As expected, Microsoft kicked off its E3 2017 presentation by introducing fans and attendees to the Xbox One X, formerly known as Project Scorpio. Not only is this system the most powerful console on the market, it’s also the smallest Xbox that Microsoft has ever made. Fans curious to see just how much technical hardware is actually stuffed into this small console got their chance thanks to Xbox Daily as the director of Xbox Programming, Larry “Major Nelson Hryb and the GM of Xbox Hardware, Leo Del Castillo assembled the console piece by piece.
The duo start the process by taking a look at the Scorpio Engine, a small but powerful processing chip that essentially forms the brain of the console. Featuring 7 billion transistors, this 50 x 50mm package then gets placed onto the motherboard, which gives the engine power and memory to utilize. Beyond the Xbox One X motherboard, the chassis is shown next with Castillo revealing that each one is seamlessly drawn from one sheet of metal. Additional pieces such as the hard drive and heat sink were added in next.
As they continue, Castillo reveals a few things the team had to watch out for as the building process continued. With so much hardware packed into such a small space, heat quickly became a big problem to solve. The answer to this problem is a copper base vapor chamber, which takes that heat and turns it into steam. Even the smallest details were considered in the design as the team was well aware that mounting and placement could have catastrophic effects on performance, so dampers and special plastic covers were used to reduce potential problems like vibration.
The technical discussion wraps up with the top half of the chassis which goes on to cover a densely packed machine before the outer plastic gets snapped into place. In the end, the video gives great insight into all of the considerations and problems that needed to be solved in order to actually get this powerful and pricey console running.
While Microsoft previously revealed the hardware specs a couple months prior to E3, fans finally got their first look at upcoming games actually running on the system. Assassin’s Creed: Origins, Forza Motorsport 7, and Middle-earth: Shadow of War were all given ample stage time to show off new gameplay running on the 4K enabled console.
Are you planning on picking up this console once it launches later this year? If not, what are you waiting to see from it? Let us know your thoughts below in the comments.
Xbox One X launches on November 7, 2017.
Source: Xbox – YouTube