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Xbox One X Shadow of War shows profound improvements over PS4 Pro

One version to rule them all?

While we can draw conclusions about PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X from their respective specs sheets, real-life comparisons are somewhat thin on the ground right now. Microsoft’s new console should offer a comprehensive improvements owing to more memory, higher levels of bandwidth and a big compute advantage, but to what extent will it actually matter in the homogenised world of multi-platform development? From an extended look at the Gamescom build of Shadow of War running on Xbox One X, the signs are looking good for the green team’s new hardware, with an immediately obvious, comprehensively improved presentation – possibly the most dramatic boost we’ve seen to date.

Make no mistake though, as we’ve previously discussed, the PS4 Pro version of ‘Wardor’ is no slouch. Its dynamic resolution averages out at around 1620p over the base machine’s full HD, while geometry draw distance and shadow LODs are improved. However, even after upgrading to the latest patch 1.04, the Pro still exhibits many low quality textures that stick out like a sore thumb – especially noticeable on ultra HD displays.

Implementation of the PC version’s 4K texture pack would have done wonders here, but clearly the limited 512MB of extra RAM available to Pro developers isn’t enough to house the top-tier assets. And that’s the most immediately obvious difference between PS4 Pro and Xbox One X versions of the game – what sticks out right away is that texture problems on PS4 Pro are eradicated. Through sheer capacity via Xbox One X’s 12GB of GDDR5 memory, Shadow of War offers a dramatic improvement in quality: for example, ground textures get a clear resolution bump from the soup-like results on Pro, offering a sharper, clearer presentation.

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Shadow of War on Xbox One X given a thorough early analysis. This is an early build, but prospects are looking great when compared to the final PS4 Pro code.

Monolith has also brought over the dual presentation modes from PS4 Pro – and enhanced them. There’s a quality-biased offering that prioritises better visual settings like draw distance, along with a resolution mode that delivers a native 4K image. And to be clear, both options deliver better textures than PS4 Pro regardless of which you choose. On quality mode you get the best assets possible on Xbox One X, while the resolution mode uses a slightly lower quality texture filtering – blurring the ground slightly, despite using the same texture seting. Compared to PS4 Pro’s texture work on its quality mode (which is also a match for its resolution mode), these still both trump it in sheer clarity though – it’s a big upgrade.

Additionally, whether it’s quality or resolution mode, you still get the benefit of improved ambient occlusion over a standard Xbox One. Dividing the two modes, Xbox One X gets a big boost in draw distance if you opt for the quality setting: an overview of a castle during a siege for example, shows more shadow detail and geometry rendered in from range. It prevents the pop-in you might see on other machines, and the world just feels more cohesive as a result.

In comparing PS4 Pro and Xbox One X, it makes sense to use the quality setting on both systems. Subtle as it may be, it’s evident that Microsoft’s machine gets even better draw distance settings overall on mountain-side geometry and small objects, over and above PS4 Pro’s existing enhancements. It’s a small improvement and nothing like the scale of the texture upgrades – but another advantage that shows Xbox One X veering close to PC’s best presets.

On top of the quality and resolution modes shared with Sony’s ‘supercharged’ console, Xbox One X adds another toggle that can be deployed on either preset: dynamic resolution. It’s hard-set on PS4 Pro, but Xbox One X users can disable it if they want to take their chances with a less stable performance level. Assuming that toggle is disabled, what you get in quality mode is a native resolution of 3520×1980. That’s 1980p fixed on Xbox One X – or very close to it – bringing a leap in image quality over the PS4 Pro’s ballpark 2880×1620 output.

Based on the Gamescom build, Xbox One X’s resolution mode bears mention too if you want a superior 4K picture. From what we’ve tested, a native 3840×2160 is achieved from the machine this way, fixed at that number, as long as the dynamic res checkbox is left blank. The machine forces the maximum resolution here, but at the cost of texture filtering and LOD quality we have on the quality mode, it’s maybe not the best way to go. Based on playing through Shadow of War in both quality and resolution mode with dynamic res enabled and disabled, we’d trade the clarity of the game’s 4K output for the additional features of the quality mode.

And yes, we’d enable dynamic resolution too. Quality mode with this checkbox selected can drop the pixel count to 3360×1890 – the lowest point we’ve measured so far. For reference, that’s still higher than PS4 Pro’s lowest measurement of 1512p in quality mode, and sees a 56 per cent improvement in pixel count. Unlike Sony’s machine though, it’s also capable of hitting a true native 4K on Xbox One X in the best case – provided not much is happening on-screen.

It’s an interesting feature, and having quality with dynamic res engaged means you get all the visual bells and whistles, plus a genuine 4K picture on the occasions that it’s possible. Even when it can’t hit native UHD with all bling engaged, it’s close enough most of the time to look good on a 4K screen. Meanwhile, engaging dynamic scaling on Xbox One X’s resolution mode isn’t quite as revolutionary; you get a lower bounds of around 3584×2016 wherever it senses performance is about to take a hit – while the upper bounds stays at 3840×2160. And as expected, all of these numbers super-sample down to a 1080p set if you haven’t made the upgrade to 4K yet – a feature Microsoft says is common to all X titles.

