Xbox One X: Microsoft’s Next Gen Xbox Console

Announced at E3 2017, the Xbox One X (formerly known as Project Scorpio) was Microsoft's 'Next-Gen' Xbox One console.
Written By: Colin @XboxDIY
Published: August 17, 2017
Updated: March 18, 2024
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Microsoft announced the Xbox One X during its press conference at E3 2017. Since then, gamers around the world have been wondering what features, specifications, and other goodies Microsoft’s newest gaming console will bring to the table. takes an in-depth look at Microsoft’s newest next-gen console: the Xbox One X (formerly known as Project Scorpio) and gives you the scoop on what to expect from this gaming powerhouse.

What is the Xbox One X (Code Name: Project Scorpio)?

Formerly known as Project Scorpio, Microsoft’s Xbox One X is a significantly re-tooled version of its Xbox One console.

Offering improved graphics, processing power, and functionality, the Xbox One X is considered Microsoft’s next-gen console experience.

Although the news is hot off the press, we’ll take a look at what’s been revealed by Microsoft for the next must-have console for gamers across the globe.

Performance Specifications for the Xbox One X

Marked improvements in GPU, CPU, and memory hardware make this console a complete re-tool and a significant upgrade to its predecessors.

Below is a complete breakdown of what’s available for the newest Xbox One:

Video Specs:
  • True 4k Ultra HD Blu-Ray
  • 4k Video Streaming ft. HDMI with 2.0b (out), 2160p @60hz, and AMD FreeSync Technology.
  • Scorpio Engine with 6 Teraflops of Graphics Power
  • 12GB GDD4 RAM 326 GB/sec Memory Bandwidth
  • High Dynamic Range ft. HDR10 Support
  • Stream and Record Clips in 4k Resolution @60FPS

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Audio Specs: 
  • 3D Spatial Audio
  • Dolby Atmos Supported
  • DTS:X Supported
  • HDMI Audio
Other Specs:
  • 8 Core Custom AMD CPU Clock @2.3GHz
  • 1 TB HDD Internal Storage
  • 8 GB Flash Memory
  • UHD Blu-ray Optical Disc Drive
  • Thinner, sleeker case finished in Matte Black
  • Liquid Cooling
  • 3 USB 3.0 Ports

Games for the Xbox One X

The Xbox One X is 100% backward compatible with all Xbox One games, and over 300 Xbox 360 games.

However, Xbox One X also has games that are unique and specific to this console. The Xbox One X Only games offer up an enhanced 4k experience and more.

Some of the games include Forza Motorsport 7, Super Lucky’s Tale, State of Decay 2, Crackdown 3, and Sea of Thieves.

4k Games on Xbox One X

There are more 4k games available that will include an improved experience when playing on an Xbox One X.

Xbox One X vs. Xbox One S: Side-by-Side Comparison

The Xbox One X may only seem like an Xbox One 2.0 (wait, isn’t that what the Xbox One S was?), but the magnitude of changes in play put the Xbox One X in a next-gen category of its own.

When you think about it, with computers being at the center of the PC vs. console debate, it’s only a matter of time before these two medium converge – the ease of use of a console, and the rapid technological advancements available to PC gamers.

As we see more and more frequent updates from console providers, the question will always be: When is it time to upgrade to a newer, updated console?

Related: Should I buy an Xbox One or Xbox One S?

Which Xbox One will you get?

If you’re a casual gamer and enjoy the power Xbox One offers, then upgrading probably doesn’t make sense. Your OG Xbox One or Xbox One S will still perform for years to come.

But if you have a 4k TV, want to play HDR-enabled games, and are looking for an improved audio experience, buying an Xbox One X makes sense.

The upgraded hardware, cutting edge support for audio and visual technologies, and the fact it’s 100% backward compatible with your Xbox Live account, Xbox One, and Xbox 360 games make it an enticing buy for gamers who want the newest and most cutting edge video game console on the market.

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