Xbox Scorpio Will Deliver "Very Best Console Version Of Games," Exec Says

"I'm very confident," Phil Spencer says.

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If you're picking up a Project Scorpio console, you can expect to play the "very best console version" of games this year, according to Xbox boss Phil Spencer.

Asked on Twitter if games like Destiny 2 and Call of Duty: WWII (presumably) will look better on Scorpio, Spencer said, "I'm very confident, from what we are seeing and hearing, Scorpio will be the very best console version of games this year."

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According to Microsoft, Scorpio--or whatever name Microsoft ends up giving it--is the "most powerful console ever made." It boasts 6 teraflops of performance, including 326 GB/s of memory bandwidth. Additionally, Microsoft says the console's engine is the "most powerful console gaming processor ever created." The console has a vapor chamber that uses "advanced liquid-cooling," while it also uses the Hovis Method to maximize performance and minimize power consumption.

All Xbox One games work on Scorpio, though the Scorpio editions can look and perform better, in some cases, if developers want to do that. It is a similar situation with PS4 and PS4 Pro.

Microsoft is expected to share more details on Scorpio at E3 or sooner. Presumably we will learn the console's official name and price, among other things, in the weeks and months to come before the system's launch this holiday.

In other Xbox news, Microsoft's E3 2017 planning is taking shape. Microsoft conducted an end-to-end runthrough of its briefing today, which apparently took all day.

Additionally, Microsoft Studios boss Shannon Loftis said the company may soon announce at least a partial list of the games it's bringing to and showing off at E3.

The Xbox E3 briefing this year takes place on a new day, Sunday, starting at 2 PM PT on June 11. GameSpot will bring you all the news from the event as it's announced.

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so much hate still for microsoft, its a shame, i cant wait to see more of scorpio.

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@sodapoppimpski: Have you ever had a friend who overhyped a movie and then you see it and are disappointed because your expectations were so high? That's what MS is doing right now, and for nearly a year. I'm looking forward to seeing it, but the specs are already out... The only thing we are waiting for is how it looks and the price.

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@joshrmeyer: overhyped? Microsoft showed a small video at last years e3 and then said nothing until a month ago when they released the specs. they been very quiet I would say about the Scorpio, even gamespot had an article a few weeks ago saying how little gamers even knew about the scorpio. we are only a few weeks out from e3 so I would expect more article's like this to start coming out.

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@sodapoppimpski: There was an article at least once a week it seemed like since E3. I could be wrong... I'd just rather be in for a surprise rather than a disappointment. (Maybe it's Gamespot hyping it moreso than MS)

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@joshrmeyer: There are articles because people are interested in it. MS has only made 2 public announcements for it.

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@cfscorpio: Lol I guess you aren't counting the numerous tweets and interviews with MS execs about it, or the big ad on their website.

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@joshrmeyer: No I'm not. They had 2 big public announcements. Last year's E3 tease and the Digital Foundry tech specs. There has been articles about the drips of info from tweets and interviews but that only furthers my point that people are interested.

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@joshrmeyerIf its much better than ps4 pro why would it be dissappointing.

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@ivanov70: Because people are expecting way too much out of it. Reality will set in soon I guess.

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@joshrmeyer: Yeah, it's the latter. MS will hype Scorpio, and rightly so but they even left it to Digital Foundry to reveal the specs.

I'm no way expecting 4k @60fps on every game - but some games will be native. Others will still look or perform better than any other console for at least a year and a half.

As long as it delivers that, I won't be disappointed.

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@sealionact: True, true and true. You are among the few sensible ones on here though.

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@joshrmeyer: from what we already know i cant see how there could be dissapointment unless they just decide not to show new games, which i highly doubt or if they price this at $600+. i would say its more gamespot making articles based on phils tweets because they are lazy "journalist" because microsoft has had 0 advertisement for this besides the digital foundry press release.

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@sodapoppimpski: True, it was MS that put the bait out there and the media keeps regurgitating it into news articles. The system itself isn't going to be a disappointment, I just think there are a few on here that are expecting too much out of it. I did the same thing with the Pro, and it's a reason I haven't bought one yet(or maybe never).

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the min they tell me i can pre order it. its a done deal! cant wait!

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200 games to play when this comes out. And hopefully future games like Battlefront 2 take advantage of it. It's a mistake to count out a company that specializes in building computers, especially with Spencer leading the team.

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@chris91090: Where did you get 200 games from? Isn't it closer to 1000? All of Xbox One games and the emulated 360 games will be playable at release.

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@joshrmeyer: Games that I own. I don't count those I don't own.

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@chris91090: ohh... That makes a lot more sense now.

