The folks over at Windows Central just broke the news that Microsoft will be using a certain anticipated Rockstar game to help promote its next console, Project Scorpio, at an exclusive event within the next few weeks.
According to a partial list of marketing materials related to the upcoming event, Microsoft will use Red Dead Redemption 2, Forza Motorsport 7, Star Wars Battlefront 2 and Call of Duty: WWII to showcase Scorpio’s 4K resolution capabilities.
It remains unclear whether Microsoft will simply name drop Red Dead Redemption 2 at the event, or if Rockstar will use the highly publicized opportunity to reveal a new trailer to a crowd eager for any new information pertaining to RDR2.
We can only hope for the latter. With roughly 6-8 months remaining until RDR2’s expected launch, Rockstar should be releasing more information any day now, including gameplay, character, and story details.
The event in question might actually be this year’s E3 on June 11th. Microsoft announced Project Scropio at last year’s E3, and is now expected to hold a 4K Briefing at E3 2017. However, it wouldn’t be surprising if Microsoft also held its own, separate Scorpio unveiling apart from E3, as the tech giant wants to drum up as much excitement for Scorpio exclusives given the relatively poor sales performance of the Xbox One.
At the moment, Project Scorpio has a “Holiday 2017” release date—likely late October or early November so Microsoft can take advantage of the Black Friday and Christmas consumer rush. This makes a possible Red Dead Redemption 2 launch title for Scorpio more plausible, as we expect Rockstar to release RDR2 around the same time.
In a move similar to Sony and the PS4 Pro, Microsoft is using Project Scorpio as more of a console refresh rather than a traditional next gen console release. However, with Scorpio, Microsoft is upping the ante, claiming it will be the most powerful home console ever. Although we don’t know all of the technical specifications yet, Scorpio currently boasts 6 teraflops(!) of graphical performance power—that’s 4.5x more power than the Xbox One’s GPU.
Beyond the true 4K gaming that’s been highlighted, Project Scorpio also has 320 GB/s of memory bandwidth and 8 CPU cores. It’s also backwards compatible with Xbox One games and will boost the resolution and frame rate of most of the Xbox One’s library. So far, the raw specs that have been revealed point to Microsoft preparing for the future of 4K TVs and VR gaming, where GPU power is a prerequisite.
It also means a beast of a gaming rig that’s sure to make Red Dead Redemption 2 look as gorgeous as its PC counterpart (assuming Rockstar releases a PC version).
We’ll keep you updated on new information as it develops.