Even though it’s early code, the Xbox One X build we played runs almost flawlessly for regular missions at a straight 30fps, regardless of rendering mode. However, there is one exceptional area in the Gamecom build that causes issues. The Ghasghor siege is a large-scale battle that buckles Xbox One X’s performance to around the low-20s. It’s a mission with a surplus of enemies and effects, and the bottleneck applies whether you’re on quality or resolution mode.

As a stress-test it’s fascinating to see the standard Xbox One’s adaptive v-sync used here, causing occasional screen-tear. Also curious is that the quality mode appears to push Xbox One X harder, compared to the resolution mode – creating a divide of 2-3 frames per second in matching scenes. Interestingly, engaging dynamic resolution makes no difference here, and it may be the case that the sheer number of entities is causing the console to be CPU-bound. Higher detail means more draw calls, adding to the load, perhaps explaining the performance deficit here. Again, it’s worth stressing this is still early code from months past, and things could change come release. For the rest of the package, Shadow of War hands in a solid 30fps, and the siege areas will be worth revisiting in the final code, with Pro factored into the mix too.

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As thing stand, Shadow of War gives us a prime, early example of why Microsoft targeted Xbox One X’s specific specs. The sense is that a higher pixel count alone isn’t enough; more importantly, this console has the extra memory resources to give those pixels more to show off – better textures, and improved LODs, for example. Additional visual options such as the ability to toggle dynamic resolution scaling are also welcome. Those who want their true 4K can have it, while those looking for more consistent performance are also catered for.

It’s the radically improved art that most obviously sets Xbox One X apart from PS4 Pro, but Monolith’s approach to 4K textures likely won’t apply to every game. At the start of the generation, 8GB of GDDR5 seemed almost overkill – a mammoth 16x increase over last-gen. That’s still a hefty chunk of memory to work with and as such, the difference in other titles may not be so pronounced. However, based on the evidence presented by Shadow of War and Rise of the Tomb Raider in particular, it’s possible that Xbox One X’s 12GB provision is a good case of forward-thinking on Microsoft’s part. We’ll report back on final code just as soon as we can.

New Fall Update for Xbox One Available for Everyone Today

It’s been a busy and exciting summer for everyone at Team Xbox. Back in August we gave you a first look at the fall update for Xbox One, and we showed off the new Home, Guide and Community tabs. Since then, we’ve been working with Xbox Insiders to gather feedback, test and refine new features that we’re releasing worldwide starting today. As gamers, we like to play and watch content the way we want, with the people we want. With this update, our fans asked for more personalization options and we’ve put more control in their hands. Here’s a rundown of the new features.

Content Block Xbox One

You can personalize your “Home” more than ever before: You can…

  • Make Home uniquely yours. Add your favorite games, friends, Xbox Live Gold, Xbox Game Pass, and more directly to your Home screen with a new concept that we call blocks. Once you’ve added blocks, you can remove or change the order of the blocks as you see fit.
  • Have up to 40 pins!  All these pins will appear in the Pin block on Home, as well as the Pins flyout in the new Guide!
  • Easily discover new things, such as friend activities, leaderboards, LFG posts, tips, quick links to Game Hubs, across both your console and Xbox Live at the top of Home.
  • Choose dark, light, or high-contrast theme option in Settings.

 Updated Xbox Guide

You’ll experience a fast, powerful and convenient Guide:

  • It’s now faster and easier to move left and right through horizontal tabs with the left thumb stick or bumpers.
  • When you bring up Guide while in an active party or broadcast, Guide will automatically open the party or broadcast section by default for faster access to controls.
  • New “Friends in games” flyout informs you of friends playing the same game.
  • Game invites will show up in the Multiplayer tab of the Guide.
  • The new Tournaments section in the Multiplayer tab of the Guide provides a quick portal into the official and community tournaments that you’ve joined. Enjoy more Xbox Arena tournament options with the addition of new titles.

Community Feed on Xbox One

Don’t worry about missing any actions when you step away from your console:

  • With the enhanced notification system, when your Xbox One is idle, time-sensitive activities and status are visible from far away.
  • The screen-dimming functionality has also been updated to better prevent screen ghosting, both when the screen is dimmed and when it’s showing notification snapshots of what’s happening on Xbox Live.
  • The newly redesigned Game Hub Welcome tab now features a summary of all the great content around the game on one page.
  • Profiles now enable faster access to recent activity. You can now easily manage who sees your activity feed content through the “Others can see your activity feed” privacy setting.
  • See more content at a glance with new Community feed, and view screenshots and game clips in an immersive, full-screen view.

Video forNew Fall Update for Xbox One Available for Everyone Today

Get a head start on Xbox One X (Launch Day Nov 7): Your console setup experience will be quicker for both new users and upgraders.  There are new options to help save time when moving from one Xbox One to another (including Xbox One X), so you can get back to playing faster.

  • Transfer your games to an external drive so you can connect it to your new console and play immediately. Just unplug the drive from your current console, plug it in to your new one, and you’re ready to go.
  • Existing Xbox One owners can back up their games and console settings to an external drive so that they’re ready to be applied to the new console during setup.
  • Copy your games and apps over your home network from one console to another via network transfer.
  • Bulk transfer will allow you to select and transfer as many games as you want all at once.
  • You’ll be able to download 4K content for some games ahead of time to your Xbox One or Xbox One S, so that you’re ready to transfer Xbox One X Enhanced games to your new console on day one.
  • You can easily discover Xbox One X Enhanced titles in the Store, and developers can optimize game delivery by making sure that 4K assets are installed only for Xbox One X.
  • You’ll be able to sort and filter your Installed and Ready to Install games library to find Xbox One X Enhanced titles.

