Microsoft reveals Xbox One X, its most powerful console ever – CNET

Bye Project Scorpio, hello to the new Xbox One X.

The console, revealed by Microsoft at its E3 2017 conference on Sunday, is promising better graphics for players, whether or not they have a 4K television, using a technique they call “supersampling.” Several games Microsoft showed off during the event are enhanced by the One X’s more powerful specs, the latter of which were mostly revealed earlier this year.

The specs include eight custom x86 cores clocked at 2.3 Ghz, integrated AMD graphics with 6 teraflops of performance, 12 GB of GDDR5 memory, 1TB of storage, a 4K/HDR Blu-ray drive along with support for 4K and HDR television sets.

In addition to being its most powerful console, Microsoft says it’s also the smallest it’s ever released.

Microsoft has been revealing details of its Scorpio-codenamed console slowly over the past year, discussing the technology behind it, but not sharing other details like what it looks like or its price until today. 

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Microsoft has revealed its Xbox One X, the smallest and most powerful game console its ever made.

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The console is expected to be released worldwide on November 7 and cost $499 in the US. UK and Australia prices have not yet been revealed but convert roughly to £390 and AU$660.

The new console is one of the most important product releases from the Xbox team in years. The Xbox One, while highly regarded by many, is estimated to have undersold the Sony PlayStation 4, its biggest competitor, nearly two-to-one.

Meanwhile, Sony’s released new products like its virtual reality goggles, the PlayStation VR. At nearly 1 million units sold in less than six months on the market, the device has beaten Sony’s internal expectations.

Nintendo’s new Switch console, released in March, has also been given high marks by reviewers.

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