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Master Chief rides into battle on the circuitboard of every Xbox One X

by Eric Frederiksen | October 7, 2017October 7, 2017 3:00 pm PST

As we approach the release of the Xbox One X, Microsoft is ramping up the hype train for it. While gaming outlets are focused on the games and how they perform, Microsoft is letting some tech outlets actually get at the innards of their super-powered gaming console. As those outlets began to dig in, we’re getting a close look at how everything is laid out. Everything about the system has been considered down to the way cables are clamped down to minimize vibration. But these areĀ gaming systems, and we need a little bit of fun inside.

The Xbox One S had a cute little Master Chief emblazoned on one of the pieces of plastic inside the system. With the Xbox One X, though, he’s riding right on the circuitboard. Check out this image from Spanish tech YouTube channel Unocero’s video on the system.

Not only is Master Chief in there, he’s riding a danged scorpion in honor of the system’s origins as “Project Scorpio.”

Most of us are never going to see this little nod. Cracking the Xbox One open voids the warranty, and it’s hardly worth that to get a peek at the two-tone Spartan inside.

If you follow Microsoft at all, though, you’ll know this is nothing new. Just about every piece of hardware Microsoft puts out has some sort of message on it. My old Zune and my Xbox controller both say “Hello from Seattle,” the most common message the company packs into its hardware.

It’s a minor thing, but it’s a reminder that the company is made of people, and it almost feels like they’re sending the console into space with a message on it, like the Voyager golden record.

The Xbox One X is just weeks away, set to release on November 7. Microsoft is calling the Xbox One X the most powerful console ever made, and the numbers back up the claims. The beast packs 6 TFLOPS of processing power – about four times that of the Xbox One and one and a half times that of the PlayStation 4 Pro’s 4.2 TFLOPS. The system also packs 12GB of RAM to the Pro’s 8GB, and the RAM has one and a half times as much bandwidth as Sony’s system. Any good gamer knows you go where the games are, but there’s no denying this is a powerful gaming console.

Eric Frederiksen

Eric Frederiksen has been a gamer since someone made the mistake of letting him play their Nintendo many years ago, pushing him to beg for his own,...