At E3 conference on Monday, Microsoft unveiled an enhanced version of the Xbox One.
Xbox chief Phil Spencer declared the new consoles. These designs ensure the lifespan of the machine beyond a single hardware generation.
He also announced closer compatibility between Xbox One and Windows titles. It will allow cross-platform multiplayer gaming in titles like Gears of War 4 and Minecraft.
“Now we see a whole new gaming landscape being driven by the unprecedented pace of innovation,” said Spencer. “While the console ecosystem is stronger than ever, most of us play games on more than one device. We want to deliver the choice to play the games you want on what you want, with who you want.”
Features of Xbox One S
The Xbox One S contains an internal power supply along with,
- 4K Ultra HD BluRay support.
- 40% smaller than the current Xbox One console.
- 4K content available on Netflix and Amazon Video.
- Xbox One S will also support High Dynamic Range (HDR) for video and gaming.
Availability and cost of Xbox One S
Microsoft Xbox One S will be rolling out in some markets starting August 2016. Later they will make its way around global markets before the end of the year.
- Expected cost for 500GB version is $299.
- 1TB variant will retail for $349.
- If there is a special edition variant with a 2TB hard drive, it will sell for $399.
Xbox One S with Project Scorpio
Microsoft says that Project Scorpio will be “the most powerful console ever created.” That may sound like a huge claim. But the specs are impressive. Project Scorpio will have 6 teraflops of GPU allowing for 4K gaming and virtual reality support.
“Project Scorpio will be the next addition to the Xbox One family, and it is the next step in delivering our vision of gaming beyond generations,” Xbox head Phil Spencer said. “When it ships next year, we believe it’ll be the most powerful console ever built.”