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.
— Seamus Blackley (@SeamusBlackley) September 20, 2017
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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