The Xbox Scorpio specs were revealed to Digital Foundry. If you don’t know what Microsoft’s Project Scorpio is, it’s their next installment into the Xbox family of tech. While rumors swirled about the tech previously to last year’s E3, Microsoft officially announced it at the expo and you can see that announcement here:
While we don’t know am official price, official name, or what it’ll even look like yet, we now know the specs. And here they are:
- CPU: Eight custom x86 cores
- GPU: 6 teraflops
- RAM: 12GB GDDR5
- Memory bandwidth: 326GB/s
- Vapour-chamber cooling
- 1TB Hard Drive
According to IGN (Because the majority of us have no idea what this means), “the CPU is 30% faster than Xbox One’s equivalent, with the GPU 4.6 times more powerful. Its RAM and hard drive read speeds are also improved, meaning 4K resolutions should be easily achieved and maintained.”
What’s most impressive?
It looks like Microsoft and Phil Spender are tired of the “Playstation is more powerful” conversation as the Scorpio is more powerful than the PS4 Pro and not by a little. So for the Xbox fanboy and girls, this console is for you! Haha
Apparently, in testing the Xbox Scorpio specs they used Forza 6. The machine was able to run the game at 1080p/60fps using about 60% to 70% full power. As a reference, the Xbox One uses about 90% power. So you can expect an improved performance to your already released Xbox games (including Xbox One and Xbox 360 backward compatible games).
So how much?
We don’t know a price point yet for this device but it’s been estimated to be at about $499 based on the specs according to Digital Foundry.
What about the gamers?
Now I’m personally a fan of products evolving over time. $499 is a pretty steep price but it’s still a lot cheaper than the $2,000 PC gamers brag about spending on their machines. Think about it, you’re getting a powerful gaming and VR machine right our of the box for $500. That’s not too bad, especially with those specs.
I think for the casual gamer this will be a little overkill but for Twitch streamers, Youtubers and anyone who’s thinking about gaming professionally, this would be a must have.
What about the developers?
For game developers, it certainly gives them a better toy to play with. We’ve heard of developers choosing the Playstation over the Xbox simply based on tech specs alone. So hopefully that attracts some talented developers and companies to the platform to make some awesome games.
Something that hasn’t been mentioned yet is the Virtual Reality Capabilities. I know that Xbox has some sort of partnership with Oculus, but we haven’t heard much on the subject. Although Phil does mention VR in the E3 reveal above. Hopefully, with these new and updated Xbox Scorpio specs, we can see a push for more Virtual Reality content.