Microsoft Xbox Project Scorpio: The “Most Powerful” 4K and VR Ready Gaming Console

Microsoft is getting ready to take the console market with a storm by releasing the most powerful so far, Project Scorpio. Project Scorpio is a powerhouse of a console and offers features akin to high-end PCs. The folks over at Digital Foundry were given an exclusive look at all the tech used in the upcoming Xbox iteration. So far it seems like Project Scorpio is going to dominate the console market with its unmatched specs and sheer horsepower.

First of all, let’s talk about the specifications because that’s what most hardcore gamers care about nowadays. The Scorpio boasts an SoC with 8 custom x86 cores clocked at 2.3 GHz. The customized Radeon GPU sports 40 GCN compute units running at 1172 MHz for extra graphical prowess. The entire System on a chip (SoC) shares a whopping 12GB of GDDR5 RAM. The primary storage on the Scorpio consists of a 1 Terabyte hard drive at just 2.5” thickness, similar to the Xbox One S.

Microsoft states, “a lot of really specific custom work” has been put into the Scorpio’s SoC. Most of the work has been going into the peculiar x86-64 CPU cores the Scorpio uses. Similar to the Xbox One, these cores are also derived from the low-powered AMD Jaguar design, however, they have been extensively modified and customized to minimize the latency and overall improve the CPU to GPU coherency. According to Digital Foundry, the upgraded new cores are going to be around 31% faster than the ones in the Xbox One SoC which is definitely a huge improvement in terms of performance.

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Microsoft has finally achieved the six-teraflop target set for Project Scorpio at E3 last year. All of it was possible thanks to the custom GPU that has been customized and designed from scratch for flawless performance on today’s heavily demanding game engines. It runs at a unparalleled clock speed for just a console.

Xbox One’s GPU is similar to the Radeon R7 260 GPU in terms of potency and core configuration, however, the system’s use of somewhat slow DDR3 memory often hampered the GPU in terms of performance. The GPU in Scorpio is most similar to the Polaris 10 chip found inside the Radeon RX 480, but it’s even bigger. It boasts 40 GCN CUs (compute units) compared to the 36 CUs found in the Polaris 10. These changes will help Microsoft in providing gamers with a machine that can run games at smooth 60FPS with native 4K resolution.

Digital Foundry also got to try out the latest tech demo on the Project Scorpio. This tech demo was based on Microsoft’s very own Forza Motorsport series. According to DF, the demo ran at 60FPS and 4K resolution with an impressive performance for a tech demo. Microsoft is ready to bring the Project Scorpio out in the market as soon as possible and provide gamers with a console matching the performance of high-end PCs. Looks like this year’s E3 will be the one to remember.
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