Xbox has a pretty great track record for pushing the boundaries. Over the last couple of console generations, each of the three leaders have shown strength in a different area. While Nintendo is known for pushing the envelope when it comes to gameplay, Sony have been pushing the limit of hardware. Microsoft, while no slouch in the hardware, have always had the strength of their software. Not surprising, given the history of the company.
With their newest console, still codenamed Xbox Scorpio, it looks like Microsoft might be making a push to become the go-to for powerful software and hardware. Here is a list of the things any gamer should know about the upcoming Xbox Scorpio.
6 TeraflopsWhat does that mean?
Weve all heard that the Scorpio will be the most powerful console ever made. The 6 Tflop value has been touted as the graphical output of this new system, which should, in theory, blow even the new PS4 Pro out of the water. The PS4 Pro hits 4.2 teraflops.
High-end PCs will hit around 9 tflops, but keep in mind that consoles are generally able to do more with less. For this reason, many gamers are expecting close to PC levels of performance out of the Xbox Scorpio. Game-changing.
Next Generation Xbox, But Still the Same
Microsoft have said this for a while, but it looks like were finally at the point where there is no clear delineation between the new console generation and the last. This point is inevitable as graphical capability and power hita plateau. After all, once you can create an image that looks lifelike, where else is there to go?
Microsoft stated that all future games will be playable on the Xbox One as well as the Scorpio. This is analogous to the way PC gaming works. A low-end rig will still play new games, but it will just do so at a lower graphical level. The Scorpio will play the same games, just at a higher level.
This is good news for console gamers as you wont be left behind until youre able to save up enough for the newest system. And any games you bought will carry forward.
This has to be what Microsoft had in mind when they unveiled the Xbox One with such a large focus on online and digital content: they knew this future was not far off.
An Upgradeable Console
It very much seems like this could be the end of console generations. However, this doesnt mean that consoles wont still change over time. Its likely (and this is still conjecture) that consoles will take a page from PCs and be upgradeable. This is already the case with some components like hard drives, but whats to stop Microsoft from creating a console with an upgradeable video card? Or more RAM?
Or perhaps the upgrade cycle will just get shorter with MS upgrading the Scorpio constantly. Theres no more worry of leaving a gaming audience behind, so each year might bring a new, slightly upgraded Xbox.
Either way, we wont be waiting five, six, or seven years between getting the newest tech in our consoles.
Devs are Already Working With it
New hardware is only as good as the games that are optimized to run on it. Lets face it, the excitement of a new console runs out pretty quickly if there are no games that show off all this new power.
Fear not, however, as it looks like game devs have been hard at work, and they have been for some time. All the way back in August, Phil Spencer tweeted this:
While an exact release date hasnt been announced, Microsoft have said that the new console will be available before the 2017 holiday season. Historically, new Xboxes have come out in November, but Microsoft may choose to release it at any time since its not really a new generation and doesnt need to coincide with release dates of any upcoming games.
Expect big things from Microsoft at E3 in Junetheres little doubt that Microsofts announcements will be the showstopper that everyone will be talking about.