Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Oh MY the console war got hot today.

Six teraflops!

If you're on the internet at all, you're probably aware of this already, but here's the short version:

Mutiple sources between Kotaku and Polygon say Microsoft is gonna' launch an Xbox One Slim this year and an Xbox One-Two (their words, not mine), codenamed Scorpio, will launch late in 2017.  Neither of these are shocking, but here's where it gets a little convoluted and a lot crazy.

  • It'll have a 2TB hard drive (nice!)
  • Microsoft is actively courting Oculus to join forces with Xbox, because...
  • The One-Two will be "technically capable of supporting the Oculus Rift."
  • All your Xbox One stuff will run on it. 
  • They weren't gonna' announce it this year, but because they think Sony's gonna' announce the Neo at E3, they've decided to announce the Slim and the One-Two at their conference in June.
  • The Xbox One-Two will be four times more powerful than the Xbox One. 
  • In other words, it'll push 6 teraflops, making it about 50% more powerful than Sony's rumored Neo. 
...and it doesn't sound like (Xbox head) Phil Spencer has much of a problem with today's rumor-explosion: 

Word is devs were briefed at a secret shindig last week.  And so, the stage is set. Microsoft is sick of multiplatform stuff playing better on the PS4, and they aim to fix it (if this is true.)   Also, if the Neo launches late this year or spring 2017, and it's underpowered, that counter-intuitively puts Sony in a much better place than Microsoft.  The Neo would have a year or nine-month head start - always a huge consideration - but more importantly, if it is weaker, that means it'll be wayyy cheaper.  And that's how you win a console war.

Either way, things are about to get hot.

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