Microsoft reveals even more tech specs of its upcoming Xbox Project Scorpio game console. While the company previously confirmed some hardware details, now it’s unveiling even more specifications about the new console.
It’s been known for a while that Xbox Project Scorpio will deliver 6 teraflops graphical power, which is 30 percent more than the 4.2 teraflops offered by the PlayStation 4 Pro. In addition, now, we know that Microsoft is also planning to increase the amount of memory to 12GB (GDDR5) from current 8GB (DDR3) found on Xbox One.
Scorpio will feature a Jaguar-based processor, instead of the rumored AMD’s Ryzer chip. Originally, Xbox One and PlayStation 4, both consoles were built using AMD’s Jaguar processors. However, the custom chip designed for Xbox Project Scorpio running at 2.3GHz is 30 percent faster than the one in the current version of Xbox.
Furthermore, the new game console will include a custom graphical processor that is clock at 1172MHz, and it’s a big jump from 853MHz and 911MHz found on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 respectively.
Project Scorpio promises to do a lot with its new hardware. For example, 900p and 1080p games will run at native 4K resolution, and Xbox One and even Xbox 360 games will have a noticeable boost in performance.
Project Scorpio vs. PlayStation 4 Pro vs. Xbox One
|Project Scorpio||Xbox One||PS4 Pro|
|CPU||8 custom x86 cores clocked at 2.3GHz||8 custom Jaguar cores clocked at 1.75GHz||8 Jaguar cores clocked at 2.1GHz|
|GPU||40 customised compute units at 1172MHz||12 GCN compute units at 853MHz (Xbox One S: 914MHz)||36 improved GCN compute units at 911MHz|
|Memory||12GB GDDR5||8GB DDR3/32MB ESRAM||8GB GDDR5|
|Memory Bandwidth||326GB/s||DDR3: 68GB/s, ESRAM at max 204GB/s (Xbox One S: 219GB/s)||218GB/s|
|Hard Drive||1TB 2.5-inch||500GB/1TB/2TB 2.5-inch||1TB 2.5-inch|
|Optical Drive||4K UHD Blu-ray||Blu-ray (Xbox One S: 4K UHD)||Blu-ray|
At this point, it’s just about what the console can do. Microsoft is not showing how the new console looks like, revealing the final name, or pricing. Though, it’s believed that it will cost around $500. However, Digital Foundry reveals that Scorpio sports a vapor-chamber cooling system. Something that you would typically find on gaming PCs.
The back of the console is similar to the one on Xbox One S. It lacks of a Kinect port, there is an HDMI input, and it includes a Blu-ray drive with support for 4K media. According to the report, everything is packed on a compact design that even includes the power supply unit.
Sound is also something that Microsoft is focusing on. Xbox Project Scorpio is said to feature a new spatial surround sound option. It’ll support 7.1 surround setups, but the company is also adding a new HRTF format created by the Microsoft’s HoloLens team.
While there isn’t a release date for Xbox Project Scorpio, Digital Foundry notes that Microsoft plans to reveal the console at E3 2017, which is also when we will get some additional details, such as pricing, upcoming games titles, and much more.