Microsoft were promising big things at this year’s E3 – even beyond their new console that we’ve known as Project Scorpio – and they really delivered.

Xbox supremo Phil Spencer hit the stage in fairly low-key style, bigging up the original “No power greater than X” mantra of the Xbox team. Then he dropped the news, Project Scorpio is the Xbox One X, and it’s coming on November 7 (the Australian RRP will be $649).

The Xbox One X will be compatible with all existing Xbox One peripherals and games. The latter will even load faster, while many will play more smoothly.

Touting it as “the most powerful console ever made”, it’s a matt black box not dissimilar to the Xbox One S, but it’s actually slightly smaller. Power-wise, however, the thing is massive, with eight custom x86 cores clocked at 2.3GHz, 12GB of RAM, 1TB of built-in storage and, of course, full 4K compatibility.

Watch: New Xbox One X E3 trailer

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Xbox One X wasn’t the only hardware-related announcement, with great news in that original Xbox backward compatibility is on its way this year – and we’ll be able to play the awesome Crimson Skies! With some 385 Xbox 360 titles currently also backwards compatible, that’s a lot of games to choose from.

Meanwhile, Xbox will be launching free 4K updates to a bunch of titles, including Forza Horizon 3 (ooh!), Halo Wars 2, Gears of War 4, Killer Instinct and Minecraft. Third party titles such as Resident Evil 7, Ghost Recon: Wildlands and Rocket League will also be receiving the 4K treatment.

Sure, but what about the games? 42 were announced or mentioned in all, 22 of which will be exclusive to Xbox One.

The biggest one for many is Forza Motorsport 7, which is dropping on October 3. Our sneak peek starts in the deserts of Dubai, and shows off the fully dynamic weather system. Speaking of showing off, a brand new ”super car” (their words) was unveiled – the 2018 Porsche 911GT2RS. It’s apparently the most powerful roadgoing Porsche ever, and naturally it features in Forza Motorsport 7.

Watch: New Forza Motorsport 7 E3 gameplay trailer

Forza Motorsport 7

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In other first party games news, Crackdown 3 has finally been unveiled, complete with added Terry Crews – BOOM! It’s due to hit the same day as the Xbox One X, November 7.

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We also have a new Rare title incoming, a full-on pirate adventure called Sea of Thieves. The spirit of Guybrush Threepwood is sort of alive!

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As for third party titles, strap yourselves in. Many we knew about, some we didn’t.

Metro: Exodus looks somewhat akin to The Last of Us meets Horizon: Zero Dawn via Far Cry Primal – in other words pretty hot!

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Want more of a look at the Egyptian wonder of Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Origins, due on October 27? Sure…

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As promised at yesterday’s EA Play, we were treated to an extended look at gameplay in BioWare’s Anthem on Xbox One X…

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We also saw a chunky gameplay preview of Middle-earth: Shadow of War, due October 10, featuring Aussie-accented Brüz the Chopper. Here’s the recently released story trailer…

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In other big games news, Life Is Strange prequel Before the Storm was shown, as was Ori and the Will of the Wisps, the sequel to the gorgeous Ori and the Blind Forest – complete with live piano tinkling. The almost mythical classic cartoon-styled Cuphead has also been dated – September 29…

Still not enough? Well, here’s a heap of new stuff that we’ll hopefully see for Xbox One over the next year…

Tactical shooter Battlegrounds from PlayerUnknown…

Co-op first-person shooter Deep Rock Galactic, where you become a “badass” space dwarf…

Zombie shooter State of Decay 2, due in autumn 2018…

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Snowbound battle royale The Darwin Project

Expansive sandbox MMORPG Black Desert

2D Cyberpunk platform adventure The Last Night

Platformy thing “about great expectations, famous folk singers, lingering shadows, space Gods, hallucinogens, individuality, reptile shops and wild imaginations” The Artful Escape, which is “coming when it’s damn ready”…

Trippy-looking space station mystery Tacoma, from the people behind Gone Home

Super-cute “playground platformer” Super Lucky’s Tale, which we thought was a new game featuring Sonic’s mate Tails at first glimpse…

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Action RPG about a wanderer in search of a place to call home, Ashen

Well done if you got this far! Yes, there’s a lot of really exciting stuff in the Xbox pipeline – keep an eye out for more details here at STACK in future months.