Microsoft Made The Xbox One Scorpio Because That Is ‘What Customers Expect’

The smartphone market had more of an influence in the inception of the Scorpio than you would think.

Posted By | On 13th, Jul. 2016 Under News | Follow This Author @Pramath1605


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The Xbox One Scorpio is a concept that could very well rewrite the entire playbook for consoles, shifting the paradigm beyond discrete hardware generations. It’s an interesting notion, allowing an upgrade to existing hardware on the market, all while maintaining compatibility. But what prompted Microsoft to look into something like this in the first place?

Common wisdom has been that the failure of the Xbox One made Microsoft want to move on from this generation as soon as possible, without alienating the millions of people who had invested money into an Xbox One already. However, speaking to The Guardian, Microsoft engineer Mike Ybarra said that the reason Microsoft made the Scorpio was because customers ‘expect’ something like it at this point.

“In the phone market, people are more used to upgrading fast and wanting the latest of everything,” he said. “But with phones, your new apps had better work on that phone and the next one. According to what they’re telling us, the consumer expectation is: games and apps had better work even if I upgrade.

“We’re looking at the console business and asking how do we provide that choice to users? It resonates with them because other devices are doing that.”

He also noted that maintaining compatibility – something that has traditionally been a sticking point in console generation transitions for everyone not named Nintendo – was something that Microsoft prioritized with the Scorpio.

“Compatibility has always been the thing that makes console generations define themselves: when you leave one and got to the next, you give up your games, you usually give up the hardware or throw it in a closet–that’s what we want to remove,” Ybarra explained. “We’re focusing more on how do we deliver gaming in a boundless way to our players. We announced three platforms–today’s Xbox One, Xbox One S, and Scorpio. We’re giving gamers the choice to say, ‘I want to invest in these particular games and this particular hardware, and I want those to work going forward, I don’t want to have to worry about giving that up.'”

This is all good, and it is something I have been saying ever since the very idea of iterative consoles was first floated near the beginning of this year. It is good to see that the people in charge of steering the future of this industry also agree with me there. The Xbox One Scorpio is due out in Holiday 2017.


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  • Troy Marcel

    just a pity it didn’t start out like this, you learn from your mistakes.

    • Mark

      Scorpio’s lookin like the DreamCast 2! So much power with great games!

  • Mr Xrat

    No exclusives is what customers expect? Fascinating.

    • efnet

      You still mad bro? Lol

    • jp

      the same no exclusives argument because they are coming to PC? thats dumb you cant play it on your PS4 thats the whole point, are you retarded?

    • J.j. Barrington

      You don’t buy consoles for games you can play elsewhere. That’s kind of the bottom line.

    • jp

      I dont like playing PC and I dont like PS4 games, whats your point? im not the only one that feels like this and not everybody will jump into the PS4 bandwagon m8.

    • J.j. Barrington

      You’re arguing against your own point.

      Maybe I misspoke a bit, though. MOST people don’t buy a console to play games that can be played elsewhere. Since you admit you don’t have a PS4, and therefore don’t play the games, how do you know if you like them?

      That’s easy: you don’t like them because they’re not on your console of choice.

    • Evil_Annie_2015

      So, can you play xbox console exclusives on your PS4 now? 🙂

    • J.j. Barrington

      Goodbye, Annie.

    • cweb1988

      Exclusives are lame. Ideally all games should work across the board. That’s good for gamers and developers. Exclusives are ONLY good for Microsoft and Sony. Not for gamers…

    • BelAirBoss

      Your rationale is a bit flawed, in my opinion. Without exclusives, there would be no differentiation between the manufacturers, and no innovation. If everyone were to drive the same car, or have the same insurance, or insert whatever business model you want here, you would be stuck with whatever the most dominant manufacturer is willing to give you. The reason free market economics works is that the customer decides where and how to spend their money, and the different choices available to them drives the marketplace and decisions made in it.

