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Xbox One X games: here are 40 reasons to get excited about Microsoft’s 4K console

  • Update: The list of reasons to get excited about the Xbox One X just got a lot longer. At Gamescom 2017 Microsoft has announced that a total of 100 titles will be enhanced for Xbox One X – a mix of new titles like Crackdown 3, Sea of Thieves and Forza 7, as well as previously released titles like Recore, Gears of War 4 and more. 

    It's also keeping a regularly updated list of enhanced titles on Major Nelson's website. Check it out for the most up to date look at what games are coming for Microsoft's new console, or read on below for our previous top picks from E3. 

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    Microsoft’s E3 2017 press conference has been and gone, and what have we learned? Well, we now know that the brand-new 4K console formerly known as Project Scorpio is called Xbox One X, and we also know that it’ll be available to buy for $499/£449 on November 7.

    At the show, Xbox also revealed some of the upcoming new games that will play in true 4K on the console, which include Assassin’s Creed Origins, Sea of Thieves and Middle Earth: Shadow of War.

    It won’t just be new titles that will be able to take advantage of the One X's greater power and 4K visuals – older games will be patched too, and these patches will be free for Xbox One owners who've already purchased the games receiving them.

    So far, five Xbox One-exclusive titles have been confirmed to support the Xbox One X Enhanced badge, but there are more than 30 third-party games confirmed to be receiving upgrades at launch – at no extra cost, no less.  

    This is just the beginning; it’s expected that many more existing Xbox One games will receive 4K enhancement patches in the near future, in addition to all the upcoming games we know about.

    To help you sort out which games are worth stocking up on before the Xbox One X comes out, we’ve put together a list of some of the biggest games we know will support the Xbox One X enhanced play, to help you decide if you can justify the upgrade to 4K gaming. 

    7 hours 13 sec ago

Gamescom 2017: all the biggest gaming announcements from Cologne

  • Update: Microsoft kicked off Gamescom with its livestreamed keynote on Sunday August 20 and you can read about all the big news revealed from that event below. 

    If you want to make sure you don't miss a moment of Gamescom, check out our guide on how to watch Gamescom, otherwise check back here for a summary of all the biggest announcements. We'll be updating this page regularly throughout the show. 

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    Gamescom has begun. Arguably Europe's biggest gaming event (some have taken to calling it Europe's more consumer friendly E3), this annual show in Cologne has garnered a reputation for being the place to get the latest gaming news.

    Although the show doesn't officially open until August 22 for press and August 23 for the public, its livestreams have already kicked off with an hour and a half broadcast from Microsoft. 

    Unlike E3, we're not anticipating any big hardware reveals from the show – now that Microsoft's Xbox One X is out in the open the only thing we can do there is wait. Instead, we expect there’s going to be a strong focus on software from everyone at Gamescom.

    If you want to keep up with the latest goings on from the show then read on. We'll be watching each major livestream to report the biggest news as it happens, and we'll also be on the show floor to play the latest games. 

    Cut to the chase
    • What is it? Europe’s biggest gaming expo 
    • When is it? August 22 – 26 
    The latest Gamescom 2017 news Microsoft

    Microsoft got things off to a reasonably strong but long start with its hour and a half long livestreamed keynote on Sunday August 20. Here are the stand out reveals:

    We might as well cut to the chase here: Xbox One X pre-orders going live was definitely Microsoft's biggest announcement during this livestream. It was what everyone had been waiting for and, of course, it came right at the end. 

    If you'd like to know how to pre-order an Xbox One X right now, we can help you there.

    Efforts were made to make the console look more enticing as a prospect before pre-orders were announced, something that's probably especially important now that one of its bigger launch titles, Crackdown 3, has been delayed.

    Hammering the point that you certainly won't be short of games to play if you get an Xbox One X on its November 7 release, Microsoft's Aaron Greenberg confirmed that there are currently more than 100 Enhanced titles confirmed for the console. You can see them all for yourself right here.

