With E3 getting ready to kick off, all kinds of news is spilling out officially and not-so-officially ahead of schedule. This one regarding a refreshed XBox One is of the latter variety, so until anything official this remains nothing more than a rumor. Sony grabbed some news this week with the acknowledgement that a more powerful PlayStation 4 is due shortly and that obviously put some pressure on the second place Xbox team to shift the focus back to Microsoft’s offering. We already know that a more powerful Xbox One, code-named Scorpio is due in 2017 but with PlayStation Neo and Playstation VR around the corner, Microsoft could not afford to remain idle for a year, so meanwhile we get a slightly updated and sleeker and slimmer Xbox One S.
Looking at these images, the new look is quite an improvement. The whole system looks smaller as it is rumored to be 40% smaller, and more modern looking to boot. The huge power block is supposedly now internal as well. The Xbox One S also includes a larger 2TB hard drive and support for 4K video — not insignificant upgrades in the least. In addition to the slimmer profile, the console can now also stand vertical if that’s your preference. The controller is also seeing a slight refresh making it more “streamlined”, whatever that means.
Pricing and release details will have to wait. Numbers and dates have been suggested, but there is really no reason to even mention them since it’s all pure speculation at this point. We can only hope for something under $400… way under preferably.