MICROSOFT IS REPORTEDLY planning to unveil an Xbox streaming device at the E3 gaming expo next month, potentially mashing the gaming console into a Chromecast-like device.
That’s according to Brad Sams of tech news site Petri. The keen YouTube video blabber-mouth happens to be a bit of an expert on this stuff and dug up information on the Xbox One Elite controller ahead of last year's E3.
Loose-lipped sources close to The Verge have apparently mouthed off about Microsoft experimenting with a streaming stick device for piping Xbox One games from the main console to a TV not directly connected to it. This would be similar to Valve’s Steam Link which streams games and video from the Steam platform to TVs.
It's worth noting that Sony’s PS4 already offers a similar service with its PlayStation TV device as well as the ability to remotely play games with the handheld PSP Vita console. So Microsoft appears to be fed up with letting Sony have all the streaming fun.
Sams also reckons that Microsoft will unveil a second, more advanced device with the ability to stream universal apps and games from the Windows Store.
And to muddy the waters further, gaming site Kotaku has tapped its sources to reveal that Microsoft could release two new models of the Xbox One in the next two years.
This first is meant to be a newer version of the console that currently resembles a VCR brick from the 90s, and the second is slated to have a more powerful GPU capable of running the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset.
We suspect that there will be a lot of disappointed gamers come Christmas 2017 who were expecting to get the Xbox One.2.1, rather than the Xbox One.0.1. But it’s not as if Microsoft is any stranger to having a bloated portfolio of products.
But we’d not be that surprised if these new consoles come to fruition as the PlayStation 4 is currently pummelling the Xbox One in the console wars, which we doubt Microsoft’s gaming division execs are too happy about. Roll on E3. µ
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