      If Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo all had the exact same games, what would be the benefit of differentiated consoles? They would all play the same thing, and there would be zero reason to buy one over the other. Which means there would end up being only one of them sticking it out for the long haul, and that company could charge whatever they want for their hardware and games, with no competition to offer a better, less expensive option. It would be a monopoly….and monopolies don’t work so well for consumers. Never have.

      So exclusives as you say, are actually good for gamers, because without them the entire landscape would change and in the end it would end up much worse for all of us.

    • NimbleNavi

      @belair

      It’s your analogy that is flawed considering gamers don’t play hardware. So it doesn’t make sense that Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo would be creating the same games on the same hardware since hardware would only be a necessity.

      In fact the only thing that keeps console manufactures creating the same game without taking risk on new ideas are the consoles themselves and the “innovations” you claim consoles provide when in fact those innovations are only “console” innovations PC has had. Nintendo is only limited to the type of games it creates, same for Microsoft with it’s network or Sony with attempting to push console graphics, which is nothing significant.

      So in a way console have been evolving more into PCs, specifically a HTPC and why we see the direction Microsoft is going considering the new innovations in it’s OS/APIs which aren’t console exclusive. So if there weren’t a worry about exclusives on hardware I think we’d see more progressive push on new projects from these major corporations and accellerated innovations long ago with gameplay and AI. I think this the generation that will define that, moreso with Microsoft than Sony.

    • cweb1988

      exactly.

    • Mr Xrat

      Sounds like something someone would say when they’ve lost their exclusives and are trying to rationalize it.

    • cweb1988

      Nope. That’s actually exactly why I like the way Microsoft is going.

      Games available to more people on more systems.

      Anyone who’s against that is just…….I don’t even know…..completely wrapped up in this stupid console war garbage?

    • jp

      its because if PS4 did the same thatd be a loss for them whereas for MS its only bening for business, this means more exclusives in the future for MS.

    • Evil_Annie_2015

      How does Halo 5 perform on your PS4?

  • Barry Harden

    NO. They announced Project Scorpio early because they had no answer for this year’s PS4 Neo.

    Why do you think Micro$oft had no working demo or prototype?
    Why do you think the word “Project” was used?

    Everything was and still is on paper. The game developers still have no working dev unit and these are the ones that need to get their hands on the units months before any formal announcement.

    Let’s face it. Project Scorpio is coming near the end of 2017. That’s being optimistic.

    • jp

      and those exclusives shown at E3 for the PS4 are coming 2020, whats your point?

    • angh

      I think you wrote ‘2016’ wrong.

    • Orion Wolf
    • J.j. Barrington

      I think a few games are missing.

    • BelAirBoss

      You must be missing the fact that every single year the ps4 is putting out more exclusives throughout the year than either Microsoft or Nintendo. The truth is killing you.

    • NimbleNavi

      Does it really mattter it’s more exclusives? If anything majority gamers won’t play those games. They’re basically indies and jrpgs. Let’s be real we want to see new innovative IPs not some sidescroller indie, not that I have anything against but to make a bold claim of that just shows desperation.

    • BelAirBoss

      You’re spinning faster than a pulsar…it should be noted that many highly rated games are indies, and Inside is the most highly rated game “exclusive” available for xbox 1. It just so happens that Sony does indies, first party AAA, and jrpg’s well. Sorry if the truth is hurting you.

    • Evil_Annie_2015

      What exclusives? Please list them..hehe

    • BelAirBoss

      If you don’t have the requisite intellect to do a simple google search, I’m certainly not going to enable your ignorance. Good luck with that.

    • Evil_Annie_2015

      Because you are afraid to look ridiculous coming up with Indies in your list?

    • BelAirBoss

      Tiny minds make tiny comments. Be bigger.

    • Evil_Annie_2015

      Your comment is that ps4 puts up more exclusives, but you fail to list them in terms of what matters…BUDGET! For example, Shenmue 3 may end up being a PS exclusive at the cost of begging for money, but it does not compare to Uncharted 4 when it comes to a direct investment from Sony.