    According to Greenberg, 4K enhancement patches will be widespread and “all the biggest games are doing it” from new titles such as Battlefront 2, FIFA 18 and Wolfenstein II to older games like Titanfall 2 and Fallout 4.

    A brand new expansion and definitive edition of Microsoft’s exclusive title ReCore was announced. The expanded game will feature improved visuals for Xbox One X with HDR support. It won’t, however, be in 4K. For those that already own the original game, this expanded version will be made available to download for free. 

    ReCore Definitive Edition will also be of interest to Games Pass users. Microsoft confirmed that the service is expanding to 8 new markets and that it’ll be adding 7 new titles this month, one of which will be ReCore: Definitive Edition.  

    Xbox Design Lab was also confirmed to be expanding quickly to more than 20 additional European countries. Interested in designing your very own custom controller with Xbox Design Lab? Check out our how to guide

    In other hardware news, the Xbox One S got some attention in the form of a limited edition Minecraft console and the reveal of a brand new Shadow of War bundle. Both are available to pre-order now with the former due to be delivered October 3 and the latter October 10. 

    Other than those big money spending opportunities, Microsoft's press conference wasn't big on the software reveals. 

    We got the chance to see more of Assassin's Creed: Origins with a brand new cinematic trailer. Considering at E3 everything we saw about this game was rather gameplay focused, it was nice just to sit back and watch some extremely pretty visuals. 

    Another new trailer popped up for Middle Earth: Shadow of War which is rapidly approaching its October release date. This is a game for which we've seen a lot of footage already but the new trailer is well worth watching if only to confirm that, yes, it does look like it might be an improvement on Shadow of Mordor in terms of scale and visuals. 

    Sea of Thieves was featured, you won’t be surprised to hear. A brand new build is coming to Gamescom and it was confirmed that cross-play will be available. That means whether you’re playing on Windows 10 PC or Xbox One, you’ll be able to play together. Between Tuesday August 22  and Saturday August 26 technical alpha players going to have access to crossplay, but the team said that before the game is released pretty much everyone will be able to have a turn before they buy.

    Microsoft also featured its ID@Xbox program, and brought forth the highly anticipated animated indie darling, Cuphead. The game will be available to play at the show and we hope to be able to bring your our first impressions of it during the week. 

    And that, ladies and gentlemen, was the highlight reel of Microsoft's Gamescom conference. Things aren't over yet, of course. Microsoft is going to be hosting a dedicated Age of Empires livestream on August 21 at the same time and you can find out how to watch that here.

    There will also undoubtedly be more reveals coming up over the week and we'll be sure to bring them to you right here. 

    Nintendo

    Nintendo has revealed its plans for this year's Gamescom and you should prepare to see a lot more Super Mario Odyssey. This isn't entirely surprising since it's Nintendo's next big release.

    Those looking to see more gameplay will be able to tune into Nintendo's YouTube or Gamescom page on Wednesday August 23 at 2pm BST where gameplay will feature alongside a special developer talk from producer Yoshiaki Koizumi. 

    Those at the show itself will be able to play in the Metro and Sand Kingdoms for a short time. 

    While Super Mario Odyssey is there to frame the Switch, Metroid: Samus Returns is there to represent the Nintendo 3DS. Announced at E3, this game will have its own dedicated livestream on Thursday August 24 at 11am BST in which producer Yoshio Sakamoto and José Luis Márquez, creative director of developer MercurySteam will showcase the game. 

    There will also be additional live presentations across the show which will give fans a closer look at other previously announced Switch and 3DS games such as Xenoblade Chronicles 2 and Fire Emblem Warriors. 

    Nintendo has said it'll release the schedule for these presentations closer to the time. 

    Whether or not there are any surprises on the cards is another matter.

    It’s perhaps a bit of a stretch (okay, it’s a stretch of Arms proportions), but perhaps Nintendo will take the chance to reveal and launch date for the Virtual Console for the Switch ahead of the launch of its full online services rollout in 2018. 

    Sony

    In 2016, Sony was conspicuously absent from Paris Games Week and it hasn’t been active at Gamescom in a press conference since 2014. Unsurprisingly, it hasn’t been particularly loud about its plans for this year, either. 

