Microsoft’s Project Scorpio a “next-gen console”, says Xbox developer

An Xbox developer has commented on Microsoft’s upcoming console, codenamed  Project Scorpio, stating that the new machine is a “full-blown next generation” upgrade.

Thomas Mahler, a games developer who worked on the excellent Ori and the Blind Forest, has revealed details on how powerful the new console will be. Replying to a question on a NeoGaf thread, Mahler has stated that Project Scorpio can be considered to be a next-gen level upgrade on Microsoft’s existing flagship, the Xbox One. The full quote reads as follows: “Scorpio isn’t just a half-assed upgrade (which the PS4 Pro kinda is…), but a full blown next-gen machine that’s just backwards-compatible to your current library.” The developer cheekily reinforces his point by comparing Project Scorpio’s specs to the PS4 Pro’s, a console many have dubbed a “mid-generation upgrade”; in other words a note-worthy boost in performance, but perhaps not enough of an upgrade to convince consumers that the hardware is a must-buy.

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Xbox boss Phil Spencer has been sending out the right signals since he took over the job in 2014

While obviously nothing can be taken as fact until Microsoft announces specifications, we continue to hear promising news in regards to Project Scorpio. Microsoft themselves are not shy in trumpeting the new machine’s power, openly stating on numerous occasions that it will be the most high-end console ever released once available.

The fact that the console is allegedly backwards compatible with older Xbox games is a major plus point, and sees the continuation of a trend for Microsoft over the past year or two. Since the huge reveal of backwards compatibility on Xbox One, the company can seem to do no wrong. The Xbox One continues to sell well, with many gamers seeing backwards compatibility as finally being a weapon in Microsoft’s arsenal that Sony cannot match at this point in time.

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The rough specs as laid out by Microsoft during their E3 2016 reveal of Project Scorpio

With a targeted release window of Holiday 2017, we are sure to hear more about Project Scorpio in the coming months. Given our love for all things gaming AND tech here at QuestMode, new console releases are like Christmas, and you can be sure we’ll keep a keen eye on this as we get closer to release.

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