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Microsoft is finally ready to unleash the Xbox One X onto the world. Despite its truly terrible name, the Xbox One X is a beast of a machine. It isn’t a next-gen console, which makes it an entirely optional purchase, but its 4K gaming capabilities make it a compelling option for gamers.
The Xbox One X has been a long time coming. It was rumored for months before Microsoft announced the existence of “Project Scorpio”. Then, at E3 2017, Microsoft Revealed Project Scorpio as the Xbox One X. Now, “the world’s most powerful console” is available to pre-order.
The Xbox One X Is Finally Available
At Gamescom 2017 this past weekend, Microsoft opened the Xbox One X up to pre-orders. The console itself won’t be released until November 7, but you can pre-order it right now from a range of retailers including Amazon. Early adopters will get the Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition.
The Xbox One X is essentially an upgraded version of the regular Xbox One. It boasts a 6-teraflop GPU, 12GB of RAM, and a 1TB hard drive. The Xbox One X comes with a 4K Blu-ray player, a built-in power supply, and three USB 3.0 ports. It also supports 4K and HDR gaming on selected titles.
The Project Scorpio Edition changes things up a little, but on a purely aesthetic level. The hardware itself is exactly the same as the standard Xbox One X, but you get Project Scorpio branding on the console and controllers, a graphic pattern on the console, and a vertical stand.
Microsoft insists that stocks are low for the Project Scorpio Edition, and when they’re gone they’re gone. However, this is really just a way of persuading people to pre-order the new console. The only real draw is that the Project Scorpio Edition may be worth money on eBay one day.
You can pre-order the Xbox One X right now for $499.99.
An Abundance of Xboxes to Choose From
This generation of gaming is getting more confusing by the day. Sony fans have the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 Pro to choose from. And Microsoft fans have the Xbox One, Xbox One S, and Xbox One X to choose from. Which is just ridiculous. I might just go back to the Dreamcast…
What do you think of the Xbox One X? Are you likely to buy one? Or have you already pre-ordered one? Do you really want the Project Scorpio edition? If so, why? Would you rather Microsoft released a true next-gen console? Please let us know in the comments below!