E3 2017 Unveiling of Project Scorpio Reconfirmed by Xbox’s Phil Spencer


Xbox head Phil Spencer reiterated today that Project Scorpio, the upgraded follow-up console to the Xbox One, will be unveiled during the Xbox E3 2017 Briefing on Sunday, June 11. Spencer wrote a lengthy letter to the community in which he discussed Team Xbox’s goals with Project Scorpio, as well as what he hopes the platform will become. Spencer’s letter caps off a week of Project Scorpio news and speculation, likely signaling that no more updates will be forthcoming until E3.

Microsoft recently provided a deeper look at Project Scorpio’s hardware, showcasing the console’s 4K capabilities. Microsoft appears ready to deliver most powerful console hardware in the market when Project Scorpio launches later this year. Here’s what Spencer says Project Scorpio will deliver with such powerful hardware:

“Ultimately, we know you care most about great games, whether they be exclusive, multiplatform, independent or AAA. We are proud of the diverse lineup of games coming this year that will only be playable on Xbox One and will play better on Project Scorpio. We designed Project Scorpio to be the best console to play the blockbuster multiplatform games from our publishing partners, made it easy for recently released titles to upgrade to true 4K and for beloved, backward compatible titles to play better than ever before.”

However, it’s worth pointing out that this quote comes after Spencer spends the bulk of his time discussing how Project Scorpio was designed to be the strongest game development platform available:

“The goal is to let creators focus their time and energy on bringing their game to life, and less of it on getting up and running on new hardware.”

Phil Spencer’s letter was released in tandem with invites going out to press for Microsoft’s Xbox E3 2017 Briefing. While the invites don’t specifically mention Project Scorpio, the graphics used on the invite do tie into the graphics being used to advertise Project Scorpio. Phil’s letter and the E3 invites going out at the same time certainly aren’t coincidence, but it probably doesn’t imply anything beyond: this is the last we’re talking about Project Scorpio until E3, after all.

Considering what’s left for Microsoft to discuss regarding Project Scorpio, it’s understandable that they wait for a big event like E3 for the reveal. In particular, Microsoft has yet to reveal Project Scorpio’s price, its release date, and of course its launch line-up. Each of those topics has been crawling with speculation. Project Scorpio’s rumored to cost anywhere between $400-600, it could launch anywhere between September and November, and it might not even have a launch line-up, let alone a bevy of secret projects Microsoft’s waiting to unload during E3. It’s going to be a fun two months until E3.

Xbox’s Project Scorpio, Microsoft’s follow-up console to the Xbox One, is planned for release holiday 2017.

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