Sony Will Not Release New Hardware To Counter Xbox Scorpio In 2018, Says Michael Pachter

Also predicts that the PS5 and Xbox successor may be coming within the next 2-3 years.

Posted By | On 23rd, Feb. 2017 Under News | Follow This Author @Pramath1605

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The PS4 Pro, while a rather capable machine, pales next to the allegedly monstrous specs that Microsoft is looking into packing into the Xbox One Scorpio- and with a large part of Sony’s success this generation coming from the PS4 being the most powerful system, and the best place to play mutiplatform titles, this could actually potentially serve as a threat to them.

So, is there a possibility that Sony releases a new, upgraded PS4 Pro to take on the Scorpio? That was the question that Michael Pachter was recently asked on his show, and that was the possibility that he shot down, citing the fact that the Scorpio will ultimately just be a prettier Xbox One, like the PS4 Pro is to the PS4- Sony probably doesn’t see a need to counter it as it would with an actual new console.

‘I don’t [see that happening],’ Pachter said. ‘I think Scorpio will have same rules as PS4 Pro- every game made for PS4 Pro has to be fully compatible with PS4. Similarly, every game on Scorpio will have to be backward compatible on Xbox One. So what I think that means is that games will have to run at, say, 1080p and 60fps, but can be upgraded to 4k and 240fps or whatever it will be. But the game will have both on the disc, the hardware will know what file to play, so the Xbox One or PS4 looks for the standard file, while the Pro or Scorpio will pick up the better, faster content. I think that’s what you’ll see, I don’t think that’s a problem, and I think that very few games will support Xbox One Scorpio at launch- the games that support PS4 Pro will definitely support Scorpio, and they may not even run at 4K.

‘So games will run better, but they will be backward compatible- Microsoft is not replacing the Xbox One- they are upgrading it. So no, Sony will not come up with more hardware in 2018. You may get a PS5 in 2019 or maybe 2020, and an Xbox Two in 2020, and we will continue to get new consoles every three years, and their software will be compatible with the system released right before it. I think that’s going to be the pattern.’

Is this something you necessarily agree with? I think Pachter is definitely largely on the right track this time- I do think that the Scorpio was made with the right mentality and understanding, but it comes too late in the generation to unseat the niche that the PS4 has thoroughly managed to carve for itself. Will it be successful? I am sure it will be. But I don’t see it dethroning the PS4 proper at all, which means Sony probably doesn’t see any reason to respond with new hardware of its own- for now.

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  • Michael

    Sony can afford to. Plain and simple.

    • Wei Feng

      Sony are the nice game boys

    • bewareofZ

      I know they can.

      Thing is, they don’t really need to.

  • Wei Feng

    The China will do the PS5, unwelcome the xbox products here

  • crazy_black_man-

    I think the Scorpio will ultimately disappoint the Xbox community upon release, so it won’t matter much. Whenever you want something this badly, it always disappoints, and its still a Microsoft console. There will be many of those same software issues, bugs, and problems that plague the Xbox One software now. I almost cant wait to read the reviews on it.

    • bewareofZ

      We have a saying…
      You can’t polish a turd, but you can roll it in glitter.


  • crazy_black_man-

    No need for Sony to detour from what theyre doing now. They are the console gaming market leader and that won’t change because of Scorpio.


      Or is that PS5 wasn’t able to run PS4 games and they had to back track and start all over since they knew backwards comp is a major seller?

    • LifeOnMars

      There is no need for PS5 for another 3 years, it will be 100% compatable with Std PS4 and PS4 pro.

    • JimboDeadite

      Until the Nintendo Switch comes out and beats both of them!

  • Mark

    I agree Pramath. But Pachter’s sayin nothin we dont already know? Pff

  • Mr Xrat

    Patcher’s a smart one.


    Come November Microsoft will have the most powerful video game console on the market for the next 3-4 years let that sink in

    • bewareofZ

      Unfortunately for MS, it’s too late for this gen.
      They really should have concentrated on releasing some actual games.


      Ohh yeah I’ll remember that it’s to late when i’m playing the superior versions of multiplatform games on my Xbox Scorpio

    • bewareofZ

      Devs will only do that when there is a significant install base, right now it’s not likely.

    • Luke Skywalker

      That makes no sense


      For 3 years straight Microsoft released more exclusive AAA games than Sony so now that Sony finally stepped up their game it’s all accolades praises for Sony lol

    • bewareofZ

      care to provide a list to prove your point…

    • Jeffrey Highstreet

      I personally was shocked as well that PS was selling so well because ALL they were releasing were duds. It was power that carried them. Bloodborne was the only one with good reviews until Uncharted! Xbox on the other hand released many overall decent games with lots of selection including playing ark and elite two years before PS 🙂 (early access needs more credit with Conan coming next month too) Care to give me a list that disapproves that or did you enjoy the garbage sony released the last two to three years prior to uncharted which Ive heard was underwhelming as well lol…now Zero dawn and Nioh are up my alley but dont be fool and act like they have been releasing quality in prior years on PS4.

    • bewareofZ

      Short answer is, no you can’t lol.
      Overall the PS4 has had higher rated games compared to Xbox One.
      Plus more of them.

      Still waiting for the proof…

    • Tomaterrrx

      ‘it’s too late for this gen’ That makes no sense

  • Rikarudo

    Logical. Hyped for the future of gaming. Hyped for E3. Glad I am a gamer.

  • JimboDeadite

    Sony and Microsoft are going to kill themselves, with this Releasing consoles every 2-3 years bullish!t. You would have to be insane to keep up to date with this nonsense! You are better off just buying a High End PC, which is much more powerful than both consoles! I have the Xbox One S, and it will be my last console From Microsoft. I just traded in my PS4 3 months ago, and that will be my last console I ever buy from Sony! It’s not worth buying useless consoles from either of them since most of the games come to PC!

    • Luke Skywalker

      great enjoy your PC, others will enjoy their consoles
      and I just can’t see Microsoft dying from releasing a new console every 4 years (or even 2-3 years as you put it), that thought just doesn’t make any sense. Microsoft’s business isn’t hinged on the success of their consoles….just sayin

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