This could be a sign of how soon we can grab our hands on this newest console!
Microsoft's Xbox One has been a known quantity for a while now, first surfacing in leaks as a rumored update to the Xbox One before Microsoft confirmed its existence at E3 last year. Since then we've received a steady drip of info, from a breakdown of its technical specifications at Digital Foundry to the final price and name at E3 this year. What we don't know, however, is when we're actually going to be able to buy the thing. Per a Microsoft store email and a suggestion by Phil Spencer, that info is likely to come our way tomorrow at the company's Gamescom press conference at 9 PM local time in Germany. A tweet from the Verge's Tom Warren also suggests that pre-orders might be going live around the same time.
I'll be curious to see what else the company brings to the press conference. Gamescom doesn't usually see the same caliber of big reveals or teases as E3, but it is the largest gaming conference in the world, and Microsoft's last chance to get up on stage and sell this new console before beginning the final push towards launch. The company recently announced a delay for Crackdown 3, which had been serving as something like the marquee launch title. Without it, 2017 marks a serious dry spell for Microsoft exclusives, though Forza Motorsport 7 will still be coming our way as a kind of tech showcase, something the series also managed quite well for the Xbox One launch.
A recent leak also suggests that we'll be getting a special, day one, "Project Scorpio" edition, a reference to the long-standing code name by which the console was known until the reveal of the Xbox One X name at E3. The Project Scorpio edition appears to come with some special text on the controller, as well as a sort of a woven texture on the box itself. None of this, however, answers much about the snack food tie-ins, however, but just you wait. According to a leak from MSPoweruser, we're getting some especially hideous looking green Doritos, as the corn chip brand continues attempting to associate itself with as many video game properties as physically possible.
And that's where we're at ahead of the press conference. Microsoft's new console is a strange mix of the expected and the ambitious: it's the most powerful console currently available, and a beast of a machine from all early reports. However, it's positioned squarely as a premium expansion of the Xbox One line, which will limit what developers are capable of doing with all that fancy technology. Tune in tomorrow for more.