Microsoft Working On Xbox One Trade Up Programs For Project Scorpio Launch

Written by Neil Soutter on Sat, Jul 9, 2016 11:00 AM

There were a lot of pretty pissed off Xbox gamers when Project Scorpio was officially announced, likewise PS4 owners with the Neo. The 'buy once and you’re set for five years' mentality of console gaming had been thrown out the window, replaced by incremental upgrades. Fortunately Microsoft has now said it is indeed going to offer Xbox One trade-up programs, allowing users to exchange their current consoles for a discount on Project Scorpio.

"We want to make that transition as smooth as possible," Xbox Services manager Dave McCarthy said. "Some of our retail partners today do trade-in programs and that's definitely going to be partnerships we continue to move going forward. We'll try partnerships with our retail partners to smooth it even more with trade-in programs and things like that."

Of course McCarthy doesn’t go as far as to suggest what sort of value can be had from current Xbox One consoles, or indeed even how much the Scorpio will cost, but there will at least be some small compensation for early adopters.

Taking a look at trade in values, Xbox One consoles are worth a great deal. Anywhere from £100 - £130 seems to be the given rate at stores, but Microsoft would have to beat this if it wants to bring anything new to the scenario.

In the meantime the Xbox One S is out next month. Smaller and ever so slightly faster than the base Xbox One, it launches with a 2TB model and a new, refined Xbox One gamepad.

Source: Daily Star

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05:34 Jul-10-2016

This is yet another reason to switch to PC gaming instead. Wasting your hard earned money on either upgraded versions of the PS4 and Xbox One isn't worth it in the long run. xD

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19:20 Jul-09-2016

Tip #1



  1. Buy a 50 Dollar VCR from Late 90's early 2000s

  2. Wait for the trade deal for the Scorpio

  3. Trade in the VCR for the Scorpio cash

  4. They will never figure out that it was a VCR

  5. Buy Scorpio for small amount

  6. Sell Scorpio for its Original Price

  7. Buy a new Graphics Card

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20:22 Jul-09-2016

I like your thinking

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03:44 Jul-10-2016

Absolutely genius. Nearly brought a tear to my eye.

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16:35 Jul-09-2016

xbox 480p
xbox 360 720p
xbox ONE 900p
Xbox scorpio 1080p (mostly 30 fps) and 4 k minesweeper and candy crush
Do you see any patern here ? :P

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12:29 Jul-09-2016

Maybe they should just offer a free upgrade.... like they did with windows 10 xD
Or maybe they should come to your house while you're sleeping... steal your Xbox One and leave an Xbox One S in its place? xD

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12:53 Jul-09-2016

Thanks, that made me laugh :)

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13:08 Jul-09-2016

xD you're welcome

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11:50 Jul-09-2016

I haven't been following what has been happening with these "new" consoles. But can the PS4 Neo and this Xbox One play games in 4K or not?
I still keep hearing rumours that it can, and others saying that it can't.

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11:56 Jul-09-2016

Maybe in theory, but really not. Maybe some simple games, like 2D sidescrollers for example. But to get some AAA retail games to run on 4K would force them to decrease all the other graphical fidelity to really low level. I don't think it would be worth it at all.

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12:52 Jul-09-2016

Games will be 1080p60 (I think)


However, it supports 4K BD playback.

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13:21 Jul-09-2016

Scorpio is supposedly going to have a 6Tflops GPU..... since we know it will be AMD, we can compare to their current lineup. R9 390 - 5.1 TFlops, 390x - 5.9 TFlops, RX 480 - 5.8 TFlops

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13:22 Jul-09-2016

Since we know it's going to be new architecture I think it's safer to place it in the same range as the 480 than it is with the 390X...... so comes the question, can a 480 level GPU do 4K well if optimized well enough?

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13:36 Jul-09-2016

Personally I just dont think it's really going to be enough for 4K gaming.... but Microsofts own statement was "If you don't have a 4K TV... don't bother buying an Xbox One S"..... so maybe they've found some magic formula to make it work?

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13:42 Jul-09-2016

Well the 480X can scrape by 4K if you really turn the settings down and are okay with a lowish FPS.


Being console, they could probably optimise it to run at higher settings at 30FPS.

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14:05 Jul-09-2016

I'm skeptical..... but I've no reason to doubt they're atleast confident they can make it work..... in my opinion if they can't do a bit better than 30FPS..... they should scrap the idea of 4K.... no one wants frame dips down to 10FPS

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16:06 Jul-09-2016

Most likely it will be meant to play 4K@30fps, VR@90fps, & 1080p@120fps. Of course game optimization will play it's part as well so it won't turn out the same for every game, but I think the numbers I listed are their goals for the new consoles. Now if they can actually pull it off is another story.

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23:05 Jul-09-2016

I'd bet those new consoles will just have significantly more powerful upscaler optimized for 4K - in other words, those consoles will render games at nothing more than 1080p (1920x1080) and then just post-process the image to be rendered (hopefully) smoothly as 4K (3840x2160)

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03:56 Jul-10-2016

That is possible... What would be awesome is if they used a native 2K resolution and downscaled for 1080p or upscaled for 4K. Using native 2K and aiming the graphics settings to achieve 90fps (because basically that will be their target for VR). So say High settings with a couple settings on Ultra like maybe Textures @ 2K. If they used that model the new consoles would be pretty awesome. If not and they do what you have said then they will be bigger ripoffs than the current consoles.

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10:45 Jul-10-2016

just gonna say, in case you didn't know, 2K is 1080p

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14:52 Jul-10-2016

I thought 2k was 1440p because it is half the pixels density of 4k. So in my previous comment I meant 1440p. 1080p should be considered 1k because it is 1/4 the pixel density of 4k. If not then the whole thing makes no logical sense.

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19:43 Jul-10-2016

2.5K is what I play at, and GTX980Ti does just enough for smooth 60fps

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00:01 Jul-11-2016

So 1440P is actually 2.5K Tzzsmk? Well that is what I was meaning in my previous reply to you. If the new console were aimed to provide 90fps at 1440p and then down scaled for 1080p or up scaled for 4K they would be very good all the way around. If they really do use something like a RX-480 then that may be possible provided that they don't use graphical settings that are more demanding that what they use for the current consoles. Basically what I am saying is that the graphical fidelity should stay the same and only the resolution and frame rate should be increased so that they work for VR.

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11:18 Jul-09-2016

interesting,
unlike PC hardware which can be easily sold because it doesn't age up so quickly anymore, Microsoft will buy back useless xbone components to sell customers only little better components, right? sounds like a good business strategy to squeeze money from people continuously

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