Today at E3 in Los Angeles, Microsoft officially revealed Project Scorpio—an enhanced version of the Xbox One that runs 4K-native games, virtual reality and features six teraflops of power running at 60Hz. According to Xbox head, Phil Spencer, games will be able to run at full resolution at all times. Although a specific headset was not mentioned, last year’s press conference revealed a partnership with Oculus.
“The important thing for Scorpio is that it’s a dramatic step up for us in terms of hardware capability,” Xbox chief Phil Spencer told The Verge. “Because as we saw 4K gaming and really high-end VR taking off in the PC space, we wanted to be able to bring that to console. Project Scorpio is actually an Xbox One that can natively run games in 4K and is built with the hardware capabilities to support the high-end VR that you see happening in the PC space today… when it ships it will be the most powerful console ever built.”
Virtual reality has been a hot topic this E3, with Fallout 4 and Serious Sam announced for VR, among others as the gaming industry prepares for a new age of immersive gameplay.
“Today marks the future of gaming beyond generations,” Spencer said at the conference. “A future full of choice, a future where you can all play without boundaries.”
Project Scorpio will launch during the Holiday season in 2017, but price point and finalized name are yet to be announced. According to Microsoft, however, all games and accessories will work across the Xbox One, the Xbox One S and Project Scorpio.