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Xbox One X is here to rock your world

Microsoft's most powerful game console is finally here. Say hello to the Xbox One X.

Josh Miller
Sean Hollister Senior Editor / Reviews
When his parents denied him a Super NES, he got mad. When they traded a prize Sega Genesis for a 2400 baud modem, he got even. Years of Internet shareware, eBay'd possessions and video game testing jobs after that, he joined Engadget. He helped found The Verge, and later served as Gizmodo's reviews editor. When he's not madly testing laptops, apps, virtual reality experiences, and whatever new gadget will supposedly change the world, he likes to kick back with some games, a good Nerf blaster, and a bottle of Tejava.
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The Xbox One X is coming Nov. 7. In terms of sheer horsepower, it will be the most powerful home game console on the market. What does that actually mean? You'll want to read our review. 

But if you just want to feast your eyes on the new hardware -- and hear what it brings to the table -- click through this gallery for more.

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What makes this Xbox One an "X," you ask? It's got a faster CPU, way faster graphics and more memory. Microsoft says it's got 4.5 times the horsepower of the original, which allows it to play (some) games at 4K resolution at a smooth 60 frames per second.

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Oh, and it's black. Very black. 

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Plus, it's got an 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray drive, something Sony's PS4 Pro conspicuously lacks.

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And in spite of that horsepower, it's surprisingly small. Here it is on top of the already-pretty-small Xbox One S. It's slightly wider and deeper, but shorter.

(We've got a whole gallery of One X vs. One S comparison pics, BTW.)

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But it's not until you pick up that controller that you can really see how small the Xbox One X truly is.

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Despite the size, you still get all the same ports in the exact same order -- to make it easier to swap out your old Xbox for a new one, says Microsoft. We'll take a closer look at these later in the gallery.

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And of course, the Xbox One X comes with a controller. There are a few differences from the one that came with the very first Xbox One, which we'll get into later too.

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The Xbox One X standing on end. It looks like it'd feel at home in a bookcase, if not for all the cords you'd need to plug in. 

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(Also, you might want to add the optional vertical stand.)

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The Xbox One X, particularly the early adopter Project Scorpio Edition, comes with a whole bunch of cool little touches for fans, like a tiny image of Master Chief riding a scorpion baked onto the motherboard. There's also this "Hello from Seattle" message engraved into the case.

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And it's pretty cool how you can see a lot of the internals through the frame.

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Let's dive into ports. Beneath the light-up Xbox logo power button (which is a physical button this time round, yay!) you'll find the only front-mounted USB port and the button you use to sync controllers. The included Xbox controller should already be paired.

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Around back, the Xbox One X still includes the HDMI-in port to hook up your cable box or even another game console. But the bigger news here is on the left: unlike the original Xbox One, this bad boy has an internal power supply. No need to carry around an external brick.

(That's also true of the Xbox One S.)

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Most of the console's USB ports are around back. If you want to use Kinect, you'll plug in your USB adapter to one of these.

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While many devices are ditching the S/PDIF optical audio jack (aka Toslink), it's alive and well on the Xbox One X. So is a physical Ethernet jack for networking, and a port to plug in an IR blaster to help control your home entertainment system. 

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Has it been a while since you picked up an Xbox One controller? Like, say, the original Xbox One? A few things have changed over the years -- like the texture of the plastic. It's grippier now.

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There's also a 3.5mm headset/headphone jack in each and every controller, so you can play without disturbing other people just by plugging in a standard pair of headphones.

(The crazy connector in the center is for the old headset, or a chatpad, or some third-party peripherals.)

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The shoulder buttons feel a teensy bit meatier than the original, and the triggers no longer squeak as often.

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Here's everything that comes in the box, hardware-wise: one (1) controller, one (1) power cable, one (1) beefy HDMI cable, two (2) AA batteries for the controller, and the Xbox One X box itself. 

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Now for some more size comparisons. Here, the Xbox One X is sitting on top of the PS4 Pro.

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From the top, you can see how much more compact the Xbox One X (left) is to the Sony PS4 Pro (right).

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One last pic of the top consoles from Microsoft (left) and Sony (right), standing on their side.

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