Microsoft is mere weeks from the release of their new Xbox One X console, and inside of each and everyone there is a drawing of Master Chief riding a freakin' scorpion, right there on its circuit board.
Spanish tech YouTube channel Unocero, has the details in the video above. You won't be able to see Master Chief riding the scorpio inside of the Xbox One X without ripping apart, something we don't recommend, but it's an awesome nod to the codename Project Scorpio that Microsoft had on the Xbox One X until it was officially named a few months ago.
Microsoft isn't too much further away from the release of its flagship Xbox One X console, the first true 4K-capable console ever. Our friends over at Linus Tech Tips have had some hands-on time with Xbox One X, with Luke giving the new console a teardown in the video below.
Inside, the Xbox One X rocks an 8-core CPU @ 2.3GHz alongside 12GB of GDDR5 RAM and a GPU clocked at 1172MHz that's capable of 6 TFLOPs of compute power. AMD helped Microsoft design the refreshed APU inside of Xbox One X, so when it's compared against Sony's beefed up PS4 Pro, Microsoft comes out ahead in a big way with Xbox One X. More so when you consider Xbox One X also features a 4K Blu-ray player, while Sony gives gamers no options whatsoever for 4K Blu-ray playback... not even with an external drive.
Microsoft has engineered Xbox One X with a single 120mm radial fan that keeps the elaborate console nice and cool, with an easy-to-repair console that repairers should be breathing a side of relief at. Not bad, Microsoft - you continue to impress me with your engineering abilities on Xbox One X.
The perfect accessory for consoles could have just been released, with Marseille's new mCable Gaming Edition, which features a built-in "intelligent graphics pixel processor".
Marseille's special herbs and spices inside of the mCable Gaming Edition is the VTV-122x series chip, which comes with some pretty damn good features. Marseille explains just how the contextual anti-aliasing (CXAA) method removes jaggies, without introducing more motion blur. The company explains: "mCable's patent pending 'Contextual Processing' engine automatically recognizes various elements of the rendered image such as edges, texture and other proprietary details context. It analyzes every single pixel to repair it in the most suitable way for that pixel".
They continue: "By emulating critical human eye perception, it re-creates every pixel for a more realistic rendering. With this unique capability, mCable achieves advanced anti-aliasing filtering which fixes jagged edges and removes shimmering effects from the texture without noticeable blur. Using mCable Gaming Edition as an additional graphics processor, it can remove up to 75% of graphics artifacts while at the same time retaining all the valuable details game designers want you to enjoy. mCable Gaming Edition also supports 24p film mode. It automatically detects film content, enhances and up-scales to Ultra-HD and 4K Cinema format that are certified by Technicolor, a technology leader in Hollywood for more than 100 years".
Microsoft is getting serious about pricing its Xbox One S console in a direct death threat to Sony and the PS4 and PS4 Pro, as well as paving the way to its upcoming Xbox One X console. The Xbox One S is now available through Microsoft's own Xbox store for just $249, and that includes a freaking game as well.
The new Xbox One S deal includes the 500GB console with different bundles available:
- Battlefield 1
- Forza Horizon 3
- Minecraft Favorites
- Battlefield 1 Special Edition
- Gears of War 4
But there's also a huge price reduction on the 1TB console, with Xbox One S 1TB console bundles that include Battlefield 1 or Gears of War 4, with these consoles and specific games giving you the 1TB console for just $249. That's damn good considering the 2TB console is $349 on sale, and normally $399.
Even as a PC gamer, the Xbox One S is the perfect 4K Blu-ray player for your 4K-capable TV. For that reason and that reason only I own the Xbox One S, but at $249... it's ridiculously cheap to own one now. But it creates a gigantic price gap between the even standard $299 pricing and the $499 price on the 4K-capable Xbox One X.
Microsoft will be launching its next-gen Xbox One X console on November 7 for $499.
