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by Camellia on May-26-16 17:25
In a report from Kotaku, Microsoft is planning to release two Xbox consoles by the end of 2017-- a cheaper, smaller one in this year, and a more powerful one in next year, which is also confirmed by Polygon.
According to the report, the 2017 edition, codenamed Scorpio, has a more powerful, making it capable of supporting Oculus Rift. It is believed that “the current performance target for Microsoft's Scorpio is approximately 6 teraflops”, higher than PS4 Neo’s 4.14.
The smaller one seems to have “a larger 2TB hard drive, double the capacity of the most spacious current model” as well as a redesigned controller, according to Polygon. It is also said the slimmed down Xbox is "40 percent smaller than the current model and will likely include 4K support," and is confirmed to be the smallest Xbox ever. It is rumored to come out in this August, while the price has yet to be confirmed.
Both of them are part of Microsoft’s strategy “Project Helix”, which aims to bond Xbox and PC together. Microsoft’s flagship Halo franchise will run on both platforms afterwards.
The 2017 Xbox reminds us of PS4 Neo whose specs were leaked two months ago. As Neo has improved performance, this more powerful Xbox edition seems to be the competitor of Neo. And as for Neo’s compatibility of PS4 system, Microsoft is reported to have the same plan to make Xbox One system run on 2017 Xbox.
In fact Microsoft originally plans to announce Scorpio in 2017, but due to Sony’s acceleration on Neo’s schedule, Microsoft seems to change the time to 2016. So probably we’ll know more about Scorpio at E3 2016 next month, and Sony’s PS4 Neo.
Please stay tuned with us.