Xbox 2 Release Date - Project Scorpio

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The XBox 2 Release Date will be in November of 2017 (Updated Project Scorpio Release Date) or sooner. With the ability to play all of your old games and the new ones, you should be saving this for this release in the coming months.

When Microsoft announced the Xbox One S, everybody was expecting it, but when Phil Spencer took the stage at the end of E3 2016 and announced Project Scorpio (Xbox 2), we had some serious news on our hands. He promised "the most powerful console ever built." It's coming in holiday 2017, and the biggest question on everyone's mind is this:

Is Project Scorpio Xbox 2?

Normally, that wouldn't even be a question, but in a post PS4 Pro world, we have to wonder if it's truly a next generation console, or something iterative like the Pro, which Sony has explicitly stated is not the PS5.

Typically, we classify generational leaps as a jump in power that's significant when compared to the last console. That's why models like the Xbox One S don't count, because they're largely the same.

Now, Project Scorpio is promising things like native 4K and hi-fidelity VR which is something you would normally expect from only the most powerful PC rigs.

Another major component of a "new generation" is usually a new format, and in many cases, the inability to play older titles (unless there's backwards compatibility). This is where things get murky with Project Scorpio, because Microsoft is trying to break down the walls between generations as we know them.

XBox Release Date History
Original XBox Release Date November 15, 2001
Time Between 3 years, 5 months, 27 days
XBox 360 Release Date May 12, 2005
Time Between 8 years, 6 months and 10 days
XBox One Release Date November 22, 2013
Time Between 3 years, 11 months and 24 days
XBox 2 Release Date
"Project Scorpio"
November 15, 2017
(To beat the PS5)
Worst Case Estimate: June 1, of 2022

Microsoft's own Aaron Greenberg spoke with Engadget about Scorpio and they asked him if this was the final console generation.

To this, Greenberg said, "I think it is. For us, we think the future is without console generations. We think that the ability to build a library, a community, to be able to iterate with the hardware--we're making a pretty big bet on that with Project Scorpio. We're basically saying, 'This isn't a new generation; everything you have continues forward and it works.' We think of this as a family of devices."

He went on to say that Microsoft is planning to learn from the reaction to Project Scorpio and if it's a big success, they believe it will change the future of consoles as we know it. Of course, the ability to bring forward all of your games and accessories is something new for the industry.

Backwards compatibility is, at it's best, just the games. Even that has been hard to get with the past few generations, but Microsoft is promising that everything will go forward with you to Scorpio/Xbox 2. Furthermore, Scorpio isn't planning on having any exclusive games ,except for VR titles.

That means even the new games will work on your older system. This makes gamers like me wonder how much better Scorpio can be if the games are required to work on older systems too. Greenberg went on to say,

"I think the really important thing for people to understand is the nut we've tried to crack here is ensuring we hit hardware innovation at the same time we ensure compatibility. That term of an upgrade is gone. We are wiping out those generational boundaries. As a gamer, it's pretty cool. Because then I know the games I buy and play today and the controllers I use today are going to work on that machine of tomorrow. And that's the real major step-change."

Knowing this, it's hard to really say that Project Scorpio really is Xbox Two, but with Microsoft's new approach to an "Xbox Family" Scorpio stands as something new and different. In that regard, it is the Xbox 2, because it represents the next major step forward for the industry.

Graphics, power, and VR are all next-gen buzzwords, but the real reason why Project Scorpio is the same as Xbox 2, is the way it shatters our expectations surrounding backwards and forwards compatibility. So, if this is Xbox Two, then what are Microsoft's plans for the future? More consoles like this one?

A tweet on Phil Spencer's account shows that Microsoft is already thinking ahead, perhaps even past Scorpio:

So, Project Scorpio/Xbox 2 won't be the last we see of Microsoft, but it will be the first step into a bold new future where everything you buy and play goes with you as you move up in the models.

The Xbox Family: What it Means For The Future

Microsoft is referring to their trio of consoles (Xbox One, Xbox One S, Xbox 2/Project Scorpio) as the Xbox Family. They are driving home the concept that no gamer will be left behind. If you buy an Xbox game, you can play it on any of the console within that family, and the same goes for your controllers and accessories.

The benefit of course, is that playing games on Project Scorpio (Xbox 2), will allow you to play them in 4K and with potential graphical upgrades like we see on the PS4 Pro. Since Xbox Two is so powerful, though, we have to wonder how much of a difference we’ll be seeing.

A leaked document in January of 2017 revealed some of the console’s specs and how developers can take advantage of them. We did a little digging ourselves and discovered some interesting information from reputable sources like Digital Foundry.

