The Project Scorpio hype train has been derailed and set back on track multiple times in the past couple of weeks. At one point we were looking at what we believed to be some leaked specs and it seems like Scorpio won't exactly be the 4K powerhouse that we were hoping for. Microsoft also made the odd decision to remove boasts of "high-fidelity" VR from the main Project Scorpio page.
That doesn't mean that the console won't be fantastic, and it doesn't mean that it won't be powerful. In fact, we still believe that Project Scorpio will be the most powerful console in the world when it comes out later this year. In other words, we're still on board. Many of us are already wondering when we'll be able to pre-order the console, but Xbox boss Phil Spencer wants everyone to be patient and wait until we see games running on the console.
@KeenS805 Wait until we show you games on it before you pre-order. And thanks.— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) January 28, 2017
This isn't to be taken as a word of caution spoken to potentially disappointed fans. Spencer isn't saying that Project Scorpio might not live up to our expectations and so we might want to wait. He's basically saying, "You can't pre-order now, but just you wait. Once we show you what games look like on this thing and you're convinced that it's something you need, we'll let you know when and where to order it."
In the same string of tweets, a fan asks Spencer whether more games in the future will offer cross-play with PC. This is right after Microsoft revealed that Gears of War 4 would be opening up a social cross-play playlist for gamers on Xbox One and Windows 10 to enjoy playing together. Specer answered in the affirmative:
@KeenS805 I hope so, that's our goal. HW2 doesn't for some longer standing engine reasons but going forward cross-play is a good feature.— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) January 28, 2017
Halo Wars 2 is a special case, but we can rest assured that cross-play is a priority for Xbox going forward. That's good, because once Scorpio arrives we'll have three separate platforms making up the Xbox family: Windows 10, Xbox One, and Scorpio.
Hopefully we'll learn more about Scorpio in the months leading up to E3, so we'll be sure to keep you updated with anything we hear. Stay tuned!