Xbox One X news: Microsoft sends warning to gaming fans ahead of release date

Microsoft has made a surprise admission ahead of the X release date.

Microsoft has warned fans that Xbox One X won’t be for everybody and that the Xbox One S will be the market leader.

“Xbox One S will be the market leader for us,” Xbox boss Phil Spencer told Gamespot. “It’s the more affordable console. It plays all the same games. It will be the console that sells.

“Whether you’re on a 1080p TV or a 4K TV, you’re going to have a great experience. But it’s not for everybody.”

Spencer compares it to the Xbox One Elite controller, which was for hardcore fans, but still sold well.

“It’s like when we built the Xbox One Elite controller, we didn’t try to say to everybody, ‘If you need an extra controller, go buy the Elite controller.’

“We sold a ton of those controllers. We know in the gaming segment, there are a lot of people who play games casually and there’s also people where gaming is their number one hobby.”

Spencer said he was confident in the Xbox One X and believes it offers a fantastic experience.

“Their number one form of entertainment, and we want to give them the very best experience,” he continued.

“I’ve played games in true 4K with HDR, and they look fantastic. But it doesn’t mean everybody has to do that. So we’re giving gamers a choice.

“Whether we’ve pushed the innovation too far? It’s hard to do that with gamers. I guess we’ll see; I feel very confident in the product we have coming to market.”

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 predecessor.

Interestingly, the 8GB of memory – which is up from the 5GB found in the original Xbox One – allows the console to process art assets, making it easier to run 4K resolution visuals at higher speeds.

The full list of Xbox specs can be seen below…

  • CPU Eight custom x86 cores clocked at 2.3GHz
  • GPU 40 customised compute units at 1172MHz
  • Memory 12GB GDDR5
  • Memory Bandwidth 326GB/s
  • Hard Drive 1TB 2.5-inch
  • Optical Drive 4K UHD Blu-ray