The first time that a new and more powerful Xbox One – now officially codenamed Project Scorpio – made it to the news was last month when an alleged leak suggest almost the same features that Microsoft has now confirmed i.e. native 4K gaming, 6 Teraflops and 8 CPU cores!
Since then, we had also discussed what could be featured in the new console while predicting everything else we wanted Microsoft to bring to the E3 2016 show floor.
However, Microsoft has just ended their E3 presentation on a very high note, confirming all those rumors about the Project Scorpio moments ago, and we couldn’t be more excited.
This new console, unlike what some of the analysts were fearing, is not going to break up the community in any way. In fact, Phil Spencer, the head of Xbox Division at Microsoft says that Xbox One, the newly announced Xbox One S and Scorpio are all going to be compatible, and he further added:
Project Scorpio is actually an Xbox One that can natively run games in 4K and is built with the hardware capabilities to support the high-end VR that you see happening in the PC space today… when it ships it will be the most powerful console ever built.
This means all accessories are going to be usable with all three consoles, and all games that are playable on the Xbox One are going to be playable on the other two as well.
With virtual reality solutions making their mark in the PC gaming community very well, something like this new and powerful console was much needed. And that is exactly what Microsoft is also focusing on. They plan to use this console to truly usher the console community into the VR world and native 4K gaming.
Since this is pretty early in the development process, Microsoft did not show off what Project Scorpio looks like, or what the price will be. However, they have confirmed it will launch in holiday 2017.