Lets Talk About The Big Xbox Scorpio Reveal!

Microsoft let Digital Foundry run tests on their upcoming console and it’s as powerful as they claimed it would be… but, I’m still not getting one and here’s why. 

If I was wearing a hat I would take it off and applaud Microsoft for what they’ve accomplished with the Xbox Scorpio. It truly is the most powerful console ever created, but it will undoubtedly have the exact same problem that the Playstation 4 Pro does. How many developers will bother making a patch for games that they already released for the Scorpio?

Developers like CD Projekt Red isn’t going to bother updating The Witcher 3 for a new console. They got some heat about their decision, but they stuck by their word and I see them saying the same thing again when the Scorpio releases. How many developers are going to support 4K patches. Probably the same amount as the Pro, but if you think the Xbox Scorpio is going to have noticeably better graphics you might want to rethink that because, once again, I think developers are just going to give a PS4 pro type of upgrade to the console which would make all that extra power useless.

The only developers that I can see taking advantage of this console’s full power is Xbox exclusive (is that even a thing anymore?) developers, but if they do that brings up a pretty big question. What if you make a game so powerful that the Xbox One can’t run it? Will it be a Scorpio exclusive? The fact that Microsoft says this won’t happen means that your Scorpio won’t realize it’s full potential because the One will be holding it back.

I like the specs of the Scorpio, but I’m not completely blown away by them. I’m sure console users are very happy to have this thing coming, but I’m not. My PC can handle everything I throw at it at 75fps and I have no need for a powerful console. What I do have a need for is some good games and right now we don’t know what’s coming to the Scorpio, but since Microsoft is still doing their Windows 10 thing I have no need for it because I can just pick it up on PC whenever I want. I’ve already cleaned a spot in my room for my future PS4 Pro. Some games that I want on the Pro can’t be found on PC because Sony is smart. They have a death grip on their IPs unlike Microsoft. If you don’t own a PC I would recommend getting the PS4 Pro. Sony’s exclusives are so much better than Microsoft’s right now. Nioh, Horizon Zero Dawn, Bloodborne, and Persona 5 all look like quality purchases while Microsoft has State of Decay 2, Halo Wars 2, and Sea of Thieves. All of them are B grade games at best. State of Decay is probably a C grade game.

The games aren’t there and I don’t care how powerful your console is if you don’t have games it won’t sell. E3 hasn’t happened yet and I’m guessing Microsoft is going to announce some games there, but I’m going in with low expectations. After Scalebound got canceled I’m finding it hard to get excited for anything Microsoft announces these days.

The Xbox Scorpio will sell to the Xbox faithful. They don’t care what anyone says and they’re going to rush out and buy a Scorpio because it’s Xbox. It’ll also sell to the power hungry crowd that wants bragging rights that they have the most powerful console. To everyone else it’s going to have to convince us that this thing is worth it and right now it isn’t. The best console to own (outside of the 3DS) is the PS4 followed by the Switch. Xbox doesn’t even have a place right now.

One thing that the Scorpio does do right is increase the performance of Xbox One games. There’s enough power here to give you a butter smooth experience while you’re gaming, but it doesn’t unlock your fps. If you’re playing a game capped at 30 frames it’ll stay at 30 unless the developer releases a patch. This makes the original Xbox One even more irrelevant then it already is in my opinion.

This brings me to the 4K topic. How many gamers out there actually have 4K displays? I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t. I don’t fancy buying a new TV for over $1,000. My 1080p TV works just fine and I have no plans to upgrade to 4K and I’m sure a lot of people feel the same way I do. How many people out there can actually afford a 4K TV? Until Microsoft shows off some games that I can’t find anywhere else, but on their platform I’ll consider their new console. Since that probably won’t happen I’ll just stick to what I already have and look forward to my brand new PS4 Pro that I’ll have later this year.

As far as raw power goes Microsoft hit the nail on the head. They did exactly what they said they would do and that’s make the most powerful console ever. Everything else remains to be seen. E3 will definitely be interesting to watch this year.

What did you think of the Xbox Scorpio spec reveal? Did it impress you? Are you buying one?

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20 thoughts on “Lets Talk About The Big Xbox Scorpio Reveal!”

  1. I’ll probably be getting the new Xbox once I upgrade my display, but mostly because I’m interested in my multiplatform titles running as high performance as possible. I know that I could get similar or better performance out of a PC, but I’m not sold on the idea of being required to purchase an expensive GPU, processor, storage (preferably two separate drives), along with a display for the whole setup. It’d be not only prohibitively expensive, but also a bit of a hassle compared to just plugging in a console.

