Today’s much anticipated Xbox Scorpio reveal came and went. Digital Foundry got the exclusive, and it was pretty much spec-focused. We were never going to get a look at the hardware, games or price today. That’ll come when Phil Spencer strolls onto the stage at E3 in June.
But today’s news does give us some hints on what the Scorpio might cost. First, let’s take a look at the specs and how they compare to the Xbox One and PS4 Pro.
Translation? It’s stronger than the Xbox One. Especially, on the GPU side of things. And the 12GB of RAM will go a long way in making sure Xbox One games can hit 4K.
Digital Foundry’s Rich Leadbetter watched a ForzaTech demo with everything turned on and it ran at a smooth at 4K at a smooth 60 frames per second. And the Scorpio was only using 60-70% of its resources during the demo.
Sounds great, but performance will also depend on the developer. Turn 10 and Playground Games are wizards with Xbox. Just like Naughty Dog and Guerilla Games on the PS4 side. The power is here for devs to blow us away. It’s up to them to use it right.
All this spec talk is well and good, but what about price? Concrete details on that important question aren’t being made public yet. But Leadbetter did throw out a guess based on the specs. He ballparks it around $499.
The Xbox Scorpio is a premium product. There’s no denying that. This isn’t aimed at the average consumer. Day one buyers/gadget fans are the crowd Phil Spencer and the Xbox team are tempting with this machine. Still, a $499 machine better have some outstanding games to back it up.
At the same time, Microsoft can’t leave regular Xbox One owners hanging. Yes, games on Scorpio will look better – but these same games have to perform well on Xbox One too. The Xbox team has repeatedly said that will be the case. Scorpio is meant to take advantage of all the new 4K TVs folks are buying.
What would make you buy a Xbox Scorpio?
I’m sitting here hand-wringing over the price, but let’s be honest – all it would take is badass Halo 6 footage running at 4K/60FPS.
Let’s dive a little deeper, though. These mid-generation upgrades are nice for the folks who want the latest and greatest, but something else is needed. Are pretty graphics enough to sway a good chunk of consumers to buy it? I’m on the fence about that.
VR? It’s probably coming based on the console power. But I think the Xbox team should leverage their greatest asset. The Xbox Live community.
More and more, I’ve found myself playing PC games like H1Z1, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Age of Empires and more. Games that I can’t play on Xbox. Games I can’t play with friends I’ve gamed with since the early days of the Xbox 360.
The line between Xbox and PC is blurring with first party games also coming to Windows 10. Will we finally see the two become one? Will we soon be able to play PC games on Xbox Scorpio? If Scorpio was out today and I could fire up Battlegrounds or any PC game on it without waiting on the dev to port it, I would scoop one up.
Let current Xbox One owners keep playing all the games coming to Xbox. But let Scorpio owners dive deeper into the PC side. I know this goes against having the same games available on both, but there needs to be more incentive to pick up the Scorpio.
This is probably all wishful thinking, and I don’t even know how it would work on the tech side of things.
I play Xbox for one reason. My buddies still play it. I could say it’s for the first party games, but I haven’t fired one up in months. A few of them have good enough PCs to play games, but most stick to Xbox. If I could jump on Battlegrounds (PC) and Halo 6 (Xbox) on the same machine (with my Xbox friends), I would be there day one. Blow the Windows 10 Store/Xbox Play Anywhere wide open.
Will it happen? Who knows. I would instantly buy the Scorpio if it did. E3 will come and go with enough pretty trailers to probably get me on board regardless.
What do you think? $499 or $399 for Xbox Scorpio?