We found that developers have the option to use the system’s power for things besides resolution. The examples they used were higher fidelity shadows, reflections, texture filtering, draw distances, and so on.

Furthermore, we discovered that Thomas Mahler who created Ori and the Blind Forest on Xbox One, has seen what Xbox 2/Project Scorpio has to offer and he describes it as a “full blown next-gen machine.” Which fuels our case that Project Scorpio is indeed Xbox 2.

So, Microsoft is making the games compatible across all the systems. That way you’re always a part of the family. What’s more interesting is the Play Anywhere program, which ropes PC gamers into the mix. Essentially, you can buy a game on Xbox, then play it on PC as well and transfer your saves.

Recently, a sequel to Shadow of Mordor was announced entitled Middle Earth: Shadow of War. This sequel is releasing on August 25th, and the developer has confirmed it will have features on Project Scorpio. Whether that’s simply 4K or something more remains to be seen.

How long and how large this “Xbox Family” will grow is an interesting point of discussion. Will the next console after Scorpio also have games that play on everything back down to Xbox One, or will the family get broken up then? Hard to say, but for the foreseeable future, every game will work on every console (and sometimes PC too).

VR on Xbox: All The Options

Another thing we know about Xbox 2/Project Scorpio, is that it will have support for VR. These titles will be exclusive to the platform, since Xbox One won’t be getting a VR solution. The question that’s on our minds, is who will be manufacturing the headset?

On the one hand, Oculus Rift seemed like a solid choice, but then Microsoft announced its own line of Windows 10 VR headsets in late 2016. It would make the most sense for these to be compatible on Xbox Two, but no mention of that was made at the unveiling.

What we do know, is that the headsets are being made by different manufacturers and will start at $300 for the base model. The entire line of headsets also supports inside-out tracking sensors which removes the need for a camera or external sensor.

These are different than the HoloLens, which is an augmented reality headset. For the time being, it’s assumed that these headsets will still be wired in nature. Current partners listed were HP, Dell, Lenovo, Asus, and Acer, so it stands to reason that one of these manufacturers are working on a variation of their Windows 10 headset for Project Scorpio (Xbox 2).

Some of these manufacturers are already working on headsets. Acer is working with Starbreeze to create the high-end line of StarVR headsets. Asus has a leather strapped headset, and AntVR is partnering with Lenovo for mobile VR setups.

Regardless, Microsoft is promising “hi-fidelity” VR that is supposed to compete with Sony’s PlayStation VR solution. It’s assumed that VR will come after the console’s release in holiday 2017, but that could change.

Predicting the Xbox 2 Price

Microsoft is in the midst of a transition between the past and the future. While the Xbox One had some misfires, Project Scorpio/Xbox Two is looking to come out of the gate swinging with it's high-end specs, VR support, and native 4K. Phil Spencer hasn't said much on the price, but what he has said assures us that it will be more than Xbox One S, and priced as a "premium console."

One thing is certain, gamers will speculate, and we will be right there with them. Join us as we explore the Xbox Two Price!

The Xbox One

Xbox One release dateXbox One is well into its lifespan, and with Xbox One S, gamers have two models to choose from until Project Scorpio (Xbox 2) releases. Things have been good for the console, but we’ve had some downturns, such as the cancellation of Scalebound which was looking to be a solid exclusive from Platinum Games.

With the aforementioned “Xbox Family” in place, the lifespan of the Xbox One is an interesting concept. Since gamers will be able to play their games on both Scorpio and Xbox One (or the S), it lends a longer lifespan to the console.

Despite Microsoft promising not to leave anyone behind, at some point in the future, they’ll need to trim the family. I imagine this will happen with Scorpio’s successor or if they really stretch it, the console after that.

We kind of assumed Xbox One would last ten years, but this new revelation that games will go forward and backward could make it last even longer, but not by much I imagine. Scorpio releases in 2017, and I would bet that Xbox One won’t make it much past the ten year mark which would be 2023.

At the pace of technological development, it will just become too obsolete by then to warrant games being backwards compatible. It will be dead weight for the newer console or consoles Microsoft has by then.

The Xbox 360

xbox 360 release dateIf we call the lifespan of the Xbox five years, then the Xbox 360 will have doubled that of its predecessor by the time it is finally phased out. Although the 360 had a relatively shaky start as consoles go with the red ring of death a constant thorn in the side of gamers, and losses reported in the initial months of trading, the success of this beloved console soon picked up.

The Xbox 360 made it an admirable ten years from 2005 to 2016.