Xbox One X Enhanced Titles UI

Discover and Create Engaging Content:

  • The Mixer tab on the dashboard will now display broadcast previews so you can see what’s going on in popular streams before you join them.
  • If your bandwidth supports a 1080p broadcast, we will upgrade it automatically for your Xbox One family of devices.
  • The Broadcast & Capture tab in Guide is also now more deeply integrated with Mixer. Once you start a Broadcast, a new flyout will appear that includes your profile stats.
  • You can also use a USB webcam to broadcast yourself alongside your gameplay on Mixer, or to have a 1:1 or group video chat with friends using Skype.
  • GameDVR will now be able to capture up to 4K/HDR screenshots and game clips on Xbox One X, and you’ll be able to capture content directly to an external hard drive.

Xbox Assist

Other big features include…

  • You can get personalized tips & help, smart notifications, community tips, & troubleshooting through the new Xbox Assist App.
  • You can also change your console language to select right-to-left languages – Arabic & Hebrew – in the Xbox Settings menu.
  • You will also see a new Microsoft Store logo and name in the Xbox dashboard, providing you with a simpler experience when you download and buy the latest products and content from Microsoft and its partners, including hardware, games, entertainment, apps and more.

It’s been an incredible journey for the entire team at Xbox as we worked to bring you this update. Thanks as always to our fans and Xbox Insiders for the valuable feedback. Be sure to keep letting us know what you think at Xbox feedback.  We’ll have even more great features coming very soon! See you on Xbox Live.

Mike Ybarra
Gamertag: Qwik
Twitter: @XboxQwik

Choose How You Game with Four New Xbox One S Bundles

This fall, we’ve got something for everyone so you can choose how you game on Xbox One. We’re continuing to deliver the best value in games and entertainment with Xbox One S and today we’re announcing four new 500GB Xbox One S bundles: the Xbox One S Minecraft Complete Adventure Bundle, Xbox One S Rocket League Blast-Off Bundle, Xbox One S Starter Bundle and the Xbox One S Ultimate Halo Bundle.

Xbox One S has a library of over 1,300 games and over 200 exclusives, including blockbusters like Minecraft, iconic franchises like Halo, and the latest exclusives like Forza Motorsport 7 that you can only play on Xbox One. With Backward Compatibility, Xbox One is the only console where you can play games from the past, present and future. Access all your favorite entertainment through apps like YouTube, Netflix and more and play with friends near and far with Xbox Live.

With Xbox One S, you’ll also enjoy the highest-quality 4K entertainment, including built-in 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and 4K video streaming. Whether you’re playing games, watching your favorite shows or streaming gameplay, Xbox One S delivers brilliant graphics with HDR technology, premium audio and fast, reliable online gaming with friends.

With so many exciting new options, it’ll be impossible to choose only one.

Xbox One S Minecraft Complete Adventure Bundle

Xbox One S Minecraft Complete Adventure Bundle

Own the Xbox One S Minecraft Complete Adventure Bundle (500GB) for $279 USD / £229 GBP / €279 EUR and be part of a worldwide phenomenon. This bundle is available at local retailers in select markets including Microsoft Store and includes:

  • Xbox One S with 500GB hard drive
  • Xbox Wireless Controller
  • Full-game download code of Minecraft – Now you can build, dig, and craft together with friends across Xbox One, mobile, VR and Windows 10 with the Better Together update
  • Full add-on download code of the Minecraft Explorer’s pack – The Explorer’s pack features the Chinese Mythology Mashup, Natural Texture Pack, Biome Settlers Skin Pack, Battle and Beasts Skin Pack and Campfire Tales Skin Pack. The Explorer’s Pack will also be available as a standalone retail offering which includes the base game and DLC (valued at $29.99) starting Nov. 7.
  • Full-game download code of Minecraft: Story Mode Season 1 – The Complete Adventure (Episodes 1-8) – Experience this episodic point-and-click adventure game.
  • Xbox Live Gold – Enjoy 3 months of Xbox Live Gold to join the online Minecraft community and build, dig and craft together with friends.
  • Xbox Game Pass – Get instant access to over 100 great games with 1 month of Xbox Game Pass.

Xbox One S Rocket League Blast-Off Bundle

Xbox One S Rocket League Blast-Off Bundle

Still wondering what soccer would be like with rocket-equipped cars? Wonder no more and get in on the action with one of the most popular multiplayer games around. The winner of numerous awards, get ready to score amazing aerial goals with the Xbox One S Rocket League Blast-Off Bundle (500GB) for £229 GBP / €279 EUR. This bundle is available at local retailers in select markets including Microsoft Store and includes:

  • Xbox One S with 500GB hard drive
  • Xbox Wireless Controller
  • Full-game download code of Rocket League – Choose from a variety of high-flying vehicles equipped with huge rocket boosters to score amazing aerial goals and pull off incredible, game-changing saves, take on the single-player challenge in Season Mode or join in 8-player online competition and 4-player split-screen action.
  • Xbox Live Gold – Enjoy a 3-month subscription of Xbox Live Gold to play your favorite games online with friends and get free games each month plus deep Xbox Store discounts on games, add-ons and more.
  • Xbox Game Pass – Get instant access out of the box to over 100 great games with 1 month of Xbox Game Pass.

