Microsoft Corporation along with Sony Corp (ADR) are among the biggest players in this year’s E3 conference. Both tech companies manage to draw the largest hype at the event year after year. The 2016 Electronic Entertainment Expo was no less lacking in excitement. Sony stood out in the games department, showcasing some of the most exciting titles for the Playstation 4. Microsoft too shared a number of great gaming items. Even its latest Windows 10 OS had some impressive features on display.
Sony didn’t deliver the PS4 Neo
Admittedly though, there is one aspect in which Sony let its fans down. The rumors building up to the conference spoke of many exciting items. Among them were foretellings of new consoles from both sides. By the start of this week, the talks had already set high expectations. Xbox and Playstion fanboys alike we’re eager to witness the next gen hardware to be offered by their favorite entertainers.
However, it was Microsoft alone who truly managed to excite its fan base on the hardware side of things. The company showcased two all-new gaming consoles at the event. While Sony was not without its own hardware reveals, the much hyped PS4 Neo was no where to be seen.
Two new consoles from Microsoft
Microsoft debuted two new consoles at E3 this week. Well, one was more of a mild redesign while the other truly gave fans what they wanted. The Xbox One got a thinner and sleeker variant — the Xbox One S. The other was an all-new innovation and the true next generation in its console range. With a name sure to draw in the gamers, Microsoft called it Project Scorpio.
Six teraflops of raw computing performance make this console an ideal machine for intense graphics. The device allows its users to experience gaming in 4K. Sony was also expected to unveil a similar console. But there was no showcasing of the anticipated Playstation 4 Neo.
Every game displayed at E3 runs on normal PS4 with no hint of next generation builds. Sony Corp’s Jim Ryan says he understands the anxiousness of their gamers, but the company felt it had to relay a “pure story about games”. And while “codename Neo” is in fact a thing, Ryan says it just is ready to be put on a stage yet.
“In terms of the very articulation of it on a stage, we really want to be ready and be able to demonstrate it properly and all of that,” he offered. “So we will do than when we are ready, when we can show it properly.”
In an interview with Giant Bomb, the head of Xbox. Phil Spencer, explained that when the processing capabilities of the Xbox One are pushed to their max because of intense on-screen visuals, dynamic scaling games momentarily lower their resolution. This helps prevents lag. It also keeps the frame rate at 60 FPS.
Spencer confirmed that games running on Project Scorpio have no need for dynamic scaling. The machine’s processing power allow it to handle the intense action scenes happening onscreen.
Spencer warned that those who look forward to buying Project Scorpio with the hopes of getting a better gaming experience from their current arsenal of games will be disappointed. The head of Xbox doesn’t want to encourage buyers to upgrade to Project Scorpio just for its one-up over dynamic scaling. Not every game uses it.
The down side of all this 4K gaming consoles business is that gamers without 4K TVs (which still cost a fortune, mind you) won’t get the full experience and probably shouldn’t invest in an upgrade either.
There is still plenty of time for Xbox fans to decide though. Project Scorpio will be released just in time for holiday season this year.
We’re waiting to hear if Sony will share any details on the Neo. In terms of gaming consoles at E3, Microsoft gave us a lot more to be excited about than Sony.