Windows Central's Jez Corden posted a video of Microsoft's Project Scorpio dev kit on Twitter, and man does it look sexy. Well, actually it doesn't look that great. It's a dev kit, so it's kind of big and plain, but it's got this really sweet OLED display on the front with some simple diagnostics for developers, and dang if we aren't absolutely mesmerized by it. Check it out right here:
We can see the comments section already: "I don't want a huge screen on the front of my Scorpio! WTF that thing looks ugly. Really Microsoft, this is going to be bigger and bulkier than your outdated hardware?" Y'all calm down; it's just a dev kit! This is what the developers are using to make sure their games run perfectly and look beautiful on Project Scorpio once the official retail version comes out. These things are always pretty plain. They're meant to be. It's basically a computer case holding in all of the Project Scorpio guts, a few ports, and nothing more.
Except this puppy has something more. It actually looks pretty sleek. That Xbox symbol on the top right lights up and glows, and that OLED screen on the front gets cooler the more we stare at it. It might drive some of you crazy, but I'd actually enjoy having an OLED on the front of the console giving me performance data. Especially if, like the PlayStation 4 Pro, I could switch between multiple console performance modes depending on my preference. One mode would prioritize frame rate above all else, while another mode caters to 4K display owners. They could even leave those switches right on the front; we won't be mad.
This is likely the closest thing to an official Project Scorpio console reveal we're going to get until next month at E3. Microsoft will likely be going all out with Scorpio during its presentation, and hopefully the console isn't the only thing it has to show off. Phil Spencer promised that Microsoft was fully committing to great first-party software going forward, and that's what we really want to see. It doesn't matter how sleek or powerful Project Scorpio is, if we don't have great exclusives to play there, then there's no reason to buy it. Dazzle us, Microsoft (and give us that OLED screen)!