Published: Sun, June 18, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Xbox One X won't turn a profit for Microsoft

Xbox One X won't turn a profit for Microsoft

Microsoft finally unveiled Project Scorpio this week as the Xbox One X at its E3 2017 press conference. Microsoft has announced that all existing Xbox One accessories will be compatible with the new Xbox One X. Xbox one X supports 4K gaming.

Phil Spencer had some details share on it but more technical aspects of Xbox games running on an emulator and how well they work is something we can not comment on at the moment.

When Ben Gilbert asked Spencer whether Microsoft is making any money on each unit of the Xbox One X, to which he simply replied: "No". "But I also know that in the gaming space, having a premium experience for the customer that wants that is critical", Spencer said.

Will you be picking one up later this year?

Touted as the world's most powerful console, the Xbox One X is the console the PlayStation 4 Pro wished is could have been. Though there haven't been many games announced as part of the program, the simple fact that users will eventually get to play old-school Xbox games is exciting.

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"I look at [PS4] Pro as more of a competitor to [Xbox One] S than I do to Xbox One X", claims Spencer. This means that gamers can buy the new console if they want the greater processing power to run newer games, but they don't need to (exactly like with PCs).

I don't think it's good for our industry if we got into a point where people are holding back the technical innovation of game developers based on a marketing deal. Nintendo in March released the Switch for $299, in what so far has been a successful launch following poor sales of its predecessor, the Wii U, which first went on sale in 2012. And while the price difference is a lot less than I initially anticipated, the question still remains: who is going to buy it? "Obviously Sea of Thieves".

Conspicuous in their absence, however, were Microsoft's two biggest homegrown franchises, Halo and Gears of War.

Spencer also touched on the lack of PlayStation 4 cross-platform support with Minecraft, saying, "We want Minecraft to be playable on all platforms with cross-play".

Still, not even a little Halo 6 tease?

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