First came Xbox One:S, with the upgrade that added new features that were liked by most gamers but not really enough to buy a new console. Now there is Project Scorpio, the future of Microsoft’s console. Vision, lack of boundaries and developer feedback makes this look like something we may actually open our wallets for. The release date is holiday 2017.
4k is the new buzz word, with no HD and 3D becoming a thing of the pas, 4k gaming is bringing gamers closer to the action. This is to do with the resolution a game can be played at. However, many TVs are being released which are all 4k and designed for gamers, but also movie watchers that want the home cinema feel. Right now you are probably playing a console ,at best, playing at 1080p resolution. Now the possibilities are triple or better, and at 60HZ, allowing for more comfortable gaming.
Scorpio was called a ‘monster’ in the trailer and here’s why; 8 CPU cores, 320GB per second of memory bandwidth and 6 Teraflops of GPU power. Looking at those seems huge in capacity and the showcase the possibilities of how good, graphically, it could be. It has been suggested that the new Sony console may only be 4 Teraflops of GPU power, but that it currently only a rumour.
The reason for the change in performance is the drive towards Virtual Reality (VR) and making sure the console is ready to be compatible with the headsets that are in the market. This is a game changer for Microsoft, and the early release tells the market what their intentions are in regards to VR and 4K gaming.
A word I didn’t think I would hear in reference to the console is ‘family’. That everyone in the family will be connected to those playing Xbox One, and will still be able to play the same console and with players on Scorpio. Scorpio is an addition, not an upgrade, making it feasible for gamers to own, as the people geared towards VR and 4k gaming can purchase Scorpio, where others can experience the same games on the old Xbox One.
With a tagline of ‘the most powerful console ever’ this will have a lot to live up to. It seems Microsoft feel they have been behind in the market, losing out to the PS4 , so they had to go one better to get back old fans and win themselves new ones. The fact that this is an addition to the family of Xbox, rather than a replacement of an old console, helps to include all fans. However, the real key will be whether they have made the right gamble with VR and 4k gaming.