Bryan Sparks, Senior Designer, Microsoft Device Design Team, and Leonardo Del Castillo, GM of Xbox Devices Console Development got together to tell the tale of how Xbox one X came to life.
Thanks to Xbox Wire, we now have a closer look at how the console came to fruition after three years of engineering. The development of Xbox One X centered around a clear and specific goal. From the outset — deliver True 4K Gaming in a small form factor design and boy did they make that happen. The Xbox One X is smaller than the Xbox One S. Microsoft claims it’s 40 percent more power than any other console on the market.
What makes it so special?
The Scorpio Engine is designed to be the most powerful system-on-a-chip for game consoles that has ever been created. Everything about it was designed to be compatible with Xbox One (and Xbox One S).
It takes a lot to cool down six teraflops of power. In a standard PC tower, that challenge isn’t quite so daunting. But in a 13.5 by 10 inch box, keeping it cool and air flowing is a task all in itself, so the design team turned to high-end PC and graphics card cooling systems. The result was the Xbox One X’s custom vapor chamber and fan system.
So fitting everything in one place was no less than a complicated jigsaw puzzle. Which is why the team created a custom mount. So the drive can
dampen the vibrations that would be carried through the chassis, as too much vibration would compromise the performance of the drive itself. Especially since the optical drive and hard drive will be living on top of each other inside the system. Then the fan assembly is fit over the vaper chamber heat sink, and the power supply drops in above the motherboard, and the ducts from the assembly all naturally snap right into place.
Check out the Full Xbox Wire post here for other insightful information on the Xbox One X’s creation.