If major new titles such as Assassin's Creed Origins, Anthem and Metro Exodus look significantly better on Xbox One X, the machine could establish itself as the premium choice for the "hardcore" audience. It might be slightly wider and thicker than the Xbox One S but it is also 5mm shorter.
"It's all about gaming", Layden said.
Ybarra replied back to a fan asking if the current Software Development Kit for the Xbox One X is complete or are they still working on it. "You see it in video cards in PCs, you see people that really want that defining experience".
Specification wise, the new Xbox One X packs a custom 16nm AMD SoC with an 8-core CPU, based on Jaguar cores and clocked at 2.3GHz, which is paired up with a GPU with 40 Compute Units and 2560 Stream Processors, clocked at 1172MHz with performance peak at 6 TFLOPs. In a report posted by the firm, games director Piers Harding-Rolls stated: "Crucially, we do not believe that, at this stage, Xbox One X is a device to re-ignite Xbox One sales in continental Europe and to gain market share from Sony in key sales territories outside of United States of America and UK". If game designers have to support four-year-old hardware, how are they supposed to max out the capabilities of this beastly (yet surprisingly small) new box? In comparison, the PlayStation 4 Pro, which can handle 4K movies, but only a fraction of games run in native 4K resolution.
Conspicuous in their absence, however, were Microsoft's two biggest homegrown franchises, Halo and Gears of War.
"The PS4 platform is in its prime, with the industry's best lineup of exclusive and partner titles slated to release this year, taking full advantage of the power of the PS4 system", Sony Interactive Entertainment global chief executive Andrew House said. While rival Sony trotted out canned trailers of several PlayStation-exclusive titles that won't launch until 2018, Spencer said Microsoft wanted to stick to games that players would be able to get their hands on sooner rather than later.