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Xbox Scorpio: What Microsoft Needs to Announce at E3 2017

| January 9, 2017

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Xbox Scorpio stole a lot of headlines at E3 2016.  Microsoft managed to both get people excited about a more powerful Xbox hardware iteration, and draw a little criticism due to the hyperbolic nature of the comments made at their press conference.  Clearly stated, Microsoft said that Scorpio will be the most powerful video game console ever made.  With the better part of a year behind us, and a very important E3 2017 press conference ahead of us, this is what we think Microsoft needs to announce this year to make Scorpio a success.

Games First

Microsoft’s reveal of the Xbox One was an unmitigated disaster.  The effects of which are still being felt.  You don’t get a second chance to make a good first impression and the impression made with the Xbox One was that it wasn’t a device for gamers.  Instead, they took an angle that made the console sound like something that plays games, among other things.  You can ask any Xbox One owner and they’ll likely tell you that they use their console for the things that Microsoft intended them to.  Games, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, YouTube, Twitch, Blu-Ray, the box has certainly become the entertainment monster that Microsoft billed it as.

As a games console though, Microsoft needs to keep the focus on games if that’s the audience they’re targeting.  You certainly don’t need a more powerful Xbox if games aren’t first.  Since the transition to Phil Spencer as head of Xbox, Microsoft’s message has been games first, and unless they really drop the ball, we expect this to continue to be the case.

Gamer Friendly Policies

Microsoft had a lot of things in their original Xbox One presentation that would’ve ended up being considered as “gamer” or consumer friendly.  Unfortunately, the backlash that the initial reveal and E3 presentation brought on the device led to them completely charting a different course.  This time around, Microsoft needs to explain exactly why any new decisions and policies that are being made to the console will benefit those who buy it.

Furthermore, they need to build on the goodwill they’ve established with their fanbase.  They need to continue to foster backwards compatiblity.  This has been a huge success for Microsoft in terms of how they and their console is viewed by consumers.  Value adding features like Backwards Compatibility, Games with Gold, and others should be highlighted and not sidebars of their reveal.

Explain What “Most Powerful Console” Means

Sony dropped the ball with the reveal and launch of the PlayStation 4 Pro, and Microsoft can learn a lesson from that.  They should explain what they mean when they call Scorpio the most powerful console ever made.  The joke going around last year was the comment made in the presentation boasting the “highest quality pixels.”  That doesn’t mean anything to anyone and Microsoft quickly remedied this by removing this comment from their promotional materials.  Microsoft needs to clearly outline exactly what the hardware is, and how it will benefit Xbox One games that have already launched and those that are slated for the future.  High dynamic range, 4K, resolutions, better framerates visual effects, virtual reality or any other concrete, real-world, measurable improvements could go a long way in swaying a consumer to purchase the console.  While Sony tried to do this with the PlayStation 4 Pro presentation with Mark Cerny explaining what the differences between the original PS4 and PS4 Pro would be, it was really hard to convey on stage.

Xbox Scorpio Price & Release Date

One of the biggest debates about Xbox Scorpio is how Microsoft is going to keep this console affordable, while adhering to the performance comments they’ve already made about the device.  You have pundits and analysts already speculating on the price of the console and the estimates have been wide ranging.  With E3 2017 and their press conference, Microsoft has a chance to deliver a message to the masses by clearly stating how much the console costs and when you can buy it.  By delivering all the pertinent information up front, they have a chance to leave any lingering questions or doubts by the wayside.  Taking their message beyond E3 and into the launch window they can concentrate on continuing to build value for the console instead of leaving consumers in limbo (aka Nintendo Switch).

Please Don’t Talk About The Cloud

Microsoft has seemingly left their cloud talk behind, but that doesn’t mean they won’t retread going forward.  Power of the cloud were buzz words that Microsoft used consistently in the marketing of the Xbox One.  It was a concept that was very hard to understand.  Eventhough developers did say that it wasn’t smoke and mirrors, it wasn’t something that most people could wrap their heads around or see a measurable benefit in the games they were playing.