    I do understand why people prefer playing on the PC primarily, but the convenience of a console is more apparent to me. I spend the majority of my days using computer hardware and software, troubleshooting and the like. To have to do that in my free time is a little tiresome to me, and I’ve hated the times that I’ve had to spend time I could be playing a game trying to solve a compatibility issue or something of that nature.

    That said, I think the benefit of the system that Microsoft is making extends beyond the Xbox faithful and to the vast majority of gamers that just want a good piece of hardware to play pretty games on.

    Oh, and State Of Decay is a fantastic game, though it’s a little lost in the weeds amongst the horde of mediocre zombie games and dozens of iterations of Call of Duty Zombies modes.

    1. You’re definitely entitled to your opinion on State of Decay. You’ll never convince me that it’s a good game though :).

      As far as PC gaming goes it’s just as easy to set up to use on my TV as a console. My household has no consoles outside of a Wii U. Even my kids have PCs that they use on their TV to play games. I can understand your point on PCs since you work around them. I do too, but I still prefer my games on PC. I’m much more interested in the Nintendo Switch, and Playstation 4 over the Scorpio. I think you’re overestimating the Scorpio. I did state that gamers that value power over anything will be interested in the Scorpio and will buy it because it’s powerful, but I don’t think that’s going to be enough to convince people that the Xbox Scorpio is better than the PS4 Pro because it isn’t right now. I buy consoles for games not pretty graphics.
      Right now Microsoft has a lot to prove with the Xbox brand. Xbox has no exclusives of note to offer anyone outside of Halo and that’s pretty much a dead series now. The power of the Scorpio will attract a crowd, but that won’t catch Microsoft up to Sony and you’ve also got to take into account that this thing is releasing near Christmas. The PS4 Pro will be cheaper and the Switch will fly off of the shelves because of Mario Odyssey. The Scorpio has to impress a lot of people at E3 with games (not specs) if they want this thing to fly off the shelves.

      Thanks for commenting :).

    2. Would like to add that I prefer the UI of the Xbox One over the PS4 and if Microsoft would have never released all of their exclusives on PC I might still own my old X1. I used to be a huge Xbox fan, but my friend converted me to PC gaming :). With so many games releasing for the 3DS, Playstation 4, and Nintendo Switch I have no room for the Xbox Scorpio. I don’t even own a PS4 yet, but I do know what games I’m getting for it.

      1. I can understand your viewpoint on this. I used to play my PC while it was hooked up to my TV for a while (in fact, I still do that with my laptop sometimes), but I prefer playing with a KB/M setup and couch gaming has always proven a little more complicated that way. For that reason, I’m generally sitting at my desk while playing my PC.

        Nevertheless, I know that PC platforms are where the true power is, but PS (too lazy to keep typing Project Scorpio) looks like a decent middle ground. I’ve been keeping an eye on the news about it, trying to gather from multiple sources, and the specifications seem to indicated that it will outpace the performance of my laptop from 2015.

        As for the comparison to the PS4 Pro, I think Xbox’s PS will sell just as easily, if not better. In my experience talking with the general public as well as selling video games and consoles, I’ve found that the majority of gamers don’t really care much about exclusives. Having Japanese titles like Persona 5 and The Last Guardian, as well as excellent exclusives like Uncharted 4 and Horizon: Zero Dawn, is great and all but they don’t really sell all that well. The bulk of what sells on consoles is multiplatform; Call of Duty, Minecraft, Grand Theft Auto, and the like. Xbox’s PS will sell because the performance with those games will be higher, and given that the system is being designed to offer improvements even without game optimization, I think the power offering is going to tip the scales in Microsoft’s favor (for a while at least).

        But like I’ve said before, people who do not like Xbox will not buy this. PlayStation fans will steer clear of it in most cases. Folks like yourself who already have a suitable PC don’t need it. Project Scorpio appears to be for the rest of us.

        By the way, I’d love to see more on the Switch that is worth the purchase. I can see myself getting BotW at some point, but Nintendo needs to get some more onto their console asap.

      2. I think I should mention that I have a gaming laptop that I use most of the time. It’s stronger than my desktop. My wife has one, my kids have one and I love mobility because if I don’t want to sit in front of my desk I don’t have to. And a KB/M setup owns a controller in my opinion :). I only use my TV for games like Dynasty Warriors that requires a controller or if my kids want to play Sonic and Sega All Stars Racing. Most of the time I’m using a KB/M setup.
        People that I know feel the opposite that you do about the Scorpio. No one I know is interested. Most of my friends are Xbox fanboys and even they’re not interested in the Scorpio. And I think you should fact check about games not selling well. Horizon Zero Dawn released not to long ago and it’s already sold close to 3 million units. Games are proven to sell more on PS than Xbox too. The Scorpio will not fix all of Microsoft’s problems and catch up to Playstation. They’re like 25 million units behind. There’s no way that’ll happen. You also have to take into account that Xbox consoles never only sells well in America. The Playstation owns the global market.

