Before officially revealing the console as the Xbox One X at E3 2017 earlier this year, Microsoft’s powerful bit of new hardware was codenamed the Project Scorpio. Although it wasn’t to be the console’s final name, fans latched on to it and spent months enthusing about the console with a sting in its name.
At gamescom 2017, Microsoft announced plans to honor that love and support for the name, revealing the Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition. The Project Scorpio Edition of the “world’s most powerful console” offers a special design, with the phrase “Project Scorpio” etched into the console itself and the controller that comes with it as well. The console has 1TB hard-drive and Microsoft is also sweetening the deal with a 14-day Xbox Live Gold subscription, a one month subscription for the Xbox Game Pass, and a vertical stand for the console too.
The Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition will set fans back by $499 USD / £449 GBP / 499 EUR. Pre-orders for this version of the console are available worldwide now at several retailers, including Amazon. Microsoft warns that the Project Scorpio Edition will only be available “while supplies last” and so those who want to avoid a similar, SNES Classic Edition rush to get the hardware will want to act fast. It’s also important to stress that the standard version of the Xbox One X is not yet available for pre-order and that it is just the Project Scorpio Edition so far.
Announced with a sleek trailer as well as an unboxing video by Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb, Xbox fans seem delighted by the fact that Microsoft is giving a shout out to those who loved the Project Scorpio name. After months of teasing, many are also very happy that they can finally register their interest in the console. But with Crackdown 3 being delayed and the Xbox One X releasing without a launch title, some will wonder whether those outside of the current Xbox One fan base will take interest in the new hardware.
By one analysts estimation, the Xbox One X could sell 17 million units within the next four years. Microsoft may have a challenge on its hands in actually reaching that figure, but opening the pre-orders is the first, tiny step to making sure that the powerful new kit is purchased by as many people as possible.
The Xbox One X is slated to release on November 7, 2017.