GAME ON

The console had previously been called the “Scorpio” when under development, but the official name rolled out is the “XBox One X.

After months of speculation, Microsoft is unveiling its “Project Scorpio” games console today, and it’s officially named Xbox One X. Microsoft’s Xbox One X naming comes just days after the company trademarked a mysterious S logo, and started dropping Scorpio hints in its E3 teaser videos. Microsoft is planning to launch the Xbox One X on November 7th worldwide, priced at $499.

All existing Xbox One accessories will work on the new Xbox One X, alongside all existing Xbox 360 backwards compatible titles and Xbox One games. Microsoft is planning to use “super sampling” on the One X to make new games look better even on 1080p TVs.

Microsoft has previously promised that 900p and 1080p Xbox One games should be able to run at native 4K on the Xbox One X, and that existing Xbox One and 360 games will see a noticeable performance boost. Scorpio also features liquid-cooled vapor-chamber cooling inside, a technology that’s used on high-end PC gaming cards like the GTX 1080.

Microsoft says the new Xbox One X is the “smallest Xbox ever,” and the black design looks very similar to the existing Xbox One S model. The rear of Microsoft’s new console is based on the Xbox One S, with a HDMI-in port and no dedicated Kinect port. There aren’t many external changes over the Xbox One S design, and the X simply gets a little smaller. For now, Microsoft is only shipping the Xbox One X with the black design and 1TB of storage.

Yeah, I think they should have stuck with “Scorpio” too.

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I’m not sure how much of an impact this release is going to make. Sony is now heavily dominant in Europe and totally dominant in Japan, and they have pulled ahead of Microsoft in console sales in the US, previously a Microsoft stronghold. This reminds me a bit of the various smartphone companies that have tried their best to make a dent on the Samsung/Apple market dominance and have gotten nowhere. Then again, the Switch did much better than I expected.

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