The closer we get to E3 2017, the bigger the rumors surrounding Microsoft’s upcoming Project Scorpio get. Late last week, Windows Central has “fully confirmed” that heavy hitting titles like Forza Motorsport 7, Star Wars: Battlefront 2, and Red Dead Redemption 2 will be used to showcase the capabilities of Project Scorpio. An unconfirmed rumor from a Spanish technology site indicates that the name pegged for the new console will be Xbox One X.
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Project Scorpio was first unveiled at last year’s E3 and promised for a Holiday 2017 release. One of the anticipated features of the new console will be 4K supersampling, which will allow games to scale all the way up to 4K resolution which will also give image quality improvements on 1080p displays. There has certainly been much talk of exclusives these past few weeks, so it should come as no surprise that Microsoft will use the all but confirmed Forza Motorsport 7 as its main title for Project Scorpio. Other exclusives that Windows Central confirmed from Microsoft marketing materials include Crackdown 3 and State of Decay 2. All these titles are expected to run on Project Scorpio in full 4K resolution.
A few third-party games were named as well, including Call of Duty, FIFA, Madden, Star Wars: Battlefront 2, and Red Dead Redemption 2 — all of which will also run in 4K resolution. At a time when Xbox seems to be cancelling and losing exclusives, it’s interesting to see Battlefront 2 and Red Dead Redemption 2 listed in materials with regards to Project Scorpio.
As far as the name goes, even though it’s an unconfirmed rumor at this point, the Xbox One X name isn’t that much of a stretch. Microsoft’s previous refresh of the Xbox One is called the Xbox One S(lim), and adding an X to a product has been used by various companies to indicate premium quality, speed, or just being plain old eXtreme.
Of course, we’ll have to wait until later this week or even longer to find out which of these rumors stand fast, but one thing is for certain: with specs and processing power like this, expect to pay a premium for Project Scorpio.