Microsoft’s Project Scorpio Looms Even Closer; Possible Reveal Soon

Right now, all eyes are squarely focused on Microsoft, all thanks to their upcoming 4K console; Project Scorpio. There’s just something about new hardware that gets people hyped and this is no exception. Originally thought that we wouldn’t see any more info on Scorpio until E3 2017, it’s been hinted at that this isn’t entirely true. It would seem that Microsoft wants to get a jump on the event by getting Scorpio’s hardware revealed. Which isn’t a bad idea.

Originally thought that we wouldn’t see any more info on Scorpio until E3 2017, it’s been hinted at that this isn’t entirely true. It would seem that Microsoft wants to get a jump on the event by getting Scorpio’s hardware outed so it can use E3 2017, to focus on the games. Which makes sense, especially since a new system isn’t any good without games to showcase it. And while many have their doubts (which I sort of do as well), Gamestop was also very impressed with what they saw.

As of right now, there’s quite a bit of rumbling regarding when we’re going to see this beast. More so is that Microsoft is keenly aware of what’s at stake here and has agreed to have a major website to do coverage of the system.  This bit of information was dropped by Jez Corden, Senior Editor over at Windows Central and has posted this over on NeoGAF.

A major outlet visited Microsoft this week to take a look at Scorpio and its specs, using Forza Motorsport 7 as a showcase.

I’ve had the information about FM7 being a 4K “showcase” for a while, but it wasn’t until a friend of a friend of a friend of a writer at this particular outlet (no prizes for guessing who) leaked the big reveal to me that I considered it confirmed. It made previous information I had make more sense, combined with info I got from what’s happening with the Forza guys, etc. Expect a deluge of coverage next week.

The fact MS is showing off Forza and Scorpio now potentially bodes well for E3, hopefully they’re going to give us a better idea of what their games line-up will look like in 2018 and beyond, but they’re prob going to be cautious with how far out they go, due to the whole Scalebound thing. I think they’re aware of the narrative surrounding how their line-up looks like compared to Sony’s.

We generally have good info on Microsoft’s internal happenings from years and years covering Windows, Surface, Lumia (RIP) and whatnot, as tech press rather than games press.

We don’t know which outlet is being referred here. If I was a betting man, I’d say that this would be a toss up between Eurogamer’s Digital Foundry, IGN or Gameinformer. But if you want to get all technical, then DF would be the best bet. This also isn’t the first time we’ve heard about Forza Motorsport 7, as Fantec’s CEO, Thomas Jackermeier, named dropped the game last year.

I have a meeting with the team of Turn 10 this week and we will discuss several things we could do together for their next title of Forza Motorsport.

If you would like to add something, please let me know. Please tell me any wheel/pedal/shifter related issues you have in FM6 and let us know what new features you would like to see supported in FM7.

Let it be known, I’d been playing lots and lots of Forza Motorsport 6: Apex, in anticipation of the next game. I just play and imagine what we’ll see with FM 7. Just throwing that out there.

NeoGAF wasn’t the only place the’s dropped some information at, as he’s been busy as of late over on Twitter as well.

This also doesn’t look to be an April Fools joke either, thankfully.

That’s a lot to take in, but it gives me hope that Microsoft is taking the Scorpio seriously. And from my standpoint, they have to. For this to succeed, they not only have to get past the bad press they’ve had in the past but also the lackluster performance of Sony’s PlayStation 4 Pro, which didn’t turn out to be the console that it was made out to be. It was also touted as being a 4K console, yet most of its games use the checkboard approach and even then still don’t hit 60 frames per second.  Then there’s the speculation that Microsoft couldn’t possibly produce a true 4K console at a responsible price point. We’ll just have to see what happens, won’t we?

And be completely fair to Jez, even though he mentioned that Project Scorpio will be covered by a major site, he could be trying to throw people off the scent. Last time I checked, Windows Central is well-known and does cover all things Microsoft. I happen to frequent the site very much, so don’t count them out either.

Update: As I was putting this piece together, another well-known figure in the gaming news world, Shinobi602, dropped some news as well. He’s confirming what Jez mentioned and that there will be some sort of Project Scorpio news happening next week. So far everything I’m seeing is a possible hardware reveal and nothing more.

Needless to say, the upcoming weeks will definitely be interesting.

Are you looking forward to Project Scorpio or do you think this is a bad idea? Let us know in the comments!

Sources: NeoGAF, Windows Central, Twitter