Holy crap, you guys, the rumour mill is spitting out some absolute gems right now concerning the Xbox One.
According to a host of sources, Microsoft currently has two new Xbox One versions in the works. The first is a streamlined, more affordable Xbox One, and the second is a model codenamed Scorpio, which is rumoured to be more than four times as powerful as the current version. Exciting stuff! Loads more info after the jump.
The news broke when Kotaku’s sources informed them of Microsoft’s supposed plans. Since then, more and more info has flooded in from other sites like Polygon and The Verge, corroborating the story, and providing new information.
According to Kotaku’s sources, Microsoft is planning on releasing a slim Xbox One version later this year, which will reportedly ship with a 2TB hard drive. As well as the console’s sleeker look, Polygon sources mentioned that the slim Xbox One will also come with a redesigned controller and that we can expect to be treated to a reveal at E3 or an earlier event. The Verge also chimed in and claims that the console will be “40 percent smaller than the current model, and will likely include 4K video support.” A price has yet to be confirmed for the console.
Concerning the more robust Scorpio Xbox One version expected to be released in late 2017, sources at Kotaku claim that the console will feature a more powerful GPU, and that it will be “technically capable of supporting the Oculus Rift.” Speaking of more power, Polygon said that Microsoft hopes to get Scorpio running at around 6 teraflops, which is – according to the graph accompanying the article – about 4.69 teraflops faster than the original console, and 1.86 teraflops faster than the (as of yet unannounced) new PS4 version codenamed Neo.
Polygon also claims that Microsoft had no intention of announcing Scorpio at E3 or any other event prior to it, but that plans changed partly due to the rumours that Sony will be releasing the Neo sometime in September.