Project Scorpio

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Microsoft looks like it’s really starting to ramp up Project Scorpio with a preview and game details to be released at E3 in June this year — the console itself is expected to be released in Q4 2017 to coincide the Christmas holiday period.

There’s no disputing, this thing is going to be the mother of all consoles — there’s nothing close to it in terms of specs. It also means this thing isn’t going to be cheap.

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More Power

Scorpio uses a similar chip to the current Xbox One in that it has eight cores, however, Scorpio runs at 2.3Ghz, which is about 30% faster than the current Xbox One. Even the impressive PS4 Pro only runs at 2.1GHz. Scorpio also packs 12GB of GDDR5 RAM, which is a full 4GB more than the PS4 Pro. Digital Foundry report that each GPU is similar to the AMD RX480 running at max clock speed, but Microsoft Scorpio has 40 compute units to the RX480’s 36, which means this thing can run games at 4K and 60fps without even getting into any active wear.

With all this extra power, Scorpio will also run your Xbox One games faster and prettier, but don’t expect to be able to run Scorpio specific games on your Xbox One.

Project Scorpio Xbox One PS4 Pro
CPU Eight custom x86 cores clocked at 2.3GHz Eight custom Jaguar cores clocked at 1.75GHz Eight 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

Show Me The Money

As mentioned above, this isn’t going to be cheap, but Xbox Services General Manager, Dave McCarthy, has stated that Microsoft will work with retailers on trade-in options. Whether this will be seen in New Zealand and Australia is unknown. One other thing that will help the pocket — all Xbox One controllers and peripherals will be compatible with the Project Scorpio console.

In an interview with AusGamers, Microsoft Xbox boss, Phil Spencer, said that the Scorpio will compete with consoles, not PCs.

“I want Scorpio to be at a console price-point. I’m not trying to go and compete with a high-end rig,”

“And because we’re building one spec, we’re able to look at the balance between all the components and make sure that it’s something we really hit that matters to consumers and gamers.”

“It will cost more than S, obviously, that’s how we are building it,” he added. “We have not announced the pricing yet, but I want to make sure that the investment we are putting into the product of Scorpio meets the demands of the higher-end consumer and that will be a higher price.”

So our guess here at GOML is that the pricing will be slightly higher than that of the PS4 Pro which currently retails for around $650.00

Virtual Reality

Project Scorpio has been built for VR and has been working with Oculus to help do so. It looks like the Oculus Rift will run with Scorpio straight out of the box which means that Scorpio may also able to utilise Rift PC games as it will run on the same Windows 10 OS that the Xbox One currently runs.

Should I Upgrade?

If you already have an Xbox One and it’s working fine then this is how I see it.

So do you need a 4K TV to utilise the Scorpio console? No, you will still see some improvements on a standard 1080p screen.

Would I upgrade to a Scorpio for a better quality picture if I don’t have a 4K screen? No.

Would I upgrade to Scorpio if I already have a 4K screen? Pretty simple answer really……………. oh hell yeah.

Justin Brosnan

Author: Justin Brosnan

A proud Kiwi, currently lost somewhere in Oz, love of tech, gaming and motorcycling… lots of motorcycling.

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