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You can pre-order a limited edition Xbox One X right now

The Xbox One X is now available for pre-order. Sort of.

Microsoft is doing a special limited pre-order for Xbox One X, a so-called “Project Scorpio” edition that’s a reference to the technologically beefy console’s codename. It is the same price as the standard Xbox One X ($499) and will launch the same day (Nov. 7) but has unique design elements.

For starters, the Project Scorpio name will be accented on the console as well as the controller in a green font, and the whole box will be done up with a unique premium paint finish. Apparently, there is also an easter egg on the back of the console for the ultra Xbox fan.

The insides of the Project Scorpio edition will be the same as those of the standard One X, which has some pretty intense specs capable of running games in 4K resolution and making even Xbox One games that haven’t been patched for 4K look a little shinier.

Microsoft announced that more than 100 games — including Fallout 4 and Rise of the Tomb Raider — will receive special enhancements from developers to make them look even better on the One X.

This Project Scorpio edition will be available in limited quantities, and although exact numbers weren’t shared by Microsoft, Xbox Chief Marketing Officer Mike Nichols said if people want them, they should order quickly.

“We do expect demand to outstrip supply,” he said. This (hopefully) only applies to the Project Scropio edition, and not the standard Xbox One X.

Information about pre-orders for the standard version of the console will come at a later date.

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Watch Microsoft’s Xbox One X Gamescom conference live right here

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Microsoft is about to share the last details on the Xbox One X with a press conference ahead of the Gamescom in Cologne, Germany. You can watch it live right here at 12 PM on the West Coast, 3 PM on the East Coast, 8 PM in the U.K., 9 PM in Germany.

The company already said on Twitter that we can expect to hear more details about pre-orders for the Xbox One X:

Microsoft should also share new trailers for upcoming games, such as Forza Motorsport 7, Sea of Thieves, maybe another extension for Halo Wars 2, etc.

The Xbox One X is Microsoft’s upcoming gaming console. It’s a more powerful Xbox One that should work better with demanding games. You’ll be able to buy it on November 7 for $499. Microsoft says that you can expect 4K games with an acceptable framerate.

And yet, based on specs, the console should be more or less as powerful as a gaming PC with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070. If you have a 4K TV, games should definitely look better with an Xbox One X. But the existing Xbox One S is going to remain available after the release of the Xbox One X.

Nintendo’s Splatoon 2 Switch bundle will be a Walmart exclusive


Want those snazzy neon green and pink Switch controllers you’ve been coveting? In the U.S. and Canada, you’ll have to head to Walmart to pick up the Splatoon 2 Switch console bundle – at least initially. The bundle, announced today by Nintendo, will include Neon Pink and Neon Green right and left Switch controllers, as well as Splatoon 2, the console and the dock, along with the Switch controller holder.

The bundle will cost $379.99 and sell beginning September 8 through Wal-Mart stores. It’s basically the price of the console and the game together, since there’s also a Splatoon-themed carrying case in the mix that accounts for that extra $20. Plus it’s the only way to get those incredibly fly controllers in this part of the world (unless you can find the Japanese versions second-hand somewhere).

It sounds like those controllers could eventually get released separately in the U.S. – Nintendo says this is the “first chance” for North Americans to get the accessories, which implies it won’t be the last. But anyone who’s held out on the Switch for this long should probably consider this option anyway.

Elon Musk’s self-taught AI bot destroyed an esports pro in ‘Dota 2’

In many ways, esports represents the future. Like so many other parts of our modern lives, it’s built around the computer and the internet. Competitions like ‘Dota 2’s’ “The International” draw players from around the world, shrugging off the geopolitical and cultural boundaries that still define many traditional sports. And above all, it fully utilizes man’s most potent attribute: the mind.

So it should be just a little bit scary that in a relatively short period of time, man has been upstaged at his own game. An artificial intelligence (designed by the Elon Musk-funded OpenAI) has beaten the most skilled human players at their most complex video game. And it learned how to do so almost entirely on its own.

An engineer designed two Nintendo Switch controller adapters to help make gaming more accessible

An engineer is helping to make playing Nintendo Switch a lot more accessible for gamers everywhere. 

Engineer Julio Vazquez created two 3D-printed peripherals for the Nintendo Switch’s Joy-Con controllers, allowing players who only have the use of one hand to play Switch games more easily.

Two different models were showed off by the AbleGamers Charity on Twitter, demonstrating how the adapters work better in one hand than the standard Joy-Con grip.

Vazquez created the design on the right in April, which puts the two Joy-Cons right next to each other, effectively closing the gap that the standard Joy-Con grip creates and making it easier for players to reach every button.

But some games with more complex control schemes, like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, require more simultaneous button and joystick interaction though, so Vazquez also created the design on the left.

Vazquez says he was inspired to create the single-hand Joy-Con adapters by his friend who lost his ability to use his right hand. 

“This adapter was developed by request of my friend Rami Wehbe, who wanted a way to play Zelda: Breath of the Wild using only his left hand; as he lost the ability to control his right hand due to a cerebrovascular accident,” Vazquez wrote in the design description. “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has a complex control scheme, and the shape of the included Joy-Con grip doesn’t help at all. So, I decided to make a customized grip that would help in this situation.”

Here’s a look at the design in action:

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The two designs are available to download for free on Thingiverse as long as you have a 3D printer (or know someone else who does). 

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