Xbox One X Pre-order, Reviews, Price, Release Date, X Enhanced Games, 4K Spec, Scorpio - Everything we Know

Xbox One X Pre-order, Reviews, Price, Release Date, X Enhanced Games, 4K Spec, Scorpio - Everything we Know

Microsoft’s next console, formerly known as Scorpio, is slated to be the most powerful on the market. Here’s everything we know on Xbox One X's price, release date, spec, and games. Also how to pre-order an Xbox One X and a complete Xbox One X review round-up.

Xbox One X was first revealed to the world at E3 2016, shown off by Microsoft as the company attempted to gain a foothold in the modern race for native 4K gaming. The reveal happened before the release of Sony's PlayStation 4 Pro, a machine which provides a combination of native and upscaled 4K gaming. Now officially named Xbox One X and releasing in November (this week!), 4K gaming is about to heat up. We’ll regularly update this page to make sure it's up to date with the latest information on Xbox One X, including Xbox One X release date and Xbox One X reviews, Xbox One X pre-orders and Xbox One X Enhanced games.

Xbox One X Essential Information

  • Xbox One X Release Date: November 7, 2017 Worldwide
  • Xbox One X Price: $499/£449
  • Publisher: Microsoft

Xbox One X Reviews

With the Xbox One X releasing on November 7, 2017, reviews for Microsoft’s powerful new console have hit the web. We’ve got a round-up of all the Xbox One X reviews for you below, so you can get a wide range of views to help you decide if you want to buy an Xbox One X.

  • Xbox One X Review - USGamer - “Put simply: The Xbox One X is a pretty niche offering. It's nice that it exists, but it's hard to recommend without reservation, and support for its full feature set is currently extremely variable.
  • Xbox One X Review - Digital Foundry - ”... it all comes down to whether you own a 4K screen or are considering investing in one. The right ultra HD display with decent HDR support really does offer a huge improvement in many cases over standard 1080p.”
  • Xbox One X Review - Gamespot - “If you game on a 1080p TV and don't have any plans to upgrade to a 4K one, the Xbox One S is going to be a better fit for you. While you will get some graphical enhancements with the X, you don't really get your money's worth if you don't have a 4K HDR TV.”
  • Xbox One X Review - Trusted Reviews - “For me, the One X is a more compelling purchase than the One S – it’s the very latest in console hardware and the guarantee of smooth performance and some stonking visuals is mightily tempting.”
  • Xbox One X Review - Polygon - “The Xbox One X is undeniably the best console to play multiplatform games; they’ll look and run better on it than on the PS4 Pro. For some people, that peace of mind — knowing that they’re guaranteed to get the highest image quality and smoothest performance — will be enough to justify the purchase price.”

This Xbox One X video review from Digital Foundry goes into a lot of detail, talking about all aspects of the Xbox One X. Check it out for an in-depth review from tech experts.

Xbox One X Pre-Orders

The base, 1TB edition (non Scorpio Edition) of the Xbox One X is widely available for pre-order now at select retailers.

Xbox One X Release Date

Xbox One X was revealed at Microsoft's E3 2017 presentation, finally giving a proper name to the Xbox Scorpio. The Xbox One X in all its small(ish) glory can be seen in the image below.

This is the Xbox One X, the smallest Xbox ever.

Here's another shot of the Xbox One X, this time next to the Xbox One S. It looks rather impressive, no?

Xbox One X is expensive, but it looks like a nice bit of tech.

The Xbox One X release date is November 7 and it will launch worldwide on the same date, joining the existing Xbox One and Xbox One S consoles. Xbox One X will be priced at $499/£449 at launch. 4K UHD Blu-ray Playback will be included, just as in the Xbox One S.

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Xbox One X is the smallest Xbox ever, remarkably being even smaller than the Xbox One S.

Microsoft should unveil the Xbox One X Scorpio Edition at Gamescom (after it was leaked), a limited edition of the console that features the words "Project Scorpio" on the front of the console and the controller.

The special Xbox One X Scorpio edition.

The limited Xbox One X Scorpio edition also comes packaged in a special box, designed to resemble the original Xbox. You can see the packaging just below:

The special packaging for the Xbox One X Scorpio Edition.

Games confirmed to get updated to run in 4K and receive other updates from Microsoft and third parties include Forza Horizon 3, Gears of War 4, Resident Evil 7, Skyrim Special Edition, Final Fantasy XV, Rocket League, and Ghost Recon Wildlands. The total list of games confirmed to get updates is over 30.

At Gamescom MS also announced that Halo 5, ReCore and Quantum Break will all be enhanced for 4K.

