In November of 2013, Microsoft released the Xbox One, part of the eight generation of gaming consoles. The third console in the Xbox family was met with lukewarm and negative reception, due to questionable DRM features and a heavy emphasis on a multimedia platform rather than a gaming console. Even though Microsoft and Sony promised 1080p and 60 frames per second, both consoles had a smaller engine than expected, with the Playstation having a little more juice.
“As time went by, rumours began”
As time went by, rumours began to circulate about a new Playstation and Xbox. The two would offer smooth 60 frames and of course true 4K gaming. Eventually the leaks began and we found out that both Sony and Microsoft had something up their sleeves. By now we’ve experienced the PS4 Pro and the Xbox One S, as both offered HDR graphics for select pre-existing and future games. At E3 2016, Microsoft announced that they will be making the most powerful console ever under the codename Project Scorpio. A year later, Microsoft announces the Xbox One X. This isn’t a new console, but instead they have taken the Xbox One and put in a new engine. The X’s specs include 6 Teraflops, 326gb/s of memory bandwidth, liquid cooling and centrifurgal fans.
6 Teraflops, 326gb/s of memory bandwidth, liquid cooling and centrifurgal fans
The console will be released on November the 7th of this year with a price of $499. All this power is great and every gamer would love to witness jaw dropping 4K graphics, but what is power without games? At the Microsoft’s E3 press conference, backwards compatibility for original Xbox games was announced. For the first time ever we have a console that supports games from each past iteration.
“Backwards compatibility for original Xbox”
Support for these old games has made older gamers such as myself extremely happy. Some old Xbox fans have either sold their console, lost it, broken it or even simply don’t have the space or time to break out the old console. With this support, life becomes easier and people are given the chance to relive their favourite games and for those who were not around, a chance to travel to the past. With a vast library of games, the Xbox will now have something every gamer out there, whether they want to play Jade Empire, Halo Reach or Sunset Overdrive. If the new powerful Xbox One X isn’t a reason to get into Xbox, maybe the announcement of the original Xbox backward compatibility will finally push you into buying in.