Xbox Scorpio details are pouring in and from what we have heard Microsoft say, its spec numbers will definitely arouse a few out there.
In a PR reveal with Eurogamer’s Digital Foundry, details regarding the new Xbox Scorpio’s specs were unveiled. From what we can see, the machine promises to be significantly more powerful than the Xbox One and Sony’s PlayStation 4 Pro. It has the highest CPU cores clocked, the most amount of Memory, and possibly the best optical drive around. Here are the stats provided to us by Microsoft via Digital Foundry:
|Project Scorpio||Xbox One||
|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|
While some can read through the numbers and calculate (and understand) the gap in power, others may require a live demonstration to grasp just how powerful the console is. Speaking to their readers, Eurogamer claimed to have seen Forza Motorsport run on both the Xbox One and the Scorpio.
“We saw a Forza Motorsport demo running on the machine at native 4K and Xbox One equivalent settings, and it hit 60 frames per second with a substantial performance overhead – suggesting Scorpio will hit its native 4K target across a range of content, with power to spare to spend on other visual improvements. And while 4K is the target, Microsoft is paying attention to 1080p users, promising that all modes will be available to them.” – Eurogamer
NATIVE 4K, A NEWLY SET STANDARD
The target with this machine is clear, Microsoft wants to offer players native 4K gaming experiences – that is what console gamers are all asking for, better graphics. Well, the Scorpio ships enough power to make that dream come true. Since last year’s E3, the focus of the machine appears to have shifted from gaming to 4K. Nowadays, top of the line TVs come with 4K resolution as a standard, and the Scorpio will offer just that, but with its games.
“To me, [4K] means a very specific set of things. It’s a lot more than delivering than those eight-million-plus pixels to the screen while playing games. It’s about delivering those pixels with 4K assets, so they look great. It’s about delivering those pixels with HDR and wide colour gamut fidelity. It’s about delivering those pixels with no loss of frame-rate compared to the 1080p version of that title – that’s super-important to us. Spatial audio adds to the immersive experience as well: to truly land that gameplay experience, it’s not just about what you see, but what you hear.”
“As we landed on 4K, Andrew [Goossen] and team did a pretty deep analysis. We have this developer tool called PIX [Performance Investigator for Xbox]. It lets us do some GPU trace capture. He and his team did a really deep analysis across a breadth of titles with the goal that any 900p or better title would be able to easily run at frame-rate at 4K on Scorpio. That was our big stake in the ground, and so with that we began our work speccing out what the Scorpio Engine is. It’s not a process of calling up AMD and saying I’ll take this part, this part and this part. A lot of really specific custom work went into this.” – Kevin Gammill, Group Program Director of the Xbox Core platform.
In a demo test running Forza Motorsport, The Xbox One runs at 88 percent with the game stable at 1080p 60fps. On the other hand, running the same game on Scorpio, but with a 4K resolution only uses around 65 percent of the machine’s power. For four times more resolution, that is a significant drop in power consumption.
We will learn more about the Xbox Scorpio in the days to come and at E3 2017. Until then, we urge you to keep an eye out for more details.
The Xbox Scorpio is scheduled for release later this year, during the holiday season. To read more about the Scorpio, feel free to read up on the original post issued by Eurogamer here.