After giving us a soft reveal at last year’s E3, Microsoft finally pulled the curtains back on its new system: the Xbox One X. The supercharged console sports a massive boost in power over the original 2013 system, and is even more capable than Sony’s own mid-generation upgrade, the PS4 Pro.
With the power of the One X, Microsoft has promised to offer a “true 4K” experience in all first-party titles, such as the upcoming Forza Motorsport 7 which looks absolutely gorgeous. Because the X is so much more powerful than any other system, that should give it a pretty big advantage from a development standpoint, no? Well, while that is the case, one third-party dev is unsure if that power will be put to good use by other third-party companies.
In a recent interview with Metro GameCentral, Sumo Digital’s Design Director, Gareth Wilson, talked about the power of the Xbox One X. According to him, “it’s a beast”, but he questions “whether third parties [will] make use of that full power or not”. Here’s the full statement:
“So when Scorpio, or One X as it’s known now, started to become a reality we were like, ‘Well, this is just another platform really’. And to be honest the dev tools we got were great. They pretty much allowed us to get it up and running at 4K straight away. It’s a beast, actually, that machine. It’s so much faster than the PS4 Pro. Comfortably faster, especially in terms of running things in 4K. There’s no question it’s more powerful, the question will be whether third parties make use of that full power or not.”
It will be interesting to see exactly how this all turns out, but we’ll have to wait at least a year or so to really find out. The Xbox One X will be launching on November 6th for $500 (US).