As expected, Microsoft started accepting pre-orders for a special Xbox One X Project Scorpio edition on Sunday. The console was announced at the E3 show in June. Priced at $499, it will go on sale on November 7th. You are lucky if you were looking to buy the Project Scorpio edition, and have already placed your pre-order. The Xbox One X Project Scorpio is selling out fast at all major retailers, including Microsoft’s online store.
Head over to Target, Best Buy or Walmart
It has run out of stock on Microsoft’s online store. The initial stock of the console is no longer available on Amazon.com. It has run out of stock at GameStop. So, where can you still pre-order the world’s most powerful console? Head over to Target or Best Buy. Do it fast. As of this writing, Target is still taking pre-orders, and Best Buy lists it as “Coming soon,” meaning the pre-orders haven’t gone live yet.
Oh, yes. Walmart is also accepting pre-orders. Check them out before they run out of stock. The Xbox One X Project Scorpio edition is a limited edition. It has an exclusive vertical stand and a slightly different texture than the regular One X. It has the Project Scorpio code-name etched on both the controller as well as the console. Aside from that, it has the exact same specs as the standard Xbox One X.
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Xbox One X Project Scorpio edition a homage to its code name
The Redmond-based company did not announce the number of units available. However, Microsoft has confirmed that all the initial units available for pre-order will be the Project Scorpio edition. The regular One X is not up for pre-order yet, though there is little difference between the two. The Xbox One X Project Scorpio edition is a homage to the console’s Project Scorpio code-name. It’s Microsoft’s way to appease the fans disappointed by the name change.
It makes sense to pre-order the console rather than wait until launch if you want to get the Xbox One X in your hands by Christmas. The console will go on sale on November 7th. The pre-order customers will be among the first to get it. As we have seen with the Nintendo Switch, the demand could far exceed supply and Microsoft might not be able to catch up until after the holiday shopping season.
Xbox One X has unmatched power
The Xbox One X Project Scorpio edition – as well as the regular model – is the most powerful gaming console ever built. It comes with a 14-day Xbox Live Gold membership, 1TB hard drive, an Xbox Wireless controller, power supply, an HDMI cable, and one month free subscription to Xbox Game Pass. The console packs 12GB GDDR5 RAM, 8GB of which is available to developers. The One X has a memory bandwidth of 326GB/s.
The Xbox One X sports six teraflops of GPU compared to Sony PS4 Pro’s 4.2 teraflops. The Redmond-based company is working with third-party developers to ensure that the existing Xbox One titles are optimized to take advantage of the One X. Microsoft revealed at the Gamescom press conference in Germany that more than 100 titles had been optimized for the new console.
The Xbox One X offers true 4K gaming and HDR support. But you don’t necessarily need to have a 4K TV/monitor to enjoy the enhanced gaming experience. Microsoft has promised that it would use super-sampling to make the games run better than ever before even on 1080p TV screens. The One X supports Dolby Atmos for gaming in addition to Microsoft’s HDTF format that gives a mix reality angle to gaming.
The Xbox One X will cost $100 more than Sony’s PS4 Pro, though it’s not clear yet how many titles will be able to hit the native 4K resolution at 60fps on the new console. In a major setback to the console, Microsoft has delayed the release of Crackdown 3 to 2018. The title was previously supposed to launch with the One X. It means the new console will launch without a major exclusive title.
Microsoft announces new Xbox One S bundle
What’s more, Microsoft announced a couple of Xbox One S bundles at Gamescom. One is a Shadow of War bundle with 1TB (priced at $349) or 500GB (priced at $279) that includes the upcoming Middle-Earth: Shadow of War game. Another is the Minecraft Limited Edition bundle. If you are happy with a slightly less powerful but excellent console, you might be interested in the new Xbox One S bundles.