A recent revelation regarding Microsoft’s future plans for the Xbox One has surfaced the net, causing a major stir in the console community.

For quite some time now, rumors have been circulating around the web that the company may be introducing new versions of its Xbox One in the form of Xbox One Scorpio and Xbox One Slim.

According to reports, Xbox One Scorpio will presumably feature VR-ready capabilities plus performance upgrades more powerful than the PS4, and even the alleged PS 4.5, Neo.

Xbox One Slim, on the other hand, will supposedly sport a thinner body than its Xbox One original counterpart, with claims detailing that the Slim version will have its DVD slot removed to allow the adjustment.

There have been no confirmations from the company itself, though, as Microsoft has been known to withhold information on projects it is working on. Physical evidence to support such claims have been absent as well, until now.

A reported image leak on Microsoft’s planned releases has been revealed by GameStop, pointing to a supposed 2 TB Xbox One scheduled for release by the end of this year. This 2 TB console is priced at about $450.

Referred to as “Microsoft Xbox One 2 TB console,” it is unclear if this version will be the rumored Xbox One Scorpio, Xbox One Slim, or just an upgraded Xbox One as the current gen console only comes in 500 GB and 1 TB versions. A bigger 2 TB capacity means buyers won’t have to purchase a separate storage device which could further improve Xbox sales.

As for the Xbox One Scorpio, despite a release date of Dec. 31, 2016, basically a day before Scorpio’s supposed launch year, 2017, the price tag attached to the 2 TB console just seems too good to be true.

If the Xbox One Scorpio does upgrade the Xbox One’s performance to greater heights, factor in the 2 TB expansion plus VR capabilities, an asking price of $450 which could be attributed to the company’s recent price cuts is still too generous.

On the other hand, the Xbox One Slim looks more promising.

If the Xbox One Slim does remove its DVD slot to allow a thinner body, thereby making it a digital-only version, it would only make sense for Microsoft to upgrade the console’s storage capacity to 2 TB. Moreover, removing the DVD slot in place of a storage expansion keeps the price cheap.

These all remain assumptions, though, since Microsoft does not “comment on rumors or speculation.” Guess we’ll all just have to tune in to the upcoming E3 convention where the company might reveal more insight into the future of Xbox One.


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