Xbox Backwards Compatibility – Microsoft deal big blow to Xbox One owners
The price tag of $499 is actually right on the money for many analysts, as the price is what many predicted for the Xbox One X. The question, however, is whether gamers will be willing to pay that price, especially considering the lack of exclusives for the Xbox One compared to the PlayStation 4. Indeed, the custom Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) GPU in the newest Xbox can run at 6 teraflops, compared to the Sony console which comes with an AMD Polaris graphics card that is capable of running at 4.2 teraflops.
For Microsoft, which will not be making any money off of each Xbox One X sold, it is hoping that the power of the console is enough to attract more players into the Xbox platform.
Xbox One X Price Too Steep?
Phil Spencer, head of Xbox, announced at E3 that every game created across the Xbox One family would play better on the Xbox One X. According to Spencer the new console will feature better textures, smoother frame rates and faster load times. The company did announce “Sea of Thieves”, “Crackdown 3”, “State of Decay 2” and “Forza Motorsport 7”, but all of those were already known about prior to E3 2017.
But it seems even the cost of the Xbox One X that has everyone gawking isn’t even breaking even for Microsoft. “The focus I had on this show was games you’re going to get to play in the next year”.
Spencer stated that Xbox fans should keep their expectations in check regarding the library of Original Xbox Games coming to Xbox One because only a select few Original Xbox Games will be available to backward compatibility program because of Rights issue And Emulation difficulty (technically it’s a bit difficult).
“Frankly, I loved the fact I didn’t have to bring out “Gears” and “Halo” just to say, hey”.
Spencer also added that he’s been focused on hardware innovation, and that the Xbox One S and One X are the great products of that work.
According to Spencer, Microsoft’s mindset is that the hardware component of the video game console business is not that part that will make money for companies. “People want to know what the roadmap in the future looks like, and that’s my job to deliver it to them”.