specifically the GPU, appears to be more Custom than in the previous gen. The GPU is based on the polaris architecture, for those that don’t know this is the architecture that GPUs in AMDs current lineup use (low – mid end cards with upcoming VEGA to be for higher end however this will come with a large price tag so the use of Polaris is a good decision).
The specs of this consoles are as follows:
Eight custom CPU cores clocked at 2.3GHz
326GB/s of memory bandwidth
1172MHz GPU – with 40 customised compute units
12GB GDDR5 memory
4K UHD Blu-ray disc player
4K gaming support
There are a number of slight bumps to the specs. The CPU appears to be the same one found in the PS4 and Xbox one (PS4 pro and Xbox one s included) but has had a speed bump likely facilitated for by the new vapour change cooler. Small spec bumps can be seen to RAM and storage space as well. The more interesting additions to the new system are the aforementioned new GPU, 4k UHD player and VR support.
Lets start with the UHD player. The PS3s inbuilt bluray player sold ALOT of PS3s and made the price far more digestable. That said the difference between DVD and bluray was night and day on peoples new large 1080p TVs. The difference from 1080p to 4k is there but less striking, mixed with the fact a lot of people are still using 1080p TVs this move may not help the xbox one x as much as it helped the PS3.
VR Support is next on the agenda. With the new GPU under the hood this should be the best available VR powered by a console. Unfortunately Microsoft has missed out on the VR hype train and while the playstation VR has sold pretty well so far there is still an issue with the lack of triple A titles and the price good VR comes at.
The GPU is possibly simultaneously the most exciting and most disappointing thing about this console. The GPU should provide almost 2.5x the power of the PS4/xbox one GPUs but the power seems to be being used to push 4k rather than better graphics and VR (Better VR is good for everyone, this is a tech that has the potential to create whole new genres of games).
The new Xbox one X reminds me of the wii U. A new console ruined by the name. Microsoft didn’t have the courage to release a next-gen console so soon and as a result we have been left with an overpowered Xbox one that has a game library that will be graphically held back due to the need for the games to run on the xbox one.
We will have to wait and see exactly how this console performs but with 4k content becoming available on streaming services rather than needing a physical disc and with such a powerful console being forced to to play games available on a console far less powerful we may never see what could have been the xbox two.