THE BIG NEWS STORY: XBOX ONE X
After much teasing, Microsoft’s 4K-ready, HDRloving super upgrade is almost here and it’s going to change how you play… forever
It’s been a whole five months since Microsoft finally pulled the tarpaulin off its mystery new Xbox One upgrade, ditched that Project Scorpio nomenclature (well, kind of) and showed off a console that supports the next step in modern gaming. Xbox One X is almost here, and it’s like getting your biggest Christmas present a whole six weeks early.
Pre-orders went live back in September, and while the initial waves sold out across most retailers, more units have since been rolling in as we’ve ticked down to the big release day. And while those initial sell outs weren’t so great for gamers hoping to add Microsoft’s newest console to their collection, the news flies in the face of initial predictions that its high $499/£449 price point would put a damper on its launch figures. Looks like Xbox One X is going to be a hit – and about time, too.
We’ve already had our hands on a model here at OXM Towers and, as you can see from the shots opposite, it’s slim, sleek and attractive in all the right places. That smaller size was a big talking point when the box was unveiled at E3, but in person it’s impossible to miss just how much Microsoft has streamlined the Xbox One X is compared to the original model. Much like Xbox One S it’s going to save a lot of space by your TV. Oh, and that space grey colour? Mwah.
Games for miles
And you’re not going to be short of games to play on your shiny new beast of a console, either. More than 130 titles have been confirmed by Microsoft so far (that’s significantly more than any other upgraded console out there), including plenty of the big releases coming your way this holiday season. The remaster of LA Noire will be getting the 4K treatment, as will Ubisoft Montreal’s cult-bashing madness in Far Cry 5. Okami HD (turn the page for more information on that returning Capcom classic) also gets a new lick of HDR paint alongside new Spiders IP, Greedfall.
If you haven’t got a 4K TV to hand, Microsoft is planning to have you covered there, too. Head of Xbox marketing, Aaron Greenberg, has confirmed that Xbox One X will support supersampling (the process where a higher resolution image is downsampled to shine on more commonly found 1080p screens) and that we’ll see it in action before launch. Interestingly, it’ll be up to developers to include the feature in their respective titles, but considering Microsoft won’t want to exclude the significant number of potential owners who haven’t invested in the 4K dream yet, we’re hopeful supersampling will be rolled out across the board.