E3 2017 Megaton Wild Card

Sony has been consistently one-upping Microsoft at E3.  A year with a new hardware reveal that is potentially as exciting as the Xbox Scorpio could be a year for Microsoft to strike back.  However, it’s the unknown surprises that noone sees coming that usually draw the most attention.  If Microsoft can announce something about the Scorpio that noone saw coming and is a positive for the console they can really generate a lot of momentum and consumer interest.  Whether that be an exclusive that noone saw coming, a feature of the console that noone expected, or something else to get fans excited… there’s got to be something that gets people buzzing about the Xbox Scorpio coming out of E3 2017.

Anything you think Microsoft should do at E3 2017 to make Xbox Scorpio a success?  Let us know in the comments section.

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  • Johnny J

    I think they need to bring more exclusives games. Expand their library faster than they are doing. The way to win is to release games that are too good to be denied. Focus less on Halo and Gears and have your studios take exciting risks. And focus a bit more on games with sophistcated stories.

    I’m rooting for Xbox to get it right, they’ve layed the foundation with backwards compat and other user friendly policies. But the one place sony has them beaten is exclusives and diversity of exclusive catelog.

    • HardWorkingFamilyMan

      Haha. “The way to win is to release games that are too good to be denied”. Kind of like Halo and Gears.

      Haha what a joke, you know, kind of like these exclusives and the diverse catalog of exclusives that the tooth fairy told you about. The same ones that you and Santa play on the weekends. Congrats on your “featured article by AOTF” JJ.

      • Johnny J

        Well halo has had 6 mainline games and if you include reach, ODST and the war games that 9. Gears has 5 games. Yes they are good games. But you have to have more games than guys shooting aliens.

        LAst E3 sony had racing, zombies, spiderman, platformers, RPGs, Hack and slash and Japanese games. So what I’m saying is gamers come in all shapes and sizes and some care about stories and others about online play. Playstation has all covered Xbox does not.

        • Samuel Sanchez

          And most of their games are delayed. In 2015 I don’t think Sony came out with anything at e3 to top backward compatibility or halo. In 2016 e3 Sony won by releasing some of the games they promised during 2015e3 and PlayStation vr and the pro. The XboxS was just a slim refresh and Microsoft games lineup was weak except gears. The Scorpio reveal was there just to save face. 2017e3 unless Sony comes out with an amazing games line up and some good games for their vr is already looking to be another microsoft year.

          • Johnny J

            So in 2015 final fantasy 15 remake and shemue 3 announcement?

        • HardWorkingFamilyMan

          But what good is it to have it all covered when all the games are trash? I’d rather a few really good games, no matter the genre, then a variety of turds to choose from.

          • Johnny J

            The last of us sold over 9 million game of the year. Uncharted series each sold over 5 million uncharted 2 won game of the year. Bloodborne sold 2 million game of the year contender. Grand turismo the biggest selling driving sim game. Until Dawn was a hit, Gravity Rush 2 getting great reviews. The show only baseball game out there. Let is die over a million downloads. Journey winner of many awards and sold well.

            You can pretend that all you need is Halo, Gears and Forza. But more is always better and in the last 7 years no xbox exclusive has come anywhere near winning game of the year. If someone has 50 and someone has 4 it’s very rare that the 4 will be better than all the 50 combined

          • HardWorkingFamilyMan

            I have both systems, I’ve had Xbox since day one though and prefer it. I haven’t owned a PS since the original. But when I got my son a PS4 for his Bday I was a bit excited. TLOF was fun but got old and I never completed it. UnCharted series is really good except for 4, the story was lame. Bloodborne was fun for 2 days then the Hack’n-Slash got really old really fast. I’ve yet to play Until Dawn but with def put that in my list. The Show was a fun rent when I played it. Grand Tursimo is def a great racing game but not quite to the level of Forza.

