So there we have it. Right out of the bat, Microsoft have unveiled the new Xbox hardware design, which looks very similar to the existing Xbox One S but without vent on the top of the box, given it a name and a release date.
It’s out on 7th November and it’s called Xbox One X. The previously rumoured $499 price point has also been confirmed, which will be £449.99 in the UK.
It can push “True 4K” – that’s over 8 million pixels – HDR, wide colour gamut, Dolby Atmos sound and 4K UHD Blu-ray playback. And if you don’t have a 4K display, its faster loading times and supersampling will still make these games look better than on Xbox One.
There’s a lot of technical detail behind the scenes, with the cooling overhauled with liquid vapor chamber technology making it more efficient than other consoles, as cooling that’s generally reserved for top tier graphics cards. They’re also using techniques to specifically match particular chips together so that they work well together, in what they call the Hovis Method after the engineer that designed it. It all adds up to what is actually not just the fastest Xbox ever, but also the smallest.