The biggest announcement to come out of the E3 2017 Xbox briefing was the price and release date for the Xbox One X, formerly known as the Scorpio. However, that wasn’t all that we learned watching the Xbox press conference. In addition to the 385 Xbox 360 games you can play on the Xbox One, later this year Microsoft will unleash original Xbox backward compatibility. That means at least some of the games for the original Xbox will be playable on the Xbox One family of consoles.
Xbox One X
Let’s kick things off with the details on the Xbox One X. First and foremost, the updated console will release worldwide on November 7, 2017. In the US the console will run $499, the same price as the first Xbox One when it initially launched. Microsoft dazzled viewers with the high end specs of the console and the fact that games will run at 4K resolution and 60 fps.
While most of the games on display during were showcased on the Xbox One X, Forza Motorsport 7 was arguably the most impressive. Like the PlayStation 4 Pro, the Xbox One X will make a lot of existing Xbox One games look visually improved when played on the new console, even on a 1080p display. Also taking a page from the PS4 Pro, there won’t be any Xbox One X exclusive titles. Everything you can play on the Xbox One X will also be playable on the original Xbox One and the Xbox One S.
Finally, the Xbox One X is physically smaller than any other Xbox One console. To make all of this possible, Microsoft has included liquid cooling in the new hardware. This is the first time such cooling methods have been used in a gaming console, but this is common practice in high end gaming PCs.
Xbox One X Specs
- Release Date: November 7, 2017
- Price: $499.99 / 449 Pounds / 499 Euros / CA $599 / AU$649
- 8GB Flash Memory
- 1TB HDD Internal Storage
- 12GB GDDR5 RAM at 326 GB/s
- 4K UHD Blu-ray
- HDR10 Support
- DTS 5.1, Dolby Digital 5.1, TrueHD with Atmos, PCM (up to 7.1)
- Bluetooth Enabled
- WiFi Enabled
- IR Blaster with IR Out
- S/PDIF Input
- USB 3.0 Ports (3)
Original Xbox Games
In addition to the new Xbox hardware, Microsoft also announced backward compatibility is coming for original Xbox games. While only Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge was mentioned specifically, games for the original Xbox will be treated in a similar fashion to Xbox 360 backward compatibility. Games will look and play better on the Xbox One family of consoles.
We don’t yet know how Microsoft will handle Xbox Live for compatible games, but we’ll continue to provide updates as new details surface. For now, know that original Xbox backward compatibility will be available starting later this year.
We’ll have more from E3 2017 all week, so be sure to stay tuned to Prima Games!