Microsoft's Project Scorpio returns as a special Xbox One X for preorders

From The Verge: Microsoft first revealed its Xbox One X back at E3, and now it’s allowing consumers to preorder the console today ahead of its release on November 7th. Just like the Xbox One Day One Edition, Microsoft is also creating a special edition for the Xbox One X: the Project Scorpio Edition. Priced at $499, the Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition includes a gradient design on the console itself, alongside the console’s Project Scorpio codename on the controller and console.

The retail packaging for this Scorpio Edition even features a giant X that’s reminiscent of the original Xbox. Aside from the graphic pattern on the console and Project Scorpio branding, the changes are purely cosmetic. There’s no little LCD display like the Project Scorpio dev unit, and the hardware inside is identical to a regular Xbox One X. This is purely for fans of the codename and early adopters of the Xbox One X.

The Xbox One X is designed to compete with Sony’s PlayStation 4 Pro, and it’s certainly more powerful at 6 teraflops of graphical power vs. the 4.2 teraflops found on the PS4 Pro. Microsoft is working with third-party games studios to ensure Xbox One titles are optimized for the new power of the Xbox One X. These optimizations will be free to existing owners of games, and more than 100 titles have been confirmed for Xbox One X optimizations.

While game makers can’t create titles only for the Xbox One X, they can provide more assets, a higher resolution, and better frame rates on the console. All of these optimizations fall under a new “Xbox One X Enhanced” program. The optimizations might not always be clear, but Microsoft is using three logos in total for new Xbox One games. There’s an enhanced logo to indicate a game has been updated for the Xbox One X, and a 4K and HDR logo to note specific support. The 4K indicator simply means a game has a 2160p butter output, but that 4K support will include native, checkerboarding, and dynamic resolution. Microsoft’s HDR support is the regular HDR10 standard that is also used on the Xbox One S, and there’s no word on Dolby Vision support.

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