      You can claim whatever you want, but it looks like you are the one making tiny comments since you are shy to share the ‘wonderful’ list of PS exclusives that you claim Sony puts out throughout the year. 🙂

      My theory is that your list will be full of CHEAP INDIES, am I wrong? 🙂

    • BelAirBoss

      I reiterate, for the tiny minded…
      If you don’t have the requisite intellect to do a simple google search, I’m certainly not going to enable your ignorance. Good luck with that.

    • Evil_Annie_2015

      So basically you are now saying that your claim is FALSE..:)

    • BelAirBoss

      I really don’t concern myself with the thoughts of tiny minds. Good luck with that.

    • Evil_Annie_2015

      Just remember, tiny minds make FALSE claims….:)

    • BelAirBoss

      Yup, she/he is done here. LOL.

    • J.j. Barrington

      But the exclusives NOT at E3 are coming out this year.

      I guess, not having a PS4, you forgot all about those.

    • jp

      no I dont forget I have friends with PS4s, i know whats coming but not even them are hyped for that over hyped crap Sony like to make, The Last Guardian? its over inflated for the only reason that has been shown in E3 for 5 years in a row, you PS4 owners are desperate for new games, and you only have two major ones coming this winter, next year? Horizon, other than that the PS4 is for playing Uncharted 4, Bloodborne or multi platform games, Ill get a PS4 in 2020.

    • J.j. Barrington

      ” not even them are hyped for that over hyped crap Sony like to make”

      I’d like you to take a moment and think about just how screwed up, opinionated, and silly this line is. Massive grammatical issues, hyperbole, and subjective opinion passed off as fact.

      “The Last Guardian? its over inflated for the only reason that has been shown in E3 for 5 years in a row”

      Prior to last year, the game had been wholly absent for years. The last time we saw it, I was still working at GameStop. That means it’s been about five years SINCE we last saw it at E3. Good try with the lie, though.

      “you PS4 owners are desperate for new games, and you only have two major ones coming this winter, next year?”

      Not really. But seeing as you don’t know any of the games already out or soon to release, it’s not surprising you’d think this.

      ” Horizon, other than that the PS4 is for playing Uncharted 4, Bloodborne or multi platform games”

      There are at least six rpgs alone that released this year ONLY on PS4 that I haven’t even gotten the chance to pick up yet. About five in action/adventure(still haven’t even gotten Uncharted yet). I’m at least getting BlazBlue and Tekken, GT Sport will be mine. I want Overwatch and Doom, with Battlefield and Call of Duty(I’m surprised, too) to come. I own Tales(Zestiria), DriveClub, inFamous, Omega Quintet, Until Dawn, Secret Ponchos, Apotheon, Bro Force, Guilty Gear, N++, Switch Galaxy Ultra, Entwined, Resogun, The Unfinished Swan, The Order, and at least a half dozen others.

      Pretty certain I left out the multiplats.

      “Ill get a PS4 in 2020”

      No, you won’t.

    • Barry Harden

      your point is speculative. PS4 still has more exclusives. No Man’s Land is coming out so enjoy that while you get to play ….. yeah that’s right no one really remembers what XBone’s next exclusive title is about.

    • jp

      fact? PS4 has one exclusive coming this winter, Xbox and W10? at least 5, remove the blindfold kid. Dead Rising, Halo Wars 2, Recore, Gears Of War 4, Forza Horizon 3, you look dumb now.

  • cweb1988

    Yep. It’s good stuff.

  • Evil_Annie_2015

    I believe that Phil Spencer really wanted to give the xbox community something to enjoy. Sony was comfortable with the PS4 “0.5 TFLOP” advantage over the XB1, so Spencer decided that project Scorpio would be 2 TFLOPs above the Neo, and now Sony fanboys will have to deal with the “LESS POWERFUL” console for the next few years..:)

    Personally, I do not care for resolutions, but Sony pushed its fanboys to this so let them deal with it…hehe…all of a sudden it is about games, not resolution…yet, Sony’s announced exclusives will not see the light until maybe in 8 years, just like the Last Guardian..hehe


 

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