The Xbox

xbox release dateSome young gamers today will have been born after the debut of Microsoft’s very first entry into the world of the games console. The Xbox was launched in November of 2001, and was in direct competition with the PlayStation 2 from Sony, along with other now-retro consoles - the Dreamcast from Sega and the GameCube from Nintendo. Despite the Xbox’s successes, notably adding an Ethernet port to allow easy online gaming, the Xbox was swiftly discontinued after the launch of its successor in November, 2005. Support for the original Xbox continued until 2009, however no new games were released for it after Madden NFL 09 in August, 2008.

Latest News

Xbox 2/Project Scorpio Specs Leak!

A whitepaper meant for developers was leaked, and the people at Digital Foundry broke it down. We dove in to see what all the fuss was about and we discovered some interesting information about Xbox 2/Project Scorpio. We also scoured the forums and discovered that an Xbox developer has spoken out about the leaked specs and his opinion is quite interesting! Find out more in the full article!

Xbox 2/Project Scorpio Promises "True 4K and Hi-Fidelity VR"

The official landing page for Project Scorpio/Xbox Two has been updated to show a few promises. Namely, they are "True 4K" and "Hi-Fidelity VR." What does Microsoft mean by these terms. More importantly, how will they integrate these promises into the price and structure of a console? We take apart this news and examine it in our full article!

Phil Spencer Says "Don't Worry" About Xbox Two's Price

Phil Spencer doesn't want people worrying about how much the Xbox Two will cost. He's confident people won't be shocked by the price point, but he's also reminding people that this is a "premium" console. What's his reasoning behind this advice? Find out in our full article!

Project Scorpio Announced

At E3 2016, Phil Spencer announced a new console coming from Microsoft. It has a release date of holiday 2017 and it is promised to be "the most powerful console ever made." Ladies and gentlemen, I think we have a release date for the Xbox 2, but only time will tell. The name isn't final, nor are the specs fully released.

Find out more by clicking the link above and checking out the full article!

We’ll be keeping you up to date with the very latest when it comes to the release date of the Xbox Two so check back frequently to discover any new snippets of information on the rumor mill.

Xbox Two Confirmed

This is huge for us here at Xbox Two Gamers. Phil Spencer, the head of Microsoft's Xbox Division, spilled the beans that Microsoft is indeed planning on doing another console after the Xbox One. Did he call it the Xbox 2? Find out in the full article!

Why Xbox 2 Needs to Happen Sooner than Later

The environment of the industry is showing signs of massive acceleration. The Xbox One will be out of date before we know it. In this article we take a look at the major factors that suggest the Xbox Two should be here sooner rather than later.

Microsoft Lays Off 60 Members of the HoloLens Team

This is rough news for everyone involves. After deciding that they wanted to "switch focus" Microsoft laid off the entirety of its HoloLens team in Israel. Not only is that harsh, but it raises questions about the HoloLens and whether its future is in jeopardy.

Former Xbox Boss Talks Xbox Two

Robbie Bach, the previous chief of the Xbox division, spoke with GeekWire and made some pretty exciting comments about the Xbox Two and other emerging technologies. You'll want to read this one.

GeekWire's Podcast With Robbie Bach

This is the source for the Robbie Bach article. If you're curious about what else he said during the podcast, check out this link for the full details.

Will Microsoft Buy AMD?

AMD is the manufacturer of the chipsets that power the Xbox One and the PS4. If Microsoft were to buy out the company, they would have a huge edge over the competition. Sony would literally have to pay Microsoft just to make their consoles. Find out if these rumors have any truth to them in the full article!

What The HoloLens Means For Xbox 2

The HoloLens is Microsoft's new augmented reality headset. While it hasn't been released yet, it joins several other headsets in the virtual reality field which could point towards a future where this type of gear is used consistently across the new consoles. Find out what the HoloLens means for Xbox 2!

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x box two

x box two is amzan gaming system. loving it

xbox two

Bro The Xbox two is not even out till 2020

x box two

x box two $700 +3 games with tax.

Xbox 2

Is $700 the actual price for the Xbox 2

xbox

dude i support xbox and sony not to mention nintendo by the time xbox 2 comes out there will be a ps5 not to mention nintendo's next 6 gen console which will have little better graphics than xbox one and ps4 and by the time xbox 3 and ps6 come out nintendo's 7th console will graphics will be little better than xbox 2 and ps5

pS5

PS5 comes out tin 2022

Xbox Two

I would love to pre own one of those but it would take a long time to wait 5 years Microsoft's making us wait

Xbox 2

The Xbox 2 looks cool but if it costs a lot of money then it would be a waist of time making it ( but I might get it) if its not a lot of money. :)

Xbox 2

Dude no matter what the xbox two will cost $300+ because the xbox one still cost $300. So why would they make a newer console less than the one that came before.

