Microsoft's newest consoles will be part of the "Project Helix", and will reportedly converge with Windows 10 gaming and Xbox.
The Xbox One system to be released at the last quarter of the year will allegedly be smaller and more compact than the current gaming system by Microsoft.
Codenamed "Scorpio", this new powerful console aims to bridge the performance gap between the Xbox One and its rival Sony's PS4. The more powerful "Scorpio" will also be aiming at 4K resolution game play though there are now no plans to improve the consoles I/O or read-write speeds to match the resolution, which might mean longer loading times for games using at 4K displays. Microsoft could be working with Oculus to make its console compatible with the Oculus VR headset. Both of the new consoles would help Microsoft bring together Xbox and Windows, Kotaku added.
Xbox top dog Phil Spencer hinted at this move back in March, "I look at the ecosystem that a console sits in and I think that it should have the capability of more iteration on hardware capability", he said.
The first console is said to be a more compact version of the current Xbox One, due out in 2016.
The publication said that at least one major developer is planning to release a virtual reality game for the Xbox One in 2017. Rather than putting a new machine out every five years or so, Microsoft will release frequent Apple-style upgrades to their hardware.
KitGuru Says: “If Microsoft can turn the tables and end this generation with the more powerful console, then it may manage to claw back some marketshare”.
One thing's for sure, Microsoft's event next month is one that you won't want to miss.
This device, according to The Verge, will be "40 percent smaller" than the Xbox One, making it the smallest Xbox to date.
We'll find out just what this game is (and who it's developed by) when it's unveiled at E3 next month.
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