Microsoft has announced the official reveal date for its next generation Project Scorpio console. The 4K console will be the focus of its E3 2017 press briefing, which has been moved forward from its usual Monday morning slots to Sunday, June 11th, 2017, at 2pm PDT.
Microsoft said last year it's aiming to launch the Scorpio in time for holiday 2017. Considering the limited number of Xbox exclusives we currently know about it's safe to assume Microsoft will also be revealing a bunch of new titles for the system. Persistent rumours have pointed towards Halo 6 being a launch title.
The Seattle giant is undoubtedly feeling battered and bruised after being trounced by Sony’s PlayStation 4 over the last three years so it’s likely Microsoft is going to come out swinging. This is surely not going to be some PS4 Pro style pit-stop but a full fledged console upgrade with a dedicated launch line-up to boot.
To help with the transition to a new generation, Microsoft has already stated that all original Xbox One games will be playable on Scorpio, presumably as well as any backwards compatible Xbox 360 titles.
"We're basically saying, 'This isn't a new generation; everything you have continues forward and it works'", said Xbox head of games marketing Aaron Greenberg. "We think of this as a family of devices.
"We think the future is without console generations. We think that the ability to build a library, a community, to be able to iterate with the hardware – we're making a pretty big bet on that with Project Scorpio."
In terms of raw performance we are looking at 6 TFLOPs of GPU power, eight CPU cores and 320GB/s memory bandwidth. Whether this is enough for true 4K gaming remains to be soon, although at this point we suspect it has to be if Microsoft doesn’t want to fall flat on its face.
We've then got the small matter of what the console is even going to be called now. Xbox Two seems like a logical step, although it maintains links with the Xbox One that Microsoft would probably rather forget. Perhaps simply calling it Xbox could be a way to reset the brand once more.
What would Microsoft have to do to get you interested in buying a Scorpio? Or is a console refresh pointless when all the first-party titles are available on Windows 10 anyway? Let us know!