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Xbox kicked off their Press Briefing with a video announcing the Xbox One S (in slang terms Xbox 1.5); coming soon this August and already available for pre-order on Xbox.com, to resounding applause from the audience.
The One S comes in 40% smaller in size than the current Xbox One and returns to a white case and touts internal power supply...no more large external power bricks, plus will support 4k. The 4k is a nice feature, but not a huge selling point for me since 4k has simply not taken off. Just look at the massive price drop on 4k TVs. But with a reasonable MSRP of $299 I am sure it will sell well.
However, the folks at parent company Microsoft must think we all make Bill Gates type money, because they concluded the presentaion by annoucning the next generation of Xbox is slated to hit the shelves Holiday Season 2017.
Codenamed Project Scorpio, the presentation did not show much in way of design, but outlined a host of specifications to rvial any cuurent PC gaming rig. Beyond the super-specs, the focus seems to be on VR support for Project Scorpio, which made the lack of any mention of the Microsoft HoloLens kind of suspicious. No price point was mentioned either.
Speaking of PC gaming, the Play Anywhere initiative was announced where when a player purchases a title for Xbox One it will be available to them on PC via Windows 10 at no additional cost.
There was again talk of cross-network compatability; but only for certain titles. In layman's terms, meaning Xbox gamers being able to play PlayStation gamers. Not, a huge issue for me, but some in the community feel a need for this.
More of the emphasis seemed to be a return of Xbox / Windows 10 exclusives with the most notable announcement being Gears of War 4; among a host of titles. Gears of War 4 will be available October 11th this year.
The new platform feature called Arena is intriguing, as Xbox will be enerting the realm of structured gaming tournaments. It will be interesting to see where Xbox takes competitive gaming; especailly with the significant enroads ESL has made and the reported financially struggling MLG being acquired by Activision.
In all it was a solid presentation and showed Xbox's continued commiment to its fan base.
You can watch the presentation in its entirety at Xbox.com
Xavier S H reviews the Xbox One version of The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing. A review code was provided for this report.