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As we all suspected, Project Scorpio will be unveiled at E3 2017 but today the official invitations went to the press. They clearly indicate Microsoft’s desire to reveal the final form, name and price point of their upcoming console at the biggest gaming event on the planet. About 2 months ago, Larry Hryb revealed that Microsoft’s Sunday briefing would focus on Project Scorpio but no concrete details were given. Many gamers were hoping to get a glimpse of the final form before E3 2017 but it looks like that won’t happen anymore. We’ll all have to wait until June 11.
Microsoft is going to be the first gaming company to hold a press briefing and Bethesda will follow a few hours later. Sony and other publishers like Ubisoft are expected to go on Monday. The shift to Sunday is a great move for the Xbox team because it gives them the ability to dominate the news cycle for a complete 24 hours. This will ensure that all gamers know about Project Scorpio and everything the powerhouse console can do before their main competitor has the chance to announce games or the rumored PlayStation 5. Hopefully Phil Spencer will knock the reveal out of the park and put the Xbox brand back on top.
Despite the hype, Spencer still has work cut out for him because not only must he prove Project Scorpio’s superiority over PlayStation 4 Pro, but he must also highlight the fact that Xbox is the best place to play games. In order to do so, Microsoft needs to announce mature exclusives along the lines of The Last of Us which blow gamers away. Only time will tell if this happens but so far they’re doing everything perfectly like letting Digital Foundry—their biggest critics—discuss Project Scorpio. If the right games are announced, then Project Scorpio should be an unstoppable force which wins over everyone from critics to consumers alike.