Nerd Talk: Xbox Just Released a Beast - Xbox One X

Lots of teraflop talk...

June 14, 2017
Xbox controller

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Well, there you have it. Announced at E3, the console that'll certainly be the "you've gotta have it, but you'll never find one in stock if you didn't preorder" gaming system of the 2017 holiday season: Xbox One X. That name - it sorta feels like when you wanted your email address to be "big mike at netscape dot butts," but that was taken in 1993 so you just add some x's to the front and end: xXbigmikeXx@netscape.butts. Nailed it.

They've been calling it Project Scorpio since June of 2016. Certainly, I can't be the only 90's kid who immediately loved the idea because of Homer Simpson's short time boss, Hank Scorpio, right? 

Every time someone mentions Project Scorpio

Once dominating with HaloForza and other smash titles, Xbox in recent years took a significant back seat to the power of Sony's PlayStation(s) and the gaming lineup. Project Scorpio, aka "Xbox One X", from its first announcement intended to be the most powerful console gaming system in production. And they did it. Here are the nerdy stats:

  • Unleash 6 teraflops of graphical processing power 12GB GDDR5 Memory, and 326GB/s of memory bandwidth making games look better than they ever have before
  • With a 50% faster Hard Drive, existing games will load faster
  • System-level Supersampling means new 4K games will look great even on your 1080p TV
  • Xbox One X packs over 40 percent more power than any other console

Effectively, Microsoft is hoping to make the premier 4k graphics machine. Personally, I run with a group of geometry gamers that all are loyal to PlayStation. None of these same dudes have a 4k TV, yet. Is the gamble by Xbox the right one? We'll see. Anyone still loyal to the brand will be supremely rewarded, but the nerds in Japan won't be outshined by Xbox for long. 

At some point we're gonna have to settle this console battle with a good ol' fashioned mech robot fight...

USA Made Megabot (vs) Japan's Kuratas

But until then, Microsoft/America wins the day.

Xbox One X hits shelves November 7, 2017. Here's what you get when you pre-order:

  • Xbox One X, $499 USD includes a 1TB console, Xbox Wireless Controller, HDMI cable, power supply
  • Begins rolling out to all Xbox One markets on November 7, 2017.
  • Specs: 1TB HDD, 4K UHD Blu-ray, 8-core Custom CPU @ 2.3 GHz, Custom GPU @ 1.172 GHz, 40CUs, 6.0 TFLOPS, 12 GB GDDR5 @ 326 GB/s