It looks like Microsoft is going for broke at this year’s Electronics Entertainment Expo, otherwise known as E3, as sources from inside Microsoft are reporting that the company will be making several big announcements. The biggest announcement will be new hardware for the Xbox but whether this is an entirely new console or an upgraded version of the current Elite console is unclear.
Microsoft also intends to show off a new controller which is similar to the current design but show they working with a new wireless chip so who knows what could be down the line for the next generation of Xbox controllers. What is clear is that Microsoft is trying to make sure that it is the better choice when sized up against Sony who recently announced it’s Ps4.5 system, otherwise known as NEO.
Microsoft has been working to make strides in catching the eye of players, it took big steps by including backwards compatibility for several of its best Xbox 360 games and continues to work on refining and improving the features within it’s Xbox Live service.
Reports have been floating around the internet for some time now that Microsoft was testing a wide range of Xbox prototypes including some that could be upgraded similar to a PC which would be a nice change for gamers. While we won’t be opening it up with a screw driver anytime soon it would be nice to see some way of upgrading the system to extend it’s life expectancy and if they can integrate into into the existing firmware somehow it would give them a huge leg up. After all it would be nice if they could include 4k Ultra HD without me having to by an entire new system. Time will tell of course.
On top of the Xbox news Phil Spencer and his team plan to talk about life beyond the Xbox One and their Windows 10 operating system including Xbox One’s Anniversary update and it’s features. It should be noted that Spencer has also said we won’t be having any Xbox One point five’s either:
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. For us, our box is doing well. It performs, it’s reliable, the servers are doing well. If we’re going to go forward with anything, like I said, I want it to be a really substantial change for people–an upgrade.”
We’ll find out more once E3 rolls around in June but as an avid Xbox player I am excited to see what is around the corner.