Project Scorpio...Yes Please!

Take my money.  Just go ahead and take it now.  I am dedicated to getting the Scorpio when it is released and hopefully the community is ready to jump aboard too.  E3 is just around the corner and the hype is getting almost too much to bear.  I’m ready to know all the details about this new Box, what the price point will be and when it will officially release.  Will there be new games announced with an emphasis that they will be extra amazing on the Scorpio?  Will Microsoft take a more serious role in virtual and augmented reality entertainment coming to the most powerful console ever?  It’s such an exciting time to be an Xbox gamer and the 2017 holiday season cannot come soon enough.  

Most Powerful Console Ever

This depiction of Project Scorpio cracks me up a bit because isn’t every new console “the most powerful console ever”?  Microsoft’s Xbox is certainly in an arms race of sorts with Sony’s Playstation and while Sony has focused on having many exclusive games over the last few years, Microsoft is about to smash through the previous benchmarks for console power and graphic capabilities.  To have gaming done natively in 4K will be an impressive feat and one that I cannot wait to experience.  I have already purchased a 50” 4K TV with HDR and I’m certain I will not be disappointed.  I’m especially interested in seeing games like Forza Horizon 3 which already look amazing and how much better they will look on the new console.  Developers creating new titles with specific focus on making games for the Scorpio will hopefully blow our collective minds and push this generation of gaming forward.

VR and AR Needs To Happen

With Playstation and Samsung having their own virtual reality headsets, Microsoft needs to get this to consoles fast and no better time than with Project Scorpio.  While they have a partnership with Oculus Rift they have yet to put out mainstream content for the Xbox lineup.  In past E3 events they teased the Hololens which was an augmented reality headset which got me excited and I could easily see this being released for gaming with the new Scorpio.  But is augmented reality or virtual reality the future?  Yes!  While it will never take over traditional gaming I personally think there is room in the market for both VR and AR.  I would purchase an Oculus Rift for intense immersive gaming with horror titles like Resident Evil 7 and Outlast 2.  Hololens would allow me to have a more interactive experience with my wife while she watches Criminal Minds and I play The Witness on a screen I throw up on my wall that only I can see.  My hope is that with Project Scorpio there will be more capability to use VR and AR while bringing great new content to the Xbox community.  

Price Point

For a lot of people this is the most anticipated information yet to be revealed.  For me, it doesn’t really matter as I’ve already told myself I’m getting it.  While many predictions are coming in that Project Scorpio will cost around $450-$500, that is probably accurate given the power this console will provide and that it is being marketed as the top end Xbox for this generation.  

When the Xbox One came out I told myself I would wait a year and get it when the price dropped and I managed to make it about two months after the release before breaking down and purchasing it.  I’m not fooling myself this time!  Even if the price point is $500 and a year after the release it drops in price by $50-$100, that extra cost is worth it for me to have access upon release.  I genuinely think Project Scorpio will feel more like a new generation of consoles than the leap did from Xbox 360 to Xbox One.  As the year progresses the urge to get information about this new console grows and the Xbox community and I can hardly wait.  I will attempt to contain my excitement when they announce the preorder date and I will be checking my finances to make sure I’m ready to drop some serious dough for a serious console.  Who’s with me?!

Justin Thomas
I love gaming! I love being a Dad to two young children!  I love being a husband!  What's great about my life is I've got kids who are interested in gaming and a wife who understands my need to game. I grew up in the 80's playing Nintendo classics and dabbled a bit with PlayStation before seeing "the light" that is Xbox. I love everything about it and am looking forward to sharing my experiences through the lens of a gamer, dad/husband and as a gamer with a Master's Degree in Psychology. Let the analyzing begin!  

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Justin Thomas

I love gaming! I love being a Dad to two young children!  I love being a husband!  What's great about my life is I've got kids who are interested in gaming and a wife who understands my need to game. I grew up in the 80's playing Nintendo classics and dabbled a bit with PlayStation before seeing "the light" that is Xbox. I love everything about it and am looking forward to sharing my experiences through the lens of a gamer dad/husband and as a gamer with a Master's Degree in Psychology. Let the analyzing begin!