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Ahead of E3, Microsoft files gaming-related trademark for ‘Direct Reality’

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We are still a couple days away from the Electronic Entertainment Expo, commonly known as E3 and Microsoft has already started dropping hints prior to its official launch event on June 11. Redmond has today filed a trademark application for something related to gaming known as Direct Reality.

According to the documentation, which was filed just two days ago, Direct Reality has references to computer gaming software and software for holographic applications, which fits perfectly with Microsoft’s long-running HoloLens initiative and other augmented reality efforts. It was first spotted by the folks over at Gamespot.

There is currently no info about what Direct Reality could possibly point towards — whether it is related to the HoloLens or not. The trademark interestingly mentions online computer game software including holographic applications, which may point towards any Xbox One Scorpio game titles being announced at E3. The timing is highly suspicious and we’ve contacted Microsoft’s Xbox team to gather more info about the said trademark.

While Redmond had previously stated that it won’t talk about its virtual reality efforts at its E3 event, Direct Reality seems to have a relation to both VR and gaming. We may not know what the said term points towards, we already know that Microsoft will take the wraps off its upcoming console — Xbox One Scorpio — at the company’s E3 event.

Redmond has already released developer kits and communicated some of the finer points about the device. The Xbox One Scorpio will be close to 4.5 times more powerful than Xbox One, which is its predecessor. With 6 Teraflops of processing power, it will also be around 1.4 times more powerful than Sony’s PlayStation 4 Pro.

It will pack within an eight-core processing unit clocked at 2.3GHz, coupled with 4GB RAM reserved for the operating system and the remaining 8GB RAM will handle the gaming requirements. It has worked with TSMC to pack 40 customized Radeon compute units in the device to offer 4K game play at 60 frames per second. This chip is capable of running at a staggering 1172 MHz.

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