E3 2017: Microsoft isn't making a profit on the Xbox One X

Paterniano Del Favero
Giugno 19, 2017

Spencer claims that the Xbox One X is on another level compared to Sony's top end console to date. It offers an 8-core processor that clocks at 2.3 GHz.

Microsoft's impressive new console has a CPU that is 30% faster than that of the original Xbox One, while the GPU is 4.6 times more powerful than its predecssor.

This comes on the back of several analysts saying that the Xbox One X's price point of $649 AUD is too much.

On June 11 Microsoft revealed in E3 2017 that Xbox One X will cost $499 United States dollars.

Nevertheless, the current take is that VR support will be available on Xbox One X, and will be a part of Xbox's future. "True 4K, all the features you saw in the briefing at $499, that value proposition is great".

"If you just look at the specs of what this box is, it's in a different league than any other console that's out there", the Xbox boss added.

Microsoft may be little disingenuous there.

Microsoft has been keen to include its PC user base in future gaming plans as shown by the Xbox Play Anywhere initiative, which debuted past year. "You see it in video cards in PCs, you see people that really want that defining experience". The console isn't even able to pre-order yet because it needs to be approved from FCC first, but this hasn't stopped Microsoft from showing the console and its games at E3. But guess what even at a price tag of $499, Microsoft is not making any profit on the Xbox One X.

"I look at [PS4] Pro as more of a competitor to [Xbox One] S than I do to Xbox One X. This is a true 4K console", Spencer told Eurogamer.

Along with these announcements, the division's head Phil Spencer confirmed that the original Xbox games will be coming to the console under its backwards compatibility program.

It's traditionally only Nintendo who manages to sell its hardware at any sort of profit out of the gate (though the Wii U was an anomaly) there.

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