    However, at E3 PlayStation’s Jim Ryan teasingly told GameReactor that “it would be nice” to do something bigger in Europe this year. This could mean Sony is planning something for this year’s Gamescom, though it could just as easily mean we’ll have to wait slightly longer until Paris Games Week to see any more news. 

    With Gamescom drawing so close and no press conference announcements forthcoming, our hopes aren’t particularly high for big PlayStation news. At the very least, the company has a booth booked in Hall 7 so it will certainly still be a presence, just likely not a particularly big one. 

    EA

    EA is another company that’s been fairly up front with its plans for this year’s show. It has confirmed that it’s going to be hosting a live event on Monday August 21 at 6.30 pm CET/9.30 am PDT/ 5.30 pm BST. Here we can expect to see new gameplay footage, live matches and “some surprises” too. 

    Outside of this EA has said that visitors at the show will have the chance to get hands on with many of its upcoming games including  Star Wars Battlefront II, Need for Speed Payback, FIFA 18, and Battlefield 1's second DLC pack titled In the Name of the Tsar. Now that The Sims 4 has been confirmed for consoles and mobile we imagine we’ll hear slightly more about that ahead of its November launch, too. 

    Across the show EA has said that we can also expect live stream footage of its latest games being played by top content creators and influencers. 

    Bethesda

    At this year’s Gamescom we’re anticipating follow-up announcements from Bethesda’s big E3 reveals, especially because many of them are due to be released before the year is out. 

    Certainly, there’s likely to be a big push for the upcoming Dishonored standalone adventure that’s due for release as soon as September. Other than this we imagine we’ll see more about the Switch-specific features that will be coming to Skyrim Switch edition as well as some more news relating to Wolfenstein II and The Evil Within 2

    As ever we can likely expect updates on Bethesda’s long-running online offerings Quake Champions and Elder Scrolls Online.

    Ubisoft

    After a big presentation at E3 this year, Ubisoft will have plenty to update fans on at Gamescom. Ubisoft has confirmed that it'll be bringing Far Cry 5, For Honor, Assassin's Creed: Origins, Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle, Just Dance 2017, The Crew 2, and South Park: The Fractured But Whole to this year's show. There will be more than 300 gameplay stations at its booth, and attendees will have the chance to earn “exclusive in-game rewards,” if they play.

    Ubisoft will also be bringing some eSports action to the show this year, stating that it'll be hosting the Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Pro League Season 2 Finals. According to Ubisoft, viewers will see "the best teams from Season 2 including Elevate, PENTA Sports and current champions Millenium against each other." 

    The semi-finals will take place on Friday August 25th followed by the finals on Saturday August 26th, at the Alpha Stage ESL in Hall 9. If you're not at the event itself you'll find all of this livestreamed on Twitch.

    Though we're not betting on any huge new announcements, the publisher recently teased that it would be revealing more new games for the Nintendo Switch "quite soon" which leaves us wondering. 

    And the rest

    Other big names that we’re expecting to hear news from at Gamescom this year include Square Enix and CD Projekt Red. Square Enix has said that it’s going to be revealing some “good news” with regards to Final Fantasy 15 and we imagine there’ll be more about the upcoming Life is Strange prequel that was announced at E3. 

    CD Projekt Red will be revealing more about Gwent. The developer has confirmed it’ll be hosting a tournament at the show where 8 players will compete for a piece of a $25000 prize and will also outline some more of its plans for turning the game into a fully-fledged eSport.

    It’s also been confirmed that we’ll be getting more news from Shenmue 3. Though the game has been delayed until 2018, it’s been confirmed on the official site that though there’ll be no large announcements or hands on demos, there will be some news and the game’s creator Yu Suzuki will be present. 


    • Gamescom is Europe's largest annual gaming event, stuffed full of the latest and greatest games, consoles, and gaming hardware. TechRadar is reporting live from Cologne to bring you the very latest from the show floor. Head to our dedicated Gamescom 2017 hub to see all the latest news, along with TechRadar's world-class analysis and buying advice about the next year in gaming

    7 hours 8 min ago

We’re here at Gamescom 2017!

