Microsoft is Santa at E3 2016.
The company announced a series of impressive new features, games and hardware at an event that made the audience scream with joy: Halo Wars 2 is playable at E3, the new Xbox Play Anywhere feature allows gamers to digitally buy their favorite games and play them on both the Xbox One platform and on Windows 10.
After all this news about games and software, Microsoft raised the stakes and announced its new Xbox One S, which is 40% smaller than the current Xbox One console. Despite its size, the Xbox One S can playback media at 4K Ultra HD resolution and will feature a streamlined controller and a vertical stand.
Redmond probably thought that a single new Xbox One device wouldn’t be enough to beat Sony’s PS4 sales, so it also introduced Project Scorpio and boldly presented it as the most powerful console ever built. Judging by its specs, Microsoft’s words are not just marketing:Project Scorpio is an enhanced version of the Xbox One that can run 4K-native games and support virtual reality experiences with six teraflops of power.
Microsoft also revealed that Project Scorpio is the direct result of user feedback, as gamers requested more power, a stronger community and more choices. The company is sure this console will move Xbox forward as it subtly implies in the presentation video’s intro, which starts with a Star Trek-like image suggesting Microsoft dares to go where no console manufacturer has gone before.
Project Scorpio will remove all barriers for developers, allowing them to make their vision and art come to life. This Xbox will incorporate the most powerful GPU ever put into a gaming console, and no doubt make both developers and gamers extremely happy. The richer visuals will immerse gamers into worlds that will feel completely real, not just almost real.
Project Scorpio is expected to launch next fall, although to exact date is not known. As far as its price, it should be around $600 to $700 if Microsoft decides to sell it with narrow profit margins.
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