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You can finally buy the new, more powerful Xbox One

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A photo of an Xbox One X console with an Xbox One controller resting on it top panel. Microsoft

Months after the Xbox One X was officially announced, Microsoft’s new console is finally available to pre-order. Online retailers are now taking reservations for the $499.99 console, which launches this November.

Pre-ordering, Microsoft says, is the only way to get your hands on the limited Project Scorpio Edition Xbox One X hardware.

Here are links to some of the online retailers currently taking pre-orders:

Xbox One X comes with a 1 TB hard drive, a matching Xbox Wireless Controller, HDMI cable, power supply, a one-month free Xbox Game Pass subscription and a 14-day free Xbox Live Gold membership.

Microsoft has long boasted that the Xbox One X will be “the world’s most powerful console.” The console’s GPU boasts 40 Radeon compute units running at 1172 MHz (compared to the PS4 Pro’s 911 MHz and the Xbox One’s 853 MHz). On the CPU side, there are eight custom x86 cores at 2.3 GHz, 31 percent faster than the original Xbox One. The Xbox One X includes 12 GB of GDDR5 RAM — 8 GB of which is available to developers, and 4 GB of which is reserved for the system — with a total memory bandwidth of 326 GB/s.

Here’s a breakdown of the Xbox One X hardware compared to its closest rival, PlayStation 4 Pro, and its predecessors, Xbox One and Xbox One S.

Xbox One X hardware comparision

Hardware Xbox One X PlayStation 4 Pro Xbox One
Hardware Xbox One X PlayStation 4 Pro Xbox One
CPU Eight custom x86 cores clocked at 2.3 GHz Eight Jaguar cores clocked at 2.1 GHz Eight custom Jaguar cores clocked at 1.75 GHz
GPU 40 customized compute units at 1172 MHz 36 improved GCN compute units at 911 MHz 12 GCN compute units at 853 MHz (Xbox One S: 914 MHz)
Memory 12 GB GDDR5 8 GB GDDR5 8 GB DDR3/32 MB ESRAM
Memory Bandwidth 326 GB/s 218 GB/s DDR3: 68 GB/s, ESRAM at max 204 GB/s (Xbox One S: 219 GB/s)
Hard Drive 1 TB 2.5-inch 1 TB 2.5-inch 500 GB/1 TB/2 TB 2.5-inch
Optical Drive 4K UHD Blu-ray Blu-ray Blu-ray (Xbox One S: 4K UHD)

Xbox One X — the console previously known as Project Scorpio — will be released Nov. 7, 2017.