Microsoft Could Release An Updated Xbox One In 2017

Microsoft is supposedly preparing to release not one, but two new models of the Xbox One. Even crazier is the fact that they’ll release within the next two years.

This is according to Kotaku, who claims they have three reliable (and anonymous) sources, which predict that the first model will not only be released next year, but will also be cheaper and smaller version than the current Xbox One model. While the second model, codenamed Scorpio, will be released later in 2017, and include a 2TB hard drive, a more powerful GPU, as well as compatibility with the Oculus Rift headset.

Microsoft has already partnered with Oculus on a smaller scale: each Rift headset comes with an Xbox One controller. According to one of the sources, Microsoft is seeking to further partnership with Oculus, with strong potential to create an Oculus Rift/Xbox Scorpio symbiosis. If the Microsoft and Oculus execute this deal, this will allow Microsoft to compete in with Sony’s PlayStation VR and PlayStation 4 duo.

If these two Xbox One models are in fact true, then this would also imply that Microsoft is moving forward towards a more iterative cycle of hardware. Which would see a yearly or 2 year release of an updated Xbox hardware instead of an entirely new generation home consoles.

Similar to how PCs are upgraded as time moves on, or how phone companies release a new updated model of specific phones every year or two. Head of Xbox division, Phil Spencer has previously shown strong interest in bringing that style of iterative upgrades to the Xbox, especially in terms of what that would mean for backwards compatibility.

“We can effectively feel a little bit more like what we see on PC, where I can still go back and run my old Doom and Quake games that I used to play years ago but I can still see the best 4K games come out and my library is always with me,” Spencer said back in March. “Hardware innovation continues while the software innovation is able to take advantage and I don’t have to jump a generation and lose everything that I played on before.”

Although these two new Xbox consoles have yet to been confirmed by any official sources. However, if the rumors are in fact true than it is plausible that the first slimmed-down Xbox will be announced next month at E3.

 

 

 

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