I don't think it'll happen soon, but Xbox director Mike Ybarra has said that keyboard and mouse support is coming to the Xbox, where he said it's "definitely coming" and that he's aware about concerns gamers have about keyboard and mouse users DOMINATING controller users.
Ybarra said: "We have to be very smart in how we do that. We'll leave it a lot up to developer choice. A lot of people tweet me and say, 'You can't do this because of fairness,' and we understand that. We run two platforms; the Windows platform and the Xbox platform".
Once the company adds mouse and keyboard support to the Xbox, Microsoft will reportedly "coach" developers on the best practices. Ybarra said that developers could let gamers decide who they want to play against: the slower gamers on controllers, or the precise-aimers on keyboard and mice.
Ybarra added: "If you have a competitive game, people probably are going to want the choice to say I'll play with other keyboard and mouse people or I'll play only with controller people, or that I'll play with any of those. So you'll see our first games supporting keyboard and mouse soon; I can't announce what that is, but soon. And then based on developer interest, they'll choose to do keyboard and mouse going forward, or not".
Microsoft has made the Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition console real, with an awesome trailer below to show it off.
What makes the Project Scorpio Edition console stand out? Well, the console itself comes in a beautifully textured black, graphite textured case - with a limited edition console that rocks "Project Scorpio Edition" in green text. It looks slick AF, but I wish we had the LCD display that the developer units featured. Oh well.
There's a massive 'X' on the Project Scorpio Edition box, a throwback to the original Xbox from all the way back in the day. This console is for the early adopters of Xbox One X, and it looks awesome... even as someone who is very anti-console.
Microsoft isn't far away from launching what the company is calling the first true 4K console, but now there's news that we might see a special Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition console.
The purported Project Scorpio Edition variant would feature a Project Scorpio logo printed in green vertically on the controller, and on the console. German online store MediaMarkt is the first to tease it, with a description of the console reading: "Be the first to experience the Xbox One X console for the biggest fans - the Project Scorpio Edition in individual design, both the console and the controller are labeled 'Project Scorpio.'".
Microsoft could release a limited edition day one version of Xbox One X, just like they did for the first Xbox One with the "Day One" limited edition consoles. We should know more about the Project Scorpio Edition consoles leading into the launch in November.
It looks like Microsoft will detail the pre-order process and information for Xbox One X soon, with the company teasing it might provide more details on the pre-order for Xbox One X as soon as later today.
Xbox boss Phil Spencer was asked on Twitter when more details for Xbox One X pre-orders will begin, with Spencer tweeting back: "We'll share more info on this tomorrow". Towards the end of July, Spencer said that the company had planned its pre-orders for Xbox One X already, with an official announcement not far away - it seems not far away meant, today.
Xbox One X will cost $499 and launch on November 7.
It looks like PS4 Pro will be receiving its new v5.0 update soon, something that will allow gamers to broadcast their gaming sessions onto Twitch at 1080p 60FPS.
Not just that, but families will now have the option of multiple adult accounts, with parental controls on a per-account basis. You can also follow anyone's account, not just developers or personalities. If you want to see your system notifications, you won't have to go back to the home screen once the v5.0 update is here, you'll just need to visit the Quick Menu.
Sony hasn't detailed when the v5.0 update for PS4 is coming, but it should be available in the coming weeks.
Atari has followed through with its promise of a "brand new Atari product" from E3 2017 last month, with the company giving more details on its upcoming Ataribox console.
According to The Verge, Ataribox is a NES Classic like console that is inspired by the classic look on the Atari 2600, with indicator lights that glow through the glass/wood materials. Atari is adding in a HDMI port, SD card slot, and 4 x USB ports. Atari will have two different Ataribox consoles, one in wood and the other in black/red.
Atari is promising all of the classic games we know and love from the Atari 2600 console as well as "current content", but we have no idea what new content to expect. Ataribox should be similar to the NES and SNES Classic consoles, offering retro games inside of new hardware.