This being the week of the Electronic & Entertainment Expo (E3), expect to hear a lot from the gaming world. The buzz this year is on new consoles and 4K compatability. It’s been 2 1/2 years since Sony released their PS4 (Nov. 15, 2013), Nintendo’s Wii U has been one year longer than that (November 2012), and Microsoft jumped in on Sony’s action as they debuted the Xbox One exactly one week after the PS4 (Nov. 22, 2013). Well, a day before Microsoft holds their press conference, details have emerged regarding their upcoming reveal of the new Xbox One Slim. They also took this opportunity to reveal ‘Project Scorpio,’ their new 4K gaming console.
At today’s press conference, Microsoft announced the Xbox One S, which is 40% smaller than the current Xbox One. The console with be available this August starting at $299 for the 500GB, $350 for the 1TB, and $400 for a 2TB.
This sharp new version, named ‘Xbox One S‘ in the advertisement above, will feature:
- 40% Smaller than current Xbox One
- 2TB Hard Drive
- 4K Ultra HD Video
- High Dynamic Range
- Blu-Ray Compatible
- Stream 4K video on Netflix and Amazon Video
- Play Xbox 360 Games
The video released gives you a great look at this slimmer console and accompanying controller.
Microsoft’s other huge announcement was regarding the mysterious Project Scorpio.
What they are calling Project Scorpio will be an Xbox One console but with the capability of gaming in 4K, the highest quality of HD currently available. This new console features:
- 6 Teraflops of Power
- 4K Gaming
- 8 GPU Cores
- Virtual Reality (VR) ready
Microsoft’s Xbox team members claim that their 6 Teraflops will produce “the highest res, the best framerate” and “no compromises.” They also regarded this new system as a monster due to its amazing specs.
All Xbox One games, controllers, and accessories will be fully compatible with this new 4K gaming console. Not only that, but the current Xbox One, the summer’s release of Xbox One S (Slim), and 2017’s Project Scorpio will be entirely cross-compatible!
Microsoft will be holding a press conference tomorrow (9:30 AM PT/12:30 PM ET) at E3 with more announcements.