Xbox One X Enhanced Games

  • A Plague Tale: Innocence
  • ARK: Survival Evolved
  • AWAY: Journey to the Unexpected
  • Anthem
  • Ashen
  • Assassin's Creed Origins
  • Astroneer
  • Battlerite
  • Below
  • Biomutant
  • Black Desert
  • Brawlout
  • Chess Ultra
  • Conan Exiles
  • Crackdown 3
  • Crossout
  • DRAGON BALL FighterZ
  • Danger Zone
  • Dark and Light
  • Darksiders III
  • Dead Rising 4
  • Deep Rock Galactic
  • Diablo III: Reaper of Souls - Ultimate Evil Edition
  • Dishonored 2
  • Dishonored: Death of the Outsider
  • Disneyland Adventures
  • Dovetail Games Euro Fishing
  • Dynasty Warriors 9
  • EA Sports FIFA 18
  • EA Sports Madden NFL 18
  • Elex
  • Elite: Dangerous.
  • F1 2017
  • Fable Fortune
  • Fallout 4
  • Far Cry 5
  • Farming Simulator 17
  • Final Fantasy XV
  • Firewatch
  • For Honor
  • Fortnite
  • Forza Horizon 3
  • Forza Motorsport 7
  • GRIDD: Retroenhanced
  • Gears of War 4
  • Gravel
  • Greedfall
  • Halo 5: Guardians
  • Halo Wars 2
  • Hand of Fate 2
  • Hello Neighbor
  • Hitman
  • Homefront: The Revolution
  • Immortal:Unchained
  • Injustice 2
  • Jurassic World Evolution
  • Killer Instinct
  • Killing Floor 2
  • Kingdom Come: Deliverance
  • L.A. Noire
  • Life is Strange: Before the Storm
  • Mafia III
  • Mantis Burn Racing
  • Metro: Exodus
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of War
  • Minecraft
  • Minion Masters
  • Monster Hunter: World
  • NBA 18
  • Need for Speed Payback
  • Nine Parchments
  • Ooblets
  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps
  • Outcast – Second Contact
  • Outlast 2
  • Paladins
  • Path of Exile
  • PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
  • Portal Knights
  • Project CARS 2
  • Quantum Break
  • RESIDENT EVIL 7 biohazard
  • Raiders of the Broken Planet
  • Railway Empire
  • ReCore: Definitive Edition
  • Real Farm
  • Redout: Lightspeed Edition
  • RiME
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider
  • Roblox
  • Robocraft Infinity
  • Rocket League
  • Rugby 18
  • Rush: A Disney Pixar Adventure
  • Sea of Thieves
  • Slime Rancher
  • Sonic Forces
  • Star Wars Battlefront II
  • State of Decay 2
  • Strange Brigade
  • Super Lucky's Tale
  • Surviving Mars
  • TT Isle of Man: Ride on the Edge
  • Tacoma
  • Tennis World Tour
  • The Artful Escape
  • The Crew 2
  • The Darwin Project
  • The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition
  • The Last Night
  • The Long Dark
  • The Surge
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  • Titanfall 2
  • Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands
  • Tom Clancy's The Division
  • Train Sim World
  • WRC 7 FIA World Rally Championship
  • Warframe
  • Warhammer: End Times - Vermintide
  • We Happy Few
  • Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
  • World of Tanks
  • Zoo Tycoon: Ultimate Animal Collection

Released Xbox One Games Getting Xbox One X Patches

  • Ark: Survival Evolved - Only running in 1080p
  • Astroneer
  • Battlefield 1
  • Dead Rising 4
  • Dishonored 2
  • DOOM
  • Dovetail Games Euro Fishing
  • Elder Scrolls Online
  • Elite Dangerous
  • Everspace
  • Fallout 4
  • Farming Simulator 17
  • Final Fantasy 15
  • For Honor
  • Forza Horizon 3
  • Gears of War 4
  • Halo 5
  • Halo Wars 2
  • Hitman
  • Homefront: The Revolution
  • Injustice 2
  • Killer Instinct
  • Mantis Burn Racing
  • Minecraft
  • Outlast 2
  • Paladins: Champions of the Realm
  • Portal Knights
  • Pure Chess
  • Resident Evil 7
  • RiME
  • Rocket League
  • Skyrim SE
  • Slime Rancher
  • Tekken 7
  • The Surge
  • Titanfall 2
  • Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands
  • Warhammer: End Times - Vermintide
  • We Happy Few
  • Witcher 3
  • World of Tanks

As an example showing the kind of updates existing Xbox One games may get if enhanced for Xbox One X, Gears of War 4 on Xbox One X will benefit from the following improvements:

  • 4K Native at all times (downsampled to 1080p on non-4k displays)
  • High Res Textures
  • Higher Polygon count rendering
  • Longer Draw Distance
  • Fully Dynamic Shadows in entire environment
  • Enhanced Shadow Detail
  • Improved Reflections

In the video below you can see Join Rod Fergusson (Studio Head, The Coalition) and Mike Rayner (Technical Director, The Coalition) discuss the improvements being made.

