Before I get started I’m well aware of the fact that Microsoft has already stated that there will be no exclusive titles for the Scorpio, and there are several good reasons for this. Since the Scorpio is considered part of the Xbox One product line, it has to basically do everything the Xbox One does just better, faster, and prettier but still be a be a Xbox One at it’s core. Also since it’s not considered a new generation of console, all the accessories have to work as well.
Here’s the problem with getting exclusive titles for the Scorpio, the third party developers. First party games from Microsoft like Halo, Gears of War, and so on are not a problem since the are developed by Microsoft, and they can just do it if they want too. The third party developers on the other hand are not going to create a game just for the Scorpio since it would be really easy to have it available for both systems, and just have it run better, and at a higher resolution on the faster hardware. I just don’t really see it being cost effective for them, I also don’t think it would be for Microsoft either.
Now of course the downside of this are games that may not take full advantage of the hardware capabilities of the Scorpio, other than 4K HDR support, and a better frame rate. So your favorite game will look, and run better but still have all the same game mechanics as on a regular Xbox One, not unlike playing a game on the Playstation 4 Pro as opposed to a standard PS4.
If Microsoft were to develop games that are exclusive to the Scorpio they would look even better, and run better, the reason being the game would be developed from the ground up for the console, with it’s hardware in mind, and not a upscaled version of a standard Xbox One game, designed to run on less powerful hardware. Think of it like this, when you go to the theater to see a movie in 3D, if the movie is filmed in 3D to begin with it the effect looks better than when its added after the movie is done filming in post production.
Another reason that can be argued against Scorpio exclusive titles is that one reason the console is being developed, is to close the performance gap between consoles, and PC’s, the same can also be said for the Playstation 4 Pro. Both the Xbox One, and the PS4 suffered a performance gap when compared to PC’s when they were released in 2013, and that gap has only become worse over time. Many games that have been developed recently support 4K on PC’s, and better with frame rates, and with 4K gaming become a thing Microsoft had to do something.
It just doesn’t make sense to me for there to be exclusive titles for the Scorpio, it’s not meant to be a new generation of console, it’s meant to close the performance gap with PC’s, and allow those with 4K tv’s to take full advantage of that hardware. The developers aren’t going to do it, and Microsoft wont either. Not everyone has or will be getting a 4K tv anytime soon, and in that situation I don’t really see the point of getting a Scorpio, which would of course would mean those folks would be out of luck as far as the exclusive game thing goes.
I think it’s a good call by Microsoft not to have exclusive games just for the Scorpio, as I said before from a business stand point I don’t think it makes sense, and it would really tick off those who currently have a Xbox One who either don’t want to upgrade to the Scorpio for some reason, or can’t afford too.
I do see one exception, virtual reality. I don’t think the Xbox One has enough power to really do any type of VR well, the Scorpio on the other hand should not have a problem with it.
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