Microsoft's Xbox Receives a Boost at E3 2016
Entertainment Published: June 14, 2016 Updated: February 19, 2019  |  WORDS: Hana Kim

Microsoft’s Xbox Receives a Boost at E3 2016

The Microsoft Xbox gets a slimming treatment, customization options and more.

Microsoft's Xbox Receives a Boost at E3 2016

At E3 2016, Microsoft made some big announcements that could level the playing field between its Xbox gaming console and Sony’s PlayStation.

Xbox One S

Microsoft's Xbox Receives a Boost at E3 2016

Microsoft revealed a slimmer version of the Xbox One console. Calling it the Xbox One S, it’s 40% slimmer than its predecessor and supports 4K video playback. The built-in hard disk now supports up to 2TB of storage capacity. Prices start at US$299.

Project Scorpio

Microsoft's Xbox Receives a Boost at E3 2016

Come 2017, Microsoft will reveal a new console that’s primed to deliver a next-level console gaming experience. Codenamed “Project Scorpio”, the console will allow for true 4K gaming and virtual reality capability. “Project Scorpio” will be an addition to the Xbox One family and is set to be compatible with existing Xbox games and accessories.

Cross-platform gaming

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The new Xbox Play Anywhere program allows consumers to purchase a game and have the option of playing it on both their PC and Xbox One console. Game saves, progress and achievements will be shared between the two platforms.

Customizable controllers

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Fans can now create their own one-of-a-kind Xbox Wireless Controllers via Xbox Design Lab. Almost every inch of the controller — be it the body, D-pad or buttons — can be given different colors. There are a total of eight million color variations and there’s even a laser engraving service that helps make each controller truly unique.

Exclusive game titles

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A game publisher in its own right, Microsoft Studios has its hands on several titles which are exclusive to the brand. Among these are Halo Wars 2 and Gears of War 4. Additional new games were demonstrated at E3, and these are set to be released over the coming months.

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