Microsoft surprised gamers worldwide with the unveiling of Project Scorpio, now known as the Xbox One X. This writer is a fan of all consoles and doesn’t prefer one over the other. When I heard that the One X is the most powerful console on the market, my geeky gamer side couldn’t help but take a peek at what’s inside the new console that gives it the title of “most powerful.” In my researching, I stumbled upon specs that will have some Xbox customers smacking their heads on walls.
The Xbox One X is indeed the most powerful CONSOLE available. Xbox has yet to surpass PC (and most likely never will), but the specs don’t lie. My personal PC build uses an 8gb GTX 1070 graphics card and has a total of 6.5 Teraflops of GPU power compared to the One X’s 6 And the PlayStation Pro’s 4.2. On the graphics end, Xbox is on top of consoles with a huge lead.
In terms of CPU, I’m fairly shocked that the One X went with a low end custom AMD at 2.3 GHz. I know that price is a big factor, but I figured a CPU around 3.5 or 4 GHz would be inside the gaming rig. I run an intel i7 6700K at 4GHz, but intel is much more expensive than AMD. However, I still feel like they could’ve spent more on a CPU, let alone a custom one at that.
Moving on to RAM, the One X went with 12gb of GDDR5, surpassing the PlayStation Pro yet again who sits at 8gb. The Xbox One S used 8gb of GDDR3, like the original Xbox One and PS4, which was surprising since GDDR4 (and GDDR5) was available and could’ve made that system better.
At this point I stopped comparing the One X to the PlayStation Pro and instead compared it to the Xbox One product line. I made a startling discovery here.
The One X is leaps and bounds ahead of the original One and the One S, but the One S is so close to the Xbox One specs that the price point should be only $20 more at most. The only difference between the original release Xbox One and the One S is nothing but a disc drive. The ONLY upgrade in the One S is a Blu-ray Disc drive compared to a DVD drive in its predecessor.
I was immediately happy that I didn’t waste any money on the One S. I feel that a lot of uninformed gamers were cheated with that console and I feel for their wallets. On the bright side though, the One X is a HUGE upgrade when it comes down to specs.
Now the only determining variable is whether or not game developers will start making games “X Optimized” for the 4K features of the One X. Personally, that’s a risk I’m willing to take.