Xbox One S Starter Bundle

Xbox One S Starter Bundle

Own the Xbox One S Starter Bundle (500GB) for $279 USD / £229 GBP / €279 EUR and dive into the very best of Xbox One. This bundle is available at local retailers in select markets including Microsoft Store and includes:

  • Xbox One S with 500GB hard drive
  • Xbox Wireless Controller
  • Xbox Live Gold – Play with and against friends and family on the most advanced multiplayer network with 3 months of Xbox Live Gold, plus receive exclusive membership perks like free games each month and deep discounts in the Microsoft Store
  • Xbox Game Pass – Get instant access to over 100 great games carefully curated for high quality and fun gameplay with 3 months of Xbox Game Pass. Games are added every month so there’s always something new to play including fan favorites such as Halo 5: Guardians, DiRT Rally and LEGO Batman.

Xbox One S Ultimate Halo Bundle

Xbox One S Ultimate Halo Bundle

Own the Xbox One S Ultimate Halo Bundle (500GB) for $279 USD and live the legend of the Master Chief on Xbox One S. This bundle is available exclusively at Walmart in the U.S. and includes:

  • Xbox One S with 500GB hard drive
  • Xbox Wireless Controller
  • Full-game download codes of Halo 5: Guardians and Halo: The Master Chief Collection, which collectively offer fans the chance to experience the Master Chief’s epic journey over five Halo games
  • Xbox Game Pass – Get instant access to over 100 great games carefully curated for high quality and fun gameplay with 1 month of Xbox Game Pass
  • 14-day Xbox Live Gold trial – Play games with friends near or far on Xbox Live with a 14-day trial

Play Forza Motorsport 7 Four Days Early with Today’s Release of the Ultimate Edition

The Oct. 3 global launch of Forza Motorsport 7 on Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs is just four days away, but anyone itching to get behind the wheel today can do so with the Forza Motorsport 7 Ultimate Edition. In addition to early access to Forza Motorsport 7, Ultimate Edition owners receive the Forza Motorsport 7 Car Pass, VIP membership and cars, and both the Hoonigan and Fate of the Furious car packs.

Get ready to experience the thrill of motorsport at the limit with the most comprehensive, beautiful and authentic racing game ever made. In Forza Motorsport 7, players on the Xbox One family of devices will experience racing at silky smooth 60 frames per second, HDR (Xbox One S and Windows 10 PCs), and 4K on Windows 10 PCs while collecting over 700 Forzavista™ cars, including the largest assortment of Ferraris, Porsches, and Lamborghinis in any racing game. With over 30 world-famous environments and tracks featuring dynamic weather and race conditions that change every time you return to the track; no two races are the same. And with Xbox One X coming Nov. 7, even more players will experience gorgeous graphics in native 4K, at 60fps and HDR, too.

In celebration of the game’s launch, on Sept. 30 at 1 p.m. PDT, Tanner Foust – professional driver whose awards include four X Games gold medals, three Global Rallycross championships and two Formula Drift national championships –  will go head-to-head with 2017 Indy Car Season Champion Josef Newgarden in the all-new Forza Motorsport 7 on Xbox Live Sessions, an interactive livestream hosted on the Mixer Xbox Channel. During the livestream, the two will join Xbox Daily Show host Major Nelson and Forza Community Manager, Brian Ekberg in the ultimate racing showdown on Xbox One S, live from the Petersen Automotive Museum. Fans who tune-in can submit questions and get the chance to win some awesome prizes. For even more details on the livestream, check out our Xbox Wire post from earlier this week.

If you haven’t experienced Forza Motorsport 7 yet, what are you waiting for? Download the free Xbox One demos from the Windows Store here. See you on the track!

List of Xbox One X Enhanced Games Grows to Over 130, Console Pre-orders Available Today

Last month at gamescom, we unveiled pre-orders for the Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition, a limited edition console designed for our biggest fans. Thanks to you, we saw record-setting sellouts in the first five days, making Xbox One X the fastest-selling Xbox pre-order ever with more Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition consoles pre-ordered in the first five days than any Xbox ever.

We know you are anxious to get your hands on the world’s most powerful console and so today, I am excited to announce Xbox One X standard edition pre-orders begin today. Local retailers around the world, including Microsoft Store and Microsoft.com, are opening up more pre-orders for Xbox One X, so be sure to get yours today.

When it comes to games, we’re thrilled to announce that you’ll be able to enjoy more than 130 (and counting!) new and existing games enhanced for Xbox One X to take advantage of its full power, including Far Cry 5, L.A. Noire, Greedfall and Okami HD. We set out to make Xbox One X the best place to create and experience games, and hearing how our partners are excited and committed to Xbox One X confirms our vision. See below for what some of our partners had to say about their experiences with Xbox One X. And for more information explaining Xbox One X Enhanced program, visit our Xbox One X Enhanced titles list and check out this video with our very own Major Nelson and Head of Xbox Console Marketing, Albert Penello.

