Microsoft’s next Xbox model is called the Xbox One X – and it’s going to be the most powerful console ever made.
The X, previously called Project Scorpio, will launch on November 7 with an eye-watering £449 price tag, the company revealed at the E3 games conference in Los Angeles.
Under the bonnet is a six teraflop graphics processor running at 1172 Mhz, 12GB of GDDR5 memory and a 2.3 Ghz custom central processing unit.
It’s significantly more powerful than the Xbox One S and, crucially, Sony’s PlayStation 4 Pro, with its 4.2 teraflop graphics processing unit and 911 Mhz CPU.
This means the X can run games at native 4K resolution along with HDR and Dolby Atmos surround sound.
There’s also a UHD Blu-ray player, a component missing from the PlayStation 4 Pro.
Although there will be no Xbox One X exclusive games, any game played on the new console will have shorter load times and more crisp visuals.
Thanks to a technique called super sampling, those without a 4K TV will still see a visual boost at 1080p resolution.
Although some have expressed concern over the Xbox One X price, it’s thought it could cause Sony to slash the cost of the Ps4 Pro as a result, perhaps to less than £200.
Time will tell whether gamers warm to the X, which will need to prove its worth through notable graphics and performance improvements over the cheaper Xbox One S.
Thankfully, with the likes of Assassin’s Creed Origins, Anthem and Metro Exodus on the horizon, it’s got the perfect games to flex its muscle.