Microsoft’s Xbox Scorpio – Everything You Need To Know

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Xbox One and Xbox One S really did struggle against its main competitor PlayStation 4 and more recently, PlayStation 4 Pro consoles, with advanced resolutions and impressive performance possible on Sony’s machines. Well, seeing this, Microsoft came up with Xbox One, but of late the company has launched a revamped model of Xbox One and it is five times more powerful than Xbox One.

Most Powerful Console Ever

Microsoft claims their Xbox Scorpio to be the most powerful console ever. However, it is particularly for 4K 60FPS gaming and VR experiences. As per Microsoft, it is the most powerful graphics processor and it is certainly going to benefit all those who have just purchased a 4K TV, but still, I don’t have the complete details regarding this.  Here are the specs –

  • CPU:Eight-core 2.3GHz processor
  • GPU:40 compute units at 1172 MHz
  • RAM:12GB GDDR5 (shared between system and GPU)
  • Bandwidth:326 GB/s
  • Storage:1TB hard disk
  • Disc:UHD Blu-ray player

Let us first get familiar with its specifications, in detail. Xbox Scorpio will have an eight-core processor; it comes with AMD running at 2.3GHZ. Well, if you are a seasoned gamer just like me, then this is not something you will be impressed with. But, you should know one important thing i.e. the console processors are kept in a very tight space, and with extra GHZ, more heat will be there. Well, I still consider this a considerable boost than what it was offered by Xbox One, where its eight cores ran at 1.75GHZ.

Talking about the graphics, Scorpio will have a GPU with 40 compute units and they will be running at 1172 MHZ. It also comes with 12GB of GDDR5 memory and the given memory gets shared by the complete system. Therefore, some will be reserved for CPU and the remaining will go to GPU. Inside Scorpio, you will be provided with a 1TB hard disk with a UHD Blu-ray player.

Xbox Scorpio Performance With Xbox One

Well, it is the GPU (graphics processing unit) where a significant boost is witnessed. It is up from 12 compute units at 914 MHZ. Amazingly, now you have 40 cores running at 1172 MHZ. I would like to mention here that clock speeds and cores are not everything, so don’t expect you will get ten times the performance.

But, yes you are at least getting 4.6x performance multiplier. This certainly opens up a world of possibilities for the developers, along with high-resolution textures and 4K resolution now an essential part of the game development process.

As far as graphics are concerned, there is so much to the graphics power as compared to TFLOPs (trillion floating point operations per second) and consoles are way more effective at making the utmost of the hardware as compared to PCs.

Microsoft has also disclosed numerous details as for how Scorpio will be handling resolutions and graphic settings. Like I have mentioned above that the experience is limited only to 4K owners, but this is not a complete fact as the games developed for Scorpio will come with customisable settings for varied types of displays; so you don’t need to worry even if you have a 1080p TV, you can ask your Scorpio so that everything gets rendered in UHD and should be downscaled to 1080p.

Scorpio will also be running all Xbox one games and should also improve the performance, irrespective of the fact you have updated to Scorpio or not. This new console will run on the same software like as Xbox One, so it really saves your hassle of buying all your favourite games again. You can still enjoy the following games –

  • State of Decay 2
  • Star Wars Battlefront 2
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Crackdown 3
  • Forza Motorsport 7

Xbox Scorpio – Will It Accommodate VR

Yes, Xbox Scorpio is built in a way that it can easily accommodate VR. In order to do so, it is working with Oculus and probably we may see Scorpio supporting Oculus Rift. Scorpio may also support Rift PC games. Well, the strength of Scorpio can be judged easily by its specifications to run VR devices, the question still lingers on whether it is strong enough to face hardware of next generation?

 

Xbox Scorpio – Price Element

Despite, Microsoft’s initial announcement that Scorpio will come with a hefty price tag, the company has given a hint about the pricing and it is a good news for all those fans out there. Mr. Spencer from Microsoft said that the company will be competing against only consoles and they don’t have plans to compete with PCs.

Previously, Mr. Spencer said that it is surely going to be costlier than Xbox One S (£250). He added that the way we are building it, definitely the cost will be on a higher side. The pricing will not be disclosed, but he said that they want to ensure that the investment they are making for this product meets the demands of the high-end consumers. Probably, the pricing will be similar to PS4 (£349).

What About Xbox One

Microsoft, clearing all the doubts, said that Xbox One as a platform won’t undergo any kind of change. The company announced that they will be making additions to the capabilities of Xbox One and Xbox family. The gamers don’t need to abandon both the games and the community they love being attached to.

Microsoft also confirmed that both the games and accessories will continue to work even on Scorpio. However, it is still unsure whether the newly launched games will have both Xbox One version and a Scorpio version.

 

 

Adam Smith Bio

Adam Smith is a content writing professional at Qwikfix, an inbound marketing and sales platform that helps companies attract visitors, convert leads, and close customers. Previously, Adam worked as a marketing manager for a tech software startup. He graduated with honors from California University with a dual degree in Business Administration and Creative Writing.

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