Microsoft has unveiled the specs for their upcoming high-end “Project Scorpio” console.
We’ve heard nothing but rumblings and rumours about Project Scorpio since even before it was announced at E3 last year, but in a rare move in the games industry, we now have a lot more clarity about what Project Scorpio actually is.
Speaking to Eurogamer’s Digital Foundry, Microsoft dished up all the details about their upcoming hardware revision, poised to come out later this year. Here’s the scoop:
- Scorpio’s CPU comes with eight custom x86 cores clocked at 2.3GHz.
- On the graphics end, the GPU has 40 customised compute units clocked at 1172MHz.
- In terms of memory, the Scorpio comes with 12GB of DDR5 RAM running at 326GB/s.
- The system also ships with a 1TB 2.5″ hard drive as well as a 4K UHD Blu-Ray drive.
If you measure the Scorpio up alongside the PS4 Pro (Sony’s recent attempt at a higher-end PS4 console), the Scorpio definitively surpasses the Pro in every benchmark.
Microsoft says they want to get all Xbox One games (running at either 900p or 1080p) running on Scorpio in 4K. For those without 4K TVs, you’ll still gain some sharpness, with 1080p supersampling handled at the system level. Digital Foundry reports they saw a demo of Forza running on a Scorpio dev kit at 4K resolution and 60 frames per second, with the GPU not even running at 67% utilisation.
It’s unknown how much the console will sell for, and analysts are already making tough calls about the price of the Scorpio. But we won’t be in the dark for too much longer; with a tentative release date of later this year we should know more about Microsoft’s launch plans for the Scorpio likely around E3 time.
(via Digital Foundry)