Here are some quick specs from today’s announcement from Eurogamer:
|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|
Digital Foundry, the internet’s leader in all things frame rates & teraflops, got the incredible honor of traveling to Redmond to get the worlds first deep dive in the next big Xbox One update, code-name Scorpio. The trip resulted in several techy-specy videos from Eurogamer’s tech guru’s that break down everything going on inside the Scropio.
The CPU is roughly 30% faster than the Xbox One’s CPU and the GPU is 4.6 times more powerful. The Eurogamer article also breaks down the large amount of 8GB of fast memory available to the system (non-reserved) which will lead to fast streaming of high quality art assets or in lamens terms, a nice addition for 4K resolution. The Scorpio is described by Eurogamer as a “higher spec machine in every sense” when comparing it to PlayStation’s PS4 Pro upgrade which will give Microsoft some bragging rights in the inevitable massive marketing campaign but also a higher cost.
They demoed Forza Motorsport 6, which looked fantastic in 4K (full 4K resolution), running at 60FPS according to Digital Foundry. To accomplish this, Scorpio was only using 60-70% of the resources available meaning that there should be power to spare in a lot of cases.
Emporer Nathan’s Quick Take
My quick take is that this looks like the beast they promised last year! With 12GB of GDDR5 (8GB available for games, the other 4GB for the system itself), it provides 3GB more to game developers than Xbox One and PS4 Pro. The GPU is 4.6x more powerful than Xbox One, and the new CPU is 30% faster! This is all going to make games look very pretty, and be able to hold solid frame-rates, even running in 4K! If you don’t have a 4K TV, it would stand to reason that there would be significant performance increases to games, so you’ll be able to see the benefit of the Scorpio as well!
I’m hoping for more updates today, and I will update this post as more information becomes available!