Xbox One X: Everything you need to know about this powerful gaming console

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Editors’ note: We’ve updated this story to include additional specs, an FAQ, and further E3 coverage.

Xbox One X.

That’s the official name Microsoft has given to Project Scorpio, the upcoming 4K-ready Xbox One successor that took center stage at Microsoft’s E3 2017 press conference on Sunday. It will, in Microsoft’s words, be “the most powerful console ever.”

Xbox One X @ Xbox E3 Showcase Adam Patrick Murray/IDG

That was Microsoft’s main message for the show, repeatedly emphasizing the Xbox One X’s advantages over the competing PlayStation 4 Pro (without ever mentioning its rival console by name, of course). And it sure is a powerful console. Read on for details on pricing, availability, specs, noteworthy features, and compatible games.

Price, release date, and availability

During its E3 press conference, Microsoft touted a “worldwide” release on November 7 for the Xbox One X, but the company has so far listed prices in only five currencies: $499 USD, £449 GBP, €499 EUR, $599 CAD, and $649 AUD.

Microsoft also has yet to allow pre-orders—presumably because FCC approval of the console is still pending. That hasn’t stopped some US retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, and Walmart from having live listings for the Xbox One X, of course, but you can’t currently reserve a system. According to an IGN interview with Microsoft’s Albert Penello, the company has planned a special pre-order program for later in the year.

Specs

As revealed a few months back, the Xbox One X’s raw tech specs make it a monster. Here’s how those specs compare to the competition’s:

xbox one x comparison spec chart PCWorld/IDG

How Microsoft’s Project Scorpio/Xbox One X compares to other gaming hardware.

The new console sports significant upgrades over the original Xbox One, with AMD’s new APU leading the charge. While the 2013 Xbox One had just 12 Radeon graphics cores clocked at modest 853MHz, for instance, the Xbox One X crams in 40 Radeon cores clocked at a hefty 1,172MHz. Note that AMD’s RX 580 contains 36 cores that run between 1,257MHz and 1,340MHz. Essentially, Microsoft’s crammed an entire $200 graphics card into this console.

Put another way, this console features a whopping 6 teraflops of power, just a bit under the 6.17 tflops you’d get from an RX 580—but crammed into a much smaller space. It’s a good jump above the PlayStation 4 Pro (4.2 tflops), which is its nearest console rival, and it’s miles ahead of the standard Xbox One S (1.4 tflops) and the standard PlayStation 4 (1.84 tflops). It even outpaces AMD’s RX 570 (5.1 tflops) and RX 560 GPUs (2.6 tflops).

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