New Xbox One with Better GPU, 4K and Rift Support Coming in 2017

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The rumors that a better Xbox One with a more powerful GPU and 4K and Rift support have gained more traction, with a new report claiming it will arrive sometime in 2017.

According to inside sources that spoke with Kotaku, a smaller, less-expensive Xbox One with a larger hard drive will go on sale at the end of 2017. It will be joined by another Xbox One -- codenamed Scorpio -- that features a more powerful GPU with Oculus Rift and 4K support. A more powerful GPU to support Rift is in line with Microsoft’s partnership with Oculus, which was announced in June 2015. Scorpio is also said to be backwards-compatible and is upgradable every few years rather than the typical eight-ten year life cycle, coinciding with comments made by Xbox boss Phil Spencer earlier in 2016. Spencer expressed dissatisfaction for how consoles, by design, lock the hardware and the software platforms together, forcing customers to “ride the generation out for seven or so years, while other ecosystems are getting better, faster, stronger – and then you wait for the next big step function.” Two Microsoft FCC filings for chip models 1682 and 1683 suggest an ‘Xbox One Slim’ is on the way, in addition to another Xbox One model. The company has also been reported to be testing a variety of new Xbox One prototypes. There is a possibility that Microsoft will announce new Xbox One hardware, along with a new controller, at E3 2016. What do you want to her from the tech giant?

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