Microsoft's Albert Penello on Xbox One's "post-X" future


Xbox One X sales won't have Microsoft's coffers overflowing for a while yet.

REUTERS/Kevork DjansezianHead of Microsoft Xbox Phil Spencer introduces the Xbox One X gaming console during the Xbox E3 2017 media briefing. But the Xbox 360 and PS3 generations changed all that, because the consoles themselves (particularly the PS3) were so expensive to produce.

Believe it or not, Microsoft simply doesn't have enough exclusive games for Xbox One X to convince gamers.

In contrast, the PlayStation 4 Pro, which is Sony's own mid-cycle refresh of the PlayStation 4, comprises of eight Jaguar cores clocked at 2.1GHz for the CPU, and an AMD GPU that can output 36 improved GCN units at 911MHz.

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In short, Xbox One X is competing with the Switch for the same target demographic, not the PS4 Pro.

PS4 Pro and Xbox One X supports all the existing PlayStation 4 and Xbox One titles respectively, along with some patches that will bring notable visual and performance enhancements to some of these titles.

Spencer said that Microsoft would be making money through selling games. Microsoft's Mike Ybarra (today) has revealed an additional new detail related to Original Xbox backward compatibility program.

Recently, Ark: Survival Evolved developer also compared the game to the NVIDIA 1070 graphics card but was a little confused on the memory because the console has 12 GB GDDR5 and graphics cards don't have that much. A game sporting a 4K logo could be rendering in native 4K, using checkerboarding to achieve a pseudo-4K, or dynamically switching between resolutions up to 4K.

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PlayStation 4 Pro definitely wins in this segment as it is already available as well as cheaper than the Xbox One X. It cost 390 dollars in U.S and Rs 38,000 in India.

This was no accident, though, as head of Xbox Phil Spencer didn't want to repeat the same mistake he did with Scalebound, which was announced early and eventually got cancelled.

To some, this may seem like splitting hairs, but the audience Microsoft is targeting with the Xbox One X is the kind that cares about such nitty gritty distinctions. 4TB PC hard drives are very affordable, and it would have been nice for the Pro and Scorpio models to come properly equipped.

There is also the question on whether upgrading to an Xbox One X and its 4K capabilities is worth it, as players may only get a marginal upgrade that is not worth the trouble of buying the console.

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The company's betting there's a ready audience of folks ready to buy what the Xbox One X offers. "And I think a lot of the other people have a current generation console and are looking for a premium experience and something that really looks different".