We found out recently that Microsoft was going to provide an exclusive to a major gaming news outlet through which it was going to confirm the Project Scorpio specifications. The company has done that today and we finally know what the most powerful console it has ever made touts under the hood. We already know that the Project Scorpio Xbox is going to run at 6 teraflops which is greater than its rival PlayStation 4 Pro that touts 4.2 teraflops of graphics processing power.
Many had hoped that the Project Scorpio specifications will reveal that the company has opted for AMD’s latest Ryzen CPU architecture but that’s not the case. It’s sticking with a custom Jaguar-based processor that has eight custom x86 cores clocked at 2.3GHz. It does point out that the new x86 cores in the Scorpio are 31 percent faster than the Xbox One.
The GPU touts 40 customized compute units at an impressive 1172MHz as opposed to the Xbox One’s 12 GCN compute units at 853MHz. Gone is the 8GB DDR3/32MB ESRAM of the Xbox One and the new console will feature 12GB of DDR5 memory with an impressive memory bandwidth of 326GB/S. Kitted with a 4K UHD Blu-ray optical drive, the console also comes with a 2.5 inch 1TB hard drive as standard.
All of this processing power will be put to good use. Microsoft says that 900p and 1080p Xbox One games will be able to run at native 4K resolution on this console and that all existing Xbox One and backward compatible Xbox 360 games will receive a noticeable performance improvement. Microsoft provided a ForzaTech demonstration to the scribe which showed the Xbox One engine operating at 4K while locked at 60 frames-per-second.
The rear of the new console is said to be similar to the Xbox One S so you will find an HDMI port but a dedicated Kinect port is missing. It features a cooling vapor-chamber under the hood as well as an integrated power supply. Spatial surround sound is also supported.
Microsoft hasn’t actually shown off the console, confirmed what it’s going to be called, and how much it’s going to cost. The company is going to confirm all of that at E3 2017 in June.