        Nintendo… rushed the Switch out the door in my opinion. Could you imagine how much better the launch would have been if it had launched next spring? It would have launched with Zelda, Splatoon, Mario, Dragon Quest, Fire Emblem, and maybe even Xenoblade 2. That lineup would have been killer. I still love the Switch, but it was obviously rushed I’m actually trying to buy another one because I gave my Switch to my mother since she couldn’t find one.

      3. I really don’t understand why someone would want to use a controller primarily on PC games, but to each their own I suppose. KB/M just has better precision.

        As for the Xbox vs PlayStation thing, I’m under no illusions that PS is going to suddenly boost Microsoft into the lead. PlayStation owns the global market, but like you said, that has never been Xbox’s strong point. The PS4’s market penetration is just too high. I also wasn’t implying that PS4 exclusives in general sell poorly, just that they sell less than multiplatform titles. If you look at the top selling games for the PS4, you’d see that Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare was the highest selling title last year, followed by Battlefield 1 and The Division. The Last Guardian was the highest selling PS4 exclusive of December 2016, and that had lower sales than the Grand Theft Auto V remaster. Comparatively, PS4 exclusives just don’t sell as well as multiplats, and Xbox’s PS has the chance to whittle away at that market.

        Considering that, I know we both have our anecdotes about who would or wouldn’t buy the system, but it’s entirely supposition at this point. The performance of the system will be known quickly after launch due to the scrutiny that Microsoft has on it. I’m sure that if the system sells poorly, it will be widely known as soon as the information hits, just as the mediocre sales of the PS4 Pro was latched onto by Xbox fanboys. I know that if the new Xbox doesn’t perform well, it will get reamed by a large subset of the gaming community. Only time will tell though.

        As for Nintendo though, I think that they just wanted to get something onto the market to try and regain relevance. Judging by the sales performance of the Switch, it seems like they succeeded. However, I don’t think that a lack of content hurt them much. The Switches have flown off the shelves, and they had a killer app for the system. They just need to keep the fire going.

      4. KB/M doesn’t work on every PC game. Try and play a Koei game on PC with your mouse and come back here :). Koei games have no mouse support. They’re made for controller so games like Dynasty Warriors, Atelier, and Berserk won’t work if you try using just your mouse. I’m not a fan of mashing my J button to fight mobs of enemies because I don’t want to risk jamming it so I use a controller. And the only real advantage mouses have is in strategy, FPS, and aRPG games like Diablo. I prefer kb/m in every game and when I review them I always complain if it doesn’t have great kb/m controls or has a crappy PC port. And playing local co op games is great so I make sure to keep a few controllers handy.

        Nothing, but Minecraft, and Tetris has outsold GTA V lol. Nothing compares to that. It’s sold more than the entire Resident Evil franchise.

        I’ve already stated my opinion on the Xbox Scorpio so I’ll leave it at that. Microsoft will have to really amaze me at E3 if I’m going to consider getting another one of their consoles (or any Xbox console in the future) again.

        Nintendo is doing their own thing, but the lack of features on the Nintendo Switch bothers me a little. I’m still getting two more of them when they’re available again though. I’m really looking forward to just about every announced RPG coming to the console. I think it’s going to end up replacing the 3DS eventually.

      5. I suppose some games would have the controller advantage. I must not play those games on PC though. I could see a controller being better for racing and flight sim games, though I’d rather have a joystick or racing wheel for those. I don’t play fighting games or hack-and-slash titles really, so my experience with those is rather low.

        I’d say that Nintendo is going to do just fine with the Switch. It’s already sold very well, and they have a faithful fanbase. I don’t think it will replace the 3DS however, but only because of battery life.

        I apologize if I’ve been prodding you regarding the subject. It’s just interesting to me to talk to people with a different perspective (that doesn’t devolve into mudslinging). Seems like this will all be sorted soon anyway, once we actually know more about what’s going on, though I don’t think it’s going to be as game-changing as the more devout Xbox fanboys expect.

      6. No need to apologize :). I love a nice debate. We have a difference of opinion and instead of us insulting each other we’re being grownups and talking about it. Can’t tell you how many times my opinions has gotten me death threats from Final Fantasy fans :).

        You’re lucky to have the option to not play games on PC. I only have a 3DS, and PC right now. At the end of the year I’ll have a PS4 Pro, and Nintendo Switch.

        The Nintendo Switch has a better battery than the 3DS and it only makes sense that it would eventually replace the 3DS. I hope it does because the 3DS is really old and games aren’t improving on that device anymore. I still love my 3DS, but I think it’s time to move on.