Xbox 2

@Owen on Sun,
Because when the Xbox One came out, not a lot of people bought it because of the price but since it's cheaper and way better , way more people will buy. It's called good marketing.

XBOX 2 SYSTEM

I CAINT WAIT FOR THE NEW XBOX 2 SYSTEM COMES OUT I HOPE IT COMES OUT IN 2017 BEFORE PS5 COMES THE PS5 IS COMING IN 2018

Your an idiot

If you read the whole thing you would've read that it said it was coming out with PS5 in 2020

xbox 2

How do you know the xbox 2 is coming out in 2018?

PlayStation vs xbox

i believe that PlayStation is better than Xbox because Sony is coming out with a ps5 and ps4 is the top selling console on the market.

who cares

they both are good systems and have good graphics so what if xbox has problems so does ps4, ps4 always gets hacked and both systems have the same games that come out for it

Games

The Xbox Consoles have more games than playstation including the Just Cause series, the Forza motersport series and the Forza horizon series

Success

No matter what some say the Xbox is a very unique product with a history of high success with a game library of thousands of successful games.

The Xbox is what the gaming market needs to rival the monopoly of other tech companies like Sony and Nintendo.

Playstation VS Xbox

That's debatable when sony has had there servers hacked so many times, and the quality of xbox gold to sonys play store or w/e its called now is clearly a huge difference in microsofts favor.

Xbox

Xbox is awseome so going to get it

xbox vs playstation

i think its way to soon to get either system im sure there well be lots wrong with these 1st batch of new consoles. im going to wait a year or price drop,

Naaaa.... wait for the PS5!!!

before the ps4 and xbox one came out, more people were buying xbox 360 than ps3. now in 2014/15, more people are starting to buy playstation 4's cus i believe the xbox one is NOT better than the PS4.. THE PS4 has got better entertainment is the reason. cant you tell that the ps5 will be better than the xbox two??? ps has just got a boost since the ps4 came out.

Really? Why?

It could be a lame console considering the fact that xbox one had a lot of late updates, and the concept controller looks like its going to be a touch screen controller which will be bad(windows phone controller). To gain more hype for the next console they need to announce it five years into making the console. It also looks like a green playstation. Usually I am loyal to xbox but this is just weird they might as well tell us a component of the xbox two, a better name would have been nice...seems as if they are desperate, im not trying to hate on xbox either but xbox must have a lot of wisdom to be announcing this soon.

WHY

Why all the new consoles?XBOX 360,ps3,wii,wii-u,they held up pretty well.Why do we need new?Like xbox1 or ps4.We don't need them.XBOX 360 RULES!(and so does Link)

Refresh ?

But why not making Refreshes of the Xbox every one or two years ??? i mean Apple is doing it, Microsoft is doing it with all their other devices... avec the Xbox is just a PC in a pretty box now ! so every year we have new CPU, GPU... we could with juste an upgrade of the GPU have all the games in full HD 1080p and next year or in two years (when the price is low enough) we could even have a 4K xbox for crying out loud !!!

for now i stick to my Xbox 360... as i am not really happy with the Xbox One Hardware :'(

xbox 2

PS5 sucks djck mother facker

ps5 better

Ps5 gonna be better than an Xbox and you just saying ps5 suck because you can't afford one you b I t c h

omfg

DO you not know that ps4 is way better than Xbox one and that ps5 will be better than Xbox two,you suck,ps.suck your thumb:)

got ONE

got the new xbox 2 youre not gonna believe wot it can do ???? whant ONE

ps5

Xbox 2 vs ps5=ps5 cause sony has the power in xbox360 vs ps3 xbox 360 was the best but sony realized from their mistakes and that is why ps4 is awesome but if you have ps5 you could link HDMI to windows 10 but xbox one is windows 8 that means in windows 11 times xbox2 will have windows 10 and how could ps4 beat xbox one if xbox includes windows for xbox2 you could make it good if you know that windows 10 has a small start menu windows 8 had start menu problems change the start menu make a tablet mode a pc mode phone mode and make a easy controller like ps5 and make the controller more likely like a pc and half xbox but xbox2 lost ps5 won

xbox and ps

I love my xbox 360 and don't plan on upgrading to the xbox one (or two) anytime soon. But I think it would be awesome and very smart if Microsoft and Sony would team up on a system to link xbox and ps games and servers together. They could call it PlayBox or something and if it was backwards compatible for both sides that system would dominate

Xbox Two

The Xbox One is a great console. Microsoft did a lot of things right, yet so did Sony. The biggest advantage for Sony was they mainly focused on the gaming experience. Microsoft, however, felt it would be a good idea to put all of your entertainment into one console. They failed. I personally use the HDMI In port for my 360, so I can play the both without having to switch channels.

