In an interview with Windows Central, regarding Microsoft’s plans for Project Scorpio, Xbox platform chief Mike Ybarra has once again reiterated that there will be no Scorpio exclusive games.
Ybarra did, however, mention that this could only be in the case where titles will make use of virtual reality peripherals, which just once again confirms that Microsoft will be dipping its toes into the VR pool along with Sony, HTC and Oculus.
“Scorpio will be 100% compatible with all Xbox One titles and there will be no Scorpio exclusive games, pending any potential unique accessories such as VR,”
Ybarra further addressed the concerns about rumors that developers weren’t very keen to develop games for different specification consoles such as the Scorpio and PS4 Pro, as this could make the development process longer and more difficult. Ybarra mentioned that he doesn’t suspect that this will become an issue as most developers are already used to releasing games for systems with different specifications.
“Experienced developers who make PC games or ship their titles on multiple platforms are very familiar with the development process of targeting multiple performance configurations. We see this today, with developers authoring content at 4K resolution or higher to take advantage of high-performance PCs, and then scale the content accordingly for systems with different spec ranges. This enables them to easily target multiple performance profiles without significantly increasing their content production costs. We expect developers to do similar with Xbox One vs. Scorpio titles,”
He also reemphasized that they want to make the process of developing games for multiple devices as easy and simple as possible.
“Our goal is to make it as easy as possible for developers to target multiple devices including Xbox One S, Project Scorpio, and the full breadth of Windows 10 devices.”
According to Microsoft, Scorpio is scheduled to come out in 2017 and will be the “most powerful console ever made”. Pricing has not yet been confirmed although Microsoft did refer to the console as a “premium product” which usually means that it might cost quite a bit more than other consoles. Will Scorpio truly be the “most powerful console ever made”, and will the investment in the new console be worth the visual upgrade that players will get once they have switched over to it? I guess we will only know for certain once Microsoft finally raises the curtain on Project Scorpio.