When it comes to new consoles, there are a whole lot of things that gamers should be worried about. Will games be backwards compatible? Will there be exclusives for the new console? Am I going to be left behind? While there are still tons of unanswered questions regarding Microsoft’s mysterious new Project Scorpio, we’ve gotten a bit of clarification recently from Xbox Head of Operations Dave McCarthy.
We really do intend it to be a seamless experience going across that ecosystem of devices, including Windows 10 as much as possible. We’re learning and improving in that space on a regular basis.
According to McCarthy, the experiences that gamers have on Xbox One (by extension Xbox One S), Project Scorpio, and Windows 10 are going to be totally seamless. Project Scorpio is going to be able to run Xbox One games, and Windows 10 will be able to play some Xbox games via Play Anywhere. The fact still remains that Project Scorpio is most likely going to be having exclusive games going forward since the console is likely to be coming with some seriously upgraded hardware. That presumed exclusivity on Scorpio might be throwing a wrench into the Xbox team’s intentions of a seamless cross-console experience, but it’s definitely possible for them to pull off something that can work for everyone.
At the end of the day, declarations of “seamless experiences” tend to fizzle down into meaningless buzzwords that don’t actually mean all that much. We’ll need to see precisely what Microsoft has up their sleeves with Scorpio before we start praising their multi-console strategy, but these statements at least attempt to set the stage for the coming years. We’ll have to stay up to date with how Project Scorpio is coming along to see if the Xbox team can really pull off a smooth transition to more powerful hardware.