A lot of people have been anticipating the launch of the "most powerful console ever", Microsoft's Project Scorpio, ever since it was announced at E3 last year. It would seem that the company may have made more fans in the form of GameStop, the popular video game retailer.
During its recent earnings call, the CEO and the COO of the company expressed enthusiasm over the much-awaited gaming console, which Microsoft had famously called a "for the fans" offering. The company has been keeping its secrets pretty close to its chest, as not much is known about the console beyond what the company detailed in the Scorpio teaser last year.
The gaming industry faced an unlikely decline in software and hardware sales last month owing to fewer game releases, and the anticipation for the Nintendo Switch. GameStop admits to the slowdown, but has an optimistic outlook.
GameStop’s CEO Paul Raines explained:
“In physical gaming there have been cyclical declines without question, but we have very strong cards to play in Nintendo Switch, Sony VR and Microsoft Scorpio”,
Without divulging too much information, the retailer is all praise for the gaming system, and believes that it will drive sales and deliver great games when it is released in the holiday season.
On being asked for details, Tony Bartel, the Chief Operating Officer of the company said:
“Finally, we’re impressed with [the] Microsoft Scorpio product. It is a ‘gamer friendly console that will drive revenues when it launches this Holiday season.
Unfortunately we can’t talk about a lot other than what’s known. The Scorpio is a very powerful system that’s really made for 4K. We see it [as] a very gaming centric, very, very powerful unit and so we do believe that there will be some great games that are made for this.”
The next-gen console in the Xbox One family is touted to have six teraflops of power, true 4K gaming, and an 8-core processor. It will be a premium system for a higher than usual price, with better graphics for 1080p TVs. Microsoft is expected to launch Project Scorpio on June 11 at the E3 this year.