Another reason why Sony is dominating Microsoft is because the PlayStation 4 has now power brick, and is thinner and smaller than the Xbox One. Microsoft should at least release a slim version of the Xbox One as they did with the Xbox 360. I would expect the new Xbox, or as many are calling it the Xbox Two or Xbox 720, to be released some time anywhere from 2018-2021. Microsoft should ditch the power brick, or incorporate it into the consle, and make the console smaller. Another thing is the new Xbox One update just rolled out and it's a spoofed up version of Windows 10. They should just start from scratch with a new, cleaner OS.

War on our creative entertainment

I think people should see microsoft for which it is, being look at how Gates got his business. He ripped off his friend and made a ton of money. He then creates xbox, or he has someone to create it. That was cool because I liked new things and it was different and fun. When xbox 360 came out it was about money and stealing the market, because look at how they pushed it out too early and a lot and I mean a lot of people suffered from this in console failure. Then microsoft pays a ton of money to developers for exclusivity because they knew playstation 3 was so powerful that it would ruin them, and the fact it was more difficult to make games because it was something new to developers. This being said xbox only got fans because of better games coming to it on xbox 360, when ps3 was having a hard time with new technology in the hands of those who didn't understand it, being developers. So sony got wise and made there next playstation based off of what developers were wanting to make game with, hence the ps4. Now developers are choosing ps4 because of the right choice for gamers. Microsoft failed at its attempt to take over the market for greed, now we can all begin to see this for which it is. I mean when the ps3 came out it took pc a few years to reach the power of what it could achieve, that to me was astounding. If you are a true gamer you will have realized these things by now and would have supported the right company for the right reason, not just because your a fan. I have to say sony was not at a war microsoft was. Its really that simple to understand.

no difference

i dont know why people keep saying which system is better they both have good graphics and both can play the same games and xbox just got compatible so they are both really good systems and so what if xbox has problems all the time so does ps4, xbox servers are down alot but they get them up pretty fast, ps4 always gets hacked and always has problems too so shut up if your like the ps4 is so much better just becuase you have the ps4 dosent mean you have like it just because you have it

Xbox one

I think it would be stupid to come out with a new console sooner than later. Most people don't even get the new console until its been out a year or two. If they released the Xbox 2 sooner than most people wouldn't get the chance to enjoy the Xbox one.

PS Wannabes

Hey all you guys who think PlayStation is better but commenting on an Xbox webpage. Why are all you guys reading an Xbox page but like PlayStation. It makes no sense, all you guys are doing is looking for an argument. Sure both consoles have ups and downs, but everyone has their preferences. So you can't really say PlayStation is better than Xbox. Maybe to you it is, but not for everyone. So please keep your dirty PlayStation wannabe comments NOT on an Xbox page.

Xbox One is better than the PS4

The Xbox One is a lot more better than the PS4, because the Xbox One doesn`t charge people more money just to play the Xbox 360 games online on the Xbox One GameSystem. But the PS4 does charge people money just to play the PS3 games on the PlayStation Store Online on the PS4 GameSystem. The Xbox One is always better than the PS4

seems legit

PS4 has well doubled the Xbox 1 sales... obviously people don't mind paying slightly extra if they are spending hundreds of dollars on games and a console in the first place.

Xbox 2

How about some liquid cooling

XBOXTWO

I Want XBOXTWO so bad tho like around 2017 .I wish Come true tho

xbox 2

the xbox one hasnt even been out for 5 years yet and all of you are talking about a new xbox look at the 360 they are still coming out with games and updates for it so dont get your hopes up about a new xbox because the x1 is going to be around for a long time

360

Don't know where u get your info Buddie but Xbox 360 is DONE? No more games r being made. U can't get Any new games for Xbox 360

And Nintendo NX?

I'am seeying all yours say ¡Xbox Two v.s. PS5 on 2020 yeah!
And nintendo NX will be here on 2017-2018
:v

PS wannabes reply

RAT
seriously think is the PS a wannabe of Xbox?
Pff
Serious?
The playstation 1 is from 1995 and the Xbox from 2001
DERP

great offer

I like those

PS5 and Xbox 2

they are more likely to be released in 2017-2018, because the NX is going on sale in 2016. The xbox 1 is not doing well so it is likely for an early 9th gen. and playstation will follow as all hardware this gen is outdated.

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