Gamers rejoice! Microsoft’s next console is coming, and it’s coming soon. Well… relatively soon! Invites just went out for a special briefing on the next Xbox, Project Scorpio. I hope you weren’t planning on doing anything else on June 11, 2017.
Project Scorpio is Microsoft’s codename for the next generation of Xbox. We first found out about this ambitious project last year at E3 2016. So, it’s fitting that E3 2017 will be the setting for this year’s big announcement. We don’t know exactly what will be revealed. However, we can expect some solid official details about the much-rumoured gaming machine.
Here’s what we do know now. At the beginning of April, Microsoft gave Eurogamer.net an exclusive preview, who then shared these specs:
CPU: Eight custom x86 cores clocked at 2.3GHz
GPU: 40 customized compute units at 1,172MHz
Memory: 12GB GGDR5
Memory bandwidth: 326 Gbps
Hard drive: 1TB (2.5-inch)
Optical drive: 4K UHD Blu-ray
Project Scorpio will also NOT have any new exclusive games. Puzzling, you say? This next Xbox will play the same games released for Xbox One, but at full quality. Essentially, you buy a new game and pop it into your Xbox One S. The gameplay and graphics are dialed down, due to the limitations of the machine. Meanwhile, someone else is playing that same game in a Scorpio console in its full unbridled fury. This is also significant considering Microsoft’s mission to blur the lines and eventually merge the worlds of PC and console gaming. The question is how well they will actually succeed.
This upcoming console will play all your old games, probably scaling everything up to 4K, and is expected to be VR-ready. Also, Microsoft has stated that every single Xbox One accessory will be compatible. The usual anxiety about a new generation of tech seems to be actively addressed here. Pardon me while I take a step back and come to terms with this paradigm shift.
What do you gamers think? Are you ready to fork up the money for an outside-the-box Xbox? Is PlayStation or another platform like the Nintendo Switch still your go-to? Let us know where your loyalties lie!