Xbox One X Analysed

Reaction to the Xbox One X has been varied. We rounded up the internet's reaction to the price of the Xbox One X, and Kat weighed in on the lack of exclusive games. Nadia suggested the Switch is going to teach the Xbox One X a lesson! Tom reckons that Microsoft is doing the right thing by focusing on the power of the Xbox One X, but Mass asked where all the Xbox One X games were at E3?

Our colleagues at Digital Foundry have said a fair bit about the new Xbox One X console. You can hear their thoughts on why the new console will actually benefit PS4 Pro owners in the video below.

They've also had a discussion about whether or not Microsoft delivered with the Xbox One X, a system hyped to be the most powerful on the market.

And finally, the Digital Foundry team has analysed footage of Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed Origins running on Xbox One X.

We'll update this page with more Xbox One X analysis in the coming weeks and months.

Xbox One X Spec Makes it the Most Powerful Console of all Time

In an article published on April 6 Digital Foundry had the full scoop on the tech specs of the Xbox One X console, obtained during a visit to Microsoft's headquarters in Redmond.

Source: Eurogamer

Xbox One X Spec:

  • CPU has eight custom x86 cores clocked at 2.3GHz
  • GPU has 40 customised compute units clocked at 1172GHz
  • A total of 12GB of GGDR5 RAM (9GB available for game devs)
  • 1TB 2.5 inch hard drive as standard (50 percent faster than the Xbox One)
  • 4K UHD Blu-ray Playback

In a report by Windows Central we were given a glimpse at how Xbox One games will look running on Xbox One X. The article shows the differences between Xbox One games running at 1080p and the same game running in 4K (or downsampled from 4K to 1080p). The tech demo also highlighted the kind of visual changes we might see thanks to the extra power available to developers. A shot showing a rendered ladybug demonstrated better textures and additional geometry.

While most new consoles on the market take the crown for being the ‘most powerful’, it’s significant for Microsoft as it’s been playing second fiddle to Sony’s PS4 for some time. The Xbox brand has suffered in recent years for a number of reasons, but the Xbox One being substantially weaker than the PS4 in terms of processing power has been a major factor.

Xbox One X vs PlayStation 4 Pro - The Battle is About to Begin

Xbox One X is said to pack in 6 teraflops of computing power compared to the PS4 Pro's 4.2 Teraflops.

PS4 Pro comes with a standard Blu-ray drive, meaning it can't play Ultra HD Blu-ray movies. The Xbox One X will include a more modern drive needed to play 4K Blu-rays. While the adoption of 4K Blu-rays hasn’t been rapid, with standard Blu-ray being by far the market leader for HD content, the Xbox One X’s ability to play these discs will be a plus point in its battle against PS4 Pro.

The exclusive deep dive from Digital Foundry on the tech specs of the Xbox One X doesn’t give us much more of an insight into how the Scorpio will compete with the PS4 Pro in the games we’ll be playing later this year and beyond, but we do know that like the PS4 Pro, the Xbox One X will be able to make use checkerboarding. This will be used to boost the resolution of games that fall beneath 900p on Xbox One. Xbox One games that currently render at 1080p should be able to be converted to run at native 4k without too much trouble - demonstrated by Microsoft showing Digital Foundry Forza 6 running on Xbox One X at 4K.

It remains to be seen how much of a difference there will be between third-party games running on PS4 Pro and Xbox One X. While Xbox One X offers more brute power, a PS4 Pro game running at checkerboard 4K will likely look very similar to an Xbox One X game running at native 4K. It’s possible that developers will choose to render their games using the checkerboard technique in order to reach the 4K output, then use the spare processing power to add more visual effects - we’ll just have to wait and see how each dev chooses to use the console’s power.

Third-party games seen running on Xbox One X at E3 2017 included BioWare’s new IP, Anthem (which looked very impressive), and Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Origins. Without any direct comparisons available, it’s impossible to say how these versions will differ to how they look and perform on PS4 Pro.

Xbox One X Games are Just as Important as the Hardware, if not More so

Although the Xbox One X is many times more powerful than the current Xbox One, Head of Xbox Phil Spencer has stated that the Scorpio will have no exclusive games, meaning that any games that are made with the Xbox One X in mind must also be made for the inferior computing power of the Xbox One.

In addition to this, the Xbox One X will be fully backwards compatible with the Xbox 360, meaning that any current and future titles that Microsoft incorporate into the backwards compatibility scheme will be added to the library of games featured on the Xbox One X. At E3 Microsoft also confirmed a new backwards compatibility program for original Xbox games, including Crimson Skies.