  • Techradar has landed!

    In Germany that is. We’ve arrived in Cologne for what is arguably Europe’s biggest annual gaming event, Gamescom. We’re very excited to be here, and not just because Cologne has a chocolate museum. Mmmmmm, chocolate.

    Gamescom officially opens its doors to the public on August 23, but the doors open to the press on August 22, and there are events as early as August 20, so we’re here early to share with you all the latest breaking news from the world of gaming. 

    As always, there are some seriously big companies peddling their wares at the gaming extravaganza and we have been promised looks and some upcoming blockbuster games, as well as a number of surprises, so it’s definitely worth keeping an eye on TechRadar over the coming days.

    Once open, Gamescom runs until August 26, giving gamers a solid three days to get their hands on some of the world’s most exciting games. 

    Can’t wait? Here’s a quick rundown of what we’re expecting to see over the next few days:

    Xbox One X 

    Sitting in the interim period between announcement and release, now is the pivotal time for Microsoft to be getting gamers excited about the upgraded Xbox One, the Xbox One X. Because of this we are expecting to see Microsoft pull out all the stops with gameplay demos to show the X off to its full potential. 

    Age of Empires

    This year marks the 30th anniversary of this landmark title, and Microsoft isn’t going to let this milestone go unacknowledged. It’s throwing a live event to launch the 4K remaster of the classic game being developed for Windows 10.

    Super Mario Odyssey

    As Nintendo’s next big release, there will be a big Super Mario Odyssey presence at Gamescom this year. For those at the event, there will be the option to play the game, and for those at home, there will be the option to see gameplay examples.

    EA

    EA is promising gameplay of Star Wars Battlefront II, Need For Speed Payback and FIFA 18, plus a live show that it promises will include “some surprises”. Eeeek.

    ...and much more

    And that’s just a small snippet of what we’re expecting to see this week. There are a good number of events that you’ll be able to watch at home. For information, check out our guide on how to watch Gamescom 2017.

    And for all other news, make sure that you check our full guide to Gamescom, where we'll be keeping track of all the biggest announcements. 

    • Gamescom is Europe's largest annual gaming event, stuffed full of the latest and greatest games, consoles, and gaming hardware. TechRadar is reporting live from Cologne to bring you the very latest from the show floor. Head to our dedicated Gamescom 2017 hub to see all the latest news, along with TechRadar's world-class analysis and buying advice about the next year in gaming

    7 hours 18 min ago

Microsoft opens Xbox One X pre-orders with limited ‘Project Scorpio Edition’


  • If you’ve been waiting to pre-order an Xbox One X, now’s your chance. Microsoft has opened up pre-orders for its new flagship console, starting at $499. What’s more, the earliest adopters will receive a limited “Project Scorpio Edition” as well. For those not keeping up, when Microsoft revealed Project Scorpio would officially be called the Xbox One X, many gamers were disappointed at the name choice. It’s phonetically too similar to Xbox One S, and the codename just sounded cooler. Now the company is appeasing these gamers with the Project Scorpio Edition. The differences are only cosmetic: ‘Project Scorpio’ is…

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    7 hours 59 min ago

The best Samsung Galaxy S8 deals in August 2017

  • The Samsung Galaxy S8 is one of the most impressive Android phones ever released, full stop. On this page you can find, filter and compare all of the best Samsung Galaxy S8 deals currently available in the UK.

    Prices on this fantastic phone have had rather a turbulent summer. TechRadar has had some great value exclusive discount codes and right now the best saving out there is £25 off O2's 3GB tariff for only £29 per month with our exclusive TR25OFFS8 code. And if you need more data than that for Spotify listening, Netflix watching and podcast downloading then Three has some superb 30GB plans.

