Oh boy, this is sure to rustle up some jimmies. Console upgrading has been a hotbutton topic for quite a while now every since we learned of the PS4 possibly having its hardware improved in the near future with the PS4 NEO. However, all of that was rumours and leaked reports so we were all in speculation mode at the time. Now the Xbox One is receiving its share of the rumour mill, with reports from apparent insiders claiming that Microsoft is working on its own upgraded console, codenamed Scorpio.
However, this comes hot on the heels of a much more plausible rumour. The Xbox One might receive a Slim version with increased harddrive space and a redesigned controller. Because the current Xbox One is so bulky, it seems like an obvious move for Microsoft given that the Xbox 360 has received many slimmed down versions, reiterations and so on.
Xbox Scorpio, on the other hand, is much more juicy. You can read a full report of it on Polygon, but what it mostly boils down to is that the Scorpio will receive a massive bump in power, almost 3 times more than currently. It targets 6 terraflops while the PS4 NEO targets 4.14. Additionally, they report that there will be additional hardware that makes it possible for 4K resolution as well as VR support.
Another big rumour associated with the Scorpio is that it might possibly allow users to use an Oculus Rift headset with the console. Given Microsoft’s past relationship with Oculus, this also seems plausible.
They peg the potential release date of the Scorpio at the end of 2017, with the Slim version perhaps releasing late this year.
This is all very strange grounds we’re treading on because to me, it sounds like we’re almost heading into a new console generation. Isn’t that basically what a new generation consists of? Upgraded hardware? I am quite unsure of where this is all going to lead in the future, but it is a bit worrying to a degree. Also, as an interesting point to note, why would Microsoft release a slim version when not soon after they will have a more powerful console available?
However, once again, we’re just going off leaks, insider sources and reports for now. We’ll see if any of the console manufacturers say something at E3, which is just around the corner.
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