The Xbox Scorpio could have an intriguing new feature when launched
The new console has the more impressive specs, the CPU is said to be 30% faster than that of the original Xbox One, while the GPU is 4.6 times more powerful than its predecessor.
Interestingly, the 8GB of memory – which is up from the 5GB found in the original Xbox One – allows the console to process art assets, making it easier to run 4K resolution visuals at higher speeds.
But that might not be enough to beat the PS4 Pro and Nintendo Switch in a market where they have been available for a much longer time.
By the time the Xbox Scorpio is finally released, Sony might even be able to reduce their price on the Pro, making for an interesting console clash.
The Nintendo Switch, meanwhile, will also have become well-established and its unique hybrid selling point might be enough to persuade gamers that it will make a better holiday purchase.
But Microsoft isn’t sitting idle and has recently confirmed a new feature that might help fans make up their minds beforehand.
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According to a new post on the Xbox Insider Program Hub, Microsoft is set to offer refunds on digital game purchases through Xbox Live.
That will include titles on Xbox One and PC, and will of course extend to the Xbox Scorpio.
"You’ve spoken; we've listened," the Microsoft message explains.
"In support of offering gamers the freedom of choice, we're making changes to the Microsoft Store purchase experience by offering customers a simple way to instantly return digital products like games and apps through account.microsoft.com.
"When a game or app leaves you wanting more, we're here to help. Self-service refunds on Xbox One and Windows 10 provide a quick, simple way of returning a digital product."
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Gamers will reportedly be eligible for self-service refunds within 14 days of purchase, if they have less than 2 hours of play time across all accounts.
However, this will not extend to DLC, season passes, and add-ons, which won’t be eligible for the self-service refunds.
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Other details include that the game must be downloaded and launched before requesting a self-service refund, while players will have to wait for at least one day after the title's release before requesting a self-service refund.
“Certain Windows 10 apps may not be eligible for self-service refunds" and it "reserves the right to block access for users who abuse self-service refunds,” a message from Microsoft clarifies.
This kind of refund feature is not currently available on the PS4, PS4 Pro, Nintendo Switch, 3DS or Wii U, making for an interesting comparison for fans to make.
It’s another step towards Microsoft making the Xbox gaming system more into a platform that can compete with other major players like Steam and GoG.
The tech giant already has the Xbox One Backward Compatibility program, a major selling point and a great way for the company to try and retain players who may have otherwise be tempted to jump to a new console.