The big bombshell at the end of the press conference? Project Scorpio—the next iteration of the Xbox One. Which…is a bit less of a bombshell after six months of rumors and leaks. But hey! Another console!
Of course, it’s still a ways off. Project Scorpio won’t launch until Holiday 2017, so don’t expect to hear much more about it until next E3. This was probably just Microsoft’s way of trying to counter the other console refresh apparently coming from Sony—though I have to wonder who’s going to buy an original Xbox One now knowing there’s new hardware just over the horizon.
Microsoft’s buzzwords: “No boundaries,” 4K, 8 CPU cores, 6 teraflops of graphics compute power, the “most powerful GPU in a console today,” and “best framerate.” Beyond that, details were scarce.