Microsoft Nails Xbox One S Reveal by Ripping Off Sony

Yolanda Curtis
June 18, 2016

LOS ANGELES—Gamers have been nervous about the announcement of Microsoft's "Scorpio" and Sony's "Neo" console updates for months. But Microsoft assuaged some of those fears in the first few minutes of its E3 press event this week by doing something incredibly simple: It took a page from Sony's playbook.

Microsoft's upcoming Xbox One S is smaller than the Xbox One. That's it. Job done. Nailed it. Just like Sony nailed it with the PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3, both of which were smaller and less expensive than their predecessors.

There's always been some dissonance when it comes to Microsoft and its gaming brands - it alienated many of its PC gamers by focusing most of its efforts on the Xbox, and previous attempts to unite their console and Windows audiences have led to the disastrous, but thankfully now defunct, Games for Windows Live.

Meanwhile announcement of the Xbox One S has had a dramatic impact on the price of the standard Xbox One. HDR looks incredibly pretty if it's content that's mastered (or perhaps rendered, for games) in HDR, but it doesn't need anywhere near the sort of power 4K resolution does, and it'll only really benefit the subset of gamers who have high-end, HDR-capable televisions.

The Xbox One S will have the same GPU and CPU as found on the Xbox One. Spence added that these integrated technology has high dynamic range support.

Delivering 4K graphics is a challenge even for high-end gaming PCs.

Additionally, its power supply is now inside, which means users don't have to use the bricked-shaped power supply for the device. In addition to having a white color, you can get through a vertical stand, allowing it to fit in those tight spots, similar to the Wii stand. Its controller has been revised, with textured grips allowing for greater accuracy and range.

The Xbox One S will not be a major upgrade to the Xbox One. Among the things we already knew, we learned that the console now has a physical clickable power button instead of the capacitive touch found in the current Xbox One model.

The console was made for the goal of VR. "Clearly, you can buy Scorpio, and if and when you decide you want to buy a 4K television to take advantage of the increased performance, obviously the console will be ready for you".

The Verge reported the Scorpio goes on sale in holiday 2017.

Let's wait for further details from Sony.



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