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Xbox Scorpio : everything we know about Microsoft’s 4K-ready Xbox

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The new upcoming console from Microsoft that promises native 4K gaming and VR headset compatibility. Ahead of Microsoft’s June 11 keynote, the company has started posting a series of vignettes on the company’s UK Facebook page teasing its upcoming super console, Xbox Scorpio.

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Here, we discuss all we know about Microsoft’s upcoming Xbox Scorpio including release date and pricing rumours, and some of the key features that you can expect from the high-end console, including full specs.

Xbox Scorpio Specification

Microsoft has fully revealed the Scorpio’s specs to Eurogamer’s Digital Foundry months ahead of the console’s release, so we know exactly what we have to look forward to.

The Scorpio boasts a custom-built eight-core CPU, with each core clocked at 2.3GHz. That’s similar to the octa-core setup in the PS4 Pro, but that only runs at 2.1GHz – and it’s miles ahead of the 1.75GHz CPU in the original Xbox One.

The entirely custom AMD chip boasts 40 compute units each running at 1172MHz – dramatically faster than the 911MHz the PS4 can manage across its 36 units. Microsoft has lived up to its promise to offer six teraflops of GPU power.

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Scorpio offers 12GB of GDDR5 (versus 8GB in the PS4 Pro), with a total memory bandwidth of 326GB/s and 4GB of that is reserved for the system, but 8GB remains dedicated to games.

It also have 1TB hard drive by default, again with improved bandwidth to help keep load times light. There’s also one of the latest AMD media blocks, to let players capture game content in full 4K with HDR, and an Ultra HD Blu-ray drive.

Key Features

  • 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

How much will it cost?

No info on this yet, But Digital Foundry offered an educated guess that, due to Scorpio has a larger processor (the most expensive single part of any console), 4GB more memory, a faster hard drive, a UHD Blu-ray drive and a state-of-the-art cooling solution, a price point of $499 might be likely.

 

Xbox Scorpio hardware comparison

Here we compare hardwares of Project Scorpio vs PS4 vs Xbox One

Hardware Project Scorpio PlayStation 4 Pro Xbox One
CPU Eight custom x86 cores clocked at 2.3 GHz Eight Jaguar cores clocked at 2.1 GHz Eight custom Jaguar cores clocked at 1.75 GHz
GPU 40 customized compute units at 1172 MHz 36 improved GCN compute units at 911 MHz 12 GCN compute units at 853 MHz (Xbox One S: 914 MHz)
Memory 12 GB GDDR5 8 GB GDDR5 8 GB DDR3/32 MB ESRAM
Memory Bandwidth 326 GB/s 218 GB/s DDR3: 68 GB/s, ESRAM at max 204 GB/s (Xbox One S: 219 GB/s)
Hard Drive 1 TB 2.5-inch 1 TB 2.5-inch 500 GB/1 TB/2 TB 2.5-inch
Optical Drive 4K UHD Blu-ray Blu-ray Blu-ray (Xbox One S: 4K UHD)

Scorpio VR

Xbox has recently announced that it will be bringing mixed reality headset support to Xbox One and Scorpio in 2018. At E3, Xbox chief Phil Spencer was explicit about his desire to get 4K and VR on the Scorpio.

It’s abundantly clear that VR is coming to the Scorpio and doing so by next year. It’s also clear, judging by Microsoft’s discussion on how it views virtual reality through the lens of its Mixed Reality team, that any VR coming to the Xbox will do so through the Windows platform.

Which games will be available for Xbox Scorpio?

According to Windows Central, a number of games will be used to demonstrate the 4K capabilities of the Scorpio during the grand reveal.The list includes the highly anticipated Forza Motorsport 7, which is rumoured to be one of the first fully compatible games for the platform.

Beyond the initial announcement, rumours suggest there is a long list of games that are looking to take advantage of the Xbox Scorpio from day one, including the likes of Red Dead Redemption 2, Star Wars: Battlefront 2, along with the next FIFA, Madden and Call of Duty games.

We’ll update this article with new information as soon as we receive it, so make sure you check back soon….

 

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