Compact Xbox One Reportedly Out This Year, Souped-Up 'Scorpio' Model in 2017

By Aatif Sulleyman on at

Our mates over at Kotaku have been tipped off about a new pair of consoles Microsoft allegedly has in the works. According to sources, a compact Xbox One with a 2TB hard drive (that’s double the capacity of the current top-end model) is set to land later this year, with a proper, full-sized follow-up, codenamed Scorpio (cool codename), expected to launch in 2017.

Scorpio is said to squeeze in a more powerful GPU, and would be “technically capable of supporting the Oculus Rift”. Microsoft is reportedly trying to chat up Palmer Luckey and co, in the hope of establishing close ties with the VR specialists.

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The two consoles are believed to form part of a wider Microsoft strategy, codenamed 'Project Helix', which would see Xbox and Windows converge. You can read more about what that could entail over at Kotaku. As if you needed any more reasons to be hyped about E3. [Kotaku UK]