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?