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Rumor: Xbox One Slim In 2016, More Powerful Console In 2017

by Mike Futter on May 25, 2016 at 05:29 AM

As E3 approaches, rumors of significant hardware changes continue to spring up. Xbox boss Phil Spencer previously told us he doesn’t want half-step iteration, but a report this morning suggests the opposite.

Kotaku reports that multiple sources have told the outlet that a more powerful Xbox One is due in 2017. The console is codenamed “Scorpio” and allegedly features a more powerful GPU with Oculus Rift support possibly in the offing.

This will allegedly be preceded by a move taken by both Microsoft and Sony in previous generations. Kotaku suggests that a smaller profile “slim” Xbox One will be revealed at E3 in June.

This news follows multiple rumors of Sony’s own more powerful PlayStation 4 allegedly in development. That device has been informally labeled “PlayStation 4.5” and “PlayStation 4K,” however it is reportedly being developed under the codename “Neo.”

We’ve weighed in on the possibility of 4K console gaming in the past. This week, Matt Kato shared why he thinks this is the wrong time for updated hardware feature sets.

We've reached out to Microsoft for comment. We'll update should we receive a response.

Update: Microsoft has responded to our inquiry. "We do not comment on rumors or speculation,” a representative told us via email. With E3 just a few weeks away, we won't have long to wait to find out if at least part of this is accurate. 

[Source: Kotaku]


Our Take
Spurred on by VR, I built a new PC this year and have started splitting my time between living room and office gaming. Iterative console development would push me away from that format entirely.

If I’m going to upgrade my gaming setup every couple of years, it’ll be in the form of a new GPU. It won’t be to replace a living-room console that will still lag behind PC.