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Xbox One's permanent $299 price drop clearly signals new Xbox hardware

Microsoft couldn't have made it any more obvious that new Xbox hardware is on its way
By: Derek Strickland | Gaming News | Posted: Jun 1, 2016 6:39 am

Microsoft is keen on selling as many current-gen Xbox One consoles as it can, signaling a major Xbox hardware revision announcements at E3 2016.

 

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The Xbox One's price tag has been slashed to $299 (again), and a huge portion of the console bundles have been slashed by $50. Redmond says this is a "temporary" reduction, but retailers are matching the price, hinting its a new permanent drop for the Xbox One. With this move, Microsoft is giving us a resoundingly clear signal: new Xbox hardware is coming, and Microsoft knows no one will buy current-gen hardware once the new Xbox consoles are announced.

 

Reports indicate Microsoft is working on a powerful 4K-ready Xbox Scorpio that's 1.5 times powerful than Sony's new PlayStation 4K model, and 4 times as powerful as the current Xbox One. Microsoft will also unveil the Xbox Mini at E3 2016, 40% smaller console with possible 4K video playback. We'll also see two Xbox streaming devices--a Chromecast-like Xbox stick, and a Shield TV-like set-top box that will likely stream games from Xbox Ones or Windows 10 PCs.

 

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More info on the Xbox Scorpio suggests Microsoft is targeting 6TFLOPs of performance, and will reportedly support the Oculus Rift VR headset for desktop-grade VR, which means we could see external discrete video card solutions. With these specs, the Scorpio will utterly smash the Xbox One's sub-optimal hardware into the dust, so Redmond wants to rid itself of current SKUs before E3 rolls around.

 

So if you're in the market for a new Xbox console, I'll tell you what I tell everyone: wait for the revisions. Don't buy the current system or you'll hate yourself come E3 time.

 

Microsoft's E3 2016 press conference will be held on Monday, June 13 at 9:30AM PST, and we'll have all the latest updates right here at TweakTown.

 

Everything we know about the Xbox Scorpio so far:

 

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