Hands-on with Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition

Earlier this week, Microsoft finally opened preorders for its upcoming flagship console, the Xbox One X. Despite being officially unveiled over two months ago as a part of E3 2017, orders for the device were held while awaiting approval from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Now, after being officially certified and cleared for trade, Microsoft is now letting eager buyers to lay down cash ahead of time, to guarantee a console for the November 7 launch.

When preorders were announced as a part of Microsoft's Gamescom 2017 live show, the company also unveiled a Project Scorpio special edition variant of the console. This limited-run serves as a bonus for fans who've followed the console's development over the past year, with a distinct aesthetic from the standard black version. Following the announcement of the console, we were given the opportunity to get hands-on, providing an idea of what to expect from the device this fall.

Upon first glance, the most outstanding trait of the Project Scorpio console's design is its sharp green branding, which pays homage to the console's previous Project Scorpio codename. When the concept for what became the Xbox One X was initially teased, Microsoft referred to the device under the Scorpio tag, which eventually stuck with consumers leading up to this year's reveal. While the Xbox One X name will be used exclusively going forward, this unique branding is a nice throwback for those who followed the console from the very beginning.

Unlike the standard SKU, which is only offered in a simple textured matte black at this time, this version of the console features a gradual gradient into a dark gray. The protruding gray gradient is comprised of small painted circles and without any top cooling vents of the top of the device, this smoothly transitions across the console's body. This asymmetry to the console's design is a discreet touch but adds a unique styling to the body without compromising its sleek aesthetic.

A unique Xbox One controller design also ships with the Project Scorpio edition, bearing similar branding to the console itself. The green Project Scorpio text falls vertically down the middle of the controller, on a smooth black faceplate. All buttons, the directional pad, and thumb sticks are also tinted with a deep black. As one of the recently revised Xbox One S controllers, this variant sports mildly textured grips and Bluetooth connectivity.

All Project Scorpio edition units additionally ship alongside a vertical stand, allowing the console to safely sit upright, despite its offset form factor. For the price of a regular Xbox One X console you'll be getting a vertical stand for no extra cost, however, it has no unique design to match the gray side of the console it sits against. Xbox platform Corporate Vice President, Mike Ybarra, has confirmed this stand will also be available for purchase separately, similarly to the stand for Xbox One S.

As for the hardware under the hood – the Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition is unchanged from the standard version of the console. Right now, a 1TB hard drive is the only size of internal storage available across consoles, assumedly due to support for third-party external hard drives. Driving the console are eight CPU cores clocked at 2.3GHz, 12GB of GDDR5 RAM and a GPU packing 40 Radeon compute units running at 1172 MHz. This gives existing Xbox One games a fair amount of overhead while allowing specific "Xbox One X Enhanced" games to achieve improved visuals.

For those looking to purchasing an Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition, the console appears to have sold out across a majority of big retailers. While certain storefronts are still securing additional stock and re-opening preorders, you may need to look further afield to secure one of the devices for launch day. Microsoft will assumedly open pre-orders for regular versions of the console later down the line, however exact details are yet to be provided.

What do you think of the new Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition? Do you like the new design? Or would you prefer the simple matte black console? Make sure to drop your thoughts in the comments.

Matt Brown

Matt Brown was formerly a Windows Central's Senior Editor, Xbox & PC, at Future. Following over seven years of professional consumer technology and gaming coverage, he’s focused on the world of Microsoft's gaming efforts. You can follow him on Twitter @mattjbrown.

