I’ve made no secret over the last few months with my dissatisfaction of the games console industry, specifically on the hardware side as well as some rather uninspired game releases. The PS4 Pro and Xbox Scorpio added to my frustration initially but one of the developers of Ori and the Blind Forest gave some hints at what Microsoft might be about to do and that makes me very excited, perhaps I got it wrong when I looked upon Scorpio as a wasted opportunity?
Jorn covered the news on what the developer said this morning but in case you missed it click here.
In short the developer said that from now on any game you add to your library will work on future Xbox consoles. A persistent game library similar to what Steam offers if you will. This is excellent news that we should all rejoice in as it would mean we get to keep our games for as long as we keep our accounts. Hopefully it will also force Sony to follow suit.
The developer also said that Scorpio was in fact “a full blown next-gen machine.” Now this statement needs to be commented on by Microsoft as it goes against what Phil Spencer said when he revealed Scorpio’s existence at E3 last year. At the time Spencer said that “any game and accessory that you buy on Scorpio will work on the original Xbox One” and that “no one gets left behind.” A full blown next gen console would suggest to me a slight departure from that policy but time will tell.
Now myself and others took Phil Spencer’s words to mean that Scorpio will have no exclusive games but let’s look at this from a different perspective. What if the original Xbox One will be considered as the minimum specifications that developers have to aim for with the Xbox One S being the mid range target and finally, Scorpio being the high end for specifications. Are we about to see settings options on console like what we are used to on PC becoming the norm where the game changes depending on the machine you play on? We’ve already seen similar on some PS4 Pro games.
Now I would still like to see some Scorpio exclusives. Can you imagine an Xbox Scorpio version of Arma 3 or Squad? Scorpio has the potential to bring games to console that at the minute just wouldn’t run on the standard machines. Scorpio could give those of us who are disillusioned with the state of current consoles and games the depth and complexity we are looking for.
Obviously this is all hearsay and speculation at this point and as it’s fun to speculate, let’s continue. What if Microsoft release this premium console and realising that many will be unable to afford the jump, offer a new subscription or contract payment method much like mobile phone networks do already? That would certainly be a game changer and could open the door for more people to upgrade. I expect all these questions and queries will be answered at E3 but if nothing else this disillusioned gamer has had his head turned for the first time in quite a long time. Hopefully we’ll get more snippets of information here and there in the coming months.