Microsoft’s Project Scorpio has been intriguing game journalists ever since its announcement at E3 2016 last year. Everyone involved with this new Xbox has been promising great things are in store and now even more has been assured. In a tweet from Microsoft’s Mike Ybarra, an extra gigabyte of RAM has been unlocked on the Xbox Scorpio. The tweet reads “We’ll keep tuning Scorpio to empower creators to share the best versions of their games. Unlocked extra GB of RAM for them now 9GB of GDDR5.”
This is entirely in line with the developer-first approach to the gaming industry Microsoft has had this generation. This is exemplified by how they handle making games backwards compatible on the Xbox One, making sure developers have final say. This is great news for developers since this allows for games to load more at once.
Another Twitter user had a pretty reasonable question about the tweet asking “Does this mean there will be 4GB of RAM disk for Xbox One games?” Ybarra quickly responded with another tweet. “Games that don’t use the full 9GB, the rest of the RAM will be used as a cache (making things load way faster, etc.). All games = better.”
Both of these tweets promise great things for the Scorpio, just as has been promised about it for about a year now. The confidence that Microsoft has when discussing the Scorpio also speaks wonders for whether or not it will live up to these promises. Having experienced insane amounts of backlash before in the past, Microsoft should know by now what they can and can’t be confident about. With issues like the Xbox 360’s Red Ring of Death and Xbox One’s E3 2013 conference behind them, the faith they have in their new console is very reassuring.
So, the console looks pretty good, but will it have enough exclusive games to back it up? This is something that Microsoft has struggled with ever since it first released the original Xbox back in 2001. Scorpio will no doubt be excellent at running third-party games, highlighted by Ybarra’s wording of “their games” in his original tweet. However, if it doesn’t have enough first-party games, it will continue to struggle to regain the fan base it lost with the release of the Xbox One. Microsoft’s E3 2017 conference is 3 days away and hopefully they wow us with some system-selling exclusives and new IPs, the latter of which has been promised by Xbox Head Phil Spencer.