Microsoft had announced earlier this week that they’ll be revealing specs to the upcoming Project Scorpio console which will be VR ready according to Digital Foundry. And the system looks to be quite powerful.
The upcoming Scorpio console by Xbox will will feature:
- CPU: Eight custom x86 cores clocked at 2.3GHz
- GPU: 40 customised compute units at 1172MHz
- Memory: 12GB GDDR5
- Memory Bandwidth: 326GB/s
- Hard Drive: 1TB 2.5-inch
- Optical Drive: 4K UHD Blu-ray
This is dramatically more powerful than the current Xbox One or the PS4 Pro which has 8GB of Memory and ~200GB/s memory bandwidth. Xbox believes that this system will be capable of handling 4K gaming and be VR ready for the future.
“As we landed on 4K, Andrew and team did a pretty deep analysis,” said Kevin Gammill, Group Program Director of the Xbox Core platform. “We have this developer tool called PIX [Performance Inspector 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.”
Unfortunately, the Xbox team did not provide updates about VR integration. This could be due to their team saving further announcements for E3.
For those of you excited about the next generation console, you won’t be having to wait much longer. Microsoft has announced that Project Scorpio will be coming some time this holiday season.