With E3 just around the corner, the rumor mills are working over time and the latest signs point to not one but two new Xbox One consoles, one coming this year, and another much more powerful one coming in 2017.
The more recent rehash of the Xbox One SKU could see a new Xbox One console that's cheaper, comes with 2TB of storage, but possibly minus the Blu-ray drive. This new Xbox One "Slim" is 40 percent smaller than the current Xbox One, but will have the same power under the hood. Microsoft is expected to announce this new SKU at E3.
This, however, won't be true for second model in the updated Xbox One line-up. With Sony all but certain to release an updated, more powerful PS4, dubbed the PS4 Neo, it appears Microsoft has embraced a similar "iterative" upgrade plan. The "iterative" upgrade would make the console upgrade cycle similar to other consumer devices, such as the iPhone, but would ensure compatibility across newer and older devices.
Microsoft's new super console is apparently codenamed 'Scorpio', and what is has under the hood may hold a lethal sting for rival Sony. Early reports suggests that while the exact specs of Scorpio has not yet been finalized, Microsoft is targeting a peak performance of 6 teraflops. The PS4 Neo is rumored to have a performance target of 4.14 teraflops. To put all of this into context, the current PS4 is only capable of 1.84 teraflops, while the Xbox One only operates at 1.32 teraflops.
More will definitely be revealed at E3. Microsoft's E3 event is scheduled to occur on Monday, June 13 at 12:30pm (Eastern), while Sony's event is the same day, at 9pm (Eastern).