Eurogamer’s Digital Foundry was invited to take a look at the upcoming Project Scorpio last week, which sparked the rumours that we would be getting the name, specs and lineup of the console. Well we definitely got the specs and they are quite magnificent and certainly will put Xbox back on the map.
The Project Scorpio comes with eight custom made x86 cores that are clocked at 2.3GHz, which is a step up from the Xbox One’s 1.75GHz. The GPU was custom built to work at top, optimal performance on the game engines of today which has allowed Microsoft to give the Project Scorpio the six teraflops of computing power it had promised.
Coupled with this, the Scorpio has been given 12GB of GDDR5 memory, which is a leap forward from both the Xbox One and Playstation 4 Pro. Memory bandwidth is also a step up sitting comfortably at 326GB/s, which is more than 100GB/s greater than both the Xbox One, Xbox One S and Playstation 4 Pro. Project Scorpio will also feature a 2.5 inch 1TB hard drive, which seems pretty standard in video game consoles.
The core of this impressive machine is known as the Scorpio Engine, a new system on chip device that features 7 billion transistors while remaining quite small in size, only 360mm squared.
The engine also features 40 Radeon compute units ramped up to 1172MHz of processing power which is a massive increase over the Xbox One’s 853MHz.
Will There Be 4K Gaming?
One of the biggest promises Microsoft has made, was that the Scorpio would be able to run games at native 4K, a big ask. However, the team at Digital Foundry witnessed a demo of Forza Motorspot being played on the Scorpio after being ported over from the Xbox One.
After being stress tested by placing the maximum amount of cars on the track it was found that it could comfortably run at 60fps, which means that there will be many Xbox One games that will run at 1080p or 900p on native 4K on the Scorpio. However one of the interesting things in regards to this, is the fact that the GPU is not fully engaged, meaning there is plenty of power left over for other improvements to the games themselves.
This spec reveal shows us how remarkable the technology within the Project Scorpio truly is, and how it is going to revolutionise the world of gaming. Microsoft have done something wonderful and the sheer amount of customisations they have done in pursuit of this project proves their commitment to making a groundbreaking new console. Stand by for any new updates as they occur.