Here are a few ideas to consider when thinking about the future of Xbox scorpio…
I really started to get into gaming when I got an Xbox 360 for christmas, and I think many others can agree that they’ve gotten started out with video games in a similar fashion. The Xbox 360 was the first console to really introduce online multiplayer to the industry. This became a huge social aspect in the community that hadn’t been seen much before aside from local split screen multiplayer. With the introduction of Xbox Live, players could seamlessly jump into online matches with their friends or play with random gamers that they would’ve otherwise probably never met. I think Xbox live gave the industry the push it needed to create something more for the players, and it has definitely delivered on.
Xbox Live is the core of what makes Xbox an awesome platform to play games on. The subscription price of $60 a year hasn’t changed since it’s introduction in 2002. In my opinion the service has only become a better value to the player over the years. Game sales, and deals are a common occurence in the Xbox store, and The user interface is very well laid out with a ton of customization to make it a near perfect home theater setup. Xbox live also helps you to find new friends, and people to play with if you’re new to the community. Some recent additions to Xbox include Xbox play anywhere titles, and their new game streaming app called Mixer. The Xbox play anywhere titles act as a way to bring together PC, and Xbox gamers while at the same time, giving you more options as to what platform you want to play on. Currently, most Xbox exclusive games are also Xbox play anywhere titles, however there are many more on the way. The Mixer app is a unique game streaming platform that lets gamers share what they are doing in real time. Mixer also supports co-streaming which lets you and 3 other gamers all broadcast together at the same time. These are just a few of the new benefits that come with Xbox Live. I think the future of Xbox live means even better network reliability, advanced multiplayer so more players can be in a match together, and faster matchmaking speeds. While The software on Xbox keeps getting better and better, what about the hardware?
In the past 2 years, there’s been a big surge of TV’s that support new resolutions like 4K, and features like HDR to make colors really stand out. The price of those futuristic TV’s has gone down a lot to the point where mass market adoption is on it’s way, if not already starting. The Xbox One S was the first console to have HDR support for a few of its exclusive titles like Forza Horizon 3, and Gears of War 4. HDR or High Dynamic Range is a newer resolution technology that brings richer, and more accurate colors to your TV screen. The pixel density isn’t changed, but the quality of the pixels is higher. 4K on the other hand brings 4 times more pixels than what’s on a 1080P screen. With the introduction of the Xbox Scorpio, I think it’s safe to say that the future of Xbox gaming has a lot to do with 4K. Up until now, 4K gaming had been reserved for high end gaming computers, and those that have big piggybanks. Since the Xbox One X has a starting price of $499, I think the barrier to entry for those that want 4K gaming has been lowered significantly, and that’s a big step forward in making 4K the new standard.
One thing that bugged me in the past was that the Xbox 360 had a slower hard drive that took a bit of time to load up the game I wanted to play. Xbox Scorpio will change all that with its 8GB of flash storage so that games will be allocated more easily. Something I definitely see happening in the future would be putting Solid State Hard drives in gaming consoles resulting in lightning fast load times which would be great. The capabilities that come with Xbox Scorpio are pretty amazing for how small the console is, and its cost. The graphics processing power in Xbox One X has been completely overhauled as well, resulting in crispier looking textures, and smoother animations. Thanks to the 12GB of GDDR5 memory in Xbox Scorpio, game textures will look better, and load faster all without lowering in game performance. Many PC building enthusiasts these days choose to put liquid cooling units inside their cases because they look absolutely dope, and are quieter as well as more efficient. Although you cannot see it, the Xbox Scorpio does have a liquid vapor chamber cooling method that’s the first to ever be implemented into a console. No more red ring of death if you know what I’m talking about! This is part of what helps make the console have better heat displacement, energy efficiency, and be much quieter. With all the power of the Xbox One X there had to be an effective cooling method, and I think they nailed it.
One of the hard parts of running a game at 4K with a respectable frame rate is the optimization between the game and the hardware it runs on. Xbox, and their team of first party game developers have been working hard to make sure their exclusives run better on their console than any other third party developer would. Exclusive game developers have the luxury of putting all their efforts into optimizing their game for a single platform which lets them achieve things like being able to run Forza Motorsport 7 at 4K with a locked 60FPS exclusively on the Xbox Scorpio, and Windows 10 PC. All upcoming Xbox exclusives will be utilizing HDR10 in game, and many of the existing titles will be upgraded so no game is left behind. Graphical fidelity is definitely the future when it comes to gaming, and Xbox has a huge head start in my opinion.
Video game graphics are getting better by the day, consoles are becoming more powerful, and there’s lots more fun to be had with gaming. As much contemplation as there is about what the future of Xbox gaming will look like, I believe it’s best to just sit back, enjoy the console you have, and be happy that you’re on the best gaming platform there is. Also Here’s what I think of the upcoming Xbox One X . Thanks for reading, and feel free to let me know of future topic ideas you have in the comments below.