Announced during E3 2016, as Project Scorpio, the console now know as Xbox One X is, in Microsoft's own words, the "most powerful console yet".

It is capable of full 4K HDR gaming at 60 frames per second, with a built-in 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player to boot. So here's everything you need to know about Microsoft's new monster console ahead of its worldwide release date on November 7 2017. 

Microsoft's mid-generation successor to the Xbox One is technically more powerful than Sony's 4K-capable PS4 Pro, which is some feat.

The Xbox One X runs on what is called the Scorpio Engine, which uses a custom SoC (system on chip) with an enhanced version of the Jaguar core CPU adopted by the Xbox One S. Almost every other aspect is beefed up too:

  • Processor: Eight custom x86 cores clocked at 2.3GHz
  • Graphics: 40 customised compute units at 1,172MHz
  • Cooling: Liquid cooled vapor chamber
  • RAM: 12GB DDR5
  • Memory bandwidth: 326GB/s
  • Hard drive: 1TB 2.5-inch drive
  • Optical drive: 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player

That's powerful enough to run games at true 4K resolution (3840 x 2160) at up to 60fps.

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The inclusion of a UHD optical drive is interesting because Sony decided against a 4K Blu-ray deck for its PS4 Pro. The Xbox One S has a 4K disc spinner, too. 

And all that in the smallest Xbox console ever. Yep, the One X is smaller and better looking than any Xbox before it.

Microsoft has been clear from the first mention of then-called Project Scorpio that it will be a part of the Xbox family. Games that run on Xbox One or Xbox One S will also run on Xbox One X, but potentially with better graphics, higher frame rates or resolutions. It's a similar story to the way the PS4 Pro plays PS4 games but often with enhancements and sometimes in 4K.

The message pushed by Xbox boss Phil Spencer is that "no one gets left behind", so as One X pushes things forwards, Team Xbox is keen to ensure that the humble Xbox One gamer doesn't feel they have to go out an buy a new console to keep up. Equally, those who do get the One X will still be using the same services as they do now and be part of the same Xbox Live community. All Xbox One accessories will also work on Xbox One X.

The Xbox One X is all powerful, capable of running true 4K gaming at up to 60fps, which you won't get from the Xbox One S.

When then console was first announced, there was also a fair amount of talk of VR - which the One X is more than powerful enough to handle. Bethesda has already shown off plans for Fallout 4 in VR - which we've had a chance to demo - so another aim of the Xbox One X will be to deliver high-fidelity VR gaming. Eventually anyway.

In more recent times, Microsoft confirmed that the console will support the company's own Mixed Reality headsets in the future. Devices that utilise the tech formerly known as Windows Holographic offer a mixture of VR and augmented reality (AR), and that means virtual reality games will eventually be part of the new console's make-up.

The Xbox One X will launch worldwide on 7 November 2017. No staggered launch from country to country, meaning there's plenty of time to buy one ahead of the holiday season.

Price is confirmed as $499 for the US and £449 for the UK. That marks the One X as somewhat pricier than the PS4 Pro - but we expected such, given the powerful components within.

The company did put an Xbox One X: Project Scorpio Edition up for pre-order in August, but it soon sold out. Those still looking to get one for day one can still do so, however. Pre-orders for the standard 1TB Xbox One X are now open.