While Microsoft was eager to tell us that they’re working on the Xbox Scorpio at E3 this year, and that they’re proud of the work they’re doing, they didn’t provide much in the way of concrete information aside from some vague performance metrics. That’s not changing anytime soon, but Xbox boss Phil Spencer did respond to a fan question about it with a positive outlook:
@Baldy17 Portfolio is shaping up very well. It's great that teams are getting up to speed with 4K gaming now on PC to prepare for Scorpio.
Microsoft has said that the Xbox Scorpio won’t require that games be playable in 4K, but it definitely sounds like it’s a focus for the team. With a system that looks to be about four times as powerful as the current one, that goal might just be within reach. Spencer implies that the work that game devs are doing now to make their games 4K compatible on PC will make the transfer to Xbox Scorpio that much easier.
The fan asked about a Halo game, and the time frame of the launch is about right for a new entry in the Halo series alongside a fancy new Forza game to show off water droplets on auto chrome and the like. With Microsoft pretty quiet on Crackdown 3, it’s possible we could even see that game get a special Scorpio bump. It’s worth noting that all of those games will be Xbox One compatible as well, but Microsoft is going to want a huge game and some hot technology on display when they launch the system.
The console is set to launch during the 2017 holiday season, and I’m eager to see where Microsoft is taking it.