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Scorpio Revealed Before E3 – Genius or Folly?

The predictions had it.

Microsoft is about to unveil its Xbox Project Scorpio specifications. The event will be in conjunction with Eurogamer’s tech wizards, Digital Foundry.  Eurogamer has confirmed it will run an “exclusive Xbox Scorpio reveal” on Thursday 6th April at 2pm GMT/9AM ET, following speculation. Microsoft reportedly invited Digital Foundry to its campus recently to observe the internals of Project Scorpio and witness Forza Motorsport 7 running at 4K resolution.

A surprising move for many but most definitely not an unwelcome one. It’s big news and of course the Sparks – joined this week by James (@BigSheep) – chew over the prospect of what will be in store when the news drops.

There are a few questions to ask here, such as why have Microsoft decided to make their big reveal ahead of E3, why make the reveal through an external outlet such as Digital Foundry and just how much detail can we expect Team Xbox to reveal?

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Do Scorpio and PS4 Pro Signify A Future In Which Consoles Start To Rival PC Gaming?

This week, the guys discuss the news from wccftech.com where, in discussions with ARK: Survival Evolved’s Lead Designer (and co-founder of Studio Wildcard) Jeremy Stieglitz, he revealed that he equates the power of the PS4 Pro at around the same level as a $900 PC saying:

‘We estimate it would cost at least $900 to build a similarly powerful PC, and that’s if you were custom-building it with extreme cost control. We estimate its raw GPU performance is similar to an NVIDIA 970, and along with CPU improvements and overall more memory, it’s a really high benchmark for console performance.’ See the full article here

This has to be applauded as an amazing feat from Sony to get so much oomph out of a small form factor box and at a low power consumption too. While probably not hitting full native 4K across the board of upcoming (and pre-existing) games, Sony’s mid-generation upgrade has generally been well critically regarded in terms of the visuals that it can push out – even when using checkerboarding techniques etc – making a real difference to graphical quality and visual fidelity. Continue reading

Pokemon GO – Super Successful and Brings People Together, But Can It Last?

Boom! Yep, there it was, the explosion atop an eruption that has been the soaring rise to the heavens that the already beloved Pokemon GO has enjoyed.

Nintendo’s latest mobile game, which has been a hit in every territory it has been released in so far has taken the world by storm. Just arriving in the UK as this is written and opening up the gateway for many more people who didn’t use workarounds to get the game early in Britain who will be just starting to find out what Pokemon GO is all about.

Nintendo seems to have struck gold again with this genius hybrid of augmented reality Pokemon hunting fused with real life geo data and it’s bringing Gamers out into the sunlight in their droves.

Parents are singing the praises of the game, thanking it for getting their kids, who usually never shy away from the safety and darkness of their shuttered video game lair / bedrooms, up, dressed and outside as they brave the twinkling sunlight in search of the eponymous Pokemon. Hordes of players feel the touch of glorious weather upon themselves as the game lures them (and us) further out into the wilds of civilisation where gatherings of like minded Gamers congregate, meet and compare stories of their hunting prowess. People are met, bonds are made and perhaps Nintendo will be responsible for many a friendship blossoming from it’s latest mobile diversion.

Pokemon GO being a runaway success then, can’t really be argued with and it’s great to see the Big N deliver something that seems so overwhelmingly to almost literally sparkle with that Nintendo magic that Gamers love and that they are so renowned for.

The game seems responsible for a massive spike in Nintendo stocks adding 7.5 billion dollars onto their share value since the launch – the biggest spike enjoyed by the company since 1983.

Whilst enjoying discussing the success of this new phenomenon (pokemonemon?)  the sparks ask the question – can it last? Is there enough fuel for the fire to last past the initial novelty of seeing an augmented Snorlax roosting by the local public toilets and can the massive player base be coerced on to keep on playing and more importantly from a business point of view, keep contributing by dipping in to those ever present and ever tempting microtransactions.

A flash in the pan, or the start of a new gaming utopia of connecting people in person outside of their own dwellings?

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Would Scorpio Owners Ever Be Content With Xbox One Holding Them Back?

With E3 behind us and the news of the future of our beloved hobby fresh in our minds, the Sparks discuss the new hardware announcements from Microsoft’s conference and attempt to iron out the mixed messages we received as part of these exciting announcements.

Coming to terms with these changes early on within a generations lifespan is something the Sparks are coming around too and with acceptance comes enthusiasm for the new tech we have been promised.

An interesting question worth asking that doesn’t really apply to the Xbox One S is that, with the Scorpio being so much more powerful than the Xbox One, can Microsoft really stand by their promise that no one will be left behind and indeed should they?

Obviously it’s all conjecture, but once the Scorpio has been released and there has been a fair take up of the hardware by consumers, doesn’t it stand to reason that slowly but surely, these adopters of such a powerful unit will start to desire games developed specifically to make the most out of the behemoth they have purchased?

It may be that to do the 4K @60fps for currently planned Xbox One games the Scorpio’s power is needed and is probably fully utilised in order to output these mammoth resolutions. However, as the dust settles, will Scorpio gamers become annoyed with muddy textures beneath their 4K gaming experience? Will they pine and beseech Microsoft to concentrate on some Scorpio exclusives in order for them to fully realise the power of the beast? And would Microsoft yield to such demand?

Could that be the plan all along? Microsoft quell the shouts of unfair and too soon from the current generations loyal purchasers with the promise that no one will be left behind but they see, that once the Scorpio user base grows there will be demand there for software taking exclusive advantage of the Scorpio’s hardware and pushing the boundaries of this new console. Perhaps they have planned to ‘reluctantly’ buckle under this demand and boom – the Next Gen Starts Here.

Time will tell as always, but of one thing we have no doubt at all, the first year of Xbox Scorpio is going to be very interesting indeed.
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