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E3: Microsoft reveals Xbox One S, Project Scorpio
June 13, 2016
By John Powell - G4 Canada
Two new consoles are joining the Xbox family. At the E3 gaming conference, Microsoft announced the new Xbox One S and the upcoming Project Scorpio consoles.
The slimmer, sleeker Xbox One S will go on sale this August. One S will be 40% smaller than the Xbox One and the pricing will depend on the hard drive memory inside. The 500GB version will be $300, the 1TB version will sell for $350 and a 2TB console will be $400.
The console has a slightly redesigned controller with a textured grip and a broader wireless range.
"Now, we see a whole new gaming landscape. One that is being driven by an unprecedented pace of innovation, transformation and creativity. You are leading this shift with the way you play today. While the console eco-system is stronger than ever most of us play games on more than one device and it is shifting the way we think about gaming," said Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox.
"At Xbox, we want to deliver a world where you have more freedom and choice to play the games you want with the people you want on the devices you want. A world where you can play without boundaries. A world beyond generations."
Project Scorpio made its debut at the end of the presentation in name only and although there are just a few details, we do know it has 6 TFLOPS GPU, 320GB/s of memory bandwidth, an 8-core CPU, will support 4K, 60 frame per second gaming and is a VR Xbox that will be released during the 2017 holidays.
"When it (Scorpio) ships next year, we believe it will be the most powerful console ever built," said Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox.
Saying that no gamer will be left behind, Spencer stated that all three consoles will be compatible with one another.
Beyond the consoles themselves, Microsoft revealed more details about their ever-expanding video game library. Leading the parade was more info about Gears of War 4. Being released with a special Xbox Elite controller, it like all new titles, will be a buy once, play twice title that is playable on both Xbox One and Windows 10.
In the game, Kait Diaz, J.D. Fenix (the son of Marcus Fenix and Anya Stroud), Delmont "Del" Walker are on a rescue mission on a wind-swept world to save Diaz’s mother who has been kidnapped by the new enemy, The Swarm. Gears 4 will also include a new Horde mode. Gears of War 4 will be available October 11th.
Playing off of the Gears release, General Raam has joined Killer Instinct as a new playable fighter and is free this week.
The full-tilt, premiere racing series Forza Horizons, is heading to Australia with the third installment and will feature 4 player campaign co-op. It will be released on September 27th.
Besides Gears, Rare’s Sea of Thieves stole the show. The open-world, multiplayer pirate adventure game was spotlighted with gameplay footage involving an entire of crew of fans working together to sail their ship, explore islands and fight other pirates on land and sea.
Another attention-grabber was the quirky We Happy Few from by Compulsion Games which seemed to borrow its grotesque tone from Bioshock. In an alternative 1960s England, inhabitants take happy pills to hide the stark and disturbing world around them. This could very well be the breakout hit of 2016.
Other titles on display were…
Battlefield 1, Inside, Tekken 7, State of Decay 2, Recore, Halo Wars 2 and Scalebound.
Microsoft also announced some upcoming improvements to Xbox Live. Coming in this summer will be background music as you play and Cortana, the personal assistant for Windows 10, will be debuting on Xbox Live. This Fall, Microsoft will be introducing Clubs, Looking for Group and Arena to Xbox Live.
Like PC-gaming’s IRC chat, Clubs will be user-created groups outside of games themselves. They will be places where people can chat and communicate. Looking for Group will be for people who want to find people to play with. Arena will permit players create their own competitive gameplay, ESports tournaments.
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