Sure, it’s powerful compared to other consoles…
It wasn’t too long ago that Microsoft teased the impending release of a new piece of Xbox hardware, with the project responsible for the creation of the new console iteration going by the name: “Project Scorpio”.
What we learned during the announcement of the new hardware was that Microsoft was aiming to make the most powerful console ever, and that it would reach computing speeds of 6 teraFLOPS, which basically means that the new Xbox would be able to compute 6 trillion floating-point operations per second. Basically, what that means is that the new Xbox will be pretty damn powerful.
But what’s the point of it?
Who Would Buy It?
It isn’t exactly news that there’s been skepticism regarding the new system that Microsoft has been working on after all. In fact, gaming communities were not only skeptical about the claims that Microsoft has made regarding the ability of Project Scorpio to render at 4K resolutions natively (which has been addressed), but they’ve also been wondering who the intended audience of the new hardware is.
I’ve noticed that many folks have been outspoken about the Microsoft’s new hardware, so I figured that I’d help clear things up.
Project Scorpio isn’t about trying to take back market share from the PS4, or to win over PC gamers or PS4 fans. It’s about creating a console that can make gaming at the highest resolutions possible on a console that features plug-and-play functionality. The top percentages of PC gamers obviously aren’t phased by the ability to buy a console that can output at settings possible on a PC, and PS4 fans are going to be more interested in owning a PS4 Pro than whatever Microsoft can make.
Project Scorpio is designed to attract a specialized group of gamers. People who want power, convenience, and low cost. If you already have a 4K capable PC, don’t like Xbox consoles or games, don’t have or won’t buy a 4K display, or just don’t care about graphics, then you aren’t the intended audience.
That’s Perfectly Fine, By The Way
However, for those gamers that are interested in high performance while playing multiplatform games, without feeling the need to worry about PC gaming issues or the cost associated with owning a gaming rig, Project Scorpio looks to be the ultimate answer. It’s about options; about not having to spend exorbitant amounts of money or developing the knowledge to be able to get a 4K capable machine.
Some people just want to get their game on with the least amount of hassle that is possible, while still being able to enjoy crisp graphics.
It should be said, and understood, that if you aren’t interested in Project Scorpio, that’s okay. The key thing to remember is that Microsoft isn’t making the new Xbox One for you if that’s the case. This is a gaming system for the group of gamers that are either platform agnostic or are hardcore Xbox fans. It’s for the folks that want to be able to take something out of the box, plug it in, and just sit back and enjoy the pretty, tiny pixels and HDR.
What’s better is that this is good for PS4 and Nintendo fans alike as well, since Microsoft’s efforts to create the most powerful console ever might just light a fire under their competition’s butts to make the next generation of consoles even better.
Sony is definitely not going to cede the high ground of graphical fidelity to their rival. The PS5 (or PS4 Pro Plus?) is going to be all the more powerful, with even higher performance than whatever Microsoft can muster. Competition is a good thing. Meanwhile, PC gamers are going to be buying the new processors and graphics cards that are inevitably going to stomp all over the Xbox One and PS4 (for a premium price, of course). Nintendo is going to keep being Nintendo, and will undoubtedly come up with something that is simultaneously ingenious and confusing at the same time.
As a word to those that aren’t interested, just let people enjoy things. Microsoft may have bungled the Xbox One pretty badly at first, but they’ve been turning things around. It’s okay to be excited about Project Scorpio, or at the very least, interested in seeing what Microsoft can do with the Xbox One.
But enough about my thoughts.
What do you think about Project Scorpio? Is it a system built with you in mind, or is it not your thing? Let me know in the comments.
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