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 "When will we know the details and the exact release date?"

Now we know:

Xbox 2/Project Scorpio To Be Unveiled at E3 2017

There was some speculation as to whether Microsoft would hold a pre-E3 show to announce Scorpio and discuss details. This would be similar to what Sony did with the PS4 Pro. However, Phil Spencer confirmed in a blog post that they would full unveil Xbox 2 (Project Scorpio) at E3 2017 during their media briefing.

That means that Sunday, June 11th at 2PM PDT/5PM EDT, we'll finally have all the details on the Xbox 2. It's exciting to finally have a date to look forward to, and we'll all be waiting for the big announcement with bated breath.

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

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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.

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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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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.

Xbox vs PS

I have both the Xbox one and ps4 but the Xbox one is trash

Well i guess new consoles

Well i guess new consoles will release before 2020. Because the current gen is not powerfull enough.

Ps5 xbox 2

Get a job nerds

Xbox 2

If I were planing on bringing out a new games console I would start working on it and try to make it as good as possible and look out for the PS5 then after the PS5 has been released I would tweak the Xbox 2 to make sure it is by far better in Graphics Speed and More Memory and rerelease all the games but more improved graphics smoother game play and still bring out new games. The more realistic looking the characters and seines' are the better and more enjoyable a game would be. The only thing I would not do is release violent games.

Too many small minded people in the comment section

Phil Spencer just said he wants new hardware to come out more frequently which is good cause my xbox one cant even handle 1080p 60FPS while my PC can do 4K 60FPS with no problem which is probably the reason why you dont even see any VR announcements from Microsoft, personally I would have to consider the price and which exclusive vr games are coming out for playstation vr before I get one because it will not look as good as PC VR, and guess what in about 2-3 years from now people will be mad because the ps5 and xbox two will not be able to play 8K, so it would be smart for microsoft and sony to hurry and release a much more powerful console to handle 4K, VR and even 4K VR.

Release date wrong

Xbox 360 was released Nov 22 2005. This can be confirmed by doing a factory reset the date appears as 22 Nov 2005. Furthermore google agrees with me.

Fully Expect?

I'm not sure how you get a 100% confirmation from, "I fully expect..." That statement alone does not validate that another Xbox is coming out. I can expect to win Powerball and eighty million dollars, but that doesn't mean it's going to happen.

release date

Kevin Tan , Darpan Bajaj you're concepts for the omega XBOX 2 is awesome use all of them and please bring it out next year.

concepts

why not use all concepts and charge them at different prices wicked cool expensive

Video Games

The xbox two will be Awsome i hope they will make gta 6 for it

I want gta 6 so bad!!!!!!!!

I am going to get the xbox scorpio so that i can play gta 6 when it comes out, I cant wait.

Xbox 2 release date

Xbox 2 release date will be announced at E3 2016...no, I don't have proof. But just you watch..

I want there to be infinite

I want there to be infinite space for use to play all of the games we want and there to be free Xbox live and it for it to cost roughly 600$ with 2-3 game bundle I don't think it should be to expensive,I know the technology is gonna be changing and people are gonna have to start excepting that and I hope that the future has a lot in store for gaming consoles and what not but all I know is that I look forward to the future and what it has to offer

xbox s

cant wait.... also its not xbox 2 its xbox s

I stopped reading when...

Microsoft intends to blur the line between Xbox and Windows 10?

Go ahead Microsoft. Shoot yourselves in the mouth. You idiot micro serfs can't get platform consolidation out of your cultural ethos. Except that has failed you *every single time*.

Diversify your platforms and stop pretending it's 1996 and you're kicking ass.

Yay

This is good news to me since I want the Xbox one s. This means even though the Scorpio is coming out they won't stop making the one games, and I won't get screwed again like I did when they discontinued the 360 games.

Xbox Scorpio is NOT the Xbox

Xbox Scorpio is NOT the Xbox 2. It's just an upgraded version of the Xbox One.

It has been confirmed that

It has been confirmed that Xbox Scorpio is part of the Xbox One family. Don't believe me, go to YouTube and look up IGN Happy Hour Phil Spencer Special. They clearly stated that it's part of the Xbox One family. So whoever edited this page saying that Scorpio is the Xbox Two is clearly mistaken.

PC gaming will always be

PC gaming will always be better than consoles. Always.

Fail

Ps 5 will be the best

when will xbox 2 willcome out

when will the x box 2 will come out any body knows .like i need to know around what year does it comes

Xbox 2

OK i have a question.. keep in mind I play games on Xbox 360 every so often but not a hard core gamer. So anyone answering please don't jump down my throat over this question..
With the Xbox 2 will Xbox 360 games be able to be played or am I looking at having to rebuild my game Library? I know xbox one has the backwards compatibility,but will the new Xbox support my "outdated games?"

Xbox 2

I will not be supporting this console or any Microsoft thing again. I just find that the company lacks vision or plans for the future. They move in any direction they want to go on a whim. They may say the xbox 2 can do these things today, but will they tomorrow.

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