“It’s a crazy powerful box. [Shadow of War on Xbox One X] will be the prettiest possible version of the game [among consoles]. We have some dev kits which also load a lot faster. While in development it’s extra nice to load a giant world in a matter of seconds so we can iterate faster. But it will also have faster loading times for players.” – Bob Roberts, Middle-earth: Shadow of War Design Director, as quoted in GamesRadar+

“The experience of the game is the same across all of the different platforms. We try to make sure the game shines on every platform the best it can. Having said that, the Xbox One X version is absolutely the most beautiful version.” – Ashraf Ismail, Assassin’s Creed Origins Game Director, as quoted in WeWriteThings

“Bringing a PC game to Xbox, Microsoft makes it really easy…So it really just comes down to making the gameplay good. And especially on Xbox One X, two hours after we got the dev kit it was running at 4K, 60fps. That thing is very powerful. It was that easy. I think we were expecting it to take a little longer than that, but no, it was a cinch.” – Jonathan Rogers, Path of Exile Lead Programmer, as quoted in GamesRadar+

Xbox One X joins the Xbox One family of devices this holiday alongside Xbox One S and the recently-announced Forza Horizon 3 Hot Wheels bundle, Minecraft Limited Edition bundle, Shadow of War bundle and Madden NFL 18 bundle – all also available for purchase or pre-order now. And of course, all your existing Xbox One games and accessories are compatible across the Xbox One family of devices.

We’re grateful to you, our fans, for your continued enthusiasm and to our developers for all their excitement for supporting Xbox One X as we march toward launch.

ReCore Definitive Edition Available Today For New and Current Owners

Today is an exciting day for the ReCore team as we launch ReCore Definitive Edition on Xbox One, Windows 10 and Xbox Game Pass. Gamers are the center of everything at Xbox, and this Definitive Edition is the result of listening closely to ReCore players about how we could improve and expand a game they love.

The Definitive Edition adds enhanced visuals (increased resolution and HDR support), a brand-new adventure, “Eye of Obsidian”, new weapon modes for Joule, new gear for all Corebots, more enemy types, the long-awaited T8-NK Corebot (“Tank”) and many other gameplay and performance enhancements. These additions build on top of ReCore’s core foundation as a fully-featured game with over twelve hours of gameplay, an engaging story, a vast and dynamic world to explore, and lots of replayability and options to collect and customize Corebot frames.

New players get the entire package as either part of Xbox Game Pass or for $19.99 from the Microsoft Store or your favorite retailer, while owners of the existing ReCore game will receive the “Eye of Obsidian” adventure, the T8-NK Corebot, and all the other enhancements, for free, as an online update.

On behalf of the entire ReCore team, thank you to all our fans for your enthusiasm and support, and we hope everyone enjoys adventuring through the world of Far Eden.

Thanks to our Fans, Xbox One X is Fastest-Selling Xbox Pre-Order Ever

Sunday night in Germany we unveiled the Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition, a special edition console designed for our biggest fans. That night we launched pre-orders worldwide and we have been overwhelmed by your response.

Within just a few days, we saw record-setting sell-out times and are currently sold out in many countries around the world.

You, our biggest fans, have pre-ordered more Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition consoles in the first five days than any Xbox ever.

“Microsoft has done it again! The innovation and power behind the new Xbox One X console is driving excitement and demand among our customers worldwide,” said Bob Puzon, senior vice president of Merchandising for GameStop. “The speed at which we sold through our initial pre-order supply surpassed expectations, and what we experienced with pre-orders for the original Xbox One console. This new system is definitely going to change how video games are played!” – GameStop

“A great piece of tech with a great onrush. Microsoft’s high-end console hits the hearts and minds of our console fans. We were absolutely astonished with the run on Microsoft`s new flagship console of the Xbox One family. The Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition was the fastest sold-out Xbox console ever.” – Media Markt

Although our fans may no longer be able to pre-order the Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition in their country, we know people are still anxious to get their hands on the world’s most powerful console. We will be announcing details of the next wave of Xbox One X standard edition pre-orders next month so stay tuned for more information.

We can’t wait for November 7. Excitement is building – from developers who have committed that more than 100 new and existing games will be enhanced for Xbox One X, to the 300,000+ European fans who got the chance to experience the full power of Xbox One X this week, to receiving the gamescom 2017 award for best hardware.

There’s really never been a better time to be an Xbox gamer. YOU made Xbox One X the fastest-selling pre-order in Xbox history. From all of us at Team Xbox, thank you!

gamescom 2017: World’s Most Powerful Console Makes European Debut and Kickstarts Global Pre-orders

Today, during Xbox @ gamescom Live, we announced global pre-orders for Xbox One X starting today, with a limited edition, fan-inspired design of the world’s most powerful console that features a custom color and vertical stand and the words “Project Scorpio” printed on the console and Xbox Wireless Controller. Pre-orders are now open and available here. November 7 can’t come soon enough!

