The PlayStation 4 Pro released last year to lukewarm reception as the first home console to play video games at a 4K resolution. While it remains the most powerful console on the market right now, Moon Studios’ CEO Thomas Mahler, who created Ori and the Blind Forest, has bashed the system with a post on NeoGAF as a “half-assed upgrade” and claimed that Xbox’s upcoming Project Scorpio system will be a “full-blown next-gen console.”
“All consoles now are x86 PCs and the architecture will remain the same, that’s why Sony was able to quickly iterate on the PS4 and make a beefier version of it.
“Scorpio is a next-gen machine with the added benefit that all your old games will still be compatible. From this point on, similar to PCs, you’ll not lose your library when you buy a next-gen system. I guess since NeoGAF is confsued, Microsoft will need to do a little work to make it clear to everyone that 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.” — Thomas Mahler
This is interesting, as Microsoft had confirmed before that they were leaving developers the option to bring exclusive games to Project Scorpio. This opens the door for developers to move on with better technology without completely alienating the original Xbox One audience. It could be totally possible that Microsoft plans to have their future console releases act more like PC upgrades, leaving the option of backwards compatibility for generations to come.
It was also recently discovered that Microsoft removed any mention of virtual reality from Scorpio’s website, which is one of the big features that the company talked about previously. A spokesperson later said that “when Project Scorpio ships later this year it will be the most powerful console ever built with a 6 teraflop GPU to deliver true 4K gaming, high-fidelity VR experiences, and greater graphic fidelity.” However, they did not comment on why the references to VR gaming were removed.
In comparison, Sony has stated there won’t be a new PlayStation system for some time. Sony seems to be doing fairly well with their virtual reality device, PlayStation VR, so it’s doubtful we’ll see them release a console with better 4K or virtual reality gameplay any time soon. For now, it seems the two companies have completely different plans for the future of gaming.
What do you guys think of this? Would you like to see console upgrades become more like PCs? Do you think Project Scorpio will deliver on its promises? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!