Thinking about buying a new Xbox One? Maybe hold off for a minute.
Microsoft just announced two new versions of the Xbox One at the biggest gaming show of the year, E3 2016. Here’s a rundown of all the major announcements:
Two new Xbox consoles
It’s been rumoured for a while that Microsoft would reveal two new versions of Xbox One. On Monday, it finally happened. Here’s what we know about the more powerful one, codenamed “Project Scorpio”:
- It’s a significantly more powerful version of the Xbox One.
- It’s scheduled to launch in the holiday season of 2017.
- It will support “high-end” VR headsets, like the Oculus Rift.
And here’s what we know about the slimmer, white version of the Xbox One, which is called the Xbox One S:
- The Xbox One S is 40% smaller than the current Xbox One.
- It has 2TB of internal storage
- It comes with a newer, slightly nicer version of the Xbox One gamepad.
- It’s scheduled to launch in holiday 2016 for $299 (presumably as a direct replacement for the model currently on store shelves).
Most importantly, all past, present, and future Xbox One games will be playable on all three consoles: the original Xbox One, the Xbox One S, and Project Scorpio. You won’t be able to play VR games on the less powerful models, but there won’t be any games exclusive to Project Scorpio.
New online features
Microsoft continues to make improvements to its Xbox Live online gaming service. Here’s what was revealed at E3, all of which arrives by some time in fall 2016:
- Players can create private clubs centered around games, lifestyles, or pretty much whatever they want.
- A new “looking for group” feature will allow players to seek out skilled players for their multiplayer games. No more wrangling friends for “Destiny” raids!
- Arena on Xbox Live is Microsoft’s entry into the world of eSports. The feature will allow players to enter tournaments and win prizes.
- Finally, some multiplayer games like “Gears of War 4” and “Forza Horizon 3” will allow cross-play between Xbox One and Windows 10, meaning you can play those games with your PC-owning friends if you prefer console.
It’s all about the games
Of course, there were tons of games on display, seeing as it was a video game showcase. Here are some of the biggest ones you can play only on Xbox One and Windows 10:
- “ReCore” is a new, original game from “Mega Man” creator Keiji Inafune and some of the people who made “Metroid Prime.” You play as a girl named Joule, who has a gun, some sweet jet boots, and the ability to place cores inside different robots to make them do her bidding. Robot dog!
- “Gears of War 4” has you hiding behind cover and shooting creepy monsters in gorgeous-looking environments with some pretty gruesome-looking weapons.
- “Dead Rising 4” sees the return of Frank West, the original protagonist of “Dead Rising.” He is once again tasked with taking out hordes of zombies with some of the goofiest weapons we’ve ever seen, including giant hammers and electrified lawnmowers.
- “Forza Horizon 3” enables you to cruise the Australian countryside in a variety of high-powered, expensive cars. It is unbelievably beautiful, and the act of simply driving around the world looks enormously fun.
- “Sea of Thieves” is a new, online multiplayer pirate simulator where you and a crew of friends can swash and buckle across the high seas. Get in ship battles with other crews, explore islands and, most importantly, celebrate your victories with cooperative drinking!
And the rest
Here are some of the other miscellaneous updates Microsoft gave about the future of Xbox:
- The Xbox Design Lab enables you to customise and order your very own special Xbox One controller. Check out that pink controller! Look at it! It’s great!
- Xbox Play Anywhere is a simple solution to buying games. Buy a game on Xbox One, play it on both Xbox One and PC with shared save data between the two. Smart!
- Cortana, the digital assistant that acts as Microsoft’s answer to Siri, is coming to Xbox One. You’ll be able to use voice commands to operate your console in the same way you currently can on Windows 10 PCs.
And that’s all the biggest news that came out of Microsoft’s E3 show this year! If you don’t already have an Xbox One, you should probably (definitely) wait until late 2017 to get the more powerful version of it. By then, all of these rad looking games will be cheaper. Everybody wins!
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