After confirming that a tech breakdown of its Project Scorpio would be arriving through a Eurogamer/Digital Foundry deal, Microsoft has finally given gamers a glimpse of what they can expect from the forthcoming hardware. While the company wasn't ready to showcase some of the games that'll make full use of the new system's power, the house of Gates was more than happy to peel the curtain back on Project Scorpio for the intrepid journalists. The end result is quite something, making for the most powerful dedicated video game console ever released.
What's most impressive is that the machine will allegedly be able to hit 4K resolution while running existing, slightly-upgraded Xbox One titles like Forza Motorsport 6 (which is featured in screenshot form in Digital Foundry's breakdown) at an impressive 60 frames per second. This was the subject of much debate amongst gamers following Phil Spencer, the head of Xbox, and his comments pertaining to how Project Scorpio would render games in 4K. According to Digital Foundry, these claims are legitimate.
A quick breakdown of the specs for Project Scorpio can be found below:
CPU: Eight custom x86 cores clocked at 2.3GHz
GPU: 40 customised compute units at 1172MHz
Memory: 12GB GDDR5
Memory Bandwidth: 326GB/s
Harddrive: 1TB 2.5-inch
Optical Drive: 4K UHD Blu-ray
Based on the above information, Project Scorpio is set to be a powerhouse when compared to existing gaming consoles on the market. The PlayStation 4 Pro in particular won't be able to hold a metaphorical candle to the tech, and apparently Microsoft's system isn't all that far away from release either. Development of Project Scorpio is said to be ahead of schedule and could arrive within the next six months, according to Eurogamer.
It'll be interesting to see how developers make use of the high-power technology, especially with blockbuster titles like Middle-earth: Shadow of War being developed with Project Scorpio in mind. Ultimately, the games that benefit from the power will act as selling points for the hardware, and it sounds as if the company is hard at work to ensure that it has support from all of its biggest third-party partners.
Now, if only fans could be given a look at Red Dead Redemption 2 running at 4K on Scorpio sooner rather than later.
Project Scorpio is set to arrive at some point in 2017.