The latest rumours suggest that Microsoft will release a new Xbox One this year, and another in 2017 that supports Oculus Rift.
Microsoft will unveil a new ‘Slim’ model of the Xbox One at E3 next month, for release later this year. Or at least that’s the latest rumour from insiders speaking to website Kotaku.
Slim models are commonplace in the games industry and generally appear three to four years after the original version. Apart from minor improvements they’re basically the same console though: just smaller and cheaper.
The Xbox One Slim will apparently be unveiled at E3 in June and released before Christmas, with one of the three sources claiming it will have a 2TB hard drive. But Microsoft is also supposedly working on an upgrade console as well, currently codenamed Scorpio.
According to the sources Scorpio will feature a more powerful GPU and the ability to use the Oculus Rift headset. It will also support 4K resolutions, although likely with some limitations – particularly in terms of loading times.
The information matches previous leaks, which suggested that Microsoft was considering multiple new versions of the Xbox One. This in turn is supposedly the start of a move away from traditional console generations and towards yearly – or thereabouts – iPhone style iterations.
Microsoft boss Phil Spencer was the first person to raise the prospect of an upgrade console (Sony has never officially mentioned one) but his comments since then have been contradictory and difficult to interpret.
Although there have been convincing leaks about the PlayStation 4 upgrade console, variously known as the PS4K or PlayStation NEO, there seems no agreement as to when it will be released or unveiled.
Some suggest this year, with an unveiling at E3; others a debut at the Tokyo Game Show in September, with a release next spring. But we won’t know for sure until Sony makes an announcement.