Microsoft Unveils $499 Xbox One X, Launching Worldwide in November

Microsoft Unveils $499 Xbox One X, Launching Worldwide in November

Microsoft's 4K gaming console is finally unleashed, complete with a robust backwards compatible library.

First announced at E3 2016, Microsoft finally the Xbox One X, Microsoft's most powerful gaming console to date. Today, the company finally lifts the veil on its 4K HD Ultra capable machine, which will hit stores on November 7 worldwide for $499.

Microsoft promised an upgraded console capable of 4K gameplay and VR. A very public PR campaign hyped up the console's power which utilizes a 2.3 GHz octa-core CPU and 12 GB GDDR5 RAM, 9GB of which is available for developers for even faster load times. Add a 1TB HDD, 6 Teraflop GPU, and 326 GB of memory capable of 4K gaming, and the Scorpio certainly isn't playing around when it comes to specs.

The Xbox One X will also include backwards compatibility with the Xbox One and original Xbox games, including compatibility with Xbox One accessories. Microsoft promises that the console's design will even allow gamers without 4K TV setups to enjoy enhanced visuals for both Xbox One X and Xbox One video games.

Microsoft took the stage and immediately bragged about the console's hardware bonafides. It even includes liquid cooling "reserved for servers and high end cars" in case you weren't sure if Microsoft was trying to sell you a sportscar of a console. Oh, and it's also the smallest Xbox.

Geoff Keighly claimed earlier today (correctly) that the console will retail at $499 USD, a 100 dollars more expensive than the PS4 Pro, another 4K capable console.

Leading up to E3, Microsoft pushed hard for the XXXXX releasing video interviews covering the console's dev kit, something that doesn't normally happen when teasing a new console.

Xbox One X hits homes on November 7 worldwide, priced at $499.

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Matt Kim

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Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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