Back at E3 last year, Microsoft and the development team there eluded to a new console that was going to be they’re most powerful to date in terms of hardware. They didn’t say much but all we knew was that the project was codenamed: Scorpio.
Since that announcement Sony has countered early by releasing the PS4 Pro last year and while Sony enjoyed some success with the PS4 Pro, Microsoft and the Xbox team were quietly prepping their latest beast for the gaming world. Not much is known about the Scorpio still but we do know what it’s gonna be packing under the hood after yesterday’s reveal.
CPU: Eight custom x86 cores clocked at 2.3 GHz
GPU: 40 customized compute units at 1172 MHz
Memory: 12GB GDDR5
Memory Bandwidth: 326 GB/s
Hard Drive: 1 TB 2.5
Optical Drive:4K UHD Blu-Ray
CPU: Eight Jaguar cores clocked at 2.1 GHz
GPU: 36 improved GCN compute units at 911 MHz
Memory: 8 GB GDDR5
Memory Bandwidth: 218 GB/s
Hard Drive:1 TB 2.5 inch
Optical Drive: Blu-Ray
Comparing the two tells you that the Scorpio is easily the superior machine but the question remains “What about the games?” After all, games makes consoles not hardware. What does Microsoft have up it’s sleeve to get the necessary games out to consumers especially considering that MS is boasting the ability to play games at 4K resolution at 60 FPS. How will this affect developers who have to make the games? How many games will we get at launch? There’s a still a lot of unanswered questions but again it looks good for Microsoft and it’s exciting.
This year at E3 Microsoft will more than likely be showing off the design of the Scorpio and maybe a game or two. Regardless of what Microsoft does it’s an interesting time in gaming and gamers will of course benefit. Will Microsoft be able to dethrone Sony? Who knows? We’ll see and keep you posted