Back in 2013, Microsoft announced the Xbox One console which immediately became a popular successor to the 360. The Xbox One is a powerful console, but lacks 4K support and is extremely large in size. At their E3 press release, Microsoft announced the new Xbox One S which will be available for $299 onwards starting this August and a more ambitious Xbox One Project Scorpio console that is expected late next year.
The video above highlights exactly what the One S is: a smaller yet even more powerful version of the original console. Xbox One S supports 4K Ultra HD content (not games) [like TV shows and YouTube] and Higher Dynamic Range (HDR) visuals. At the same time, it is 40% smaller by volume than the original One and has up to 2 TB storage and an integrated power supply.
The Xbox One S is built to be cross-platform. Xbox chief Phil Spencer said during the event, “While the console ecosystem is stronger than ever, most of us play games on more that one device – we want to deliver the choice to play the games you want on what you want, with who you want.” Not only will the One S support all titles of the Xbox One and 360 but games for PC too. With Xbox Play Anywhere, Microsoft aims to erase the line between PC and console gaming - making it seamless for gamers to switch between the two and play multiplayer on either platform.
With the Xbox One S comes an updated wireless controller with textured grip and latest Bluetooth technology for establishing cross-platform long range control.
But the One S is not the end of the story, and Microsoft has promised a new console - Project Scorpion - next year. This new console will be able to play true 4K games and power high fidelity Virtual Reality through its 6 teraflop graphics processor. Project Scorpion is going to be one of the first consoles for gamers to play next-generation games on.
Learn more about the Xbox One S here: http://www.xbox.com/en-US/xbox-one-s
Want a synopsis of the Microsoft Xbox press conference at E3 2016? Watch this video by The Verge: