Report: Microsoft to announce new Xbox hardware, Xbox One controller at E3

Xbox is preparing a salvo of announcements to remind Sony that Xbox is still the One.

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Not to be outdone by the leaked documents confirming the existence of an upcoming PS4 revision as well as Nintendo's announcement that its codenamed NX console will be a no-show at this year's event, a report from a Microsoft blogger points to the unveiling of an updated or brand new Xbox, and a revamped controller for Xbox One.

Brad Sams, a tech blogger who covers the Microsoft beat, has inside sources at Microsoft telling him to "expect to see new hardware at the event and there will also be a new standard controller that ships with the Xbox One," per his report.

Sams' sources have told him that the new controller will resemble the current gamepad, but will ship in a new color.

Microsoft continues to probe deeper into Xbox/PC interconnectivity. "Seeing as Microsoft wants to make Windows 10 on the desktop and Xbox one a 'killer combination', they are looking to leverage the ecosystem to create unique experiences for games that are on other platforms too," according to Sams.

Specifically, Microsoft hopes to create a form of Xbox/PC crossover experience that cannot be easily replicated by Sony or other competitors, giving both current Xbox One owners and consumers yet to make a decision on which current-gen machine to buy all the more reason to throw in with Xbox.

All of this is for naught if Microsoft has no answer to Sony's PlayStation Neo leaks—and it appears it does. "While the rumors of a PS4K have been running rampant, and I don't know yet if this new device is set to take on that console, they will have another, much larger hardware related announcement, at E3 this year. I had previously heard that they were working on a new Elite console, they recently announced an Elite bundle, but I am not sure if this is an update to that product or something brand new."

Sams' report adds fuel to the fire started by Xbox chief Phil Spencer, who has tease that Microsoft will discuss topics beyond Xbox One and Windows 10 in the coming weeks. Given the time of year, that can only mean E3, less than a month and a half away.

Of course, Spencer has all but ruled out a half-step Xbox One. "If we're going to move forward, I want to move forward in big numbers. I don't know anything about any of the rumors that are out there, but I can understand other teams' motivations to do that. For us, our box is doing well. It performs, it's reliable, the servers are doing well. If we're going to go forward with anything, like I said, I want it to be a really substantial change for people–an upgrade."

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    April 27, 2016 2:29 PM

    David Craddock posted a new article, Report: Microsoft to announce new Xbox hardware, Xbox One controller at E3

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      April 27, 2016 2:43 PM

      A new controller? That's a surprise, the one has a very nice change controller as is.

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        April 27, 2016 2:44 PM

        says color change though. I wonder if they'd rework it at some point. I still don't really like the bumpers.

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          April 27, 2016 2:46 PM

          Oh okay, so basically just a reskin. Maybe they will throw in some better battery efficient that'd be nice.

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            April 27, 2016 2:54 PM

            Better battery efficiency? My xbox one controllers last like 20+ hours of in game use before I have to swap the rechargeable AA I have in them.

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            April 27, 2016 2:57 PM

            notsureifserious.

            the xbone controller lasts unbelievably long on a set of batteries.

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            April 27, 2016 2:57 PM

            That controller has great battery life

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            April 27, 2016 11:50 PM

            I haven't changed a battery more than once a month.

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          April 27, 2016 4:11 PM

          Bumpers are meh, but the triggers are glorious IMO.

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            April 27, 2016 5:21 PM

            I like the bumpers. The idea of nudging them with your knuckle is pretty cool, I'd like to see others incorporate that.

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              April 28, 2016 6:58 AM

              They aren't bad, but they don't stick out to me as awesome. The controller as a whole though is brilliant IMO.

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        April 27, 2016 3:48 PM

        New controller is a butt plug that reads your mind.

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          April 27, 2016 3:54 PM

          Finally!

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          April 27, 2016 4:24 PM

          Are you saying that the Kinect will finally be able to distinguish between an ass and a hole in the ground?

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            April 27, 2016 8:50 PM

            I'm saying that when M$ make the next Twitter bot (Tae2.0?) based on buttplug mind graphs and it becomes self aware...our ass holes will be in the ground!

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          April 27, 2016 4:43 PM

          wish I didn't have this controller in my ass

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      April 27, 2016 3:11 PM

      And the 2 year console cycle begins....

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        April 27, 2016 3:13 PM

        This looks more like a Slim than anything.

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          April 27, 2016 3:14 PM

          Actually the article says as much.

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          April 27, 2016 3:17 PM

          Just waiting for that "It has a better GFX CARD/Processor/Hardware for future games that support it". Speech. like the PS4.5

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            April 27, 2016 3:57 PM

            Even if it did, why would better hardware to play games be bad.

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              April 27, 2016 4:38 PM

              The problem is that it would fragment the market.

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                April 27, 2016 4:42 PM

                As long as their werent exclusives for one or the other I dont see that happeneing. From the articles ive read it made it sound like PS4.5 will be games in high settings and the ps4 will be medium settings.

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                April 27, 2016 5:15 PM

                The home console has always been "fragmented". There's always been varying different boxes with various games. I ask. Why is that bad?

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                  April 27, 2016 5:16 PM

                  It's very rarely been fragmented within one ecosystem...

                  The last time that springs to mind was the memory expansions for the N64?

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                    April 27, 2016 5:34 PM

                    And it still won't be. They are compatible with each other in the case of ps4. No games will *need* the higher end system.

                    Now, I'll be the first to cry foul if that changes and we really are in a full exclusive games 3 year cycle but it's not going to happen IMO.

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                    April 27, 2016 6:00 PM

                    Im still not sure how the base is fragmented if they can all play the same games, just with different graphics settings

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                      April 27, 2016 7:35 PM

                      Reduced performance for newer games on the original xbone?

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                        April 27, 2016 8:16 PM

                        You're trying to argue that the games would some how have better performance while not being a better box. It doesn't affect the performance on either box. Rather one is going to be able to look and play better by having better hardware within. In the same way that the PS4 version of the Division looks and plays better than the XB1 version. Same situation is the most likely case here.

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                        April 27, 2016 9:19 PM

                        exact same performance they would have had if no newer box existed....

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                April 28, 2016 5:05 AM

                they already fragmented the market when they caved and started selling Xbones without Kinect.

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            April 27, 2016 5:33 PM

            That's not what the ps4 Neo is. No fragmentation can exist when they are compatible with each other.

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            April 28, 2016 12:43 AM

            Yes, I bet they update to almost the same hardware as the ps4k.

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        April 27, 2016 5:17 PM

        It'll be 3 years not two.

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        April 27, 2016 5:25 PM

        Yeah I think I'm done with Console gaming. They are about to go full PC.

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        April 28, 2016 7:00 AM

        It's more like how iPhones get released, then have an "s" version.

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      April 27, 2016 3:39 PM

      Thanks microshaflt

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      April 27, 2016 4:10 PM

      Hard to believe E3 is so close.

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      April 27, 2016 4:37 PM

      Wtf another controller?

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        April 27, 2016 6:20 PM

        Yeah dude bro! This one is $300 and comes with a built in chiller for Mountain Dew AND a bag holder for your Doritos. It's going to be awesome!

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        April 27, 2016 7:30 PM

        It's a TELEVISION!

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      April 27, 2016 8:32 PM

      Could it be a version of Hololense for Xbox perhaps? New Xbox hardware doesn't necessarily mean a new box, does it?

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        April 28, 2016 4:58 AM

        Hololens is a standalone system. Not meant it be plugged into anything.

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      April 28, 2016 4:55 AM

      "Microsoft is also continued to continue probing deeper [...]" maybe my english is too bad but this somehow makes no sense

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        April 28, 2016 7:00 AM

        Ha! No, that's my mistake. I wrote over 4k words yesterday, and was running on fumes by the time this story broke. Thanks for pointing out the flub!

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      April 28, 2016 7:23 AM

      Wtf! I just got an Xbone. Sonofabitch!