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I give Microsoft roughly 8 to 9 months of deluded glory with their utterly pointless and irrelevant new machine until Sony counter with an updated PS4 pro or totally new machine. Not because they need to but because they can. Even just for shots and gigs.

It's quite embarrassing from their point of view. Dunno about everyone else but I couldn't give a rats ass if it can play the next iteration of the current tired and boring IP's.

As I said. Won't be long before people forget about this machine quicker than you can say "first party exclusives".

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@t0nyth3t3rrific: PS5 by Fall 2018 is a lock.

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@t0nyth3t3rrific: Not a chance ms made scorpio in such a way that an upgraded ps4 pro would struggle to match those specs and be even remotely affordable anytime before 2019 sony engineers cannot replicate the feat of engineering that went into scorpio they would just buy newer more expensive silicon to acheive those same performance levels and you cant make a sub $600 console with ryzen and vega for the next 2 years.

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@ivanov70: I don't claim to know a great deal about the latest tech but it doesn't take a genius to work out that on paper the Scorpio isn't that much more powerful than the Playstation Pro. Sure it's liquid cooled and has some other stupid unnecessary gimiks but a technical feat of genius it is not. Your talking like it's some sort of godly monolith glowing with power.

Listen, I'd love to see this console do well, i really do, but you know how a console does well? It lets users play good games, ground breaking, new, innovative, risky and fun games coupled with astute management and a real passion. You probably don't want to hear this but can you or Anyone stand up and say this is the case here? Sorry but Microsoft fail here with an unforgivable level of consistency ever since the last quarter of the 360's life.

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@t0nyth3t3rrific: im sure all those people who bought a pro will just love Sony for that.....

Btw....Scorpio's successor is already bei g worked per Phil.

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@angryguy77: I would buy a more powerful pro if Sony released one. Thing is they wouldn't be Forcing you to buy one, in the same way Microsoft isn't forcing people to buy the Scorpio. They even stated the thing probably won't fly off the shelf since all it is, is the same console with beefed up specs, not a new console. Your given choice.

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@angryguy77: So you're saying Scorpios successor is already being worked on, meaning people buying the Scorpio in 6 months will only have a few years of top performance? Kinda like the Pro and PS5....

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@joshrmeyer: i wouldnt say 6 months but i could see 2 years. im fine with a new version with more power coming ever 2 years as long as all games continue to play across all platform versions. nobody makes you upgrade, you upgrade because you want to.

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@sodapoppimpski: Eh I said people will be buying the Scorpio in 6 months... Like 6 months from now.

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@joshrmeyer: sure, either way i dont see the difference. its technology, the second it releases it is already outdated because they have already started working on the next thing.

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@sodapoppimpski: Yup, exactly... And if it's anything cool, the military gets it years before the public. So it's even more outdated when you think of it that way.

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"No games"...... This narrative is just as dumb as the resolution debate.

I suppose when you're insecure, you have to latch onto any narrative that will help you sleep better at night.

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@angryguy77: " why buy a console to play old games " Sony fanboys have played every Xbox360 game and every xboxone game made so far. Saying you won't play " old games " on a new console is like saying you won't play old movies on a new blu ray player or u won't read old books for the simple fact they didn't just come out . Games are games and if u never played them before they are new to you so if u play a game made 20 years ago for the first time today that makes it a new experience to you .millions of Sony fanboys haven't played any halo games no gears games no forza etc everything is going to look better on Scorpio so I'm looking forward to owning one

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@emptycow718: I don't think you understood what I was getting at. The "no games" line is just that, a line. There's no truth to I. MS has a lot of games.

BC is a good thing too. I'm getting ready to play red dead for the first time thanks to this feature.

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@emptycow718: Nobody gives a shit about the apparent existence of "Fanboys". If gamers or your average joe are too ignorant to ignore a console just because of what it is or who builds it then more fool them. All I know is that if anyone is losing out because they are dumb enough to remain "Loyal" to one console its certainly not "Sony Fanboys"

And really it's probably not a smart idea to mention Halo, Gears and Forza, since those 3 games are about the ONLY reason I own an Xbox One and why I ever owned an Xbox 360.

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I don't think you guys are quite getting it. Exclusives or not, this will be the best for multiplats. And as far as this hot start to 2017 Sony is having, MS had just as good of a 2016 compared to sonys exclusives. So chill out

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Fairly obvious it will have better components. I don't expect that to be the case for more than 2 years though as Sony will more than likely counter.

