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Phil Spencer wants to extend Xbox backwards compatibility to PC

17 June 2017

Xbox head honcho Phil Spencer has been talking far and wide about Xbox One X this week, this following the console's grand unveiling on Sunday night during Microsoft's press conference. That's a fairly substantial investment for most people, but it turns out that parting with the sort of cash doesn't mean you'll be lining Microsoft's collective pocket, at least not at first.

Like most consoles before it, The Xbox One X will be a loss leader, with Microsoft taking a hit on the hardware, so they can make it up later on software sales. Microsoft unveiled an augmented reality headset called Hololens past year, so it seems that Xbox might be working to integrate that technology into their platform. Later on in the interview, he clarified why he compared the Xbox One X to such an expensive gaming rig when the components in the console are cheaper. When asked if each unit sold would result in lost profit for Microsoft, Spencer stated "I didn't answer it that way".

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The confusion also comes because earlier this week, The Wall Street Journal had reported that Xbox Marketing Chief Mike Nichols told them Xbox One X would not be able to work with VR headsets.

"While we would love to bring all the games to the newest machine, there are several reasons while the original Xbox backwards game library will be small compared to the Xbox 360 games".

At that price, the Xbox One X does not come with any accessories or any games.

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Spencer then went on to say that the Xbox One X feature 40 percent more GPU and a larger, faster RAM. "With fixed hardware on a console we can get every single ounce of that out and into a game's hands".

Microsoft is using a custom GPU engine on Scorpio that runs at 1172MHz, a big increase over the Xbox One's 853MHz and even Sony's 911MHz found on the PS4 Pro. As we know already, many 360 games are compatible with Xbox One, but this week they announced their expansion on that with the classic Xbox library.

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