When launching a new console -- even if it's just a mid-generation refresh -- it's always important to have a beefy line-up of staunchly attractive games to launch alongside it. Microsoft realizes that this is an important facet for moving hardware, and they expect to have major first party titles ready along with the Scorpio.
That's Xbox head honcho Phil Spencer, taking to Twitter to explain that the Xbox Scorpio will have a line-up of first-party games ready for the launch. That was probably one of the bigger issues with the launch of the Xbox One back in 2013, when the system landed on the market under-powered and more expensive than the PS4, and also lacking notable first-party games.
They had Forza Motorsport, Ryze and some second-party support, but it just wasn't enough to convince people to pay $500 for the Xbox One in order to give it a leg up on the competition out of the starting gate. They seem to have learned from that mistake and are now focusing on attaching software to the hardware for the release of the Xbox Scorpio.
Sony did something similar with the launch of PS4 Pro, updating games like The Last of Us: Remastered and inFamous: Second Son to take advantage of the extra horsepower under the hood. They've yet to actually make a PS4 Pro exclusive, but some of their newer games like Horizon: Zero Dawn and Gravity Rush 2 take advantage of some checkerboarding capabilities and improved shadows or stable frame-rates.
Microsoft could do something similar with the Xbox Scorpio, improving the resolution and frame-rate of games like Halo 5: Guardians. While 343 Industries was praised for the Xbox One release running fairly smooth at most times, it was criticized for the downscaling of animations and the AI when things got hectic in order to maintain 60fps. They could rectify those problems with a Scorpio port.
Alternatively, Microsoft could be focusing on new first-party titles that haven't been released yet, such as the rumored Forza Motorsport 7. There are also rumors that Crackdown 3 could end up being a launch title for the Xbox Scorpio, taking advantage of the chip to showcase advanced physics and gameplay mechanics.
A lot of gamers were bummed that Scalebound wasn't going to be one of those games to showcase the power of the Xbox Scorpio, but, hopefully, Microsoft has something else up their sleeve to compensate.
First-party support has been Microsoft's biggest bane throughout eighth generation gaming, so we'll see if they can rectify that problem by properly supporting the Xbox Scorpio this fall. If they want to convince gamers to pay for a high-end console, they will definitely need to showcase worthwhile exclusives not available anywhere else, otherwise, if it's just a bunch of refreshed titles -- such as Gears of War 4 or Forza Horizon 3 -- it's going to leave a lot of gamers wondering why not just stick with a 4K-ready PC for $599?
Microsoft is going to have to really work hard to win over gamers, especially with the cheap but effective Nintendo Switch on the market, and the PS4 still leading the pack by a wide margin.