Microsoft To Unveil Xbox Scorpio Console at E3
Microsoft has announced on Twitter that Project Scorpio, the company’s stronger Xbox One console with support for 4K gaming, will be revealed on June 11th at this year’s E3 conference. At last year’s E3, Microsoft already formally announced the console alongside with some details, but the console will be fully revealed to the public at the same event. The stronger console should launch before the holiday season.
With Project Scorpio, Microsoft is aiming to overthrow the PlayStation 4 Pro as the world’s most powerful gaming console. The stronger Xbox One should offer up to 40% more graphical power compared to the PS4 Pro (4.2 teraflops) which – in theory – should make native 4K gaming possible. Although Microsoft is keen on using the term ‘native 4K’, leaked whitepapers suggest that developers will also implement checkerboard rendering and sparse to enhance performance for games that won’t be able to render the 3820 x 2160 pixels natively. The first technique checkerboard rendering, where only half of the pixels are being rendered in a chessboard-like style, has already proven its usefulness on PS4 Pro.
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What we do know about the Scorpio console is that it will be able to provide 6 teraflops of power. This is comparable to NVIDIA’s GTX 980 Ti and newer GTX 1070 graphics card, and a tad above AMD’s RX 480. The GPU of the PS4 Pro can be compared best with the RX 470.
VR will also be a major focus of the new console. This has been specified by Microsoft multiple times and chances are that the company will announce a virtual reality solution or even their own VR glasses to compete with the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and PlayStation VR.
It’s very likely that the console will once again come with a custom AMD APU. Microsoft has already confirmed that the console will have eight processing cores, in which case it will most likely be based on AMD’s Jaguar technology. There’s a 256-bit memory bus with GDDR5X memory working at 10 GHz for a total bandwidth of 320 GB/s. For comparison, the PS4 Pro has a memory bandwidth of 218 GB/s. The GPU will most likely be based on AMD’s Polaris architecture.
To be continued on June 11th.