Holiday Season 2017 will see the release of Microsoft’s Project Scorpio, a high-powered console that will boast a computing power four times than the current Xbox One. That kind of power easily translates to even more stunning visuals, enough to get everyone giddy – including game developers themselves. And it looks like some developers have already started working on Microsoft’s upcoming console, more than a year before the announced release schedule.
Responding to a question on Twitter, Xbox boss Phil Spencer revealed that developers are already working on “hardware, platform and games”. But he did not divulge any further details, which is quite understandable this early on. So there’s no telling what kind of stuff said developers are cooking behind closed doors. In fact, Spencer did not specify which developers are tinkering with their mysterious console, although it’s safe to assume at least one of the big guns is involved.
It’s interesting to see what kind of games will accompany Project Scorpio at launch. The specified hardware capabilities of the console points to it being able to run virtual reality games, but Microsoft curiously has no entry in the virtual reality headset business, unlike Sony which has the upcoming PlayStation VR. Of course, Microsoft could simply make use of other existing headsets, like the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive.
Microsoft will most likely hold off on giving out new details about Project Scorpio until maybe the end of the year or early next year. They just released the Xbox One S, an upgrade to the current Xbox One, and the last thing they would want is to steal its thunder by announcing juicier bits about Project Scorpio. It’s worth noting, however, that Project Scorpio will be running alongside the Xbox One – both iterations – and will not act as the start of a new generation of consoles. So don’t expect Microsoft to devalue the Xbox One S as holiday 2017 starts creeping up on the calendar.