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Published on October 12th, 2017 | by Subhash Nair

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The Making of Xbox One X: The Smallest, Most Powerful Console Yet

The youngest member of the Xbox One family arrives Nov. 7 as a powerful prodigy, absorbing the benefits and advantages of its older siblings but in a much more compact package loaded with performance perks built for true 4K gaming.

With its 6-teraflop Scorpio engine, the Xbox One X is 40 percent more powerful than any other console and also boosts its memory, speed, storage and more. And it does so in a housing unit inspired by the giant extraterrestrial stone in the film “2001: A Space Odyssey” (with a new colour called Infinite Black) with a subtle shift in sections that’s as much about aesthetics as functionality.

The console broke records in pre-order sales of the Project Scorpio limited edition, which sold more in five days than any other Xbox before it.

When the Xbox One X debuted as Project Scorpio at E3 2016 – more than a year before its availability – it marked the first of many major changes with Microsoft’s premiere game console.



This is the company’s first foray into true 4K gaming, giving players high-end clarity and resolution that shows up best on the increasingly popular 4K TVs consumers are adding to their living rooms. It’s a device that has innovation baked in, from a water-vaporizing technology (more on this later) to the Scorpio engine that makes gaming more satisfying than ever. Owners of Xbox One consoles are also going to see an updated experience when they turn on their devices – a new home screen and carousel that gets them faster to the apps and games they want. There’s also a new method of personalization that tailors the console to each user.

And for game studios, the Project Scorpio Development Kit gets them up and running quickly to create native 4K experiences. Users who don’t have 4K TVs will still enjoy visual enhancements, thanks to a process called super sampling, which takes 4K images and scales them down to 1080p, at a higher quality than native 1080-rendered images.

This is a console that adheres to core “product truths.” It had to have true 4K gaming to take advantage of ultra-high definition TVs, high dynamic range (HDR) and high fidelity audio. It had to be compatible with other Xbox One consoles as a continuation of a family that works together. And it had to really shine as the premium offering of the Xbox family, loading faster with better graphics.


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