During its recent E3 2017 Media Briefing at the Convention Center in Los Angeles, Microsoft and Xbox unveiled its mid-cycle Xbox One iteration, the Xbox One X.
Starting November 7th, 2017, fans will be able to experience a number of newly developed, previously released and future released games in true 4K with upwards of 30 titles including Crackdown 3, The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt, Assasin’s Creed: Origins, Life is Strange: Before the Storm and Metro: Exodus already announced to receive an update that will add HDR and 4K support for the Xbox One X.
On stage during the reveal at E3 2017 both Turn 10’s, Dan Greenawalt and Electronic Arts Executive Vice President Patrick Soderlund praised the ease in which it took to get a game up and running in 4K on Xbox One X, a far cry from the difficulties endured during the early stages of the Xbox One dev kits according to Corporate VP for Xbox and Microsoft, Mike Ybarra.
“I remember when we launched Xbox One, developers were having to reboot the systems all the time and it was slower than they expected in terms of getting actual game creation happening across a studio of 400 people. Now with the dev kit that we introduced, we’re hearing amazingly positive news,” says Ybarra.
Reportedly, it took less than 2 days for Turn 10 Studios to get Forza Motorsport 7 from 1080p to a 4K resolution, something Ybarra is very proud of.
“I’m very proud of what the team did with the [Xbox One X] dev kit, and the iteration times that we’re seeing, and the acceleration that we’re seeing. I think when Phil [Spencer, Xbox boss] says something on stage like ’30+ games will have free updates for Scorpio,’ that’s a signal of how quote-unquote “easy” that is.”
The Xbox One X represents a huge step in the right direction for the Xbox brand and is looking every bit the powerhouse predicted when the mid-cycle console was first announced back at E3 last year.
Xbox One X debuts November 7th for $499, £449 and €499.