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Microsoft kicked off Gamescom 2017 in Cologne, Germany, as it routinely does, by showcasing the hardware the company aims to bring to market over the next few months. This meant that the "true 4K" delivering Xbox One X was the main attraction. Although we already saw the new console in action during E3 earlier this year, Microsoft had a surprise in store by debuting the Project Scorpio Edition of the Xbox One X. 

The special edition console is set to go on pre-order for $499 in the States for a 7 November release date, but its availability in other regions of the world is yet to be confirmed. As such the current 1 TB Xbox One X is the only version of the new console that local consumers can pre-order for now. 

As far as what the Project Scorpio Edition is sporting, it will feature a matte black colour scheme, with subtle "Project Scorpio" branding on the side of the console and controller. In terms of specifications, it's no different to the powerful new Xbox One X, with six teraflops of processing capacity on offer. Along with 4K HDR10 visuals, as well as a slew of enhanced titles on the way, it should be interesting to see what impact the standard Xbox One X and Project Scorpio Edition should have on console gaming. 

Hit play on the video below to see Microsoft unbox the latest offering. 

Microsoft wasn't done there, however, when it came to special edition consoles, with a Minecraft Edition of the Xbox One S also making an appearance at Gamescom last night. Much like the slimmed down console from Microsoft, this variant features all the same internal specifications. 

The most noticeable changes are on the outside, with a grass, dirt and red stone exterior, along with a green creeper inspired controller. There are also unique UI skins on offer to download for the console as well. This themed version of the Xbox One S is set to go on sale on 3 November in the States, but no word from local retailers on its availability or price. 

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