500GB Xbox One Gears of War Ultimate Edition bundle for $350
That's obviously not what makes it a helluva deal.
You also get a $80 Turtle Beach surround sound headset, $60 Black Ops III, Assassin's Creed Unity, and NBA 2K15. So that's four games, one of which just released today, and a good headset to go the with system.
Not enough to make me bite; I don't care for NBA 2K15, I already have Unity, and I'd rather have Black Ops III on PS4. Anyone on the fence though, that's a great deal.
With that said, it is close to Black Friday, so it could very well be topped here in a couple of weeks.
So I get a new XBox One controller today so I can have one that has the jack for a headset(I ordered one off Amazon this afternoon). I sync it up with the console, and go to take it for a spin around the menus. When I hit down on the left stick, it's sluggish. I hit up, it's unresponsive. Gotta love used crap from Gamestop and having to take it back the next day.
Gotta get their equivalent of a PS4 Pro out there.
Joke is on Microsoft though, because while they're focused on claiming Scorpio is more graphically powerful than PS4 Pro, they're ignoring the fact that developers still have to ensure their games run on a regular Xbox One too. Additional optimization costs and time isn't going to be a huge priority for most developers who'd just as rather focus on PS4 and PC with their larger install bases.
I just don't think the demand for a "true 4K gaming" more powerful Xbox One is out there. If graphical performance is really what you're after, you're likely already gaming on a high end PC that doesn't have its framerate held back to 30 or 60 in some cases and you'll still be able to play what few Microsoft exclusive titles there are.
So Xbox is already launching another console? Good grief.
As Patriot said it's not a new console, just their version of the PRO like Sony did. It's been known for awhile and just like the Pro I just have no interest. Even if I had a 4K tv I'd have no interest in either honestly.
Beefing up the hardware is a smart move. I'm very happy with my PS4 Pro but MS simply needs to rediscover their 360 mojo and do a "soft reset" of sorts and move forward because Sony has been handily kicking their butts six ways to Tuesday in this generation cycle.
It's better for the gaming industry (or any other) to have tough and stiff competition so I'm hoping MS can make up some ground and tighten this thing up.
But they sort of already beefed up the hardware (albeit very minor) with the Xbox One S.
Scorpio is just a third version of Xbox One, and one that is likely to cost $500 (they could go less if they really want to take a loss). And regardless of its performance boost/more power, it's still going to have to play all Xbox One titles. There will be no Scorpio exclusive titles, so it's not even like developers will be able to fully utilize some of the power to do stuff they otherwise couldn't do.
PS4 already has a huge lead over Xbox One. I don't think this is going to do anything for Microsoft. It's going to be priced out of most gamers interest, as PS3 was when it first released and partially why it never really recovered (that and the Cell being a huge pain for most developers).
Scorpio isn't going to make developers ditch PS4 as the lead platform. It's easy to develop for and has a commanding lead vs Xbox on the install front.
And I seriously doubt most Xbox One owners are going to want to upgrade, especially those who just one year ago upgraded to an Xbox One S.
They're spending all of this time, money, and effort on getting new, more powerful hardware out, and they're ignoring that the biggest problem with Xbox One right now is games. PS4 as more, better, exclusives, third party games that run better, and is available in a lot more homes. Shoving out a $500 console upgrade doesn't change that. The people who care about performance that much are already gaming on PC's, which all play Xbox's exclusive first party games.
I think this will be a big fail, not a saving grace.
This is the one area for at least this go around where Sony has been abysmally lazy and out of touch. They have the capital. They have the lead. Do it right. Take the extra step. The current setup on the PS4 with the streaming and all is a joke.
I'm not sure how they quantify it but I think there's enough legit demand for real backwards compatibility out there past people wanting to "just feel good about it."
I think it's a case of Sony realizing that it sounds good on paper, but is rarely used and thus isn't worth the investment at this point. Emulating the PS3 with its Cell processor most likely isn't easy, if possible at all on PS4. At best they could unlock the game to stream via PS Now if you have the PS3 disc, but what's the point?
If someone wants to play their PS3 games, they shouldn't have gotten rid of the system.
Geoff Keighley tweeted that he's confident Scorpio will cost $499.
If that's the case, then that's really stupid. That price didn't work that well for them when they first launched Xbox One. They'll be right back in the same situation as then only it'd now be PS4 Pro at $399 and Scorpio at $499. And unless specs have changed drastically, Scorpio isn't that much more powerful than a Pro to warrant being $100 more given that things aren't likely to change in development (and by that, I mean PS4 will still be the lead platform).
This would be akin to Sony coming out with an even more powerful PS3 that cost well above other systems, while behind in the market by a lot and with Xbox being the lead platform. Some people would buy it, but in the long run it'd do absolutely nothing to try and change how the market is.
It's worse for Microsoft too, on the Xbox front, because all of their first party games are also going to be on PC (play anywhere titles). So Scorpio might be powerful, but it's not going to be a beastly PC. It feels like the market they're going after would likely already have good gaming PC's, in which case they'd be better off playing on their PC.
And at the end of the day, regardless of what these systems can do, developers are still having to develop their games based on what the majority of players will experience and that is the base PS4 and base Xbox One. They're not going to throw a lot of resources to go balls to wall on systems that relatively few people will be playing on.
Looking forward to the conference regardless. Maybe they'll change my mind.
Last Edit: Jun 11, 2017 11:00:24 GMT -6 by Patriot