In an interview with VG247, Xbox head Phil Spencer stated that the Xbox Scorpio was “not going to do anything for you” unless you have a 4K TV, technology largely only early adopters have bought into so far.
“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.”
“Clearly, you can buy Scorpio, and if and when you decide you want to buy a 4K television to take advantage of the increased performance, obviously the console will be ready for you.”
“Scorpio is for the person who’s got a 4K television, who’s really focused on 4K gaming. It’s going to be a premium price over what we’re selling [the Xbox One S] for, and both of them will exist in the market at the same time. Scorpio is for your 4K gamer. And that’s what we designed it for.”
It was earlier revealed in an earlier interview that whilst the Xbox One S has a very slight power increase over the original Xbox One, it will not amount to any improvements in game performance. The extra oomph is purely to account for the HDR and there will be no other different for any game between the two Xbox One consoles.
That being said, the launch of the Xbox Scorpio will be treated as a new console launch complete with launch titles. However, Phil Spencer again assured that the games would come to all three Xbox consoles and will “look great on all three of them.”
He also confirmed to Eurogamer that the Scorpio will not receive any exclusive games and that all games will be playable and transferable between each console.
“For you and I, we usually think about generations in terms of what games will it play? This thing will play Ryse: Son of Rome, a launch game for your Xbox One. And we’ll have launch Scorpio games as well that are playable on an Xbox One, Xbox One S and Scorpio and look great on all three of them.”
“When you’re buying a console game from us, you know that console game will run on your original Xbox. No-one gets left behind. We said that on stage. Your Xbox One S and Scorpio. That’s an important design point for us. They’re all part of the same family. And we want to make sure just like when you’re buying your music today, you don’t worry about upgrading to a new phone that somehow won’t play your old songs or your new songs. We think about your Xbox One collection of games that will move with you between those different consoles.”
“Somebody today will have an Xbox One, and when Scorpio comes out they will buy Scorpio and they will put Xbox One in a different room, and we’re obviously going to make sure that as they move between rooms that they’ve got access to the same games.”
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