Project Scorpio specs officially revealed

project scorpio graphicsMicrosoft’s Project Scorpio Xbox specifications have now gone official. It’s quite a beast too!

Last year Sony gave us the PlayStation 4 Pro; a more powerful version of the PS4 that allows you to play certain games at higher resolutions.

In the other corner, Microsoft has the Xbox One S. This turbo-charged Xbox One was more of a refresh than anything.

Project Scorpio promises to to take things to a whole new level.

So, we now have the specs. The thing is, we still don’t know what the new console will look like. Come to think of it, we also don’t know how much it will cost.

Project Scorpio specifications

  • CPU: Eight custom x86 cores clocked at 2.3GHz
  • GPU: 40 customized compute units at 1,172MHz
  • Memory: 12GB GGDR5
  • Memory bandwidth: 326GBps
  • Hard drive: 1TB (2.5-inch)
  • Optical drive: 4K UHD Blu-ray

project scorpio officialEurogamer’s full reveal

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Project Scorpio Vs PlayStation 4 pro

So how does Project Scorpio stack up against the PS4 Pro?

Both Scorpio and the PS4 Pro are rocking eight cores. The thing is, the Scorpio’s hits 2.3 GHz vs. the PS4 Pro’s 2.1 GHz.

Scorpio sports 40 CUs at 1172 MHz for its GPU, while the PS4 Pro clocks in at 36 CUs at 911 MHz.

Scorpio offers more RAM to developers, providing 12GB of GDDR5 memory vs. the PS4 Pro’s 8.

The PS4 Pro only provides 218 GB/s of memory bandwidth vs. Scorpio’s 326 GB/s.

Scorpio also provides a 4K UHD Blu-ray player, while the PS4 Pro strangely omits it. As I’ve just been discussing with a buddy of mine, this is even odder given that Blu-ray is Sony tech.

When it comes to getting the most out of your 4K TV, Scorpio should outperform the PS4 Pro substantially.

Project ScorpioXbox OnePS4 Pro
CPUEight custom x86 cores clocked at 2.3GHzEight custom Jaguar cores clocked at 1.75GHzEight Jaguar cores clocked at 2.1GHz
GPU40 customised compute units at 1172MHz12 GCN compute units at 853MHz (Xbox One S: 914MHz)36 improved GCN compute units at 911MHz
Memory Bandwidth326GB/sDDR3: 68GB/s, ESRAM at max 204GB/s (Xbox One S: 219GB/s)218GB/s
Hard Drive1TB 2.5-inch500GB/1TB/2TB 2.5-inch1TB 2.5-inch
Optical Drive4K UHD Blu-rayBlu-ray (Xbox One S: 4K UHD)Blu-ray

4K at 60fps

One of the highlights from Digital Foundry, as an example of new gamer’s power, was a demo of Forza.

DF stated that its performance is “remarkable” with the Forza Motorsport demo achieving true 4K and 60 frames per second. It managed this still with a “substantial performance overhead,” – apparently around 65%.

forza motorsport 4k project scorpioThis means that the new console can achieve a huge amount of graphical improvements out of the box. That, still with room for developers to make additional improvements to shadows, anti-aliasing, draw distance, and various other performance-hungry aspects.

Will you be buying one?

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