Xbox Scorpio, PlayStation Neo And Nintendo NX: Three Consoles With Different Problems

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You don’t have to cast your mind back too far to remember a time when the current generation of consoles had the full support of their manufacturers and the major competition was between Sony and Microsoft. However, things can move quite quickly in the world of technology and just last week at E3, we received confirmation that not just Nintendo, with its NX console, but also Microsoft and Sony are readying new consoles for release in 2017!

Xbox Scorpio, PlayStation Neo And Nintendo NX: Three Consoles With Different Problems

Console Problems

As you would expect, the news that new consoles are on the way came as a shock for the majority of current generation gamers. As it was only in November 2013 that Microsoft launched the Xbox One and Sony launched the PlayStation 4, so this time around they don’t have the 6-8 year gap that they have become accustomed to seeing between generations.

And Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo are all facing some serious negative pushback from their customers about this new hardware, but not just because they are early, but for a number of different reasons. So in this article, I am going to take a look at what pressures each of the manufacturers are facing as they look to release the new consoles prior to the end of 2017.

Microsoft and Xbox Scorpio

Microsoft has been working really hard to try and build a positive narrative around what is being called Xbox Scorpio. It wants potential customers and critics to believe that with its efforts it is convincing people that they should part with more money for a new console.

As it stands, the narrative it has used has centred around being open about what the console may offer, such as superior processing power and the fact that it will be VR compatible, plus probably upgradeable. Personally, I think the only thing Microsoft currently has going for it, is the amount of information it has chosen to share about Project Scorpio, because as it stands it is far more than either Sony or Nintendo has revealed.

At E3 last week, it revealed the true nature of the console, with its humongous 6-Terra-flops of power, which makes it four times more powerful than the Xbox One. And even more powerful than the yet to be officially announced PlayStation Neo. However, it wasn’t all good news for Microsoft, as it’s announcement of a re-hash of the current Gen console with a few design changes and improved support for 4K, seemed to throw a spanner in the works.

This has left many people wondering exactly who dreamt this up over at Microsoft, as it will be telling everyone next year to go and buy the Xbox One S, only a short time before telling everyone to go and buy another new console! All-in-all, Microsoft has done nothing but send mixed messages about which console consumers should buy.

Xbox Scorpio, PlayStation Neo And Nintendo NX: Three Consoles With Different Problems

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Sony and PlayStation Neo

If you cast your mind back a few months, you may remember that it was Sony, not Microsoft that started this whole “Mid-cycle console” debate, as news about a potential PlayStation Neo aka PS4.5 was leaked a while before anyone had heard of the Xbox Scorpio.

As for the problems Sony has, so far it has only acknowledged that the console does exist, it refrained from announcing anything at E3 instead, it relied on software announcements and the PlayStation VR headset.

So, what is the problem? Well, only hours earlier Microsoft had announced the development of what could be the first super-console a beast with a huge 6-Terra-flops of processing power, which is much more than the 4.4-Terra-flops being rumored for the PlayStation Neo. So, if these power spec rumors are correct, this would mean that Sony would lose the crown of holding the most powerful gaming console on the market.

Plus, Whatever the final specs of the PlayStation Neo are,Sony still has the same problems as Microsoft. As it has to convince the nearly 40-million worldwide PlayStation 4 owners that they need to upgrade their console, and it won’t be an easy thing to do.

Xbox Scorpio, PlayStation Neo And Nintendo NX: Three Consoles With Different Problems

Nintendo NX

Of the three consoles in this article, it is the Nintendo NX that is least known about, however, what I do know is that unlike the PlayStation Neo and the Microsoft console, the NX is a full-on replacement for the Wii U.

As for the challenges Nintendo and the NX face, they are completely different from those faced by Sony and Microsoft. Whilst the Xbox and PlayStation have revelled in console glory, Nintendo’s previous console was an underpowered and almost devoid of third-party titles. Of the three current Gen consoles, it was easily the worst seller, in fact, most critics do not consider it to be kin to the Xbox One and PlayStation 3, instead, it can be compared to the Xbox 360 and PS3 for performance.

However, Nintendo has already begun to distance itself from a war on power with Microsoft and Sony over how many Terra-flops the NX may have and as instead focussed on Software. What this may mean is that the NX is yet again another underpowered console from Nintendo and something that it may find to be a hard sell.

Final Thoughts

Whilst at the moment the majority of all the specs for all three consoles are not known, what you can bet is that we’re in for an exciting 18-months or so. As you can bet that the rumor mill will keep a close eye on any breadcrumbs coming from the big three and try its best to extrapolate what it may mean.

