Microsoft almost released an upgraded Xbox One this year and it wasn’t the Scorpio

By Shabana Arif
15 June 2016 17:20 GMT

Phil Spencer spills the beans on what could’ve been.

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Microsoft almost released an upgraded Xbox One this year and it wasn’t the Scorpio

Microsoft announced the Xbox Scorpio at the E3 press conference this week, and it’s going to be a beast. It’s slated for release next year but won’t do you much good unless you have a 4K TV.

The Xbox One S is coming this August, and while it’s 40% slimmer than the Xbox One, its power advantage will have “literally no impact” on game performance.

But there was almost a console to bridge the gap.

In an interview with Eurogamer, Xbox head Phil Spencer said, “We could have done a new update this year. We actually looked at it. We went all the way to, we had the spec in front of us, should we ship something that’s less than Scorpio this year, but in truth you can’t do a true 4K console this year.

“And I just didn’t think anything between what is effectively a 1080p console and the 4K console, like, from a consumer television standpoint there’s nothing in the middle. So let’s go focus on 4K and next year was the right year to do that.”

Currently our upgrade choices are between a slimmer console that’ll deliver the same performance as its heftier counterpart, and another that’s designed for a 4K TV. Would you have preferred something in the middle, or do you think Microsoft made the right choice?

Chime in below.

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