          • Johnny J

            You’re deffo can’t be serious. I’m going to block you because I don’t want to talk with you anymore or see your comments

          • HardWorkingFamilyMan

            Haha. That was too easy. Later tater

  • Sexy Mcgee

    They need to announce no spec locking of already released games, more focus on 1080p60 ultra, and show off a bigger list of upgrades for games people already own if they really want to embarrass Sony. If they don’t shy away from letting devs add exclusive features to Scorpio that would be another bonus.

  • Facts First

    I don’t agree that Sony has been beating Microsoft at E3. IMO they have been winning every year since the one little controversial year (which I still didn’t see was that bad). So please correct your article.

    • Samuel Sanchez

      Microsoft definitely won 2015e3 with the backward compatibility reveal and halo 5. Sony promised a lot of games where most didn’t even come out till 2016.
      Sony won 2016 e3 since a lot of the 2015 games came out, pro and vr handily beat the XboxS and gears. The Scorpio was only revealed to steal the pro thunder and save face.
      2017e3 is going to microsoft right now unless Sony has a great exclusive games lineup and actually make good vr games.

  • Game Over

    I don’t see how Flopio can be a success. Microflop doesn’t really have any thing good on the horizon. Everything they’ve tried has failed so far and the Xbox 360 success was an actual lie. The only reason they sold more Xbox 360 consoles in the first place is because 99% of them were faulty. Microsoft is and will alway be the third place console and fourth best place to play games. If you absolutely want to scrape the bottom of the barrel as a gamer, your choice is Xbox. Otherwise there are just better options out there.

    • Troy Marcel

      Rivers of saltiness

    • Allen

      That was actually a really good read and isn’t too far from the truth, just exaggerated a bit.

    • Tomaterrrx

      Lol you expect anyone to believe that pack of lies.

  • Kyle Hanson

    How high quality will the pixels be? That is my only question!

    • Allen

      They will truly be the most beautiful pixels in the world.

    • Guest

      Probably the higest quality hdr in high quality color space. Turns out high quality pixels are a thing, just check out surface studio.

  • Allen

    I’m actually very excited to see more about Scorpio. It’s always exciting even if you aren’t planning on getting it but of course, I’m keeping my options open.

  • S. Cruz

    Lol love how its all about pixels, like pixels some how means better games. Sad the community is only into power and not gameplay. Oh well

  • Mr Xrat

    Scalebound release date.

    Oh wait.

  • WingsOfChicken

    Sony didn’t drop the ball with the PS4 Pro specs and’s a nice middle ground approach with price and hardware. No one wants to spend $600-700+ on an overpowered console that is limited to a single library of games. There is no incentive here that makes it worth it more than a PC.

  • HardWorkingFamilyMan

    Al Mc ….I’m glad you work for a below average internet gaming site and not Microsoft. Your “What Microsoft Needs to Announce” piece is a piece.

  • Truthhurts24

    Couldn’t agree more with this article. Microsoft if they were smart would invest in major 3 party exclusives to diversify their lineup like the Xbox 360 days. They do not have that many talented studios like Sony at this time right now so the best thing for them to do is invest in major 3 party exclusives.

  • Meh

    So Microsoft is officially leaving the console market? Moving all their IP to PC and releasing what is essentially a mid range PC with limited console software restrictions. No thanks.

  • Joe Cimmarrusti

    The irony is that games today cost way more than in the past…so why release Gears 4, a new COD, BF1 and Titanfall 2 within 2 weeks of each other? To keep things fresh, some of these should have been held back till this spring, where very little has been announced…quite silly really.

  • Paul Josephson

    Thanks. I learned something today. I have never seen “noone”. (<– see even the built-in comment editor doesn't like it.) I thought maybe your spell checker was off and you meant "none". Looked it up. The compound of "no one". Never seen it used the States. Occasionally, hyphenated "no-one" and obviously "no one". But, never "noone". Thanks, always appreciate learning something new.