An Xbox developer has spoken out on the capabilities of Microsoft’s upcoming console upgrade, Project Scorpio.
Thomas Mahler, who created 2015’s Ori and the Blind Forest, answered some questions about the Scorpio on NeoGAF this week. Specifically, Mahler was asked whether Scorpio is similar to the PS4 Pro in terms of an update or whether it’s a whole new generation of Xbox console. His answer (which also throws shade at the PS4 Pro) reveals that the Scorpio is sort of both:
“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.”
Microsoft has previously made assurances that the Scorpio will not replace the current Xbox One and that all current and upcoming Xbox One games will work on both systems, but Mahler’s comments seem to suggest that the Scorpio is very much its own thing, calling into question the idea that it won’t get its own games that won’t run on an Xbox One (although Xbox’s Phil Spencer reiterated this week that all games released on Scorpio will be playable on Xbox One).
Mahler also expanded on his point about backwards compatibility, saying that, “from this point on, similar to PCs, you’ll not lose your library when you buy a next-gen system.”
Mahler’s comments would also seem to reflect the information that came out of the leaked Microsoft whitepaper on the Scorpio, which suggests that the new console will be about 4.5 times as powerful as Xbox One.
The Scorpio, or whatever Microsoft decides to officially call it, is due out this Holiday. We should learn more about it at this year’s E3.