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@RicanV: it takes years to build a console and years more to build games to take advantage of that new hardware so you are saying Sony is building games for new hardware as we speak for new hardware on top of building PS4 games ummmmm doubtful. Scorpio will hold it's own even if Sony put something out in two years Scorpio would have had years to build games to take full advantage of Scorpio hardware while Sony has native 4K versions of PS4 games with zero updates to textures ,fx etc on PS5. Soon after PS5 we will see Scorpio 2 running Xbox360 ,xboxone games PS5 will most likely only run PS5 games

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@emptycow718: Sony has already dabbled in 4k with the Pro. This will be MSs first 4k system. PS5 will learn and improve on the pros and cons of both Scorpio and their own PS4 Pro. And there is absolutely nothing stopping ps5 from playing PS4 games.

"Scorpio would have had years to build games to take full advantage of Scorpio hardware" - Developers make games, not the console itself. They just recently got dev kits and used PCs before that. All they have to do is build the game scalable for PC now and port it to Scorpio or Pro, etc.

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The whole debate of which console is more powerful is about to end. Scorpio will wipe the floor with PS4 Pro.

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@speed45823: Historically, the console that 'wipes the floor' doesn't win. PS4 was an exception.

And the lead will likely only last a year before the Pro 2.

The whole debate of which console is more powerful is about to end

Secondly, there was never a "debate". The PS4 was more powerful, end of story. Don't make out that it was uncertain up till now. MS is releasing a console 12 months after the Pro. It's expected to be more powerful due to time. And if Sony releases a console in 2018, it will be expected to 'wipe the floor' with the Scorpio because that's how far things advance in 12 months. MS's floor will have been wiped for 4 years now, not that floor-wiping is what decides sales. See PS1, PS2, Wii, DS, NES, etc. It's always decided by games, and unfortunately that's where Xbox has been left wanting. It's never won a console generation and never will, because it just doesn't invest in games outside of its holy trinity of Halo, Gears and Forza. Whatever other IPs they spend money on only gets the table scraps.

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@lostn: That's true. Microsoft / Xbox never had a strong lineup of first party games to begin with. Also, I may have overestimated Scorpio's true power as I recently just found out that there's a huge bottleneck in Scorpio in terms of CPU power just like Pro. So even though Scorpio boasts a beefy GPU more powerful than Pro, at the end of the day, Microsoft chose not to overhaul the most basic of its hardware component which is the CPU. Here's a video that is about the PS4 Pro's CPU bottleneck but is also relevant to Scorpio.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Smn_ZUGK7ZQ

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@speed45823: What debate? PS4 has always been more powerful than Xbox One, and everyone knew Scorpio would be more powerful than the Pro when they revealed the 6 teraflops spec at last year's E3. There's never been a debate about performance... There's been several about which controller is better or the online infrastructure, or the games... Which are all subjective.

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If only it had games.

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@lostn: You mean I've been playing spreadsheets and not games for the past 3 years?

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@dlCHIEF58: What you've been playing, only you know.

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@lostn: weak

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Since it's the newest, most expensive, and most powerful console, isn't it kind of expected to deliver the best version?

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@livedreamplay: I expected it to be hyped to the heavens like ps4 was due to its miniscule power advantage over xbox one scorpio has a massive power advantage over ps4 pro and ppl do everthing in their power to downplay it even going so far as to invoke ps5.

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@ivanov70: That's because everyone saw that performance is not what people are seeking when buying consoles. If you want performance, you go PC. The console has other advantages, like confort, exclusives, stability, etc...

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@ivanov70: Xbox fans kept saying Zen and Vega it ended up being a Customized Jaguar and a overclocked Polaris ? Honestly strong for a Mid Gen Console, but that's about it.

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@ivanov70: PS4 and Xbox One we're released at the same time... PS4 was $100 cheaper, smaller, and aesthetically more appealing to most. And there was a decent power advantage on the PS4 before the Kinect was dropped and CPU overclocked on the Xbox One. This is a whole different scenario. Almost certainly Scorpio will cost more than the Pro and is also releasing a year late to the party(the party which PS4 is already dominating). MS should have released it last year and Sony this year... Kinda weird it was the other way around. Xbox One sales will drop even more in the coming months leading up to the Scorpio.

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@livedreamplay: of course, but fanboys like to go around downplaying what advantages it will have. saying that games will have to have parity so that power advantage wont matter which is of course a false narrative.

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@sodapoppimpski: I don't see them downplaying it as much as I see them hoping SOny will jump back with a more powerful PS5. But anyway that's all bs for me, I think it's clear that performance is not what people are seeking when buying consoles. If you want performance, you go PC. The console has other advantages, like confort, exclusives, stability, etc...

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@livedreamplay: Phil's tweets get almost as much coverage and analysis as Trump's.

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@joshrmeyer: Phils audience isn't brainless though.

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@ivanov70: Lol... Trump's biggest audience is the people that hate him and the media that bash him... So, yeah, you're probably right.