Published: Thu, June 16, 2016
Technology | By Timothy Carter

Microsoft's Project Scorpio Announcement A Surprise To Sony Interactive CEO

Microsoft is reportedly making the adaptor available for free to gamers who had previously purchased both the Xbox One and a Kinect and wish to upgrade.

The other advantage Scorpio has is that, since the Xbox One runs Windows, it'll be easy for game developers to create games to work on both platforms.

The 2016 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) is this year's biggest event in the gaming industry, and along with the list of Xbox One Backwards Compatibility games, Microsoft also announced Project Scorpio. "Scorpio is designed as a 4K console, and if you don't have a 4K TV, the benefit we've designed for, you're not going to see." . And while he said the company won't be putting Microsoft-made games on a console that isn't the Xbox One, that doesn't mean you'll need one to play them. In a way, it's like buying a $5,000 gaming rig but using it on a CRT monitor that supports 800×600 resolution. The console does have High Dynamic Resolution support, so games will have richer colors and better contrast between light and dark on the Xbox One S, but there will be no improvements to a game's frame rate or resolution. Scorpio is for your 4K gamer. They didn't just announce the Xbox One S due in October, featuring HDR/4K video support and 4K upscaling for games, but they even talked about the rumored Project Scorpio.

In an interview with Eurogamer, Spencer emphasized that in Microsoft's attempt to move "beyond console generations", Project Scorpio will not have any exclusive games. In fact, a Twitter account leaked most of the conference's keypoints 30 minutes before the show even started.

Microsoft says the console will go on sale in August for $299 to $399 depending on the hard drive size. I think we're getting better on PC with security features for consumer comfort.

Although the Scorpio has specs comparable to a higher-end PC, Spencer admitted that the machine would also deliberately limit its hardware to maintain a mass-market appeal. We think it'll be powered by the new 14nm-based Zen APU with some Polaris GPU cores, which will make it quite the powerful console from Microsoft, which is great to see.

Xbox also continues its concerted push of gaming for Windows 10, looking to merge its console and PC gaming with the "Play Anywhere" scheme.

While Sony sought to divert the focus from Neo to its current stable of games and hardware, Microsoft put the spotlight squarely on their upcoming hardware.

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