E3: Microsoft Unwraps Xbox One S, 'Project Scorpio' With 4K and HDR Capabilities

Xbox One S will be available in August.
Casey Rodgers
Xbox head Phil Spencer

Microsoft is expanding its Xbox One system with a string of announcements including the new Xbox One S, which is 40 percent smaller than the current Xbox One model and offers 4K Ultra HD and high dynamic range support for games and movie content; and "Project Scorpio," its "most powerful" system with support for 4K as well as "high fidelity" virtual reality.

Xbox One S includes support for titles in the new 4K Ultra HD Blu-Ray format as well as streaming content from partners such as Netflix and Amazon Video. It's slated to ship in August, going for $299 for a 500GB system or $349 for a 1TB model.

Microsoft reported that its developing "Project Scorpio," slated for availability during the 2017 holiday season, would be its top model with 6 teraflops of GPU power.

The company said "Project Scorpio" would coexist alongside Xbox One and Xbox One S and all Xbox One games and accessories are compatible with any of these consoles.

Microsoft began its E3 press conference on Monday morning with a solemn moment in the wake of the tragic mass shooting in Orlando, Fla. "To everyone affected by the recent tragedy in Orlando, our hearts are with you," said Phil Spencer, head of Xbox, before music began to signal the start of the press conference.
 
E3 opens Tuesday at the Los Angeles Convention Center and could top 50,000 attendees. The Entertainment Software Association, the organization that owns E3, released the following statement to The Hollywood Reporter: “The Orlando tragedy was a horrific act of terrorism and a crime of hate. Our thoughts are with the families of all those affected. We ask all those in the Orlando area to contact their local Red Cross and donate however possible. As for E3, we take security seriously and already had processes and personnel in place to help ensure the safety of our attendees.”
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