Console gamers around the world are breathlessly awaiting the release of Microsoft’s Xbox One X, formerly known as Project Scorpio, on November 7, 2017. Though there are no hard numbers on pre-orders, Xbox chief Panos Panay has said that demand for the gaming console was “super high”.
Much of the excitement is for 4K gaming support, but there could be other benefits as well. Players of Grand Theft Auto V, known variously as GTAV or GTA5, could see lower wait times as they try to access the game. A 40-second reduction in wait time was seen for both GTA 5 as well as GTA 5 Online by those who have seen the game on Xbox One X versus the older Xbox One S.
The information is from early users of Xbox One X, and no official information has been received from either Microsoft or the game’s creators, Rockstar Games. There is also no information on whether a new upgrade for GTA 5 Online might come for Sony’s PS4 Pro or Microsoft’s Xbox One X.
Another major piece of news is that the Amazon Prime Video app is now available for Xbox consoles including Xbox One X. That means you can stream content from Amazon’s SVOD service free of cost through your brand new Xbox One X once you get it.
The problem is, you might not get one as soon as you expect. If demand is high and Microsoft has the kind of trouble Nintendo has always faced, some people who’ve pre-ordered could see delays in receiving their new console. There are already rumors of some markets, like the UK, having limited supplies of Xbox One X during the first week of the official release.
Microsoft has already said that there will be competition for the stock that’s currently available, so even if you’ve already pre-ordered the console, don’t be surprised if you get an email from Microsoft telling you that your shipment has been delayed due to excessive demand. If you haven’t pre-ordered yet, you might just have to wait until next year to get your hands on a brand new Xbox One X.