Microsoft unveiled Project Scorpio back in June and are proudly already calling it the most powerful console ever. That’s a pretty bold statement for something that really hasn’t released any big details about the damn thing. But there are a few things that we do know about the upcoming console that I feel you should know.
What were you exSPECting? (Get it? Because specs?)
Microsoft is putting in an absolute beast of a graphics processor into its new project. The company has confirmed that its new GPU will boast no less than six teraflops of processing power. In terms of power, that’s a pretty decent upgrade on the Xbox One. By some measures, it’s saying the Scorpio will be four times more powerful than the base model Xbox One. Current speculation suggests 12GB of DDR5 memory will replace the 8GB of slower DDR3 RAM found in original Xbox One units. We know that the console’s CPU will be eight-core AMD unit, the exact details remain a mystery for now.
The appearance of the console itself is still a secret for now, but we do know that it will feature some of the similar ports as the Xbox One and One S and Microsoft has confirmed that your existing collection of accessories will work with Project Scorpio.
Running a marathon
Scorpio might not pack a punch graphically quite as much grunt as a super-high-end gaming PC, but Microsoft has confirmed that its first-party software will run at native 4K resolution. So basically, Halo 6, Gears of War 5, and Forza Motorsport 7 should all run in ultra high-definition.
Third-party developers can decide to have their game support the new machine or not, but early signs are promising, even for games that launch well before Scorpio releases. The producers of Mass Effect: Andromeda, for instance, recently told Official Xbox Magazine that they’d definitely consider a Scorpio update for the sci-fi RPG.
Here comes the money.
This console will not be cheap. Xbox head honcho Phil Spencer said that Scorpio will be priced like “a premium console”. Given the upgraded specs that it’ll ship with, it’s safe to assume that the device will cost at least a little more than the PS4 Pro so I’m guessing a pricepoint in the region of $450-$500 when Scorpio hits shelves this winter. If there’s one point that Microsoft has been consistently crystal clear on, it’s the console’s release date. The Xbox Project Scorpio will launch in the holiday season of 2017.
VR you’ve come so far
Gamesradar.com said “Project Scorpio will support some sort of virtual reality solution, and its raw graphical grunt should ensure that the hardware works well with VR headsets. Exactly which devices Microsoft will support, however, remains unclear. The Oculus Rift is one possibility, given the fact that Microsoft already partners with Oculus to include an Xbox One controller with every Rift unit.”
Of course there will be bundles because it’s coming out around the holidays. The Scorpio is highly anticipated and looks like it can step back up with Sony after the sudden boost in sales with the PS4 Pro and VR. Will you be picking up the Scorpio this holiday season?