New Xbox One S and Project Scorpio - what you need to know

There are several confirmed version of the Xbox One S and the only difference between the versions is the hard drive space.

Announced during Microsoft's E3 2016 presentation, and leaked way before that, the Xbox One S is one of two bundles of the joy set to expand the Xbox One family starting this fall.

This week, though, Phil Spencer has emphasised that 4K is really the sole focal point of the console and if you don't have a 4K or Ultra HD TV, you won't be able to use Xbox Scorpio with it.

As we already know, Cortana, Microsoft's digital assistant, will also be making its way to the console allowing for the console to be much smarter, at least when voice commands are issued. "When a game like that runs on Scorpio", says Spencer, "it's going to run at maximum resolution the whole time".

"When gamers get to carry forward their games, and they're not losing the value invested in the ecosystem, in addition to getting more frequent and more powerful hardware, is looking at things like the mobile industry and how they've innovated".

"Fallout 4" will supposedly be playable in VR on the new Xbox One.

4K content available on Netflix and Amazon Video. This console will be a true 4K console capable of delivering best virtual reality experience.

The Xbox One S will be available from August, and up to 2TB of storage is available.

With Scorpio not dropping until the end of next year, this release will give Xbox fanciers plenty of food for thought.

1TB variant will retail for $349.

For more on Microsoft and Sony's forthcoming hardware upgrades, check out our Xbox Scorpio vs. PS4 NEO Comparison Chart. The specs are impressive.

During E3 2016, Microsoft also released a few details about Project Scorpio, a new console which is slated for release in 2017. Developers we speak to say many types of competitive games (such as first-person shooters) would be massively unbalanced if console players with controllers went up against PC players with mice.

  • Geraldine Cohen