Xbox news recap: Xbox One X now available for pre-order, Microsoft re-releasing original Xbox controller and more

Welcome to our weekly Xbox news recap series, where we go over the top stories of the past week in the world of Xbox. Let’s get started.

The Xbox One X is now available for pre-order

After a short-lived initial round of pre-orders for the limited “Project Scorpio” edition, the Xbox One X is now open to pre-orders globally. It’s hard to say how long you’ll be able to put in your pre-orders here, considering how quickly the Project Scorpio Edition ran out in some retailers – so you should try and reserve your unit some time soon, if you really want one.\

Microsoft re-releasing the original Xbox Controller

Remember the original Xbox Controller? Sporting the nickname “Duke,” it was an absolute monster – the kind of peripheral that shouldn’t really be able to fit in your hands, with how big it is. Needless to say, however, it’s a beloved and nostalgic staple of the Xbox brand, so it shouldn’t surprise anyone that it’s coming back. A tweet from the co-creator of the original Xbox said Microsoft had “approved” the design for “New Duke,” so we should see an announcement soon.

All Halo games now backwards compatible on Xbox One

In a whopping update to Backwards Compatibility, Microsoft has made every Halo game – including Halo 3 and the Halo anniversary editions – backwards compatible. These games mark the golden ages of the Xbox lifespan for many gamers, and having them back is a pretty great opportunity. There’s still a relatively healthy matchmaking scene for all of them, so you can absolutely go and play online, if you want.

UWP games getting more resources with Fall

Here’s a change under the hood that’s arriving this Fall – UWP games will be getting a lot more resources from now on, dramatically improving performance. The news came with a post on the Build Apps blog, which showed off some of the nitty-gritty numbers. You can check those out in the graph, below.

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