Apologies to all of the Nintendo Switch fans, but the Xbox Scorpio is the best thing that is coming this year for consoles. A bold statement, but for once, Xbox can defend themselves.
The Xbox Scorpio is supposed to be one of the most powerful consoles to ever be released. To say this about any console a couple of years ago, it would not have mattered. Look at PlayStation 3 around the time of its release if you want proof. Now the insides of the consoles are mattering more. PlayStation released the PS4 pro to compete with the PC which is a battle they should have never entered. Xbox is somewhat doing the same thing, but the right way.
Xbox is putting as much effort as they can into trying to make a powerful console that will run 4K resolution natively at 60 frames per second. This is very ambitious but smart. The gaming community has become more involved in the PC for a lot of reasons. This, in turn, has made the console companies take interest in them as well. The amount of Steam active users has been steadily increasing for years even to the point where they had caught up with the number of active users of Xbox Live. These companies have realized that and began coming up with ways to keep their users. Xbox responded with the Xbox Scorpio.
The reasoning it is the top console is because unlike Nintendo and their interesting concepts on how to game, Scorpio is a straight forward gaming machine. No gimmicks, just power. That is what put them over Nintendo. There will never be another successful console that was like the Wii because people are somewhat over it. People want to play games that push the limits of our imagination. The Switch will have lower barriers than the Scorpio.
The Switch will have characters that we know in bigger and beautiful worlds, but it will still get cheated out of every other game that will really push boundaries.Mass Effect will be a huge game, but will it be on the Switch? Witcher, Assassin’s Creed, Ghost Recon, will they be on the Switch? The question is not supposed to insult Nintendo and their console making abilities, but it is a consumer question.
There is an obvious risk with the Scorpio, and that is the price. If the machine does what Xbox says it will do, it will not be cheap. In defense of Xbox, the family of consoles is set up to be that way. You have the cheap Xbox One. The more expensive yet inexpensive One S, and then the Scorpio. All games will be playable no matter what console version.
Xbox should still remain humble, as they have quite a bit of catching up to do. Things could turn in their favor if they continue to make their consumer happy and keep great games coming to the console. That is what will put them in the lead and put them at the top of the ladder.Nintendo is still huge competition, but Xbox has a chance to recover and they are going to take it.