Microsoft has revealed the specifications of its Project Scorpio games console. We have all the details, courtesy of the report from Digital Foundry. Here’s what you need to know.
Microsoft’s invitation to Digital Foundry to talk tech and exclusively reveal specs is a bold, brave move that at once highlights the platform holder’s confidence in its new hardware, and continues its strategy of keeping users informed well ahead of time, as opposed to seeing carefully laid plans exposed via a relentless, inevitable trickle of leaks. The tactic worked at E3 (albeit at the cost of annoying some Xbox One owners, and gazumping the announcement of Xbox One S), and it continues to pay off with this reveal.
Xbox Scorpio Product Specs
- CPU: Eight-core 2.3GHz processor
- GPU: 40 compute units at 1172MHz
- RAM: 12GB GDDR5 (shared between system and GPU)
- Bandwidth: 326GB/s
- Storage: 1TB hard disk
- Disc: UHD Blu-ray player
First, let’s look at the headline Xbox Scorpio specs before moving onto how this will affect gaming resolution and performance.
The Scorpio uses an eight-core processor, likely from AMD although not officially stated, running at 2.3GHz. Seasoned PC gamers might not think this sounds like a lot and, indeed, it isn’t. But keep in mind console processors are packed into an incredibly tight space, and more GHz means more heat. This is still a substantial boost over the Xbox One, whose eight cores ran at 1.75GHz.
In the graphics department, the Scorpio will get a GPU with 40 compute units running at a seriously impressive 1172MHz. Even more startling is the massive 12GB of GDDR5 memory, which is a handy combination of more and faster memory.
This 12GB will be shared by the whole system, so some will be reserved for the CPU with the rest going to the GPU.You’ll get a 1TB hard disk inside your Scorpio, along with a UHD Blu-ray player. And that’s all we know.
But there’s lots to sink our teeth into, so let’s explore performance a little deeper.
How much will it cost?
No info on this yet, sadly. We would hedge our bets at a cost between £500 and £600 depending on how much money Microsoft wants to make on each unit sold. This is, after all, a mid-range PC in a tiny box and you won’t find similar specifications for less than £600 in the world of regular Windows PCs. We’d like to be proven wrong, though, as the upper end of our estimate is very expensive.
Xbox Scorpio Release Date ?
The Project Scorpio console will be available in the holiday season of 2017, Microsoft has confirmed. Previous console launches have taken place around November, so barring any delays it’s safe to assume that this is when you’ll be getting your hands on one.
Xbox boss Phil Spencer recently confirmed via Twitter that both Xbox Scorpio games and hardware are already in production. With the console due out in just over a year, it’s hardly surprising – but nonetheless, very exciting.
Exclusives Xbox Scorpio Games ?
Initially, Microsoft stated that Scorpio wouldn’t have platform exclusives, but that position isn’t as clear-cut as we first thought. All current Xbox One games will work on the upgraded console, but Microsoft isn’t ruling out exclusives.
Speaking in an interview, a senior Microsoft spokesperson said it was “up to developers” to decide if they want to develop games exclusively for Project Scorpio.
“I don’t know about that. We’ll see. It’s up to the game development community; what do they want to do,” said Shannon Loftis, GM of Game Publishing at Microsoft.
The PS4 Pro is already on the market, an upgraded iteration of Sony’s existing console that will presumably compete against Microsoft’s Project Scorpio. It’s not nearly as powerful, but both consoles promise to work with all existing PS4 and Xbox One titles going forward.
If Sony happens to respond with a third console refresh, we’re going to have a very interesting 2017.This is a great news for all gamers,Welcome into the new gaming world.