Rumors are flying about new Xbox consoles and streaming units

Rumors are flying about new Xbox consoles and streaming devices

E3 kicks off on June twelfth and Microsoft can be there in full-drive, displaying off the newest and biggest Xbox video games and hardware. The corporate hasn’t but revealed what it’s going to announce on the huge present, however The Verge and Kotaku declare Xbox is engaged on two new units — nevertheless, that is the place the stories’ similarities cease.

The Verge says Xbox will reveal two streaming units at E3, one which behaves like Chromecast and one which’s nearer to a streaming microconsole. The second gadget would supposedly be capable of entry common apps and video games from the Home windows Retailer, and stream video games from the primary Xbox One console to any TV in a home, The Verge says. A part of the main target right here can be on TV, permitting customers to entry Netflix, Hulu, Amazon and different streaming providers. This report stems primarily from Petri government editor Brad Sams, who appropriately predicted the Elite controller’s existence at E3 final yr.

Kotaku claims that Microsoft is about to unveil two new Xbox consoles. One is a less expensive and smaller Xbox with a 2TB exhausting drive that ought to launch later in 2016. The location says Xbox will reveal this mannequin at E3. The second console, which can not make an look at E3, is codenamed Scorpio and is because of hit cabinets in 2017. It apparently sports activities a extra highly effective GPU and it’ll help the Oculus Rift VR headset. That would not be surprising, contemplating the Oculus already comes packaged with the Xbox One controller and the businesses already take pleasure in a symbiotic relationship.

The brand new consoles are half of a bigger initiative referred to as “Undertaking Helix” that is designed to converge Xbox and Home windows, Kotaku says.

Relating to these stories, an Xbox spokesperson tells Engadget, “We don’t touch upon rumors or hypothesis.” We have reached out to Oculus for clarification on the reported 2017 console.

General, the small print of those reviews differ however their hearts are the identical: Xbox is on a path to merge its PC and console gaming manufacturers. The streaming units would faucet into Home windows 10 and common Home windows apps, whereas the rumored consoles purpose to make PC-to-console gaming extra accessible. Xbox hasn’t been shy about this technique, both. Xbox boss Phil Spencer stated in March that he needs Xbox to function extra like PC gaming, the place libraries comply with gamers even once they get new hardware.

“We will successfully really feel just a little extra like what we see on PC, the place I can nonetheless return and run my previous Doom and Quake video games that I ran so a few years in the past and nonetheless see one of the best new 4K video games come out — and my entire library is all the time with me,” Spencer stated.

Plus, Spencer needs to see extra console iterations, extra typically. As an alternative of almost a decade between console generations, he is wanting on the two-yr timeline of smartphones for inspiration.

“You take a look at enhancements in graphics functionality, you take a look at enhancements in show, you take a look at issues like 4K and HDR, and these different applied sciences which have come alongside, and for probably the most half consoles sit outdoors of that [upgrade cycle],” Spencer stated.

E3 runs via the week of June twelfth and Engadget will probably be on the bottom, delivering the newest information and interviews from Xbox, Sony, EA, Ubisoft, Bethesda, Nintendo and different corporations. Keep tuned.