Xbox Scorpio, next year’s 6TF console from Microsoft, will have a selection of exclusive titles, but these will be virtual reality games. All non-VR games will play on Xbox One and Xbox Scorpio, Aaron Greenberg, Microsoft’s head of Xbox games marketing has confirmed to Engadget.
“… we said we’re not going to have console-exclusive games for Project Scorpio. It’s one ecosystem — whether you have an Xbox One S or Project Scorpio, we don’t want anyone to be left behind,” said Greenberg. “Now, with the power and capabilities we have, we’ll be able to do high-fidelity VR. Now, that space, we don’t think of that as console gaming, we think of that as high-fidelity VR, and so with the VR experiences those will be new things that you will get on Project Scorpio.”
Greenberg also clarified that games and peripherals bought for Xbox One will work on Xbox Scorpio.
“Generally when you bring a new iteration of console hardware you lose compatibility with their games and accessories. So we’re saying, if you bought games and accessories for your Xbox One, or you buy an Xbox One S, those games and those accessories are going to work on Project Scorpio. When you think about backwards compatibility and our games lineup, we want gamers to know that when they’re ready to upgrade to Scorpio, that content will go with them. That’s our promise and commitment around compatibility,” he said.
Microsoft hasn’t delivered the most coherent message on Xbox Scorpio, with confusion around whether its games will be required to render natively in 4K and what benefit 1080p display owners will get from the new system. At least it seems to have settled any issues surrounding exclusive games. The company’s solution seems pretty fair: VR titles will be exclusive to Xbox Scorpio as Xbox One does not support VR.
For more on Xbox One, read Everything we know about Xbox Scorpio