Microsoft isn’t just gonna stand around while rumors of an upgraded “PlayStation 4.5” are floating around. After all, two can play at that game.
According to Kotaku, Microsoft is set announce at least two more versions of the Xbox One. The first version, which will surprise no one, is a smaller, cheaper version of the existing console. That could hit stores later this year. The real news, though, is that they are working on an upgraded version of the Xbox One, currently codenamed Scorpio, which will feature some impressive upgrades over the existing offering.
Scorpio, which will reportedly be formally announced at E3 and released sometime in 2017, will feature a more powerful GPU, an expanded hard drive (2 TB), and possibly support for the Oculus Rift, the virtual reality headset that currently works with high end PCs.
Kotaku also reports that Microsoft is “pursuing a partnership” with Oculus, which is now owned by Facebook. Naturally, neither company would officially comment on the rumors.
Many see this as another step in Microsoft’s plans to blur the lines between PC gaming and console gaming. They have already announced that some of their big Xbox One exclusive titles will be available for Windows 10. Adding comparable specs and support for other peripherals (like the Oculus) would push consoles further towards their PC counterparts.