The next Xbox is called Project Scorpio, and from what we can tell, it's going to be the most powerful video game console when it hits store shelves in late 2017. Well, that's if another company doesn't decide to ruin the party.
For those who are unware, Project Scorpio comes packed with six teraflop of GPU power, which according to Microsoft, should be good enough to deliver 4K gaming. This is yet to be seen, and we can't place a bet seeing as we have no idea what type of GPU technology the system will use.
However, we can speculate on other things that we expect might show up in the new system come 2017.
Blu-Ray UHD Drive
If there's one thing the Sony PlayStation 4 Pro is missing, it would be a Blu-Ray UHD player for playing 4K movies. Yes, the system does support 4K media when it comes down to digital, but it's common knowledge that 4K media when on a Blu-Ray UHD is much better than digital.
Microsoft will want to one-up Sony in this regard, so we definitely expect the addition of this piece of hardware, especially since the Xbox One S has one.
Design Similar To Xbox One S
Project Scorpio will be in the same family as the Xbox One S. This means the console will play the same games and come with much of the same features. The same will likely hold true for the overall design of the console. Expect something sleek looking like the Xbox One S, but bigger and with more ports.
Free Xbox Live For Multiplayer Gaming
This is a long shot prediction, but it could very well happen, and we say this because Xbox Live on Windows 10 is free. We don't envision Microsoft having free multiplayer gaming with Xbox Live on Windows 10, and only have a price-tag attached when it comes down to the Xbox console.
Keep an eye out for free multiplayer, but for everything else such as free games monthly, be prepared to pay.
Windows 10 VR Headsets Supporting Project Scorpio
Microsoft showed off its plans to have a plethora of VR headsets in 2017, and all of them is set to come from third-party partners. Microsoft is busy working on HoloLens, and as such, we do not see the company making any moves to create its own VR headset any time soon. Because of this, we suspect Project Scorpio will be able to take advantage of all the VR headsets for Windows 10.
Such a move would give users a choice instead of just a single product, which is similar to how things are done on the PC front.