    Underneath the comparison tool below, you'll find our editors' selections for all of the best value S8 deals currently available from the major networks, EE, O2, Vodafone and Three. In some cases, it isn't far off being as cheap as the best Galaxy S7 deals. We have recommendations for the best value plans, whether you're after the cheapest deal available, loads of data or a good balance of both. So if you can't wait until Black Friday, stick with us to locate the very cheapest S8s on the market.

    See also: Galaxy S8 Plus deals | iPhone 7 deals | Mobile phone deals | SIM only deals | Samsung Galaxy S8 review

    The best Samsung Galaxy S8 deals for the big networks:

    Here we'll walk you through all of the best value Samsung Galaxy S8 deals currently available from EE, Vodafone, O2 and Three in the UK (if you're in the US or Australia, we can help you find the best Galaxy S8 deals for the US and the best Australian Samsung Galaxy S8 deals).

    Samsung Galaxy S8 | £100 upfront | 1GB data | Unlimited minutes and texts | £28pm
    Last week Mobiles.co.uk dropped the cheapest Galaxy S8 deal we've seen in aaaaaaaages. It's a well-weighted balance between upfront and monthly costs - £100 at the outset (just increased by £20) and under £30 per month. That means the overall sum edges below the £775-mark. Excellent. Total cost over 24 months is £772

    View this deal: at Mobiles.co.uk

    Samsung Galaxy S8 | £110 £85 upfront | 3GB data | Unlimited minutes and texts | £29pm
    Stand back, stand back - we have an EXCLUSIVE coming through. Enter the code TR25OFFS8 at the checkout on this deal and get, you guessed it, £25 off. That makes this the very cheapest Galaxy S8 deal on the market right now. Getting Samsung's flagship phone for less than £800 over the two years is excellent, especially when you consider you get 3GB of data as well. Total cost over 24 months is £781

    View this deal: at Mobiles.co.uk
    Discount code: TR25OFFS8

    Samsung Galaxy S8 | FREE upfront | 10GB data | Unlimited mins and texts | £37.99pm
    This 10GB price from the UK's fastest 4G network is very attractive, especially as you don't have to part with a penny at the start of the contract! You also get unlimited calls and texts, as well as EE's usual perks - 6 months of Apple Music, 3 months of the BT Sport app and the fastest 4G speeds in the UK. Tempted? You should be! Total cost over 24 months is £911.76

    Get this deal: at Mobiles.co.uk

    Samsung Galaxy S8 | £49.99 upfront | 30GB data | Unlimited minutes and texts | £36pm
    30GB tariffs for the Galaxy S8 have gone downhill this month - they're no longer anywhere near as impressive as they were. But this deal has at least just dropped by £20. The upfront fee is reasonable enough, but it's that £36 monthly fee that marks this out from the rest when you consider just how much data you get. Total cost over 24 months is £903.99

    View this deal: at Affordable Mobiles

    Samsung Galaxy S8: consider going SIM only

    If you’re determined to get yourself a Samsung Galaxy S8, the most economical way of doing it is to buy the phone outright and pair it with a SIM only deal. The £689 RRP is certainly high, but it can still work out a little cheaper on average over the two years.

    With its latest flagship Galaxy S8, Samsung is getting nearer and nearer to smartphone perfection. The bezel-less design is something a little bit special in an area of tech that can sometimes feel like it's standing still. There are advancements with the splendid screen and fantastic 12MP camera, too.

    Read TechRadar's full Samsung Galaxy S8 review

    Samsung Galaxy S8 deals by network

    Whatever your favoured network, however much data, calls and texts allowance you need, we've trawled the market to pick out our favourite Galaxy S8 deals below.

