When Microsoft announced Project Scorpio back in June, the company said that all games and accessories would work on all versions of the Xbox One. Now, the company has further clarified its statements by pointing out that Project Scorpio will have VR-only games.
"Generally, when you bring a new iteration of console hardware you lose compatibility with their games and accessories. So we’re saying, if you bought games and those accessories for your Xbox One, or you buy an Xbox One S, those games and accessories are going to work on Project Scorpio,” head of Xbox games marketing Aaron Greenberg told Engadget.
Greenberg continued on by saying that there will be no Project Scorpio exclusive titles as they “don’t want anyone to be left behind.” What actually separates Project Scorpio and the other versions of the Xbox One is that it’s a lot more powerful because it can handle high-fidelity virtual reality.
“Now, with the power and capabilities we have, we’ll be able to do high-fidelity VR. Now, that space, we don’t think of that as console gaming, we think of that as high-fidelity VR, and so the VR experiences those will be new things you will get on Project Scorpio,” Greenberg said.
Simply put, Project Scorpio won’t have console exclusive titles, but high-fidelity VR games will be an exemption from that policy, since the Xbox One and Xbox One S are not compatible with it.
With the release of Project Scorpio, many are now wondering what would be the future of the Xbox One. Greenberg said that they believe that the future of gaming is not with console generations. Instead, they are now focusing on building a library of games, a community and the ability “to iterate with the hardware” which they’re making a pretty big bet on with Project Scorpio.
The “iterate with the hardware” statement may possibly hint that Project Scorpio will be hardware upgradable similar to the PC. Microsoft may also be trying to provide a long lasting gaming hardware with Project Scorpio instead of introducing a new generation console every few years.
Admittedly, Greenberg’s statements can be interpreted in many other ways, but it does mean that Microsoft is looking to truly innovate to bring the best gaming experience possible.
Project Scorpio is slated to be released during the holiday season of 2017. Right now, users can pick up the 2TB Xbox One S for $399. The 500GB and a 1TB models are also expected to be released later this year.