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Why Microsoft's New Xbox Costs $500 - And Why That's Fine

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A number of developers have already chimed in with their thoughts on the console, and now Paul Bettner of Super Lucky's Tale developer Playful has spoken about the system as well.

Microsoft pre-announced the Xbox One X, then known as Project Scorpio, at E3 2016.

Phil Spencer, Microsoft's head of Xbox, says that Xbox One X stands to attract the best kind of gaming customers of all. Xbox One X makes your existing library even better, with better textures, smoother framerates and faster load times, even on a 1080p TV.

Xbox One X costs $500, which is expensive compared to other game consoles. The second reason is that it is more "difficult" to do original Xbox emulation on the newer Xbox family of consoles, with the site bringing up Spencer saying that the way it is being accomplished now is through pure horsepower. "Xbox One X will join the Xbox One family of devices and coexist alongside Xbox One and Xbox One S, and all Xbox One games and accessories are compatible". There's no accounting for optimization of each individual game, and any PC gamer will tell you that some games just come up short in terms of performance, but the concept here is very solid.

According to the rumor mill, Grand Theft Auto 6 from Rockstar Games will be the first game to be released for the PS5.

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Thus, the Xbox One X outperforms the PS4 Pro and Nintendo Switch in categories such as CPU. So in that world I have to show them an experience that's demonstrably better.

Microsoft is releasing "Forza Motorsport 7" ahead of the Xbox One X - it will take advantage of the console's ability to play games in 4K. And thus, the demand and enjoyment of single-player games can continue, and we won't be trapped in a future where every game has to follow Destiny's model.

The Xbox One X is priced at $100 more than the PS4 Pro, but Xbox One S console owners can get a $100 credit when they trade their console in for an Xbox One X at retailers like GameStop. With higher specs and a promise of true 4K gaming, the PlayStation 4 Pro seemingly lags behind the Microsoft console. There seems no point in investing this much money on a new console. As a result, the six teraflops of Xbox One X won't be needed.

As far as the games are concerned, there seems no way game developers will go to dramatically change the quality of graphics between the two consoles.

"People know we own Gears and Halo, and those are important franchises for us, but I saw it as a strength".

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