For Microsoft, Xbox One X is the latest step in a long recovery, if not in terms of closing the gap on Sony and the PS4, then certainly in rebuilding the Xbox name. Microsoft has been playing catch-up ever since it first pitched Xbox One to the world more than four years ago, and the overwhelmingly negative response to the company’s vision resulted in some spectacular back-peddling. A changing of the guard at Xbox – with Phil Spencer replacing Don Mattrick as boss – was an implicit admission that the reveal had been a disaster. Meanwhile Xbox One quickly fell into second place behind a resurgent PlayStation. As PS4s flew off the shelves, Spencer spearheaded a recovery that aimed to put games and players first. This gave loyal fans PC cross-platform support, extensive backwards compatibility, and now the Xbox One X. Last year Sony announced PS4 Pro: a more powerful hardware iteration that improves the visual fidelity of PS4 games, outputting them to an upscaled 4K resolution. Reports indicated however, that Microsoft had something even beefier up its sleeve. Since it was first announced as Project Scorpio, Xbox One X has been touted as “the most powerful console ever”, and… Read full this story
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