    The 4 best Samsung Galaxy S8 deals on EE

    Samsung Galaxy S8 | £125 upfront | 3GB data | Unlimited mins and texts | £27.99pm
    But for that 1GB Vodafone tariff, this is the cheapest Galaxy S8 deal on the market right now. We're delighted that it comes with 3GB data allowance rather than the bog standard 1GB. And of course you also get EE's superfast 4G speeds. Total cost over 24 months is £796.76

    Get this deal: at Mobiles.co.uk

    Samsung Galaxy S8 | £48.99 upfront | 5GB data | Unlimited mins and texts | £32.99pm
    You can save a few pounds by going for a 1GB or 2GB EE Galaxy S8 contract, but we think it's worth paying the extra £40-odd and going for 5GB instead. That kind of data means that you can indulge in Spotify and podcast downloading away from Wi-Fi without too much fear of creeping over your allowance. Total cost over 24 months is £840.75

    Get this deal: at Affordable Mobiles

    Samsung Galaxy S8 | FREE upfront | 10GB data | Unlimited mins and texts | £37.99pm
    This 10GB price from the UK's fastest 4G network is very attractive, especially as you don't have to part with a penny at the start of the contract! You also get unlimited calls and texts, as well as EE's usual perks - 6 months of Apple Music, 3 months of the BT Sport app and the fastest 4G speeds in the UK. Tempted? You should be! Total cost over 24 months is £911.76

    Get this deal: at Mobiles.co.uk

    Samsung Galaxy S8 | FREE upfront | 15GB data | Unlimited minutes and texts | £42.99pm
    If 10GB just isn't enough and you're happy to spend a little more, we think that this 15GB deal is the next best option. The upfront is a lot less than the 10GB deal which is a bonus - in fact, it's absolutely free! And if you're teetering on the edge of snapping up this deal, the £40 cashback may just sway you. Total cost over 24 months is £1031.76

    View this deal: at Affordable Mobiles

    The 2 best Samsung Galaxy S8 deals on O2

    Samsung Galaxy S8 | £110 £85 upfront | 3GB data | Unlimited minutes and texts | £29pm
    Stand back, stand back - we have an EXCLUSIVE coming through. Enter the code TR25OFFS8 at the checkout on this deal and get, you guessed it, £25 off. That makes this the very cheapest Galaxy S8 deal on the market right now. Getting Samsung's flagship phone for less than £800 over the two years is excellent, especially when you consider you get 3GB of data as well. Total cost over 24 months is £781

    View this deal: at Mobiles.co.uk
    Discount code: TR25OFFS8

    Samsung Galaxy S8 | £100 upfront | 20GB data | Unlimited minutes and texts | £39pm
    O2 prices have been up and down like the proverbial over the past few weeks, and this 20GB tariff hasn't been left out of the chopping and changing. And over the last week it just went up by £40 again. That said, this is still a decent price for so much data. Total cost over 24 months is £1036

    View this deal: from Mobiles.co.uk

    The best 3 Samsung Galaxy S8 deals on Vodafone

    Samsung Galaxy S8 | £100 upfront | 1GB data | Unlimited minutes and texts | £28pm
    Last week Mobiles.co.uk dropped the cheapest Galaxy S8 deal we've seen in aaaaaaaages. It's a nice balance between upfront and monthly costs - £100 at the outset and under £30 per month. That means the overall sum edges below the £775-mark. Excellent. Total cost over 24 months is £772

    View this deal: at Mobiles.co.uk

    Samsung Galaxy S8 | £170 £135 upfront | 4GB data | Unlimited minutes and texts | £27pm
    We had a hunch that the above two deals weren't going to be enough data for you (you data-hungry so-and-so, you), so we bagged a discount from Mobiles.co.uk on this 4GB tariff instead. Enter TR35OFFS8 at the checkout to bring the two-year price of this deal down below £800. Total cost over 24 months is £783

    View this deal: at Mobiles.co.uk
    Discount code: TR35OFFS8

    Samsung Galaxy S8 | £75 upfront | 16GB data | Unlimited minutes and texts | £34pm
    It isn't quite the return to the glory days of 16GB deals on the Galaxy S8 from Vodafone (it was only £29pm for a period last month), but it's not far off. The monthly price is back down to £34, there's around £50 off the handset and the bountiful data allowance should be more than enough data for most people. You can get 32GB, but the price really rockets. Total cost over 24 months is £891

