Today, we saw the announcement of the new Xbox Scorpio, and well, the specs are amazing. We are talking Eight custom x86 cores clocked at 2.3Ghz, 40 customized compute units at 1172MHz, 12 GB GDDR5, 326GB/s, 1 TB 2.5-inch, 6 Teraflops of power, along with 4k UHD Blu-ray. The console blows other consoles out of the water, physically; so, why am I not excited about this console? Due to the past of gaming. Gamers love power, but what do gamers love more than anything else? Games!
Xbox has had a turmoil filled generation, with the lack of games to truly enjoy, along with the whole launch mess up. While Nintendo has used their “gimmicks” and launched with one of the greatest, if not best game of this generation, in Zelda, and Sony has bombarded our wallets with exclusive after exclusive, Xbox has barely given us enjoyable games. Yes, you had Gears of War 4, Halo 5, Quantum Break, and even Forza, which is one of the best racing games, if not the best, on the market, however, it lacks in games that are just addictive. While PS gives sports fans MLB The Show, and gives us new IPs like Horizon Zero Dawn, along with Nier Automata, Nioh, and everything Naughty Dog, Microsoft has been living off of backwards compatibility.
I am a gamer, I am a PlayStation fan, but own several consoles, and so far, the Switch feels like a good “sister” console for my PS4, and I love the 360 and original Xbox, but I sit here feeling like I’m being duped. The one game I was most excited about to play on the Xbox One, Scalebound, was cancelled, and with today’s announcement, I was hoping to see some glorious games running on this “superb” tech, and I didn’t. Now, is this because they’re hiding in the corner, waiting to wow us at E3, or is this a deeper, and more worrisome issue, like not having many exclusive games to show us?
Another issue, I personally have, is that it feels like a PC. I can upgrade parts? We speak of specs like they matter, but one reason I have always played on consoles e fact that I can play exclusives, and I don’t have to deal with upgrading everything, ever so often. I’m curious to see where this will take consoles, and that intrigues, and scares, me.
Xbox has a lot to do this generation to catch up to, with PS giving us amazing exclusives, along with The Last of Us 2 coming in the future. All while Nintendo is on their heels, and giving us games only Nintendo can give us. I will remain cautious with the new Scorpio, however, if they announce games, and good games, I’ll be one of the first to have this console sitting next to my Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 Pro, and I’ll be a happy gamer.
What are your thoughts on the Xbox Scorpio? Am I an utter idiot, do you agree, somewhere in the middle?