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article imageRumors say smaller Xbox One coming in 2016; more powerful model in 2017

By Michael Thomas     May 25, 2016 in Entertainment
Sources have told Kotaku that Microsoft is developing two new Xbox One models — a compact version to be released later this year and a more powerful model coming in 2017.
The rumors come from sources familiar with the models, according to Kotaku. Rumors about upgraded Xbox One models started in late April, when an eagle-eyed Internet user found filings that suggested Microsoft was testing a new wireless chip for the Xbox One.
According to one of Kotaku's sources, not too much is known about the compact Xbox One, which may be revealed at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) next month. A source suggested the model may feature a 2 TB hard drive, double the amount of memory of current Xbox One consoles.
Meanwhile, the rumored 2017 model, codenamed "Scorpio," will likely have a more powerful GPU, making it capable of running Oculus Rift; Microsoft is also reportedly pursuing a partnership with the virtual-reality company. The GPU will apparently be able to support 4K graphics — however as of now there's no plan to upgrade the console's I/O speed, which refers to the speed at which data from a disc or hard drive travels to the system's memory. Under these specifications, games in 4K may face longer loading times.
This represents a change in attitude about refreshing the flagship system. After rumors popped up of a "PlayStation 4.5" that is capable of handling 4K graphics, Xbox chief Phil Spencer said a similar refresh won't be happening to Xbox One. He said, "I'm not a big fan of Xbox One and a half. If we're going to move forward, I want to move forward in big numbers."
Aside from the new models, the sources also told Kotaku that Microsoft may take an iterative approach to its console, much like Apple does with its hardware. Rather than release a brand-new console after several years, Microsoft may make smaller changes and more frequent hardware releases.
This is all part of Microsoft's "Project Helix," which aims to integrate Xbox and Windows 10. Microsoft is planning to release more games on both platforms and allow gamers to interact whether they're playing on a PC or Xbox One.
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