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About the Author

Darren Wall
Darren is a proud father of two and a dedicated mobile technology writer from the UK. He's been writing about all things mobile, wearable, apps and anything else tech related for many years now for various sites all over the world.

11 Comments on "Xbox Scorpio, PlayStation Neo And Nintendo NX: Three Consoles With Different Problems"

  1. Woops!

  2. Marc_Of_The_Best | Jun 29, 2016, 10:08 am at 10:08 am |


  3. You say: “what I do know is that unlike the PlayStation Neo and the Microsoft console, the NX is a full-on replacement for the Wii U”

    Tatsumi Kimishima, the president of Nintendo says: “The NX is neither the successor to the Wii U nor to the 3DS. It’s a new way of playing games, which I think will have a larger impact than the Wii U, but I don’t feel it’s a pure replacement for the Wii U.”

    I’m more inclined to believe Kimishima over yourself and a lack of cited sources.

  4. i am looking forward to the nintendo nx from what i have seen in the rumours and what i have pieced together it looks like it will good. over the 8 year cycle that is abnormal, but saying that it has brought a stable period for games developers to push out more games which give a big value for money

  5. Not getting the neo because I already have a ps4. I’ll consider the nx and I’m looking forward to the reveal.

  6. Lets face it, Nintendo have always been below par on graphics, It’s the games that sell consoles for Nintendo, Dragon Quest, Animal Crossing and JRP’s rule handheld 3DS… And games alone like Mario or Zelda alone is enough to make me go buy the new console, Microsoft has royally screwed it’s fans over, All exclusives and AAA titles are now Xbox and Windows Dual release… If bought a Xbone, Xbone S and now the Project Scorpio that’s well over £1200… For that I can build a Monster PC that will blow all 3 consoles out the water!!! So for Xbox is dead!!! Sony I agree with 100%, Sure tech needs updated for VR and 4K Gaming, but to most of us will not make any difference apart from Frame rate’s etc and HDR as most of us don’t have a 4K or UHD TV… So for past month I have been buying top PS4 games and will continue to do so until new slim or PS4 4K is released, because god dam my luck I buy PS4 and 1 week later new console will be released. So when PS4K is released I will have around 20 games, exclusives and I won’t be able to fry an egg on the side of my PS4 Ver 1 and 2 as runs so Hot!!! But dam give me Zelda, I would go out and buy Nintendo console right now just for Zelda, as 100+ hours gameplay is worth the £300 alone!!!!! As for Xbox F*&k you, Never again, PC upgrade run on High 4K settings… Even the Xbox Scorpio won’t achieve that level of graphics… Not with APU and non dedicated Graphics Card… My 5p worth… Been gaming for 32 years, My first machine was a Vic 20 LOL… Man I’m old LOL….

  7. Museful Maestro | Jun 26, 2016, 1:54 pm at 1:54 pm |

    Oh and of course back to cartridge games, start with 100GB carts and just keep increasing the capacity as the technology matures and the market requires. Others will be going for streaming games, Nintendo will have stability and consistency, as always.

  8. Museful Maestro | Jun 26, 2016, 1:51 pm at 1:51 pm |

    Nintendo need to go back to modular upgrades, like the RAM expansion with the N64, only this time make the GPU, CPU and RAM expandable. Make the motherboard have a very wide and fast bandwidth for 10-15 year future proofing (motherboard is where most of the investment should go) and release the modular GPU/CPU/RAM at XboxOne power or even half that. Release GPU/CPU/RAM modules every 2 years. Eventually they will overtake the other two in 5-6 years in terms of power whilst still remaining affordable, accessible and up to date. Puts them in their own race.

  9. “Terra-flops”
    It’s “Teraflops,” unless you are referring to flops from Earth (as opposed to Martian flops)

  10. “so this time around they don’t have the 6-8 year gap that they have become accustomed to seeing between generations.”

    That happened exactly once. How do you become accustomed to a thing that happened once??? This was also the ABNORMAL thing. 5 – 6 years is the normal console lifespan between launch and launch of replacement.

    This massive error is only in the second paragraph. What’s the point of continuing to read???

  11. xbox scorpio- i guess revealing it, may put some people back if they wanted a more powerful console.

    ps4 neo- i think is just going to strong for vr.

    nintendo nx- nintendo has to stop making underpower console that the 3rd parties might left to the next gen. they should make the nx specs. up to ps4 neo or in between neo and scorpio.

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