THE FU­TURE KING

If you com­bined all the power of the ma­chines from the pre­vi­ous pages, they wouldn’t be able to hold a can­dle to the beast that’s on the hori­zon...

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8 REA­SONS WHY THE XBOX ONE X WILL RE­SHAPE THE FU­TURE OF CON­SOLE GAM­ING 1 It’s pow­er­ful

The Xbox One X is a real beast of a gam­ing ma­chine: a to­tal of eight 2.3GHz pro­ces­sor cores pair with a six-ter­aflop graphics pro­ces­sor, to­gether with 12 GB of GDDR5 RAM. All that power es­sen­tially means that the Xbox One X will be blis­ter­ingly quick, able to run Forza Mo­tor­sport 7 at na­tive 4K and still have more than 30% of its pro­cess­ing power to spare.

2 It’ll have 4K games

With all that power, the new Xbox One X will be able to de­liver full 4K con­tent - in­clud­ing games. There’s a 4K UHD Blu-ray player on-board, too, but it’s the op­tion to serve up 4K HDR that’s prop­erly ex­cit­ing. The PS4 Pro runs a few games in na­tive 4K, but uses trick­ery and up­scal­ing to achieve it. That’s not the case for the Xbox One X, it’ll have more than enough power for na­tive 4K.

3 Le­gacy Xbox One games will look spec­tac­u­lar

Where Sony’s top con­sole switches half of its power off when run­ning older games, Xbox One X uses all of its power even on Xbox One and Xbox 360 ti­tles. That should mean frame rates that never fal­ter from their max­i­mum, and dy­namic drops in res­o­lu­tion shouldn’t ever be nec­es­sary. That’ll be a big bonus even for gamers with­out a 4K screen.

4 It’ll load more, faster

The Xbox One X will pack a 1TB hard drive as stan­dard, with a 50% boost in band­width, which - along­side that faster RAM and huge CPU power in­crease - will see load times slashed. In fact, while 4K game tex­tures will sap a lot more space and band­width gen­er­ally, load times should be no slower than on the stan­dard Xbox One.

5 It’ll work with all your old stuff

The Xbox One X is still part of the same ecosys­tem as Mi­crosoft’s cur­rent con­soles. That means it’ll take all of your var­i­ous con­trollers, ar­cade sticks, head­sets, and what­ever other pe­riph­er­als you’ve stocked up on for the Xbox One or Xbox One S.

6 It’s small than you think

More power equals more phys­i­cal heft, right? Not with the Xbox One X. While the orig­i­nal Xbox One was a bit of a porker, the Xbox One S trimmed things down to a more rea­son­able and stylish size. And the Xbox One X will go even slim­mer. It’s Mi­crosoft’s small­est con­sole to date, de­spite pack­ing in the most pro­cess­ing abil­ity.

7 It’s go­ing to sound great

Wor­ried about how the Xbox One X will sound? Don’t be: it’s set to serve up spa­cial sur­round via Dolby Atmos and Mi­crosoft’s pro­pri­etary HRTF for­mat. HRTF is still shrouded in se­crecy, but Dolby Atmos is all about adding height to sur­round sound and pin-point place­ment in a 3D sound­scape. Plus it will also work with head­phones, which is a mega bonus.

8 It’ll run su­per cool

All of those hard­core in­ter­nals will take a fair bit of cool­ing - which is why Scor­pio uses the clos­est thing to wa­ter cool­ing that you’ll see on a con­sumer con­sole. Usu­ally the re­serve of gam­ing PCs, Scor­pio puts ionised wa­ter to work in a vac­uum in or­der to dis­perse heat from its com­po­nents via a heatsink.

The Xbox One X is the only con­sole that can achieve Ul­tra HD with­out up­scal­ing and at 60fps. Take that, Sony.

A six-ter­raflops graphics chip is home un­heard-of in a un­til con­sole. That is to now, we can’t wait see what kind of vi­su­als that un­earths.

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