Xbox rumors abound heading into E3, Xbox Mini, streaming devices, and more

Arif Bacchus

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With E3 2016 just a few weeks away, Xbox One rumors are floating around now than more over. Brad Sams, though, went live on his Sams Report podcast this morning and cited a “pile of documents” that has allegedly revealed some more new information about what to expect from Microsoft at E3.

Sams has been reliable with Xbox news in the past, for example regarding the existence of an Xbox One Elite controller. While his information is not official, this might be as close to a real announcement as we’re likely to see prior to E3. Nevertheless, take everything here with the obligatory massive nugget of salt.

Sams believes that Microsoft has plans for releasing more than one new piece of hardware at E3 2016. He also believes that Microsoft is planning to release two new streaming devices, a compact device about the size of a Chromecast and another one that is somewhat larger.  In terms of pricing, he thinks the larger device may be $175-150 dollars, and believes that it may be able to run apps and play games. The smaller one, meanwhile, will be priced at around $100.

In terms of the Xbox One, Sams reports that a new Xbox One will also be released. This new Xbox One, he claims, will allow for 4K video playback but not 4K gaming. Additionally, according to Sams, the long-rumored Xbox Mini is also real.

More generally, Sams reports that Microsoft will look at the Xbox as a platform moving forward rather than simply a gaming console. New hardware infrastructure for the Xbox One, built-in virtual reality, and a long-rumored new Xbox One standard controller wrap up Sams Xbox rumors roundabout.

No matter what, E3 is looking to be an exciting event for Microsoft and Xbox this year. Let us know in the comments what you think about these or any other rumors.