Xbox One Scorpio Won’t Have Any Exclusives, Phil Spencer Reiterates

The Xbox head clarifies the situation once and for all.

Posted By | On 15th, Jun. 2016 Under News | Follow This Author @Pramath1605

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There’s been a fair bit of confusion regarding whether or not the Xbox One Scorpio, Microsoft’s major spec bump for the Xbox One that is launching late next year, will get any exclusive games or not. Some people within Microsoft are ruling out the possibility, while others say that the choice will be left to developers.

However, in an interview, Xbox head Phil Spencer has set the record straight once and for all- there will be no Xbox One Scorpio exclusives. You all can stop freaking out now

“For you and I, we usually think about generations in terms of what games will it play?” Spencer told Eurogamer. “This thing will play Ryse: Son of Rome, a launch game for your Xbox One. And we’ll have launch Scorpio games as well that are playable on an Xbox One, Xbox One S and Scorpio and look great on all three of them,” he concluded, adding very definitively and explicitly that the Xbox One Scorpio will not have any exclusives whatsoever. “There won’t be Scorpio exclusive console games. Absolutely not.

“When you’re buying a console game from us, you know that console game will run on your original Xbox. No-one gets left behind. We said that on stage. Your Xbox One S and Scorpio. That’s an important design point for us. They’re all part of the same family. And we want to make sure just like when you’re buying your music today, you don’t worry about upgrading to a new phone that somehow won’t play your old songs or your new songs. We think about your Xbox One collection of games that will move with you between those different consoles,” Spencer explained.

So if you own an Xbox One already, and don’t feel like buying another one- don’t. You’re not going to be left behind.

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  • d0x360

    With the switch to x86…well x64 architecture no console should ever NOT be backwards compatible again.

    At some point the Xbox one as it is today will cease to be supported just like the ps4.

    That point won’t come for a while though sp people don’t need to worry and the good news is when the ps4 or xb1 die they can upgrade to the neo or Scorpio if they want and save some money or they can buy the next evolution.

    This seems scary. Its a new frontier for console gaming but its a good one. The 360/ps3 generation held games back for 4 years longer than they should have. They stalled innovation. This fixes that problem while also ensuring your games will just keep working.

    Hopefully this pushes Nintendo to do the same. I’m tired of buying Mario 64 every year on a different platform. Buy once play forever. Upgrade when you want.

    • theduckofdeath

      There is the option to design a Scorpio game so demanding, it simply would not run on XB1 in a playable fashion. Even which scaled back geometry, physics, textures, particles, resolution, the loss would not be worth it.

      I feel that off the bat, Sony and MS have to “console” everyone (haha) and assuage their fears of obsolescence. Further down the line, they can be unshackled from the lesser boxes. Maybe the break is held back until XBOX “Two”, whose games are playable on Scorpio in lesser form (forward compatibility), but not XB1. Backwards Compatibility becomes standard and is no longer a wish).

    • d0x360

      No doubt there is the option but I dont think either company will let a dev do it for at least a couple years

    • HaCkEr_Fc

      Xbox One is basically windows 10 anyway, the games can be optimized easily

    • Pramath

      Hmmm, Nintendo is the one company that has maintained digital continuity even while lacking an account system, so could you please clarify what you mean?

  • KashIsKlay

    But what happens when something that was limited by hardware like halo 5’s splitscreen is only available on the scorpio, simply because it’s the only xbox device that can handle it? Not exclusive games but there will be a heck of a lot of exclusive features on the scorpio version.

    It’s like when the 360 arcade bundle shipped with no HD then eventually Halo and Splinter Cell required the HD to play.


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