This year has been an extremely busy one for gamers who are in the market for a new video game console. In August, Microsoft released the slim version of Xbox One, Xbox One S, and they announced Project Scorpio at E3 2016.
Sony has been busy with PS4 Slim, in addition to the reveal of PS4 Pro. The latter is launching in November and then Microsoft will be coming with Project Scorpio in 2017. It’s an exciting but also somewhat hectic time for gamers who are looking to pick up a new console.
From the get-go with Xbox One S and Project Scorpio, Microsoft has been upfront with gamers about the two systems. Microsoft’s Albert Penello talked about the company’s decision to announce both Xbox One S and Project Scorpio at the same time.
“We wanted to let people know in advance so that we didn’t run into the opposite problem which is next year we announce Scorpio and we have people that bought Xbox One S and went ‘Why didn’t you tell me this was coming a year later? I would have waited.’
“I’m glad we give people that option, to figure out what makes sense for them, what’s important to them. I think we have a great product [in the Xbox One S]…I’m very confident in that product and the value that it delivers, and I’m glad we told people that something else was coming next year, and to give people the opportunity to wait if they think it’s going to be better for them. I think we’ve given them enough information that they can understand what’s coming,” Penello told TechRadar.
It has been an unusual time for gamers because of the emergence of mid-generation console upgrades. This is something the industry hasn’t seen before, but could be the new norm in a few years.
Xbox One S has been available for close to a few months now, and it has enjoyed success. Many thought the announcement of Project Scorpio would cut into the S’s sales, but that hasn’t been the case.
Microsoft has announced specs for Project Scorpio, and if you haven’t had a chance to get a peek at them, you can do so here. The system will be a considerable upgrade for folks, and provides yet another option for people to jump into the console market.
Project Scorpio will debut Holiday 2017, while Xbox One S is available now. Stick around here at We Write Things for more on Xbox and gaming.