Xbox Boss Talks Scorpio, Cross-Play With PS4

Aaron Greenberg shares his thoughts on two hot topics.

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In a new interview with MCV, Xbox marketing boss Aaron Greenberg sheds some new light on two of the more exciting and interesting gaming announcements in recent months: Xbox Scorpio and cross-play between Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

On the subject of Scorpio, which was announced at E3, Greenberg was asked if the console's reveal has impacted Xbox One S sales. The thinking is that if people know a more powerful console is coming, they might hold out. In fact, GameStop recently said the announcement of Scorpio and Sony's Neo negatively impacted console sales. Greenberg didn't exactly give an answer to this question, however, instead saying Microsoft's focus will be on being "very, very aggressive" when it comes to marketing the Xbox One S.

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Microsoft will be "really focused on delivering on value with bundles and what you get for the price," he said.

Earlier this month, Xbox boss Phil Spencer said the Scorpio reveal did not "overshadow" Xbox One S. Some people believed Microsoft's announcement of Scorpio might impact Xbox S sales, but apparently that hasn't been the case. The Xbox One outsold the PS4 in the US during July (before the Xbox One S was released) and Microsoft is optimistic about how many consoles it can sell in August.

In the MCV interview, Greenberg again referred to Scorpio as the "most powerful console ever created," featuring a six-teraflop GPU. He also said the system represents the "next big leap forward in innovation for gaming" and something that has never been done before on console. What he's likely referring to is how Microsoft is, for the first time on console, treating Xbox as a family of devices.

The games and accessories you own for Xbox One or Xbox One S will work on Scorpio. For previous console transitions, like Xbox 360 to Xbox One, the games and controllers you had for the older machine were rendered basically useless on the new console. However, backwards compatibility support on Xbox One helped with some of this. Scorpio goes even further and "wipes out" the idea of a console generation and eases the "disruptive" nature of moving to a new platform, according to Microsoft.

"We announced [Scorpio] early at E3 so that we can start working with developers and partners who we know will want to take advantage of that incredible amount of power and have a good year plus to be able to plan for it," Greenberg said.

Scorpio is slated to go on sale in holiday 2017, though pricing has not been announced. For its part, Sony is working on a souped-up PS4, codenamed Neo, which could be officially revealed in September.

Also in the MCV interview, Greenberg was asked for a status update on when, if ever, there might be cross-play support between Xbox One and PS4. As has been the case for months, the ball remains in Sony's court, it seems. One of the first games that could support Xbox One-PS4 cross-play is Rocket League. Developer Psyonix has a technical solution for this, but it's still a matter of politics.

"In terms of connecting with gamers on the PlayStation Network, we fully support them to do that. And I believe they're talking to Sony about it, but I don't know the latest," Greenberg said.

Speaking generally about cross-play, Greenberg said for a game like Rocket League, it "makes sense to allow players on other platforms to compete in the same arenas. We think that is good gamers."

"Our strategy is to put gamers at the center of everything we do, and that has led us to support things like that where a developer wants to connect people on Steam, for example," he added. "They're doing that today."

Go to MCV to read the full interview.

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Ha2e

I really want that Xbox One S Gears of War 4 console but the thought of Scorpio coming out a year later has me hesitant because I know I will definitely buy a Scorpio and to own a console that will only get use for a year doesnt seem worth it to me

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Jumbo120788

@Ha2e: I didnt either until my wife bought me one, defiantly worth the purchase if you can afford buying both.

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SimplyTheeBest

I don't want XO/ps4 cross-play, just PC/XO cross-play. Let sony fend for themselves.

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SimplyTheeBest

@Orgodemir: I'm glad I won't ever be hearing your low IQ on my headset! :)

He can't play lots of games on PC

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SimplyTheeBest

@Orgodemir: WHAT ARE YOU PUTTING UP FOR THIS GUARANTEE?? OH YEAH, NOTHING. It's a FACT XO can play many games that PC can't. I also can gauge your IQ from your posts, not fooling anyone.

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RS13

@simplytheebest: this is fanboyism at its most absurd.

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SimplyTheeBest

@RS13: I'd rather not hear the anime crowd on my headset.

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RS13

@simplytheebest: Get it? Because Playstation players like anime. ha. ha. haaaaa. Clearly, they'd like cool stuff if they liked my awesome console!

