There have been so many rumors flying around about Project Scorpio, the newest game console from Microsoft, that it has been difficult to keep apart what we don't know from what we do know. This morning, Eurogame detailed Digital Foundry's testing of the hardware and revealed at least some things that we now know for certain about the new console - and some of it is a surprise.
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Please note that while we do have these numbers, there isn't too much we can say about the console until we know more about the system. We don't even know if it officially will be called the Xbox Scorpio.
What are the Specs and What Do They Mean?
As mentioned, Project Scorpio is the next Xbox console that is set to release in the upcoming holiday season. According to the unveiling today, it sports an 8-core custom AMD processor with a 2.35GHz clock speed, a 40-core GPU with a 1,172MHz clock speed, and a whopping 12GB of GDDR5 RAM with 326GBps memory bandwidth. It will also have a 1 TB hard drive and an Ultra HD Blu-Ray optical drive.
When you compare the Scorpio to its predecessor, the Xbox One, it does look incredibly impressive. However, let's break it down just a little more.
Let's start with the mundane: the 1 TB hard drive and the Ultra HD Blu-Ray drive had to be there. They were already part of the Xbox One and couldn't be removed or lessened for the new console. If anything, they maybe should have increased that storage. While we aren't sure what games will be available, the Nintendo Switch already has people complaining about storage space. While they have much less internal storage in that device, the games also tend to be smaller. Remember that Xbox games typically continue to grow in size as people play.
Before the reveal today, processing power was something that everyone was talking about - but maybe too much. After today's reveal, it became apparent that the console won't reach the processing power of some gaming PCs. This shouldn't be a problem for most people, however. High-end gaming PCs aren't for the typical gamer as they cost insane amounts of money and can be temperamental.
The next thing to look at is 4K gaming. It is likely that there will be 4K gaming with Project Scorpio, but just how well that 4K will work will actually depend on the game itself, making things a little more difficult for everyone involved. No one will really be able to guarantee that everything will work in perfect 4K, though some games definitely will hit it. When Digital Foundry reviewed the system, they used Project Forza and said that it hit that while using very little processing power.
Are Scorpio-Exclusive Games Likely?
As we have talked about before, it is very likely that Microsoft will seek out Scorpio only games, if only to encourage sales. Exclusives are part of the marketing strategy and with a console that is this powerful, it is likely that developers will want to make exclusive games for it, if only to stretch their own creativity and innovation. It is unknown (and somewhat unlikely) that there will be exclusives at launch, which could be problematic for them.
When Will We Find Out More About the Xbox Scorpio?
We don't have a clear idea just yet as to when we will find out more about the Xbox Scorpio. For now, the only time we know we will find out information is at E3 2017. There, we can expect to actually see the console, find out the price of the Xbox Scorpio, the games that go with it, and maybe even some accessories available with it.