Gamers who’ve been drooling over the prospects of Microsoft’s next console, codenamed Project Scorpio, may not have to wait much longer. According to multiple sites, Digital Foundry, the benchmarking arm of the popular website Eurogamer, is said to be detailing the systems hardware this coming Thursday at 2PM UK time, 9AM ET and 6AM PT. It’s also said that we’ll see Forza 7 demoed on the system as well. Early reports are that it’s gorgeous, but then again, when has a racing title from Microsoft, Sony or Codemasters for that matter, not been gorgeous at launch?
While this all sounds exciting, it makes me wonder what’s the point of showing off this hardware this early, when we are still a few months away from E3 and we know that Microsoft still has an update pending for the Scorpio, which is supposed to be called the Xbox One X, that will bring it to full power (ie 4K gaming and 60FPS), but that’s not slated until June. I can’t say for sure, but it doesn’t feel like this is right, like this isn’t something Microsoft has approved. I may be entirely wrong here, but why show off hardware that is clearly not finished or at its final power, months before your official unveiling and WHY would Microsoft allow another company/website the honors of showing off their hardware before they do? This feels bad to me. Like when Microsoft was going to ban used games on the One, they spoke to early and spooked their customers. Now we’re going to get a preview of this supposed beast, that won’t be showing off anything in 4K. Unless Microsoft is in on this and they gave Digital Foundry the update that’s due in June, before any of the developers, which seems unlikely, this could backfire, again, assuming that Microsoft is involved in this demo.
Either way, it should be interesting to see what Digital Foundry comes up with and what they can show off without being sued, assuming this is not approved by the folks in Redmond.
In other news, Windows Central is claiming that Microsoft or DF is going to demo the Scorpio/Xbox One X with some heavy hitters. While I previously mentioned Forza 7, it appears two other Xbox exclusives, Crackdown 3 and State of Decay 2, may be shown (or may not). As for other titles that Microsoft is priming for the One X release, we’re hearing third party titles like, Red Dead 2, Star Wars Battlefront 2, Call of Duty 2017, Madden ’18 and FIFA ’18. While the third party titles are already a given on PS4 as well, they should be on the PS4 Pro, also in 4K. Surely Microsoft’s new toy will have a processing edge, but considering these games are already a few years old (in development terms) and both systems can output 4K, I’m going to bet they will be pretty comparable. It’s going to be the 1st party titles that really need to shine and prove this console is worth buying, especially if it comes with that premium price tag Phil Spencer has been teasing.
Source: Windows Central