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Microsoft isn't making a profit with their new Xbox One X console

18 June 2017

"We're all about choice", he said, pointing to the Xbox One S as a more than capable console that is available at a relatively affordable price point, starting at $250 right now. According to Phil Spencer, PlayStation 4 Pro is a Xbox One S competitor and PlayStation 4 Pro is not in the same league, "just look at the specs", says Spencer. It also allows for true 4K resolution gaming on console while PS4 Pro only upscales. With most of the event focussing on what the company claims is the world's most powerful console ever, it has now gone on the offensive, taking shots at the PS4 Pro from Sony.

As for the PS4 Pro, it comes with an AMD Polaris graphics with 4.2 teraflops of performance and 8GB of GDDR5 RAM.

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Dave Thier, a contributor for Forbes, said consumers criticized Xbox One for concentrating too much on non-gaming applications and "just couldn't compete with the cheaper, better-performing PS4". It seems clear that Microsoft isn't anxious about that price gap between the two consoles since the company doesn't see them as direct competitors.

Microsoft has come under fire from some critics who worry the company's new Xbox One X is overpriced. That included the likes of Forza 7, Metro Exodus, and Anthem, a new Destiny-like sci-fi shooter from Bioware and EA.

Along with the new backwards compatibility feature, Microsoft has also announced the launch of its brand-new console.

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"I don't want to get into all the numbers, but in aggregate you should think about the hardware part of the console business is not the money-making part of the business", Spencer told Business Insider. I don't know anything about what's in other people's deals.

On the topic of the actual console name, Spencer says "the name had to have Xbox One in it" because the Xbox One X is part of the family of consoles. 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?

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