Lack Of Exclusives May Not Necessarily Hurt Xbox Scorpio, Says Mothergunship Developer

‘The “parity game” isn’t something new.’

Posted By | On 08th, Apr. 2017 Under News | Follow This Author @Pramath1605

The Xbox One Scorpio will be an incredibly powerful console– but ultimately, it is still a part of the existing Xbox One ecosystem, and it will be tied inextricably to the base Xbox One console. This is reflected in everything about the Scorpio’s design, and in the fact that it will have no exclusives- all of its games must run on the base Xbox One, too?

Given this, does the Scorpio actually stand a chance of appealing to a market the original Xbox One already failed to appeal to, much? Will the lack of exclusives end up hurting the system? When we got the chance to talk to Jakub Mikyska of grip-digital, the folks behind Mothergunship, we asked him if he thought the lack of exclusives may hurt the system’s chances on the market.

“Exclusives always help sell systems, that’s true,” Mikyska mused. “Microsoft knows that, but I’m sure they also have calculated the cost/benefits of this release extensively. The “parity game” isn’t a new one though. Between opposing consoles there are often requirements that games have certain parity—original Xbox developers had to reconcile their gameplay with that on the PS2, PS3 and the 360 had their differences, PS4 and XB1 do as well. The fact that this is intra-brand and mid generation doesn’t mean it isn’t something developers aren’t used to. Additionally, engines allow for a lot more scalability these days, making the logistics of this branching slightly less painful.”

Microsoft’s unique UWP scalability means that developing for the Scorpio should be rather easy and trivial for the developers in the end, especially given the massive gains in performance and graphics that they will see. Still, I imagine that if Scorpio had some exclusive games of its own, Microsoft may have sold more of it than they will now, where it is just a higher priced Xbox for those who own a 4KTV.

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  • Sp4ctr0

    Microsoft’s unique UWP scalability means that developing for the Scorpio should be rather easy and trivial for the developers in the end”

    It will be like on PC. All PC games must work on every graphics card. Each game works on 1.35 TFLOPS GeForce 750TI and much faster 6.0 TFLOPS GeForce 1070. Of course games have more details and run a little better on GTX 1070 than GTX 750. But all games work on every GPU

    GeForce 750Ti – 1.35 TFLOPS
    GeForce 1070 – 6.0 TFLOPS

    Xbox One – 1.35 TFLOPS
    Xbox Scorpio – 6.0 TFLOPS

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    • Mr Xrat

      Keep telling yourself that about your underwhelming upgrade.

  • crazy_black_man-
    • kma99
    • Dougdec92

      Hey bro, walking with a swag nowadays ain’t you?, happy for you bro, your analgesic, sorry Scorpio is in.

    • kma99

      Hey bro did u see me bragging about scorpio before the announcement? Of coursr u didnt because i don’t fanboy it up like u did with the ps pro announcement.

    • Dougdec92

      Lol, hey bro, the pro had its moment and it will have till the Scorpio releases and has been scrutinised in real world terms, I rooted for my console of choice, you bickered with me over yours, that makes you a neutral pope right?

    • kma99

      Why would i feel the need to root for a console. I bickered with you simply for the sake of doing so, not for anything to do with whay console is better.

    • Dougdec92

      Ohk bro, but I did enjoy it though man.

    • Michael

      Pony Scorpio got ’em scared.

    • MiamiBeachMedMan

      You must be joking. Jaguar cpu and no different than the Pro, except one year advancement on tech. Hardly a revolution. Oh, and it doesn’t have the benefit of Sony’s stellar 1st party studios and exclusives. My pc (which busts your Scorpio’s A$$$$$$ right now), ps4 pro, and Switch are laughing their collective a$$$$$es off at you right now. Typical.

    • Luke Skywalker

      weird. why are you so hostile to someone who (as it seems) weren’t being hostile to you in any way. I mean, are you a pony?
      anyway, a lot of people these days have been saying they have a great PC when in reality all they have is a sleazy laptop.
      sony stellar 1st party? lol remember that gaming is a preference. some people like games with multiplayer other like to sit by themselves and play by themselves.
      enjoy your gaming where ever you game.

