Since Microsoft first announced the Xbox One X last year (then known as Project Scorpio), gamers have compared the upcoming console to the power available with PC gaming. Now, according to Microsoft, it seems that’s exactly what the team at Xbox is hoping gamers feel about the Xbox One X.
In an interview with MCVUK, Xbox Operations head Dave McCarthy shared his vision on what the Xbox One X should play like, saying it will bring an overall “premium PC experience” to the console world. McCarthy said:
“We’re all about the developer choice there overall. Different developers are going to choose to do different things for different game formats. But the good news is that the Xbox One SDK that everyone writes to will be able to handle that variation. You don’t need a unique version for Xbox One X. It’s just going to know if I’m running a One X, will take advantage of it and going to feel like a premium PC experience overall.”
Based on Microsoft’s focus on 4K during E3, and the various discussions about framerates on Xbox One X, it seems this premium PC experience McCarthy is talking about has to do with the visuals of gaming. Other than the controller versus mouse and keyboard discussion, visuals are the next major topic of conversation when gamers discuss console versus PC gaming. The Xbox One X is looking to close the gap between the two, giving gamers a chance to experience impressive graphics and framerates on a premium console.
Given the fact that developers are able to open up modding on consoles, there are fewer PC-only features left for gamers to experience. That said, there will always be those who prefer the PC experience and the opportunity to switch out components and constantly upgrade their systems. However, the Xbox One X will bring many of the PC capabilities to console gamers who want a well-priced gaming package. McCarthy shared additional thoughts about this:
“The way we look at it, choice feels like the right principle right now. There are consumers that really want to balance price against capabilities. But there will always be customers in your segment of gamers that want the best of the best, and I think that up until now the PC space was really the only place they could go to get that. They now have the ability to get that in the console space.”
This PC gaming experience will be available to Xbox One X early adopters right away. A recent benchmark test from Digital Foundry found that existing Xbox One titles will look and feel better on the Xbox One X, so gamers won’t have to wait for new titles to experience the Xbox One X’s power.
Overall, it looks like Microsoft is closing the gap between PC and console gaming. That said, gamers will have to wait for the final release of Xbox One X this fall in order to see just how premium the console’s experience really is.
Xbox One X is set to release November 7, 2017.