Thursday, April 6, 2017
Microsoft had to endure a barrage of criticism due to the Xbox One being less powerful than its rival's PS4, but it's coming back with a vengeance. With Project Scorpio we'll enter the 4K gaming era, and it's arriving later this year.
Sony may have recently revamped its consoles with the PS4, but the upcoming Xbox deriving from Project Scoprio is on a league of it's own.
The Project Scorpio relies on a octa-core CPU, now running at 2.3GHz (vs 1.75GHz on the Xbox One); a GPU with 40 compute units running at 1172MHz (vs 12 at 853/914MHz); and 12GB of GDDR5 RAM with 326GB/s bandwidth (vs 8GB and 219GB/s). To top it off, a 1TB hard drive, 4K UHD Blu-ray drive, and integrated power supply (245W) so there's no external bricks.
What does this all come to? Well, in a demo of a Forza Motorsport game, Scorpio was able to run it at 4K resolution at 60fps... and had plenty of power to spare, meaning developers could have used a lot more, more complex visuals, more effects, better physics, you name it.
Scorpio will be shown working publicly at E3, and MS will surely have some eye catching demos to show us, but one thing's for certain: you'll be able to put all those pixels in your 4K TV to use with a gaming console far sooner than we'd might think. This new Xbox 4K should arrive in time for this year's Christmas season, and now it's up to Sony to show us if it can do better.