We also revealed more details about the most diverse line-up of games coming to the Xbox family of devices, highlighted by the news that over 100 new and existing Xbox One titles will be enhanced for Xbox One X to take advantage of the world’s most powerful console including Halo 5, NBA 2K18, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, ReCore: Definitive Edition, FIFA 18, Star Wars Battlefront II, Below and remastered versions of Disneyland Adventures, Rush: A Disney-Pixar Adventure and Zoo Tycoon. Head on over to Major Nelson for the full list of games planning enhancements for Xbox One X.

Regardless of what type of gamer you are, there has never been a better time to be Xbox fan.

Custom editions added to the Xbox One Family

Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition

Be the first to experience the Xbox One X designed for the biggest fans — the Project Scorpio Edition featuring a custom color, vertical stand, and “Project Scorpio” printed on both the console and controller. Available to pre-order now, starting at 499 USD / 449 GBP / 499 EUR, while supplies last.

Xbox One S Minecraft Limited Edition Bundle

For the countless enthusiasts who’ve sent us their designs, posted their requests, or simply dreamt of a console built out of grass and dirt blocks – this one’s for you. The Xbox One S Minecraft Limited Edition Bundle (1TB) includes a custom designed grass block console, Xbox Wireless Controller – Minecraft Creeper, Minecraft system sounds, vertical stand and transparent underside with Redstone circuit accents. This exclusive bundle also includes a full game download of Minecraft plus the Redstone Pack, a collection of unique skin packs. Available only in limited quantities, it’s a must-have for avid Minecraft players and collectors. The bundle is available for pre-order now and will be launching in all Xbox One markets, except China and Brazil, on October 3, 2017.

Xbox Minecraft Creeper and Pig Wireless Controllers

Prepare to create, explore, and survive your own Minecraft adventure with two new Xbox Wireless controllers: the Minecraft Pig controller, featuring an adorable pink Pig design – and the Minecraft Creeper controller, with that iconic green Creeper design. Both feature textured grip for enhanced comfort, and ABXY buttons with classic Minecraft font. Play the way you want to play with custom button mapping to personalize your controls and Copilot to play any game with two controllers linked so you can use them as one.  And with Bluetooth technology, you connect your controllers to play wirelessly with your Windows 10 PCs and tablets. Both of these controllers are available for pre-order now, and will be launching in the U.S. at Microsoft Stores and Target on September 5, 2017, and available more broadly beginning September 12, 2017.

Xbox One S Shadow of War Bundles

For those who can’t wait to get their hands-on Middle-earth: Shadow of War, the new Xbox One S Shadow of War Bundles are the best way to do it this October. Each bundle comes with an Xbox One S with either a 500GB or 1TB hard drive, Middle-earth: Shadow of War, an Xbox Wireless Controller, 1-month Xbox Game Pass subscription and 14-day Xbox Live Gold trial.

Xbox Design Lab comes to new countries

We’re thrilled to announce that we’re expanding Xbox Design Lab to over 20 additional European countries starting August 22, 2017.  This extends Xbox Design Lab beyond United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, United Kingdom, France and Germany.  On August 22, fans living in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, and Sweden will be able to order their custom controllers online through local-language websites.  In addition, the European Union websites above will enable shipping to Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Romania, Slovakia, and Slovenia.

Xbox One gets a new look and feel

The Xbox One family will receive a big update with a new look and feel later this fall – available now in preview – designed to make the Xbox gaming experience more personalized and social than ever. Now, you can customize your Xbox One Home to be uniquely yours and view all the content you love at-a-glance! Further details about what’s next for gamers on Xbox are available here.

One of our largest, most diverse games line-ups at gamescom 2017

During Xbox @ gamescom Live, we showcased one of our largest, most diverse line-up of games from developers around the world and highlighted our commitment to delivering amazing games and experiences for gamers on both console and Windows 10 PCs.

PlayerUnknown himself, Brendan Greene, joined the Xbox @ gamescom Live event to discuss the epic Battle Royale title that is coming exclusively to Xbox One in the Xbox Game Preview program later this year and to announce that the game will be published by Microsoft on Xbox One.  As an expansion of the partnership announced at E3, this collaboration will help Bluehole accelerate console development while maintaining quality across platforms and provide resources ranging from technical to sales and marketing.  For those that don’t know, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has seen runaway success in Early Access on PC and is a tactical, last-man-standing shooter being developed with community feedback where players must fight to locate weapons and supplies in a massive 8×8 km island to be the lone survivor.

We are proud to have great games coming to PC, including Age of Empires: Definitive Edition, Forza Motorsport 7, Crackdown 3, charming platformer Super Lucky’s Tale and cross-play between Xbox and PC on fan favorite Sea of Thieves. We are bringing more features and games to PC gamers around the world including things like Mixer broadcasting, updates to Game Mode, Game Bar and added support for HDR screenshots.

Xbox Game Pass

Building on the momentum from our new gaming membership, Xbox Game Pass, which gives you unlimited access to over 100 Xbox One and Xbox 360 games – for one low monthly price, all in full fidelity, without any streaming or connectivity issues, we’re bringing Game Pass to eight new countries: Argentina, Brazil, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, South Africa, Turkey and UAE. Next month we will also add seven new titles including ReCore: Definitive Edition. It will also be available as a digital and retail purchase as well as a free upgrade to existing ReCore players.

