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Why Microsoft's New Xbox Costs $500 - And Why That's Fine

20 June 2017

Mike Ybarra, corporate vice president for Xbox and Windows Gaming, recently spoke to Polygon over Xbox One X pricing.

With 40 percent more power than any other console, experience immersive true 4K gaming when paired with a 4K display, such as Samsung's flagship QLED TV. Having a supercharged console-leaps and bounds above the PlayStation 4 Pro due to an additional 2 TFLOPS-and easy development tools will enable game makers to let their titles shine on the device. The list goes on. It's now only available in black, which actually fits well with the utilitarian, power-first narrative that Microsoft is pushing here. The emulation team are going two generations back, and in some cases, are going after games that have long since passed their expiration date when it comes to graphics and stability. Here is a rundown of the qualities of these three video gaming machines.

According to LearnBonds, the day that will erase the performance differences between a PC and a console might soon come true. It costs $500 and launches on November 7.

Looking forward, Greenawalt sees Forza Motorsports 7 as a way to introduce players not just to racing games, but to the love of cars at every level. It'll be the go-to system for third-party developers.

Even Minecraft, which is known for its blocky aesthetic, gets a visual boost. While the PS 4 Pro and Nintendo Switch too, have been around for a short while, it looks like we are all set for an interesting battle of the consoles.

That's the same price the original Xbox One launched at (and the PS3, for that matter) but $100 more than both the PS4 and PS4 Pro launch prices. But that's down the line.

Xbox Head Phil Spencer appeared on Giant Bomb's E3 live show a few days ago and admitted that the OG Xbox game library wouldn't be as large as the Xbox 360's.

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And that conclusion might be fine with Microsoft.

While the PS4 Pro has 8 GB of RAM the Xbox One X has 12 GB of GDDR5 memory.

Microsoft unveiled the Xbox One X, code-named the Project Scorpio, on the last Sunday at the Electronic Entertainment Expo.

Time will tell, but it's hard to see the Xbox One X being a blistering success story right out of the gate.

That said, the key market for Xbox One X is the existing Xbox user base, as an upgrade to the latest model. For the rest of us?

Another issue is the amount of time it takes to make a game of that era work on a modern system.

Why Microsoft's New Xbox Costs $500 - And Why That's Fine