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Xbox One X won't turn a profit for Microsoft

26 June 2017

During an interview with Business Insider, Phil Spencer, head of Xbox division, gave a simple "no" when the media asked if sales of Xbox One X will generate profits for Microsoft.

Microsoft repeatedly mentioned that Xbox One X would be a premium console for a segment of consumers looking for 4K games.

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. Let us know if you will pre-order Xbox One X, and what are your expectations from the console by commenting in the comments section below.

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Speaking to Giant Bomb (via Gamespot), Spencer said that supporting original Xbox games on Xbox One is more technically challenging than Xbox 360, and touched on the rights issue as another bump in the road. If I were to make a comparison on the capabilities with the 6 teraflops and the extra RAM we have in the machine, the true 4K gaming, which is more than just the 8 million pixels; you've got HDR, spacial audio support with Dolby Atmos. But this, clearly, from a technical perspective, is the most powerful console by quite a wide margin.

Spencer has also confirmed that first and third-party original Xbox games would be backwards compatible.

When it comes to the central processing unit (CPU), the PlayStation 4 has a slight lag compared to the Xbox One X as well.

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The Xbox One X is the smallest and most powerful Xbox One ever made. "[Emulation] is hard. Xbox 360 specifically is a PowerPC chip, emulated to x86, which is difficult". He revealed that streaming on Xbox One X is limited to 720p/1080p at 60 fps since 4K requires a lot of bandwidth.

In other news, Xbox One fans hoping for that original Xbox experience will be able to get their hands on the resurrected version of the Duke controller. Sony's mid-gen upgrade has four times more GPU power than Xbox One S.

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Xbox One X won't turn a profit for Microsoft