For a number of years Phil Spencer has fronted Xbox – Don Mattrick his predecessor was quickly shown the door (with a rather grand payout) when the Xbox One original plan fell flat on it face…
Bribes...no sorry did I say that aloud, I meant cool...really cool.
But if it was Sony instead of MS you wouldn't make such unproven ridiculous comments...oops sorry did I just say that out loud? Oops I meant you're absolutely right.
A cool bribe that should deliver some favourable coverage from Digital Foundry.
@BlkxSeptember insecure much? This article and my comment has nothing to do with Sony. This is an Xbox article so take that nonsense elsewhere. For the record, if Sony did give DF the exclusive just like this on the PS5 and a little memento for their effort then yes I'd make a similar remark. I found the whole DF video thing more like an infomercial than their usual informative/objective critique style.
It would make for an awesome coaster.
They are getting their excuses in early come the inevitable merkage when it comes to digital foundry comparison vids 😂🤣
We've known for months that no matter what MS revealed as the Scorpio's final hardware specs, it would be better than the PS4 Pro up to a point that some games can run at native 4K.
It's weird how some are pissed about the Scorpio being more powerful than PS4 Pro when we knew a year in advance that it would be.
If people are so concerned about specs, just buy a PC and be done with it! A console is a low cost/lower performance product, expect a quality in-line with what you paid for.
A Microsoft exec even said sometime ago. They have some partnerships with devs, Gamestop, and other media related ppl for Scorpio marketing. This is not "unproven" comments, it's what it is.
Reminds me of Tuco Salamanacas teeth from breaking bad.
I'd rather watch the Scorpio Engine chip being displayed as a bling or fashion accessories (earrings, necklaces) .
Just appreciate the cool memorabilia please.
Was it bribery when Sony flew Digital Foundry out and paid for their stay when they covered the PS4?
Neither of your scenario nor this articles scenario bribery. Companies want to make visits like this as comfortable and easy for the visitors so that they'll go away with a good frame of mind and hopefully give a more positive outlook on things. Even if it's a negative piece in the end, having at least a positive experience outside what they're reviewing could avoid them from really going to town lol. Sony paying for the trip makes things easy for them and MS giving him the chip will make him fondly remember the trip. two ways of doing the same thing. I wouldn't call either bribery. That's more money in a brown envelope kind of thing imo.
Bribery implies that they were offered these things with the sole intent on receiving favorable coverage, with the intent of that offering either being explicitly stipulated or implied.
Somehow, I doubt that MS gave him this, or sony flew them out in your example, on the stated or implied condition that they give positive coverage.
Its as ninsigma says, if they go away with positive feelings, they're more likely to feel positive about the experience and thus the product itself. It's pretty typical really. It's why press kits for game sent to reviewers always have little extras in the packages.
Bribe a man with a useless chip? I mean, you do realize it's merely a memento, right?
So when Sony or Nintendo allow outlets to review their game with a free copy is it also a bribe? Cause ya know you can use those same games anytime after unlike the Project Scorpio chip.
Or is it somehow better to hide your hardware until after launch while releasing ballpark figures that don't equal actual launch specs along with premise videos using "similar hardware" or even better, top of the line PC components?
Also this does apply as both are similar practices from all companies involved with consoles which Scorpio is. The huge difference being one is a lot more shady and bribe worthy compared to the other seeing as one can actually be used.
Oh, and lets also not forget about practices in the console industry such as this. But yes. A single chip from the device is such a bribe. /s
DF are the last people I would expect to take a bribe...
Even after your rebuttle you still sound like a fanboy
Not really, it's more like a free advertisement. Ms gives digital foundry the chip and all the info about scorpio hardware, DF reveals it and earns revenue of clicks and views while MS gets peoples attention on scorpio because it gets presented by an well known ( and respected) site. There is nothing wrong with this behaviour and it's a common practise, not only in the videogame industry.
You mean like the "bribe" Sony gave out thousands of Ingraved PS4s. Maybe the PS3s they gave EVERYSINGLE manager at Gamestop when PSN crashed, or PS4s the year it launched? Hell maybe the 5 games a year they give to every GS manager/ assistant manager?
This is one of those situation where it'll probably never be known! Considering out of nowhere DF comes across not only exclusive coverage of Scorpio, but also given ownership of the actual chip powering Scorpio!? Who knows??
Doritos cool Ranch chips are better.
If it was sony, he would have said "a generous gift from sony to show their kindness and respect to gamers and gaming journalists in general. If this was put on sale, i would have bought it in a heartbeat".
good one BLKxSEPTEMBER.
