Microsoft’s powerful upcoming Xbox console has been announced, titled Project Scorpio, but what do we actually know about this new piece of gaming hardware?
Project Scorpio will be the ultimate Microsoft gaming console, and will be aimed at 4K gaming.
The console will be part of the same “family” as the Xbox One and Xbox One S, meaning that any new Xbox One games will work across all three of these platforms.
Check out everything we know about Project Scorpio below:
Xbox One S
- GPU Clock Speed – 914MHz
- Memory Bandwidth – 219GB/s
- Memory – 8GB 2,133MHz DDR3 + 32MB ESRAM
Phil Spencer recently stated on Twitter that the games library for Project Scorpio was shaping up well.
“Portfolio is shaping up very well. It’s great that teams are getting up to speed with 4K gaming now on PC to prepare for Scorpio,” said Spencer.
Microsoft has ambitiously set its sights on 4K gaming with Project Scorpio, stating that the console will offer 6 TFLOPS of peak compute.
Although a TFLOPS measurement doesn’t offer a concrete indication of performance, it can serve to give consumers a decent idea of what to expect from hardware.
The AMD RX 480 has a peak compute of 5.8 TFLOPS, which is close to the Scorpio’s projected 6 TFLOPS.
The main point of contention here is that the Radeon RX 480 cannot deliver 4K gaming at 60 frames-per-second. In fact, it struggles to output 30 frames-per-second at a resolution of 4K in modern titles.
It will be interesting to see how Microsoft plan to deal with the increasingly-high hardware demands set by 4K gaming.
The Xbox Scorpio will certainly be more expensive than a normal console would be, as it aims to offer a level of performance on par with gaming PCs, and will be priced accordingly.
Project Scorpio will also support Virtual Reality, and meets the minimum performance requirements of the HTC Vive or Oculus Rift.
Microsoft has also stated that Project Scorpio will be the last generation of consoles, as they will function more like PCs in the future, with gamers able to upgrade their machine’s components as opposed to buyingan entire new console.