Assassin’s Creed Origins

Journey into Ancient Egypt, the most mysterious place in history, during a crucial period that will shape the world. Discover the secrets behind the Great Pyramids, forgotten myths, the last pharaohs, and the origin story of the Assassin’s Brotherhood. For the last four years, the team behind Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag has been crafting a new beginning for the franchise. Fight in a completely new way where you transition seamlessly between unique ranged and melee weapons, and take on multiple enemies at once. Choose your Assassin skills while exploring the full country of Ancient Egypt, engaging in multiple quests and gripping stories along a journey that will change civilization. Available across the Xbox One family of devices starting October 27, 2017 and as an Xbox One X enhanced title alongside the console’s launch on November 7, 2017.

Halo Wars 2: Awakening the Nightmare

Halo Wars 2: Awakening the Nightmare is a full expansion coming to Halo Wars 2, featuring a new campaign with Blur cinematics, exclusive new multiplayer Leaders, new maps playable across Halo Wars 2 classic multiplayer and Terminus Firefight – a unique game mode in the expansion set on a dynamic map where players build bases and armies to defend against waves of enemy forces. Halo Wars 2: Awakening the Nightmare releases on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC on September 26 and as an Xbox One X enhanced title with 4K and HDR support on November 7.

Halo 5: Guardians

Announced earlier this year, Halo 5: Guardians returns as an Xbox One X enhanced title with 4K support and is set for release this holiday.

ReCore: Definitive Edition

ReCore: Definitive Edition lets players experience the game’s mysterious and dynamic world with enhanced visuals (increased resolution and HDR), a brand-new adventure, and the long-awaited T8-NK Corebot who joins Joule, Mack, Seth, Duncan, and Violet as they explore new environments and dungeons while battling the deadly Obsidian Cult. The game will be available next week, on August 29, and the enhancements and additional content will be provided as a free content update for current owners of original ReCore release. New players can download the ReCore: Definitive Edition within their Xbox Game Pass membership or purchase it for $19.99 as an Xbox Play Anywhere game for Xbox One and Windows 10 PC.

Forza Motorsport 7

Forza Motorsport 7 is the first Forza game built from the ground up for Windows 10 PCs. It is the ultimate racing experience with over 700 cars, dynamic skies and weather that are different every time you return to a track, a new career mode inspired by real-world motorsport and support for a wide range of PC configurations and peripherals. Also, for the first time ever, fans who want to test drive Forza Motorsport 7 on Windows 10 PCs can play the demo ahead of the game’s release. Forza Motorsport 7 is available for pre-order on Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs as an Xbox Play Anywhere title, releasing globally on September 29 for Ultimate Edition with Early Access and October 3 for Deluxe and Standard Editions. Stay tuned to Xbox Wire and ForzaMotorsport.net for additional details on Forza Motorsport 7 demo in the coming weeks.

State of Decay 2

We’re taking a deeper look at how State of Decay 2 is bigger, badder and bolder than the previous game. The number one ask from fans was to bring four player co-op multiplayer, and that’s exactly what we did. State of Decay 2 features cross-platform co-op, where you and up to three of your friends can survive together regardless of which platform you prefer to play on.

Jurassic World Evolution

During today’s livestream Frontier Developments debuted their newest title Jurassic World Evolution, launching in summer 2018. Jurassic World Evolution places players in control of operations on the legendary island of Isla Nublar and the surrounding islands of the Muertes Archipelago and challenges players to build their own Jurassic World as they bioengineer new dinosaur breeds, and construct attractions, containment and research facilities. Every choice leads to a different path and spectacular challenges will arise when “life finds a way.” Find out more at https://www.jurassicworldevolutiongame.com.

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds

Coming to Xbox One as a console launch exclusive in Xbox Game Preview later this year, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is a tactical, last-man-standing shooter being developed with community feedback where players must fight to locate weapons and supplies in a massive 8×8 km island to be the lone survivor.

Sea of Thieves

With Sea of Thieves, we are extremely excited to show off cross-play for the first time, showing that Sea of Thieves is a game that brings players together, regardless of device. Alongside this, we’re delivering the PC experience our players expect, with the game playable in 21:9 and 4K and 60FPS on the show floor.

Since the Insider Program launched, players on both PC and console have shared valuable feedback that has already helped shape Sea of Thieves. Join the Insider Program for a chance to play the Technical Alpha and shape the game into the pirate game you’ve always wanted on Windows 10 PCs and Xbox One.

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

Wield a new Ring of Power and confront the deadliest of enemies, including Sauron and his Nazgul, in a monumental battle for Middle-earth. This open-world action RPG is brought to life through the expansion of the award-winning Nemesis System. The robust personalization from Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is now applied to the entire world where the environments and characters are all shaped by player actions and decisions, creating a personal world unique to every gameplay experience. Available as an Xbox Play Anywhere title across the Xbox One family of devices and Windows 10 starting October 10, 2017 and as an Xbox One X enhanced title alongside the console’s launch on November 7, 2017.


Available (finally) beginning September 29, 2017, as an Xbox Play Anywhere title, Cuphead is a classic run-and-gun action game heavily focused on boss battles. Inspired by cartoons of the 1930s, the visuals and audio are painstakingly created with the same techniques of the era, i.e., traditional hand-drawn cel animation, watercolor backgrounds and original jazz recordings. Play as Cuphead or Mugman (in single-player or local co-op) as you traverse strange worlds, acquire new weapons, learn powerful supermoves and discover hidden secrets while you try to pay back your debt to the devil!

