Xbox Project Scorpio’s Hood Lifts
A couple of days ago, we told you that after months of speculation it seemed like the newest Xbox console was going to be revealed today. It appears all those rumors were true and today we learned that Digital Foundry and Eurogamer had been given the opportunity to give the world its first look at Microsoft’s latest console, also known as Xbox Project Scorpio.
Eurogamer and Digital Foundry put together a series of pieces listing the full specs for the 4K console, and suffice to say it’s shaping up to be a powerhouse of a machine.
Inside each system will be a CPU featuring eight custom x86 cores, clocked at 2.3 GHz, a custom GPU with 40 customized compute units clocked at 1172MHz — an “unprecedently high clock speed for a console,” Eurogamer writes — and 12GB of GDDR5 RAM. Players will also have 1TB, 2.5-inch hard drive to play around with, and a 4K UHD Blue-ray Drive.
Digital Foundry posted a slick video breaking down what is under the hood. Check it out:
I see your PlayStation 4 Pro and raise you an Xbox Project Scorpio…
Needless to say, Project Scorpio is going to be the most powerful console we have seen to date. So what does this mean for Joe gamer? Eurogamer and Digital Foundry both had a chance to check out a Forza Motorsport demo running at native 4K and 60 frames per second. Granted, this doesn’t mean that every game will run this way (or consistently) but it’s a promising indicator of the console’s power capabilities. “True” 4K gaming is tricky, and the PS4 Pro isn’t capable of pulling it off. (Instead, it uses an upscaling technique to leverage all of those extra pixels on your TV.) If Microsoft can deliver that level of performance across a range of titles, including first and third-party offerings, it would be a huge differentiator from Sony.