Someone please help these tiny dolphins trapped in an Xbox Scorpio dev kit! They must be suffocating in there! They… Oh, hang on. They're just renderings of dolphins being displayed on that Scorpio framerate screen. Turns out it can do way more than just frames per second data. My bad.
Scorpio XDK front panel does way more than just FPS count. Fully programmable. Watch dolphins on the back screen, etc. Really cool stuff. pic.twitter.com/AaV63fq9qrMay 13, 2017
Yes, apparently the front display that Xbox fans fell in love with has several ways to give developers feedback, and one of them includes dolphins swimming in the ocean. Since they're being rendered in real-time by the system's graphics processor, it's a visual indicator of how much the system can be pushed and still process images. And yes, there's an "add 12 dolphins" command, with the justification of "because why not?"
Of course, this has only made people want this feature in the consumer version even more, with some assuming that it's definitely coming…
@JezCorden Placing bets on this panel being on the retail units. Epic!May 14, 2017
@JezCorden Now, that's amazing. @Xbox @XboxP3 need to add this on final product.May 13, 2017
@JezCorden This video makes me want the screen on the final console after all, we could have an animated Cortana !May 14, 2017
@JezCorden I want one!!!! pic.twitter.com/9wDAfKFjXJMay 13, 2017
But that definitely isn't going to happen. Maybe. Probably.