    View this deal: at Mobiles.co.uk

     The 2 best Samsung Galaxy S8 deals on Three

    Samsung Galaxy S8 | £9.99 upfront | 8GB data | Unlimited minutes and texts | £36pm
    This deal from Three is one of the best around. It's the cheapest Samsung Galaxy S8 deal on Three (£2pm cheaper than a few weeks ago). So if you like this network and want to spend as little as possible, this is the one to go for. And now you get a healthy 8GB of data. Total cost over 24 months is £873.99

    View this deal: at Affordable Mobiles

    Samsung Galaxy S8 | £49.99 upfront | 30GB data | Unlimited minutes and texts | £36pm
    30GB tariffs for the Galaxy S8 have gone downhill this month - they're no longer anywhere near as impressive as they were. But this deal has at least just dropped by £20. The upfront fee is reasonable enough, but it's that £36 monthly fee that marks this out from the rest when you consider just how much data you get. Total cost over 24 months is £903.99

    View this deal: at Affordable Mobiles

    7 hours 59 min ago

Xbox One X pre-orders are now open

  • In a move that was anticipated by many, Microsoft has started strong at this year’s Gamescom by launching pre-orders for the upcoming Xbox One X

    If you want to be sure that you get the 4K console when it’s released on November 7, you can place your order right now on the official Microsoft website, as well as through third-party retailers including Amazon. 

    The console is fairly pricey at $499 (£449 / €499 / CA$599 / AU$649) but it’s a powerful upgrade from the Xbox One S. 40% more powerful, in fact. 

    During its livestream, Microsoft also unveiled that it’s going to be releasing a special edition version of the Xbox One X that celebrates its Project Scorpio code name which is also available for pre-order now.


    The console has a custom graphic patterns across it and has the words ‘Project Scorpio’ printed on its front as well as on its accompanying controller. For those who like to display their console vertically, there's also an exclusive stand bundled in.

    This console doesn’t cost any more than the standard Xbox One X console at $499 (£449 / €499 / CA$599 / AU$649), but for those who have been following the 4K console’s journey from the very beginning it could very well hold more sentimental value.

    If you want to get one of these special edition consoles for yourself you’ll have to act fast as they’ll only be available until pre-order stock runs out after which they’ll be gone forever. You can pre-order yours right now at the Microsoft store.

    But Microsoft hasn't forgotten those who would rather purchase the Xbox One S. Microsoft has revealed that this console will be receiving its own new bundle which is also now available to pre-order.

    The Shadow of War Xbox One S bundle will be released on October 10 and will come with either a 500GB or 1TB Xbox One S console, with the brand new Middle Earth: Shadow of War game as well as a 1-month Xbox Game Pass and a 14-day Xbox Live Gold trial to experience the most advanced multiplayer gaming network.

    The 1TB bundle will be available for $349 USD and the 500GB bundle will be available for $279 USD from participating retailers and the official Microsoft store.

    Now that the Xbox One X is coming, the Xbox One S is no longer the most powerful Xbox One option. However, it is the more affordable option and it still offers 4K gaming, though in the form of upscaling rather than native like the Xbox One X.

    Those who are looking to purchase an Xbox One X but also want to get their hands on Middle-Earth: Shadow of War will be glad to know that the game will receive a free Enhanced update when the new console launches later this year. 

    • Gamescom is Europe's largest annual gaming event, stuffed full of the latest and greatest games, consoles, and gaming hardware. TechRadar is reporting live from Cologne to bring you the very latest from the show floor. Head to our dedicated Gamescom 2017 hub to see all the latest news, along with TechRadar's world-class analysis and buying advice about the next year in gaming 

    7 hours 59 min ago

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

Microsoft kicks off Xbox One X pre-orders today with a limited ‘Project Scorpio’ edition

  •  Microsoft just pulled the trigger on Xbox One X pre-orders, offering up the souped up version of its console for $499. Unveiled back at E3 in June after a year’s worth of teasers, the latest Xbox One features more memory and improved processing designed for 4K playback. The company is also using its platform at the Gamecom conference in Cologne, Germany to debut a limited edition version… Read More

    8 hours 21 sec ago

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