Has Microsoft just secretly announced the Xbox One Scorpio release date?

The Xbox One E3 Teaser Trailers

Using the slogan “Feel True Power,” Microsoft is teasing its E3 reveal of the next generation “Project Scorpio” Xbox in a set of videos. A Twitter user has gone through the videos frame by frame—because truly, there’s no way you’ll ever notice these things at full speed—and discovered that the videos do a bit more than merely whet our appetites for the hugely powerful new Xbox that will be out later this year.

Six is greater than four.

Six is greater than four. (credit: Microsoft)

First, a little Sony-trolling seems to be going on. A funfair scene shows the text “6 > 4” on a tent. This is presumably a reference to the compute power of Scorpio: its 6 teraflops of claimed GPU-based number crunching power is indeed greater than the 4 teraflops found in Sony hardware. Fifty percent greater, in fact.

This broken S is a console-related trademark. "S" is also the first letter of "Scorpio." These facts may be related.

This broken S is a console-related trademark. “S” is also the first letter of “Scorpio.” These facts may be related. (credit: EUIPO)

Second, and even more obscure, is a string of text in an enormous crowd scene, reading “X10S101-317.” “X10S” might be a reference to the Scorpio itself; earlier this week, a NeoGAF user found a European trademark application for a stylized S registered in the field of video game consoles and computer game software. Don’t be shocked if “S” is very likely to be part of the Scorpio branding in some way.

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