Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition Gets Unboxed, Preorders Now Open

Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition

Microsoft announced at Gamescom 2017 over the weekend that pre-orders are now open for the Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition. There will be a limited number of these first-run consoles with the Project Scorpio branding that pays homage to the system's codename. The guts of the console are the same as the upcoming standard edition, though there are some other things that the Project Scorpio Edition apart.

Larry Hryb, otherwise known as Major Nelson, posted an unboxing video of the Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition. One of the first things you will notice is the fancy retail packaging—not only does it sport the Project Scorpio branding, it also features an imprint of an "X" that is reminiscent of the original Xbox 360 console that was released over a decade ago (November 22, 2005).

The contents of the Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition include a one-month Game Pass subscription trial, 14-day Xbox Live Gold trial, HDMI cable (4K capable), AC power capable, Xbox One X controller inscribed with Project Scorpio, and a vertical stand, the latter of which will not be included with the standard console.

Port selection will look familiar to anyone who owns an Xbox One S. That is because they are in "precisely the same order," Hyrb says, so you can unplug your Xbox One S from your entertainment center and plug in your Xbox One X with little fuss. And to make things easier, the HDMI out port is slightly bumped so you can find it by hand when reaching into the dark depths of your A/V rack.

Xbox One X Project Scorpio

The Xbox One X is, by the specs, the most powerful game console on the planet. It is built to handle 4K resolution gaming at 60 frames per second. To accomplish that, Microsoft outfitted its newest console with a custom AMD processor wielding 8 cores clocked a 2.3GHz, a custom Polaris GPU with 40 compute units running at 1.172GHz, 12GB of GDDR5 memory capable of up to 326GB/s of memory bandwidth, 8GB flash memory, and a 1TB hard drive.

Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition

Like the standard edition, the Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition is priced at $500. Once these limited edition consoles are sold out, they will be gone forever, at least from Microsoft. You can pre-order one from the following places:
Amazon and GameStop appear to already be sold out of the Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition, though it is not clear if either or both retailers will receive additional stock from Microsoft. Sometimes vendors put these things out in waves, and that could be the case here. If you do not want to chance it, however, your best bet is to pounce now from one of the vendors that is still actively taking pre-orders.

The Xbox One X will be available November 7, 2017.