LOS ANGELES—For a year now, we’ve been hearing about how Project Scorpio will bring “true 4K” gaming to the living-room masses with enhanced versions of the same software that runs on the Xbox One. Now, at E3 2017, we finally got a chance to go hands-on with the system now known as the Xbox One X. From a technical standpoint, our initial impressions have been mixed.
For sure, the extra power of the Xbox One X is noticeable. Things like increased draw distances in Minecraft or destructible environments in Gears of War 4 provide definite improvements over those same games running on the original Xbox One. Even incidental details, like a rattling windshield wiper on a shaking car in Forza Motorsport 7, speak to how much extra processing overhead developers have to play with on the new system.