Phil Spencer: Project Scorpio Will Have No Issues

by Robert Workman

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A lot of Xbox fans are looking forward to the launch of the Project Scorpio this fall, but there are a few people that are a little concerned over how well it’ll perform.

That’s because Microsoft’s consoles have had an on-again/off-again pattern when it comes to performance. The original Xbox did okay, and the Xbox One hasn’t fared too badly, but the Xbox 360 was prone for running into that dreaded “red ring of death” issue, which would make the console pretty much inoperable. To Microsoft’s credit, however, it’s gone a long way in eradicating that problem.

So what about the Project Scorpio? Not to worry. Xbox’s own Phil Spencer provided an update on the hardware, indicating that its development is coming along fine, and that users should find “no issues” with it when it launches later this year.

When a fan asked Phil on Twitter, “Phil is there a change in the Scorpio launch date?” when hearing about potential problems with it, he simply replied, “Schedule looks very good right now, no issues.” That’s not to say the hardware won’t possibly have quirks at launch time – or if an update will create interesting issues, like the deletion of profiles (like a recent one for Xbox One Preview members did) – but it sounds like Spencer has full confidence in his team, and fans should follow suit.

Microsoft has a lot riding on the Project Scorpio right now, and will no doubt make it the focus of its pre-Electronic Entertainment Expo press conference, which will take place next month. It’ll more than likely have a line-up of games that take advantage of the hardware, including rumored titles like Star Wars: Battlefront II and Red Dead Redemption II, as well as Microsoft’s soon-to-be-announced first-party line-up, as well as would-be hits like Phantom Dust HD and Crackdown. Whether it can deliver, however, has yet to be seen.

But we’ll certainly be keeping an eye out on what the company has in mind, and, more importantly, how much it’ll set back gamers when it launches in just a few months. For the time being, though, here’s hoping we don’t see any red rings…

By Robert Workman

Robert Workman has spent years working in the video game industry, for sites like Shacknews, AOL GameDaily and Marooners Rock. He's also very skilled in contributing to podcasts and video broadcasts, and can pretty much out-game you under the table. Oh, and just go ahead and ask him about glorious craft beers. Go on, ask him.