Microsoft unveiled a new XBox console, ‘Project Scorpio’ and a slimmer version of its Xbox One, ‘XBox One S’ at the E3 video game conference in Los Angeles on Monday.
Project Scorpio which will support ultra-high resolution gaming and virtual reality (VR) will be available during the holiday season in 2017 and will also be compatible with XBox One games and accessories. Details on its pricing were not disclosed., Reuters reported.
However, according to BBC analyst, Dave Lee, “Project Scorpio is Microsoft’s way of offering a VR-ready console. I wouldn’t expect it to cost much less than $1,000.”
During the conference, Sony also mentioned it would add new titles including; Marvel’s Spider-Man, God of War and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare to its PlayStation console.
On June 11th, 2015, Microsoft launched a partnership with Facebook-owned Oculus Rift, which made some XBox One games playable on Oculus’ VR platform.
The new XBox One S console, will bring new features such as streaming support for 4K videos, which provides four-times the resolution of high-definition content.
Microsoft also announced a number of new games at the conference, including Gears of War 4 and Forza Horizon 3.
The company also confirmed cross-platform access, ‘Xbox Play Anywhere’, meaning that gamers who buy a title for one will be able to play it on Xbox or Windows 10 PCs at no added cost.
Cross-play will also allow people to play online with others via systems of their choice.
BBC attended the press conference reported that, among other new features for gamers, were updates to XBox Live including; Clubs, a hangout area for gamers, and Looking for Group, which will help players find others who want to collaborate with them online.
XBox fans will also be able to order customisable controllers, selecting from 8million color variations for example; via the Xbox Design Lab.
The web portal through which people can design their own controllers is due to go live with effect of yesterday but the devices will not ship until September, BBC reports.