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Xbox Backwards Compatibility - Microsoft deal big blow to Xbox One owners

Xbox Backwards Compatibility - Microsoft deal big blow to Xbox One owners

The price tag of $499 is actually right on the money for many analysts, as the price is what many predicted for the Xbox One X. The question, however, is whether gamers will be willing to pay that price, especially considering the lack of exclusives for the Xbox One compared to the PlayStation 4.

Phil Spencer has revealed that Microsoft won't be making any money on the Xbox One X hardware. "True 4K, all the features you saw in the briefing at $499, that value proposition is great".

Even at $499 United States dollars, the company will sell the new console of Xbox One X at a loss. "If you just look at the specs of what this box is, it's in a different league than any other console that's out there". It has eight custom x86 cores clocked at 2.3GHz, 6 teraflops of graphics performance and 12GB of GDDR5 RAM.

Spencer gave two reasons for the smaller library of compatible original Xbox games on the Xbox One. Unsurprisingly, Microsoft isn't making money each of those consoles sold. From what we can tell, it will offer more power than the PS4 Pro rival.

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

The Original Xbox Backwards Compatibility was announced at E3 2017, but to less fanfare than the 360 Backwards Compatibility reveal at E3 2015. It's kind of like saying that when a developer makes a PC game do they make it to a fixed low-end set, where there are all of these switches that people can go in and turn on... "The focus I had on this show was games you're going to get to play in the next year".

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. "We're focusing on Xbox One S and Xbox One X and the games you're going to play", Spencer said.


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