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SimplyTheeBest

@RS13: Glad you'll be hearing them and not me.

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RS13

@simplytheebest: You should always assume people who critize your fanboyism own ps4's. That's obviously always true.

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SimplyTheeBest

@RS13: What's "critize"? Some new word you fanboys made up?

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RS13

@simplytheebest: I mistyped. If that makes me a PS4 fanboy I guess I'll have to buy one now.

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SimplyTheeBest

@RS13: It's your money, throw it away.

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Orgodemir

@simplytheebest: It's most likely your parents' money. No worthwhile human talks the way you do about a stupid console.

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SimplyTheeBest

@Orgodemir: It's not even me we're talking about, go back to school and then try to follow along....

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SimplyTheeBest

@Orgodemir: I guess we confused you by posting in English.

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Khosatralkhel

Jeez all this talk about the Scorpio overshadowing the Xbox One S, I mean all these sites are going to have a heart attack over the PS4 Slim and the Neo as they will be released even closer together!

Or will they? I'm guessing they won't as it's Sony not MS lol.

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MaxBlaze

Crossplay needed to happen 10 years ago.

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SimplyTheeBest

@MaxBlaze: It did with Shadowrun

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Warlord_Irochi

@MaxBlaze: better late than never...

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JoshRMeyer

Since when is aaron greenberg the xbox boss? (The article's title)

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ninboxstation

xbox needs FFXIV..., and it's crossplay; when Xbox Scorpio is fully announced with the real hardware details, ps5 will probably be teased as even more powerful (ps neo will be mostly only for the early VR fans)

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SimplyTheeBest

@ninboxstation: You anime fans just constantly making shit up.

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luis2113

@simplytheebest: it's true I wouldn't be surprised if the ps5 is a 12 tf machine. The ps5 will be a beast but then the next xbox will be even more powerful than the ps5. It will be a 15 tf machine.

The remastered uncharted 4 and gears of war 4 will be launch titles.

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SimplyTheeBest

@luis2113: I wouldn't be surprised if you pulled that 12TF claim from your ass

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luis2113

@simplytheebest: I did that was straight out of the top of head. Trust me I have nothing against xbox. I have been playing on playstation and xbox since a month after they both launched their first consoles. I love all games and consoles. I just know that graphics will always get better. It sucks that only fan boys get heard. Because of them the graphics get better,but game play stays the same. I personally don't care for graphics I just care for the experience.

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sakaiXx

Im okay with xbox crossplay with ps system but looking at battlefield, rocket league etc the ps4 is always the leading system for multiplayer. It will only benefits more to xbox and its small multiplayer pool than it benefits ps4.

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SimplyTheeBest

@sakaixx: Someone clueless to the fact that Xbox Live is far, far ahead of posn.

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sakaiXx

@simplytheebest: well not the online populations.

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SimplyTheeBest

@sakaixx: You frequently sail along denial.

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Saiyan_SS

@sakaixx: lol what?

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bigbadcrawford

I don't think Sony has the capacity to manage their network with crossplay without it breaking. Also security wise they couldn't handle it.

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luis2113

@bigbadcrawford: I don't trust sony with my credit card info. Prepaid cards is the way to go on sony.

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ninboxstation

@bigbadcrawford: it already exists with games like FFXIV Ps4, Ps3 & Pc

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smokerob79

@ninboxstation: we can stop things on the PC side.....oh and dont forget war thunder.....i love killing PS4 players in that game.....

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Mirimon78

@bigbadcrawford: except of course for all the decade and then some that they have been doing it....

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bigbadcrawford

@Mirimon78: I am a ps4 owner. They haven't been doing crossplay. They are likely worried about being hacked even more and it showing them up as having security issues.

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Mirimon78

@bigbadcrawford: you own a ps4 now, gratz!.. clearly you know nothing about it, let alone everything about it to be an expert.....

Lets see, ff14, rocketleague, deadstar are just a few cross play ps4 to pc titles off the top of my head....

There's a good list out there, go look it up. Also. Try knowing what you are going to post rather than believing what you are going to post. One is made up, the other is fact and carries merit in an argument where the other fails.

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luis2113

@Mirimon78: leave him alone. I'm sure he was referring to xb1 and ps4 crossplay. I'm hoping they make it happen now that we will be paying premium prices for psn.