Once a year, the world’s gamers embark on a pilgrimage to Los Angeles for the Electronic Entertainment Expo. For those, out of the loop, E3 as it’s more commonly known, is possibly the most important event in the video game industry. Bringing together fans, executives, and developers, E3 is the place to for gaming’s biggest announcements, whether they be consoles, accessories, downloadable content or highly anticipated games. This year, Microsoft has revealed that it will be making a pretty big announcement at the event.
Microsoft’s Xbox chief, Phil Spencer, has committed to unveiling the mysterious Project Scorpio at E3 this year. Prior to this, many had assumed that Microsoft would hold a separate event before E3 for reveal the project’s details and design. Microsoft has revealed some Scorpio information ahead of E3, including hardware specifications and what the developer kit looks like. Microsoft will now host its E3 press conference on June 11th at 5PM ET / 2PM PT, where we’re expecting to see the final design, naming, and price of the next Xbox.
Microsoft has already begun offering details on the Scorpio Developer Kit, and from the looks of it, it’s more powerful than the console itself. The kit offers nearly twice as much RAM at 24GB, a faster graphics processor, and a 1 terabyte solid state drive alongside the built in built in hard drive. The kit includes an OLED display on the front of the device that provides developers with information like frame rate,. Some other notable changes include some alterations to the architecture that could lead to more impressive graphics.
Talk of Project Scorpio began to circulate last year following a leak but it looks like plans for the system date all the way back to 2014. The Xbox isn’t the only system that’s getting a fancy new upgraded system. The Playstation 4 Pro has been kicking around for sometime, and has presented the Playstation franchise with a beefier and more function rich alternative.