I wish I had bookmark one of my comments I made when MS revealed new laptop, that thing is a beast too, I said if you look at what there have done with the surface and now this laptop I expect there next console to be a beast, now look at it, a mid gen console with no real update tech is now the most advanced gaming console soon to be released on the market, now the games really begin, how long was the 360/PS3 gen again, can Sony continue to hold back year after year for the next 4 years as MS add more studios and ip's to there gaming stable, I could be wrong but I don't think MS will ever release a console in the same year as Sony, like what they are doing right now, the PSPRO came out, Scorpio is announced if I'm correct this is how its going to be, Sony maybe be technical company with great R&D but MS is learning you just have to look at there other hardware.
i look forward to new dev groups and the new games that they will bring exclusively to the ms xb ecosystem, but what i would love even more is if ms would let the currently existing dev groups that hey own to create more/different ip's. at least 3 ip's per dev group would be nice and it would provide verity. this will stop the bunie issue from happening again. bungie left because they felt restricted and wanted to do allow their creativity to flow. if ms allow this, imagine turn 10 creating something other than forza and 343 industries doing something other than halo? or all top people in every ms owned dev group coming together to make a game or a few. wow!!! that would be amazing :-)
I wonder how much this thing will cost on ebay.
I'd love one of those on my shelf. Looks so cool.
These should ship a replica with every Scorpio
It was a nice commemorative piece, given to a guy who spends his days doing nothing but analyzing tech.
How dare they.
You forgot the /S
I want the same thing. How much for that baby?
I think it's really great Microsoft is confident this time. Involving third party media and filling them in this early on so that there's no rumours or false speculation.
Straight to the point. I'm liking this approach and should be something that Sony could take note of.
I've seen this before with other products, it also includes a healthy dose of astroturfing. Recently they tried it with Windows phones, didn't work. They usually also have the media go on a big smear campaign like with android and more recently the ps4 pro... doesn't seem to work.
Tin foil hat
Yes, all the media was saying the pro was barely an upgrade and not worth it. They even went so far as to highlight any hiccups. Now suddenly they are creaming themselves over Scorpio to the point where they suggest it will put them in the sales lead for the year. With Windows phones they had everyone act like it was the second coming while talking about how much malware and lag was on android, they even had been caught astroturfing comment sections several times. Windows 8 was heralded as awesome, Windows rt was apparently amazing, and Xbox one was apparently catching up to ps4. I don't know how anyone can disagree, Microsoft is pure blatantly a dirty company and they have been caught over and over.
You are aware that MS makes $3-4 billion from ANDROID per year, you do know this, MS wants android to succeed the more device that run Android, Office365 and Win10 mean a continuation of income, you buy a Mac book pro you get Office365 owner of this MS, so when you say SMEAR you better provide the information to backup your statement MR KEVNB
heres a blatant one Raiden http://www.theverge.com/201... but in all honesty, open your eyes. Mind you windows phone is dead again at the moment, so they are leaving them alone for now. Microsoft even once had a merchandise page where you could buy anti google/android/chromebook items.
Don't know about a smear campaign or the media creaming over the Scorpio especially since the latest influx of articles have been rather harsh and against the Scorpio.
They need to keep that bad boy in house , hell with sharing.
It's really cool but also sorta a questionable gift to give to a "journalist".
He isn't just a journalist. He's a tech analyst as well so this a perfect gift/memento for him.
A questionable memento would be the working scorpio and not the chip itself. There is no way on earth that he could take the chip out and make it work before E3.
Forget chip.... I would have loved to have that tour. Who the heck gets that honour.
nearly the exact same chip in the ps4 pro, not that cool. MS simply did what Sony should have been thinking. Slight boost to ram and cooling.
LOL ok armchair dev.
Pretty damn cool. I don't know how you can say otherwise.
I love all consoles obviously some more than others, but Scorpio sounds a great piece of kit let's hope it delivers. It's a great time to be a gamer PS4, SWITCH, SCORPIO:). Oh and that prototype chip looks great would be nice to own.
I'm glad DF got the scoop, the clowns at IGN, and Gamespot are not the most technical people to understand all the details of Scorpio. Their write up would have consisted of 6 TFLOPs, 8 core 2.3 GHZ CPU, 1.172 GHZ GPU, 1 TB hard drive, and their PC is faster. Like Machinima, IGN and Bloodspot complained about the games despite all the heavy heaters MS has released since launch instead of deep diving into the specs.
In short, very cool.....
I'm a sony pony that hopes the scorpio and the games will be phenomenonal. Competition will be good
So for all sony fans and Microsoft fans and nintendo fans, are there any GAMING FANS out there? You know those people who play games regardless of systems, just for the sheer fun of playing games without the need to bash on someone else for doing so.?? I ask because i own an xbox one s, a ps4 pro, WiiU, two switches, 3ds xl, nintendo classic, original xbox, 2 360's, ps2 , ps3, dreamcast, and soon a Scorpio, and to be honest I play them all because I play them for the games not to be "loyal" to any one company. And before you become a troll and say," he plays them all because he lives at home with his parents and has no job." I actually do have a job, own my own home, my own car and pay my own bills, and have a family. I think the TRUE definition of being a gamer has become blurred.
There are but I imagine most won't want to post any comments here as it definitely doesn't look like a place where such opinions are the norm. They probably just see the comments as toxic sludge and just use the site to find gaming news.
Scorpio Chip looking Cool means nothing.
Nothing Else will increase the installment base for the Xbox game console platform.
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