It’s honestly confusing seeing the new Xbox One X with the Xbox One S already in existence since E3 last year, but lo and behold, Microsoft once again has the most powerful game console.
Launched at this year’s E3, the Xbox One X is considered to be a “True 4K” machine, able to make any current Xbox video game look way better on 4K televisions. This is made possible by six teraflops of graphics power using a custom-built GPU, which eclipses the 4.2 teraflops of power of Sony’s PS4 Pro. All that comes in what Microsoft calls its smallest Xbox ever.
As you can see in the comparison above, the Xbox One X in the foreground follows the design language of the Xbox One S at the back. At the moment, black is the only color available for the newer console.
It’s all about refinement, really. This is the console to get if you want to maximize all your games and that 4K TV you’ve been wanting to take advantage of (or actually buy). The only trade-off is the price: It’ll retail for $499 and only begin shipping on November 7, 2017.
That’s notably more expensive than the Xbox One S of last year, and Sony’s flagship console. The Xbox One X does carry its weight, though; it comes built with a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player, plus 12GB of memory and 1TB of storage as its base configuration.
There’s still a question mark over the marketability of this console. Is an “X” version easy to pick up beside a much cheaper “S” model? Does upscaling older games really look better? Could a potential PS4 Pro price cut ruin Microsoft’s momentum? Let’s give this some time.