Yesterday, we learned that Microsoft will finally offer Xbox One X pre-order details tomorrow, during their Gamescom stream. To that end, retailer GameStop is already preparing for the upcoming Xbox One X pre-order wave.
They've stickied on their official website the following message:
Visit gamestop.com/xboxonex to tune in to Xbox at gamescom live stream for exciting Xbox One X pre-order details, on August 20, 2PM CT. Exclusive GameStop Trade offer announcements to follow.
Apparently GameStop will have exclusive trade offers, then, allowing customers to swap their current console hardware to buy an Xbox One X at a discount. A similar program was offered last year when the Xbox One S launched; at the time, you could get up to $200 in credit for trading a PlayStation 4 console, $150 for trading an Xbox One and $100 for a New 3DS XL or Nintendo Wii U.
Now that the PlayStation 4 Pro and Nintendo Switch consoles are available, though, it's likely that customers interested in trading those systems back could receive a larger credit.
Microsoft's Xbox One X is due to launch on November 7th, priced at $499. Crackdown 3 was supposed to launch on the same day, but it was just delayed to Spring 2018. According to Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter, this should not impact Xbox One X sales.
The Xbox One X is equipped with a custom Polaris-based AMD GPU and 40 Compute Units clocked at 1172 MHz, for a total of six teraflops of FP32 performance. It also has 12GB of GDDR5 memory (9 of them reserved exclusively for games), 326 GB/s of memory bandwidth and support for the HDMI 2.1 standard (which means potential support for FreeSync 2). Microsoft even employed a vapor chamber for cooling and managed to make this their smallest console yet.
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