Published: Tue, June 13, 2017
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Microsoft launches new 'Xbox One X' console

Microsoft launches new 'Xbox One X' console

Microsoft has announced a worldwide release date of 7 November for what the company said will be its smallest and most powerful videogame console ever, the Xbox One X. It's what the One X does on top of its console sibling, though, which is what will sell it to buyers who have 4K HDR TVs that they want to play games on.

The Xbox One X is also the smallest Xbox One ever, which is a great accomplishment considering the specs. This support will be found in newer games, along with a selection of already released Xbox One games with free patches (a model similar to the PS4 Pro's improved performance with PlayStation 4 games). One game will definitely be available as part of the backward compatibility program: Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge, the beloved flight combat simulator.

We were left wondering where VR support for the Xbox One X was, stating; "Despite the huge enthusiasm for VR and rapidly growing audience for the medium, it's not going to sell consoles in the same way as a new Assassin's Creed title or Forza Motorsport 7". Xbox One X makes your existing library even better, with better textures, smoother framerates and faster load times, even on a 1080p TV. According to the details revealed by Phil Spencer, multiple names were discussed for Project Scorpio before giving a green light to Xbox One X. And the games that Microsoft demoed on it were similarly some of the best looking console games I've seen.

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Microsoft introduced 42 new games, including 22 new ones with console exclusivity. The list also includes Final Fantasy XV, Resident Evil 7, among others. The long-awaited animated shooter Cuphead was also highlighted and given the release date of September 29.

Keenly-anticipated new games shown off here include a new instalment of Assassin's Creed from France-based Ubisoft, meant to reboot the long-running franchise by taking players back to the "origins" of the storyline in ancient Egypt.

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