Surviving Mars

Haemimont Games and Paradox Interactive debuted their first gameplay trailer for their upcoming management and survival game, Surviving Mars. In Surviving Mars, players will experience the wonder and danger of the red planet. From Landing your first rocket to building up a bustling metropolis of domes that house your first colony. Tackle the dangers of life support with the help of drones, survive meteor storms and discover mysteries. Welcome to life on Mars.

Disneyland Adventures

Experience the magic of Disneyland Park like never before. Take a journey where stories come to life and dreams come true, right in your living room. Disneyland Adventures allows children, families and Disney fans of all ages to explore Disneyland Park, step into adventures based on attractions, engage in challenging quests and interact with beloved Disney characters, remastered in 4K Ultra HD and HDR.

Rush: A Disney-Pixar Adventure 

Rush: A Disney-Pixar Adventure invites families and fans of all ages to experience the worlds of six beloved Disney-Pixar films like never before. Team up with characters from “The Incredibles,” “Ratatouille,” “Up,” “Cars,” “Toy Story,” and “Finding Dory” to solve puzzles and uncover hidden secrets, all remastered in 4K Ultra HD and HDR.

Zoo Tycoon: Ultimate Animal Collection 

Let your imagination run wild with Zoo Tycoon: Ultimate Animal Collection, now remastered in 4K Ultra HD and HDR. Build, manage, and maintain your dream zoo alone or with up to four players on Xbox Live. This zoo simulation will charm animal lovers of all ages.

Super Lucky’s Tale

Developed by Playful Corp., Super Lucky’s Tale is a delightful, playground platformer for all ages that follows Lucky, the ever-optimistic, energetic, and lovable hero, on his quest to find his inner strength and help his sister rescue the Book of Ages. Along the way, players encounter a hilarious supporting cast of friends and adversaries. Available on November 7, Super Lucky’s Tale will deliver a state-of-the-art gaming experience on the Xbox One family of devices and Windows 10 PCs and supports Xbox Play Anywhere.

For additional news, highlights, exclusive reveals and a behind-the-scenes look at some of your favorite games throughout the week of gamescom, check out news.xbox.com and be sure to tune in Monday, August 21, starting at 9:00pm CEST, 12:00pm PDT, for Age of Empires @ gamescom Live, streaming across all of our usual channels.

gamescom 2017: New Xbox One S Shadow of War Bundles Arriving October 10

Forge your army and defeat Sauron with the new Xbox One S Shadow of War Bundles (1TB and 500GB) launching October 10. Experience how the award-winning Nemesis System creates unique personal stories with every enemy and follower, and go behind enemy lines using strategy, cunning or brute force to conquer Sauron’s forces and turn them against him.

Xbox One S continues to be the best value in games and entertainment, and if you can’t wait to get your hands-on Middle-earth: Shadow of War, the new Xbox One S Shadow of War Bundles are the best way to do it this October. Both bundles include:

  • Xbox One S with either a 500GB or 1TB hard drive
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of War, including the bonus in-game items Legendary Champions War Party and the Epic Sword of Dominion
  • Xbox Wireless Controller
  • 1-month Xbox Game Pass subscription with unlimited access to over 100 Xbox One and Backward Compatible Xbox 360 games
  • 14-day Xbox Live Gold trial to experience the most advanced multiplayer gaming network

With Xbox One S, you’ll also enjoy a built-in 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player, 4K video streaming with partners, High Dynamic Range for video and gaming as well as premium audio. And with Xbox Play Anywhere, you have the freedom to play Middle-earth: Shadow of War on Xbox One or Windows 10 PCs.

The 1TB bundle will be available for $349 USD in all Xbox One markets excluding China and Japan, and the 500GB bundle will be available for $279 USD in all Xbox One markets excluding the U.S., Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Chile, Argentina, China and Japan.

Both bundles are available for pre-order today from participating retailers, including Microsoft Store or Microsoft.com, and will launch October 10, the same day Middle-earth: Shadow of War for Xbox One S hits store shelves. An Xbox One X Enhanced version will also be available for Middle-earth: Shadow of War as a free update when Xbox One X launches later this year.

Xbox One X Enhanced

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All games look and play great on Xbox One X. But select Xbox One X Enhanced titles are optimized to take full advantage of the world’s most powerful console. Xbox One X unleashes 6 teraflops of graphical processing power, making games perform better than they ever have. Maximize game performance with the speed of 12GB GDDR5 graphics memory, and see every frame with 326 GB/sec memory bandwidth.


  • Price: $499.99
  • Enjoy 4K Ultra Blu-ray and 4K video streaming
  • Play 100+ console exclusives, 300+ Xbox 360 games
  • Rely on fast, stable, dedicated Xbox Live servers
  • Experience premium Dolby Atmos and DTS:X audio
  • Works with all your games and accessories
  • Games play better with 6 teraflops
  • Stream and record clips in 4K resolution at 60FPS
  • See every frame with 326 GB/sec memory bandwidth
  • Relish 40% more power than any other console

Xbox One X Enhanced Titles

*This list will be updated regularly as each respective publisher’s/title’s specific Xbox One X enhancements are confirmed*