Microsoft is rumored to launch two separate “Xbox TV” devices as well as a new compact Xbox One with 4K video support next month at E3, according to reports. Microsoft is also rumored to launch a more powerful Xbox One with support for 4K gaming and Oculus Rift next year.
New “Xbox TV” devices at E3
Three separate reports claim that Microsoft has a lot in store for us at its E3 presentation next month.
In a video podcast Brad Sams claims to know that Microsoft will launch two different “Xbox TV” devices. The first is a Chromecast-like dongle device that you plug into a TV via HDMI. It will allow you to stream Xbox One games from the main console to another TV on the home network. Games are controlled with the Xbox One controller.
Furthermore, Brad Sams claims that Microsoft is preparing an “Xbox TV” box. He speculates that it will supports streaming services and support Windows universal apps and games from the Windows Store.
Xbox One with 4K support
A separate report from Kotaku claims that Microsoft will launch an upgrade to its current Xbox One game console next month at E3. The new console would be more compact and pack a larger 2TB hard drive.
The Verge adds some details to the story by saying that it will be 40% smaller and will “likely include 4K video support”.
Microsoft is reportedly also planning a major upgrade to Xbox One next year. The new console, code-named Scorpio, will utilize a more powerful GPU to support 4K gaming and "it will also be technically capable of supporting the Oculus Rift". The Oculus Rift already ships with an Xbox One controller so the rumor might actually hold water.
Sony is also rumored to launch a new 4K-capable PlayStation 4 console soon.
Microsoft has been working on “Project Helix” to converge Xbox and Windows 10 gaming, according to Kotaku.
Microsoft will hold its E3 press conference next month on June 13. Even if only half of this is true we are excited to hear more from Microsoft.