Microsoft is allegedly planning to unveil Project Scorpio this very week. The Xbox One successor was originally teased during Microsoft’s E3 2016 press conference last June, with a release date touted for late 2017. According to Jez Corden, senior editor for Xbox and Windows Central, Microsoft is ready to reveal Project Scorpio to the world within the next five days.
Corden says the plan is to reveal Project Scorpio in plenty of time before E3, just as Microsoft did with the original Xbox One. This leaves the press conference with more time to dedicate to the games rather than the hardware, and it’s surely games which the Xbox brand badly needs right now.
Obviously Project Scorpio dev kits are in developer’s hands right now, with Corden noting it has an LCD front panel which devs can use to track stats in real time, as well as Bluetooth support. It’s unlikely the LCD panel will make it into the commercial units as this seems purely for development purposes.
In addition to this, a number of games scheduled to launch with the system have also been leaked, although the sources for this are far more tenuous. The launch lineup will allegedly include a 4K version of Red Dead Redemption 2, Star Wars Battlefront 2, Forza Motorsport 7, Crackdown 3, State of Decay 2, Call of Duty: WWII, FIFA 18 and Madden 18. That’s one heck of a launch lineup. Usually the old adage ‘if something sounds too good to be true then it probably is’ applies, but in this instance it’s an achievable target. Red Dead, Star Wars, Call of Duty, FIFA and Madden are all going to arrive like clock on Xbox One and Project Scorpio. The only doubt is what first-party efforts Microsoft can get ready.
The flipside is that Microsoft’s first-party software lineup has been poor of late. There’s been next to nothing for Xbox One owners to get excited about in 2017, while PS4 users have feasted on Yakuza Zero, Horizon: Zero Dawn, Gravity Rush 2, Nioh, and Persona 5, and Switch adopters have been treated to Breath of the Wild. The Xbox brand is floundering, so a big reveal is just what Microsoft needs right now.
What does Microsoft have to do with Project Scorpio to make it a must buy console? Or is it just pointless when you can play the games on PC? Let us know your thoughts!