Microsoft E3 Event Details - New Games and Backward Compatibility

Elizabeth Williams
June 14, 2017

Microsoft's E3 press conference may have been all about the power of Xbox One X (previously Project Scorpio) this year, but Xbox boss Phil Spencer still expects the company to sell more Xbox One S units over the next twelve months than the Xbox One Xs.

The prime concern is that the new console is compatible with all the existing games of the Xbox One and the device has the capacity to scale up these games for 4K viewing.

"When I think about techniques to somehow manufacture a 4K screen like what some other consoles try to do, this is different than that", Spencer explained.

Like the Xbox One S, the Xbox One X will support Ultra HD Blu-ray disc playback and streaming of 4K video with HDR. It is essentially dynamic 4K resolution so depending on how it is handled, the game might output lower than 4K during intensive scenes. For more on how the One X stacks up against the PS4 Pro, see Xbox One X vs. Sony PS4 Pro.

Microsoft showed off a roster of Xbox One exclusives this year, including Crackdown 3, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, Forza Motorsport 7, and indie titles aplenty.

On the topic of the actual console name, Spencer says "the name had to have Xbox One in it" because the Xbox One X is part of the family of consoles.

There are no new features on Xbox One X, just better load times, image quality, and processing power. Don't believe it? Nintendo's still alive because only its gaming consoles can play Super Mario, The Legend of Zelda, mainline Pokémon games, Metroid, and a ton more. That said, you can't ignore the Xbox One X's steeper price tag. The Xbox One X's engine will run at 1172MHz while the PS4 Pro's engine runs at 911MHz, although the most notable improvement comes when compared with the Xbox One, which runs at 853MHz. That and Xbox One is struggling as it is because most of its good games are also available on PC. That's an important consideration when looking at the system's price, though it still might not be a compelling enough reason to shell out the cash for some gamers. Check back for more details and a full review ahead of its release November 7.

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