E3 2016: Microsoft Reveals Xbox One S, Announces Project Scorpio

By June 13, 2016

It was a big day for Microsoft, who kicked off the first day of E3 with a huge presentation that included plenty of footage from their upcoming slate, including Gears of War 4, Forza Horizon 3 and a host of other titles. Many of these games will be part of the new “Xbox Play Anywhere” program, which allows players who purchase a title on Xbox One to also enjoy it on a compatible Windows 10 PC at no extra cost – and some titles will even offer cross-platform gameplay.

The confirmed lineup of Xbox Play Anywhere titles includes:

  • Gears of War 4
  • Forza Horizon 3
  • Halo Wars 2
  • Scalebound
  • Sea of Thieves
  • ReCore

The presentation wasn’t just about the games, however – rumors had been swirling of a smaller, sleeker, more powerful version of the Xbox One headed to store shelves this fall, and Microsoft opened the show with a confirmation of the redesigned console. Dubbed the Xbox One S, the new box is 40% smaller than the existing model, with an integrated power supply (finally!) and support for up to 2TB of storage space.

The Xbox One S will also support 4K Ultra HD Video, HDR gaming, and will ship with a redesigned controller. You can check out the specs in the announcement video below.

Lastly – but certainly not least – Xbox chief Phil Spencer confirmed another rumor that first began making the rounds last week: Project Scorpio is real, and is coming to store shelves in time for the 2017 holiday season. Billed as “the most powerful console ever,” the machine will run at a performance speed of six teraflops, and support both 4K gaming and “high fidelity VR.”

All Xbox One and Xbox One S games and accessories will be compatible with the new console. No word yet on pricing for Project Scorpio – or what the console’s official name will be – but with specs like that, don’t expect it to come very cheap. We probably won’t hear much more about the new machine this week, but if more news becomes available, we’ll be back with an update.

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Brent Hankins

Brent Hankins

Contributing Writer at GeekNation
Brent Hankins is a member of the Phoenix Critics Circle and co-host of the Drinks and Discourse podcast. He's also the proud owner of an Italian Greyhound named Sullivan. He's adorable (the dog, not the author).