When Microsoft’s Project Scorpio and Sony’s PS4 Pro were first announced, many gamers expressed their concern that this could mean a shift away from the existing consoles as developers will start to build games designed exclusively for the newer consoles. However back in June, Microsoft reassured gamers that won’t be happening.
In case that wasn’t reassurance enough, Xbox chief Mike Ybarra told Windows Central in an interview that there will indeed be no games that are designed exclusively for Project Scorpio. “As we announced at E3, 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. 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.”
Of course there will still be games designed exclusively for the Xbox platform, but within the Xbox ecosystem itself, gamers who own the Xbox One can expect to play the same games as those who own Scorpio, and vice versa. Ybarra adds, “We expect developers to do similar with Xbox One vs. Scorpio titles. 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.”
Microsoft’s Project Scorpio is scheduled for a release in 2017, although right now we have no idea what the console looks like or even how much it will cost.