    • MiamiBeachMedMan

      This bozo says “remember that gaming is a preference”

      I say “remember that ps4 exclusives have stunned the press and the public with numerous exclusives rated 90 and higher this year, with nary a whiff of any single 90 + game from Microsoft, with none on the horizon”.

      I win. Bigly.

    • crazy_black_man-

      Down goes Frazier! Down goes Frazier!

    • MiamiBeachMedMan

      LOL. I think you mean Frasier, the limp diiiiiiiiick, bald headed, sexually frustrated weirdo from Cheers and his own show. No way this guy qualifies to Joe comparison.

    • crazy_black_man-
    • PinkCrocodile75

      What did you win? Did you win a telly or an xbox or a playstation?

      No, you think you won the argument. You didn’t, you did win “blinkered idiot of the year” however. I’ll post it to you, it’s very thin mind.

    • Luke Skywalker

      lamooo and what was it that you won exactly?

      and why don’t you tell us all which game sony released that is rated 90 and above this year?
      the last time I noticed, sony released 1 first party and Microsoft also released 1 first party.
      halo wars 2: 81, horizon zero dawn: 89.

      anyway, it is 100% fact that gaming is a preference. and a game you like is one that I might not like. you might like single player and I multiplayer, you might like jrpg and I don’t.

      don’t act as if ratings is the be all end all, because there’s been lots of games that were rated with low scores that were actually really good games.
      anyway, Microsoft has a number of games coming this year and i’m looking forward to a couple of them and some 3rd parties too.

      and one more thing: I believe that I have a pretty good command of the English language, granted it’s not my first. it would be better to correct someone in their mistake than to berate them. anyway, have a good day

    • crazy_black_man-

      “you might like single player and I multiplayer”

      Bad example. You might like multiplayer only because you have no other choice with the Xbox brand, since Xbox Live subscriptions is all they care about, hence why they’ve built a new closed pc that will release in November, and they’re calling it a console simply because it will come with a game controller, and play old Xbox 360 games. They didnt need to do this at all. They could have just patched current pcs to play old Xbox 360 games. Premium console my a ss. Get ready for your $700 Scorpio pc that plays old 360 games, and has no new exclusive games to play. Dont you already have a PC that does way more? You Xbox guys are damn fools.

    • crazy_black_man-

      As matter of fact the difference between Scorpio and a similar spec PC is only one charges for Xbox Live and plays 3rd party console games. Is that worth the added premium cost of Scorpio? I think not.

    • Omar

      I agree with u on the exclusives problem but I don’t agree with u on price and spec comparison to a similar PC. I’m not into insulting people for their opinion so I’ll try to avoid that. Just remember that PC gamers have been saying console gamers can’t even run the same games for years, so much so that there was an achievement on Crysis on X360 that said “Can it run Crysis?” And while the quality was far from what u got on PC, that gap has been closing and that’s for a reason. Because focusing on a closed environment, very close the the metal has allowed devs to pull off things previously thought not possible.

      I think that comparing similar specs and saying they’ll result in the same quality doesn’t account for this huge performance advantage a console has to a PC with equivalent parts. Devs don’t focus that intently for PC because there are too many configurations to accommodate. I agree with u 100% on the lack of exclusives though. Not because Xbox has none (they do, Windows 10 doesn’t count as making them not exclusive) but because they don’t have similar quality to PS. That’s all.

    • crazy_black_man-

      Basically I’m not expecting to see anything we haven’t seen before on a powerful gaming pc. I appreciate your feedback. Thank you sir.

  • Hvd

    why does gaming get thes 2 bit no name devs to speak about something they have no clue about?

    • Eddie Battikha

      U hit it exactly on point.

  • Gamez Rule

    “Lack Of Exclusives May Not Necessarily Hurt Xbox Scorpio”

    I see it as …

    “Lack Of Exclusives Have Already Hurt Xbox One”

  • smokez4dayz

    Exclusives are one big excuse. Top games Overwatch Battlefield COD Destiny NBA2K, all multiplats will look better on Scorpio. 4K game dvr, 4K blu ray. Easy to port. Higher resolution. Backwards compatibility. Beast of a machine..cant wait

  • Mr Xrat

    It won’t at first, Xgimps will hoover up the Shitpio at launch. Post-holidays it’ll settle back to its pathetic funk and get dominated by the PS4 and the Switch.


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