Xbox Clarifies How the Xbox Exclusives will Work

Aaron Greenberg, Microsoft’s head of Xbox games Marketing gave Engadget some more information on how Xbox exclusives will be handled when it comes to Project Scorpio and virtual reality.

Just a few months ago at E3, Phil Spencer took the stage at the Xbox conference to talk about Xbox Play Anywhere, and Project Scorpio. He said that all Xbox One accessories and games will work between the systems, and he reiterated that Scorpio would not get any exclusive games. Later we found out that VR systems that work with Xbox (Oculus Rift) will only be able to run on Scorpio. There will obviously be VR only games, so that confused a lot of people. Greenberg explained.

“The idea was, first, how can we innovate with hardware without sacrificing compatibility?” he told Engadget. “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 went on, “The next thing was ‘Are you going to make games exclusively to Project Scorpio?’ And 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. 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.”

So it seems that Microsoft has decided that VR is whole other thing, outside of the Xbox ecosystem, and therefore their statement remains true. Whichever way you put it, virtual reality games will not work on Xbox One or Xbox One S. New details on the Scorpio are imminent, so keep to Hardcore Gamer to stay up to date.