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Microsoft’s new console, the Xbox One X, features advanced computing and video capabilities. (Microsoft Photo)

The Electronic Entertainment Expo, better known as E3, is in full swing this week. It’s as one of the biggest events in the world for the video game industry, and Andru Edwards, co-host of our Geared Up podcast, is in Los Angeles following all the action.

The first day of the event was all about Microsoft’s Xbox. The company finally revealed details of its next game console, previously known as Project Scorpio and unveiled as the Xbox One X. We get Andru’s take on the new console and more game news on this episode of Geared Up.

The Xbox One X boasts some jaw-dropping features, including six teraflops of computing power — compared to just 1.31 in its predecessor, the Xbox One S — and the ability to support 4K graphics. It’s a dream for videophiles and hard-core gamers.

But with a price tag of $499, it might be just too pricey for the casual gamer. Microsoft also announced it will drop the price of the Xbox One S to just $249, meaning the new console will be double the price of its closest compatriot.

If you’re on the fence about getting a new One X, you have some time to make up your mind — they won’t be on sale until Nov. 7.

Microsoft also announced some slightly more unexpected news at E3: it’s rolling out backward compatibility for original Xbox games on the Xbox One console.

We don’t have many details on what the program would look like yet, but Andru thinks Microsoft might be making a bid to sell games that feel nostalgic for today’s gamers, much like Nintendo did with the NES Classic Edition.

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