Reasons Behind Microsoft’s Xbox Scorpio

Microsoft Engineer Mike Ybarra has provided some insight into the Project Scorpio, which will be a new more powerful console running along the existing Xbox One and Xbox One S.

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In a report from The Guardian Microsoft have revealed why they wish to proceed with their more powerful console, breaking the seven-year cycle of the console generation, along with Sony.

“In the phone market, people are more used to upgrading fast and wanting the latest of everything, but with phones, your new apps had better work on that phone and the next one.”

“According to what they’re telling us, the consumer expectation is: games and apps had better work even if I upgrade. We’re looking at the console business and asking how do we provide that choice to users? It resonates with them because other devices are doing that.” says Mike Ybarra, Microsoft Developer.

“When we look at what’s happening from a hardware and games capacity in the PC space, 4K gaming has become a real benchmark,”

With the explosion of high-end PC equipment and monitors, the consumer market is slowly leaning towards the new video standard 4K, along with the recent launch of the AMD RX 480 and the GTX 10 Series, it’s hard to keep up especially if you are a console gamer.

We can however all breathe a sigh of relief as they have assured users that they won’t use this new model to market their exclusives once again.

“Compatibility has always been the thing that makes console generations define themselves: when you leave one and got to the next, you give up your games, you usually give up the hardware or throw it in a closet–that’s what we want to remove,” added Ybarra.

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“We had the ability to look at doing an interim console this year if we wanted to,” he said. “We thought about that. But we didn’t think we could deliver, with the silicon that’s out there, a true 4K gaming six-teraflop machine this year. So we decided to wait until we hit the real spec that people were asking for.”

So we can expect there to be some giant leaps in the console market in the upcoming year, with Sony and their Project Neo and now with Microsoft and their Xbox Range.

You can find the interview here.

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