        The Scorpio isn’t going to be a game changer, but it doesn’t really need to be. Xbox fans will buy this console and that’s going to be enough for Microsoft. If this thing does manage to sell like crazy I’ll eat my words and write about how wrong I was :).

      7. That’s something that makes me appreciate WordPress as a platform for us gaming bloggers. It seems that the majority of folks that I’ve met on here are able to discuss things without resorting to the typical forum/social media behaviors.

        I will say, that despite my bias towards Xbox (I’ll freely admit it), I’m glad that I own a PS4. There aren’t many games on there that I feel are must-own titles, but Horizon: Zero Dawn made it worth it, even though No Man’s Sky soured my satisfaction a little. A PS4 Pro wouldn’t be a bad investment in your case, and neither would a Switch. I can see myself getting a Switch as well in a couple years, once there’s more on there to justify the purchase.

        Of course, I do want to build a gaming PC at some point still, but mostly for the PC only titles and strategy games.

      8. I’ve met some great people here. I love how we can all have a nice debate without worrying about someone taking something the wrong way or a random troll (I get those from time to time) insulting me on something that they don’t agree.

        There’s nothing wrong with you being bias towards the Xbox. I used to be too :). I think the only must own title on the PS4 is Bloodborne, but that’s because I really love the Souls series. I do want to try most of the PS exclusives. Horizon, Persona, Nier, etc.

        I also need some Madden in my life because EA refuse to port the games to PC :(.

      9. If you love the Souls series, you’ll love Bloodborne. It’d just be nice to see a Pro patch for it. It never really grew on me, but maybe I just need to try it again.

        I don’t really get trolls, yet. However, I did set up some rules for my site, so I’m ready to pounce when the stuff hits the fan.

        They don’t put Madden on PC? Seriously? I mean, I wouldn’t expect it to be good on PC anyway. PC ports of sports games seem to be garbage most of the time.

  2. I probably should add that I like all gaming platforms – and that I will get a PS4 Pro when we have a closer launch date for The Last of Us 2. I loved the first one and can’t wait to play the sequel.

    1. I never got into The Last of Us. I played it when it first released on PS3 and moved on. It was good, but highly overrated in my opinion :).

      My main reason for getting a PS4 is for Bloodborne, Persona, and Nioh. Don’t care much for God of War, Uncharted, or The Last of Us 2.

  3. I know I’m biased but I’ll be definitely getting one. I have loved the Xbox consoles since the original.

    I do see your point about patching older games – if that doesn’t happen (like a lot of 3rd party publishers) it will be disappointing but I’m still hopeful Scorpio will possibly be able to do AA for 1080p Xbox One games anyway. We’ll find out.

    I also don’t have a powerful PC – so it definitely makes sense for me to buy this. 🙂

    1. I used to be like you with Xbox :). I would rather 3rd party publishers focus on new games over updating their old ones for new hardware. Not having a good PC is a good reason to buy this, but I could counter that because you could always use that Scorpio money to build a good PC.

  4. I don’t own a fancy TV (still rocking 1080p) and I’ve fallen out of love with Xbox’s brand of exclusives over the years. I’m also not made of money or free time. Having just purchased a Switch, I’m buried under my ever-growing backlog and I’m far more invested in Nintendo’s and PlayStation’s exclusives than Xbox. Even with the extra power, I don’t see it being a worthwhile investment for me just to play cross-platform stuff on a beefier console. I’m content with what I have. If I can upgrade my PC for the cost of the Scorpio, I’d get far more use out of my PC (where most Xbox exclusives seem to go anyway). Xbox fans will flock to it and that’s fine. I hope it’s everything they want out of a console. But I’m fine without it.

    1. 1080p is still fancy to me :). I grew up on box TVs and didn’t get my first high definition TV until I met my wife. I was 21 then :). I agree everything you posted. My backlog is huge and it’s only going to get bigger since I’m going to own every platform except the Xbox. I’m buying Persona 5, Bloodborne, and Nioh when I get my pro. Later on I’ll buy Horizon. I’m buying the next Fire Emblem game next month on the 3DS, and I know my Switch is going to see a lot of attention this year too. I’m busy enough as it is to focus on the Scorpio, but at least Xbox owners have something to look forward to :).

      1. And at least your PC seems beefy enough to run the Xbox exclusives that seem to also make their way to PC.

        Those are some great choices for PS4 exclusives. Also recommend Ratchet & Clank, Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir, and Dragon Quest Builders.

      2. My PC can handle anything :). The only thing I hate about the Xbox exclusives on PC is their download sizes. Why is Gears of War 4 over 100GB to download?

        I’ll definitely look up those games you mentioned.

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