Microsoft first introduced its Xbox One X back at E3, and now it’s allowing consumers to preorder the console today. Originally, the Xbox One X went out to order ahead of its release on November 7th. Just like the Xbox One Day One Edition, Microsoft appears to be creating a special edition for the Xbox One X: the Project Scorpio Edition.
Priced at $499, the Microsoft’s Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition includes a gradient design on the console itself. Along with the console’s Project Scorpio codename on the controller and console, the X Project Scorio Edition has been announced. You can now pre-order the Xbox One X at the following stores:
Xbox One X will have a limited “Project Scorpio” edition available when it launches this fall. As Microsoft announced today as its pre-Gamescom briefing.
Here is what special about the $500 Scorpio edition, which otherwise leaked last week. Well there’s the box which was made to resemble the original Xbox and also has the name of the system in a green front. The retail packaging even features a giant X that reminiscent of the original Xbox.
That special typeface will be on the console itself as well, also comes in a black, graphite textured casing. Aside from the graphic pattern on the console and Project Scorpio branding, the changes are purely cosmetic. There’s no little LCD display like the Project Scorpio dev unit. The hardware inside is pretty identical to a regular Xbox One X. This is purely for fans of the codename and early adopters of the Xbox One X.
Xbox One X games will be enhanced for 4K and more
While the Xbox One X design competes with Sony’s PlayStation 4 Pro, and of course, certainly the most powerful at 6 teraflops of GPU power vs. the 4.2 teraflops found on the PS4 Pro.
Microsoft said to be working on third-party games studios to ensure Xbox One titles are optimized for the new power of the Xbox One X. These optimizations will be free to existing owners of games. And more than 100 titles have been confirmed for Xbox One X opts.
While game maker can’t create titles specifically for the Xbox One X, so they can provide more assets, a higher-resolution, and btter frame rates. All of these optimizations fall under a new “Xbox One X Enhanced” program. Microsoft is using three logos in total for new Xbox One games. There’s an enhanced logo to indicate a game that’s been updated for the Xbox One X. Also counts for a 4K and HDR logo to note specific support.
The 4K indicator simple means a game has a 2160p butter output, but that 4K support will include native, dynamic and checkerboarding resolution. Microsoft’s HDR support is the regular HDR10 standard – also used on the Xbox One. So there’s no word on Dolby Vision support as yet.
Finally there’s the limited edition controller which will also have the words “Project Scorpio Edition” in green lettering. This edition also comes with a plastic stand but as far as we can tell there’s not anything unusual about it.
Want to see Xbox One X improvements for 1080p TVs too
In terms of launch titles for the Xbox One X, Microsoft leaves the console with a major Xbox-exclusive title. Microsoft will have to convince customers that it’s worth the upgrade for exclusives like Forza Motorsport 7, Cuphead, Super Lucky’s Tale, and the console launch exclusive PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. Just revealed that Crackdown 3 has been delayed, but both Forza 7 and Cuphead are debuting before the Xbox One X. The Super Lucky’s Tale will launch at the same time as the Xbox One X on 7th NOV.
The Redmond-based company is focusing on what it calls “true 4K” games on Xbox One. While many consumers don’t own a 4K TV yet, Microsoft is promising that games will also run quicker and smoother on 1080p screens. 4K is a big target for the Xbox One X now. Hopefully, we’;ll see devs improve games for 60fps on fullHD TV screens too.
Microsoft has priced its Xbox One X at a $100 prime premium over the PS4 Pro. It’s unknown though on how many titles will truly hit native 4K at 60fps. But the pricing could prove to be an issue like it was with the original Xbox One vs. PS4.
The Xbox One X launches on November 7 with the Project Scorpio edition available to pre-order starting today. Interested ones can re-watch today’s Microsoft event entirely here.
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