Microsoft at E3: the Xbox One X, ‘Minecraft,’ and other highlights

The Xbox One X, formerly Project Scorpio, will arrive in November and come with the power to render games in 4K ultra-high-definition, Microsoft said at its E3 briefing.

LOS ANGELES — Microsoft’s souped-up video game console, the Xbox One X game will arrive on Nov. 7, the company said at the opening of its E3 media event Sunday.

Phil Spencer, who leads Microsoft’s Xbox unit, said it will cost $499, and will be the most powerful game console ever built. 

It’s also the smallest Xbox console ever. And existing Xbox One games will be compatible with the new hardware.
 
The Redmond company turned up the rhetoric to market the device, which is aimed at enabling ultra-high-definition graphics of the sort required by high-end virtual reality headsets.   

A flotilla of fans took the floor seats of the basketball arena here wearing shirts that read “I witnessed the most powerful console ever.” On stage, the superlatives flowed. Most powerful. Maximum power and efficiency. Seven million pixels. Eight billion transistors. A monster. 

Microsoft’s console commanded much of the hype, but it wasn’t the only news the Xbox team announced Sunday afternoon.

Among other announcements:

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