Microsoft has released the full details for their mid-generation console update known as Project Scorpio. Digital Foundry was given the first look at the console.
The layman’s explanation is that Scorpio is more powerful than both the Xbox One and PS4 Pro. It was capable of running a test version of Forza in native 4k and 60 FPS. Other games will likely be able to do the same, but will need to have developers support the option for 4K and 60 FPS.
Games that don’t have Scorpio support will still see benefits. These games will see higher or more stable frame rate, faster load times, no screen tearing, and improve texture filtering. This will work similar to backwards compatible Xbox 360 games running on Xbox One. The Scorpio will also be able to capture gameplay at 4k and 60 FPS with its built in game DVR.
The full specs for the Scorpio and current console can be seen below.
|Project Scorpio||Xbox One||PS4 Pro|
|CPU||Eight custom x86 cores clocked at 2.3GHz||Eight custom Jaguar cores clocked at 1.75GHz||Eight Jaguar cores clocked at 2.1GHz|
|GPU||40 customised compute units at 1172MHz||12 GCN compute units at 853MHz (Xbox One S: 914MHz)||36 improved GCN compute units at 911MHz|
|Memory||12GB GDDR5||8GB DDR3/32MB ESRAM||8GB GDDR5|
|Memory Bandwidth||326GB/s||DDR3: 68GB/s, ESRAM at max 204GB/s (Xbox One S: 219GB/s)||218GB/s|
|Hard Drive||1TB 2.5‑inch||500GB/1TB/2TB 2.5‑inch||1TB 2.5‑inch|
|Optical Drive||4K UHD Blu-ray||Blu-ray (Xbox One S: 4K UHD)||Blu-ray|
Despite the full tech reveal, there still is no specific release date, price, or name for the Scorpio. E3 2017 will likely be the full reveal however Xbox head Phil Spencer has expressed uncertainty about an E3 reveal. Regardless Project Scorpio is set to release this holiday season.