You can see how the Xbox One X enhances standard, non-patched games in the video below produced by Digital Foundry.

In the months following the initial reveal of the Xbox Scorpio, Microsoft announced that the Scorpio would be sharing a user interface with the current Xbox One, meaning apps, Cortana, and background music will all be arriving on the new console when it eventually launches.

We won't see existing Xbox One games running at capped 30 frames per second jumping to 60 frames on the Xbox One X, but we will see a greater number of games stabilising in their frame rates at their limit without drops. Digital Foundry also revealed that the Xbox One X will use dynamic resolution scaling on existing Xbox One titles, meaning that games will hit their target of 1080p without dropping res (as seen in titles such as Halo 5 and The Wticher 3). Loading times will also be cut, thanks to a faster hard drive in Xbox One X.

Microsoft’s E3 2017 presentation was heavy on games, with the platform holder doing a good job at demonstrating that the Xbox is a platform that isn’t short of impressive titles.

Xbox One X Virtual Reality

All mention of virtual reality was removed entirely from the official Project Scorpio website, although Microsoft did state in a recent interview with GameSpot that the possibility or virtual reality is still very much on the roadmap for the console. VR isn’t quite the hot topic it was 12 months ago, but confirmation of support of an existing headset would be well received, should such an announcement be made. Microsoft made no mention of VR during its Xbox One X reveal at E3 2017, suggesting that VR isn’t currently in the platform holder’s plans for the console.

Be sure to keep checking back on this page, as we'll keep updating it with any new, relevant bits of information to do with Microsoft's Project Scorpio.

All the Xbox Scorpio Rumours Leading to the Reveal of Xbox One X

Here you can find an archive of rumours about the Xbox Scorpio which hit the internet before the official reveal of the Xbox One X.

Update: 06/11/2017 - Geoff Keighley Reveals Price of the Scorpio as $499

In a somewhat surprising move, hours before the Microsoft E3 2017 presentation was due to take place, Geoff Keighley appears to have leaked the price of the Xbox Scorpio, announcing the price point as $499.

Keighley announced the info in the tweet seen just below, but we've yet to wait on any official word from Microsoft.

On top of this, a newsletter went out today from Best Buy, that used the image below, perhaps revealing the 'Scorpio' moniker as the actual name of the next Xbox console. This is unconfirmed for now however, and we'll have the official word from Microsoft later today.

Look! This is the Xbox Scorpio Chip

Mike Ybarra, Corporate Vice President - Xbox & Windows gaming platform at Microsoft, has tweeted a picture of the Xbox Scorpio chip that will be inside the forthcoming console. With E3 2017 just over a week away, Ybarra's tweet sent Xbox fans into a frenzy of excitement.

This chip is useless on its own and you'll never see it

If you’re into staring at pictures of chips this chip is likely to do wonders for you. For everyone else, well, it’s a picture of something that will be inside the Xbox Scorpio. There’s not much else to say!

Phil Spencer and Cliff Bleszinski Comment on Xbox Scorpio

As E3 2017 approaches we're starting to get more and more murmurs out of games execs. The latest come from Head of Xbox, Phil Spencer and Gears of War creator Cliff Bleszinski.

Spencer took to Twitter to talk to Xbox fans, replying to a question about if games like Destiny 2 and CoD will look better on Scorpio. He replied to say he's "very confident," and that he's "hearing, Scorpio will be the very best console version of games this year".

Given the power gap between the Xbox Scorpio and the PS4 Pro, this isn't really unexpected, but it remains to be seen if the average consumer will be able to notice any significant differences. Gamers also have to think about which platform will offer the most complete version of a game, with Sony locking down exclusive content for Destiny 2 and timed exclusive content for CoD WW2.

He also teased the Xbox E3 2017 conference, confirming that he'd run through the entire presentation and that is should be "a great day".

Gears of War creator Cliff Bleszinski, now working on multiplayer FPS Lawbreakers at his studio Boss Key Productions, briefly mentioned Xbox Scorpio during a Reddit AMA.

"MS is getting their sh** together. They're putting it in a backpack or in a shit museum and getting it alllll together," Bleszinski said. "Scorpio is promising. MS bet on Kinect too hard last round. Don't rule out an Xbox version [of LawBreakers], btw."

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Tom Orry

Audience Development Manager, Gamer Network

Tom started life on a circus in Australia before his family moved to the UK. His love of gaming started soon after, which essentially meant he bought every video game magazine available and worked numerous part-time jobs as a child in order to afford costly N64 games. He created UK site, of which he was the Editor for over a decade. He now doesn't like circuses.

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