In a NeoGaf thread post which has become a massive thread based on one of Phil Spencer’s tweets about the upcoming Xbox Scorpio console, one of the developers responsible for Ori and the Blind Forest had a few words to say about the console in comparison to the PlayStation 4 Pro.
The thread began in relation to the following tweet by the Xbox boss himself, and since then, things have gotten out of hand. As you can expect, shots were fired, people and their mothers (probably) insulted, and loads of talk about specs and potential came about.
Great day, Scorpio update w/ team. Played my first games on early Scorpio unit. Games played great, console looked right, proud of the team
— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) January 24, 2017
The author of the comment was confirmed to be the identity of Thomas Mahler of Moon Studios by Gamespot. Using the term ‘half-assed’ to describe the abilities of its competitor’s console is certainly something to tag as fighting words.
“All consoles now are x86 PCs and the architecture will remain the same, that’s why Sony was able to quickly iterate on the PS4 and make a beefier version of it.
Scorpio is a next-gen machine with the added benefit that all your old games will still be compatible. From this point on, similar to PCs, you’ll not lose your library when you buy a next-gen system. I guess since NeoGAF is confsued, Microsoft will need to do a little work to make it clear to everyone that Scorpio isn’t just a half-assed upgrade (which the PS4 Pro kinda is…), but a full blown next-gen machine that’s just backwards-compatible to your current library.”
I don’t expect to hear anymore about the Scorpio until E3, but one thing is for sure, it needs its own titles to be able to stand out. It can’t just offer higher quality graphics and output but on existing titles. Keep Xbox One games compatible, sure, but publish a load of games that won’t be held back by current gen consoles. Let it run loose!