Microsoft recently held a press conference at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2016 where they generally talked about their upcoming console Xbox One S. However, the company seemed to have committed a big mistake at the end of the event when they announced another new console titled Project Scorpio.
During the Microsoft E3, they opened with the introduction of Xbox One S, a smaller version of the original model which is more attractive and expected to fix niggles from its predecessor. It will also feature a 4K and HDR support with a USB port at the front of the machine with no external power brick. Plus, the new controller of the console will work via Bluetooth with your PC or laptop. Pretty exciting, right?
The new console will cost at $299 for the 500GB version, and obviously it is a very reasonable price with all these features at hand. However, what came as a game changer was the announcement of another upcoming console called Project Scorpio, which is expected to be released a year after the launch of Xbox One S. So, if it is just going to be a year of waiting game, why buy Xbox One S if you could wait for the ?next big thing for gaming.?
Now, let us discuss the features of the more superior Project Scorpio. It will have a new CPU and GPU that will enable it to?run 4K games at 60Hz. Plus, it is also going to be the only Xbox One that will support VR, contrary to the previous announcement that all Xbox One models will. The VR support, according to Engadget, is probably made possible with the deal Microsoft has signed with Oculus last year. With that, it is pretty obvious that games and experiences designed for VR are not going to be available for the Xbox One S.
?The important thing for Scorpio is that it?s a dramatic set up for us in terms of hardware capability,? Xbox chief Phil Spencer told The Verge. ?Because as we saw 4K gaming and really high-end VR taking off in the PC space, we wanted to be able to bring that to console. Project Scorpio is actually an Xbox One that can natively run games in 4K and is built with the hardware capabilities to support the high-end VR that you see happening in the PC space today? when it ships, it will be the most powerful console ever built,? he added.
With that statement alone, it is clear that Project Scorpio is far more exciting than Xbox One S, and if it will really hit the market only a year after the latter?s release, then it is safe to assume that gamers will just wait it out than just waste their money for a console they know would be irrelevant come 2017.
However, Spencer told The Verge the reason why they have decided to make an early introduction to Project Scorpio. ?It?s crazy to announce something this early. But when I put myself in the shoes of our costumer, I want to be able to make a choice on what console I want to buy with as much information as possible. We want to give you the information to make that decision,? he said. ?We also want to go talk to the developers that are out there today, that are building games for next holiday, and say here?s what you?re going to have at your disposal on the console side,? the Xbox chief concluded.
It seems like it is still up for the gamers whether what console they will buy some time in the future. How about you? Will you go for Xbox One S which will be released in August? Or, are you willing to wait for the more superior Project X next fall in 2017? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.