  • Well as much as I want the Project Scorpio tags for that "follower" touch, that grey gradient doesn't sit well with the rest of my set up colour scheme 😂
  • Gamestop is the only place that still has them right now in the US.
  • Thanks! I thought I missed out because by the time I was able to get home on "preorder day" and access Amazon or MS Store it was sold out.
  • MS.. If they can do this for Xbox fans, then they can do the same for......
  • where's that Project Scorpio Windows Phone?
  • Project Metro.. 😂😂😂
  • I want the Project Scorpio Zune HD!
  • I'd settle for a project 1920 right about now...
  • It should have come with an Elite controller, being targeted as a premium, elite console.
  • That was my prediction. That it would sell in drives at $499 with an elite controller. I was wrong, but consumers don't seem to care and are buying them in droves, this guy ^^ included
  • Drives or droves ?🤣
  • Does it have a solid state drive? Or at least a hybrid?
  • No. You will need to wait for the Xbox One X 2.
  • Wait a minute!! I preordered this, it's not all black??? That's what I want!
  • I also prefer all black console, I pre-ordered this anyway and plan to cancel and pre-order the all  black one when/if available
  • or keep this version, sell it when you get it then get your all black console for pretty much half off:P
  • They should have just named the console “Project Scorpio. "
  • I really wanted one but it's now sold out in Australia :( Really liked the controller's all black design.
  • I really like the green text on the black/grey body
  • These things are selling for over $1k on ebay already - not listed, SOLD.
  • I have a preordered. **** maybe I should make a profit lol
  • Crap!! I knew I messed up when I canceled my Amazon preorder after securing my Microsoft store order!!!!
  • You get a second chance -- the preorders are available on Amazon again right now :)
  • I was so ready to pre-order Xbox One X!  After watching the Gamescom, I just didn't like the design of the Proj Scorpio edition.  It's too flashy for me.  I prefer the simple elegance of the original design.  So the wait continues...  Can't wait to have it so I can play Killer Instinct in 4k!
  • Killer instinct is being enhanced??
  • Yep! 4K 60 FPS confirmed :P
  • On the first and fifth picture it looks like there's a gap between the top and front layer of the gradient ( along the edge ) while on the third it doesn't giving the impression of a poor laminate. What's the true case? If it's the latter I might stay with my preorder but if it's the former I'll most definitely switch to a regular one once they become available.
  • I really want to know if I'd be able to plug my current Kinect into Xbox One X (adapter or not). I'd like to get this machine but the lack of Kinect is a deal breaker for me.
  •  yes you can, the one X supports all the Xbox one peripherals, you will need the kinect adapter as the X doesn't have the custom kinect port.
  • Damn. Was going to buy the launch addition but no way I'm having grey, my AV rack is all black, grey is gross!
  • I wasn't thrilled with the skin, so I will just wait.  Hopefully for a version with a much larger HDD.
  • It's gorgeous.its sleek, not gaudy. Classy but looks like a beast. I can't wait til mine arrives
  • Anyone know when the standard black version will be available? The Project Scorpio edition is pretty ugly IMO.
  • I predict that I won't sell well in Japan.
  • Hi sniperboywc.  I can confirm that I wouldn't buy you if I lived in Japan ;)
  • The design with those dots is beyond horrendous. It'd look so much better if they had achieved that gradient by using the same technic they use on their Shadow Controller editions.
  • Pre-ordered 2 Project Scorpio Editions .. going to sell one
  • Good luck 🤣
  • I preordered it from MS but will probably sell it, as while I could stand the grey gradient, the green is vile and the controller Scorpio lettering looks amateurish. Is it coming out in white? All my consoles apart from the switch are white in a white room, I was overjoyed with the s! 
  • Sorry I'll pass. If and when they decide to release a black/white version of the X similar to the current S version then I will buy the X otherwise I pass. I love the way the S looks in white and black and was hoping they would offer an X version similar to that but so far nothing. Besides I don't even have a 4K TV yet so getting an X right now would be kinda pointless in my case.
  • To each his own taste.  Ironically, I never bought an S specifically because of it's white color which would jump out visually on my Home Theater rack like a sore thumb even in dim lighting. That being said, because I really like the homage to the Project Scorpio, I don't think the gradient of dots means anything in particular.  I would have preferred that those dots on the top of the case were arranged exactly like they are on the box art as a big "X".
  • Jeez, you guys... It's a bleeding console! Grey, black, white, with or without dots... Who cares? It's an ugly box whichever way you look at it, and preferably hidden away in a cupboard or similar. :-D I can understand colour preferences, but to opt out of it completely for something so minor, is pretty neurotic!
  • That's you in the mirror.
  • Should have a scorpion logo on it. Green and black.
  • For me the color isn't important, the spec is everything. pre-order one, cant wait for it...
  • Any info what kind of SATA controller was used this time, I hope a 6GB instead of a 3GB like last time
  • Xbox must need to have more attractive exclussive, it's very important.
  • I don't get it, where is the hands-on review?