Microsoft has been constantly teasing its upcoming gaming console upgrade – the Xbox One Scorpio which is expected to be unveiled at this year’s E3 conference. While the company still hasn’t taken the wraps off, we do officially have the entire list of internals. The console will be 4.5 times more powerful than the current Xbox One and a whopping 1.4 times more powerful than Sony’s recently launched PlayStation 4 Pro which is quite commendable.
In order to achieve this, Microsoft has included a custom eight-core processor clocked at 2.3 GHz which allow the machine to reach six teraflops of performance meaning it can process six trillion floating point operations per second. Furthermore, the Redmond giant has partnered with AMD to embed 40 customised Radeon compute units in a single chip which run at 1172MHz. While this sounds impressive on paper, we hope Microsoft hasn’t forgotten about the thermals. There will be 12GB of RAM, 4GB of which will be specifically reserved for the operating system itself and the console will support a maximum memory bandwidth of 326GB/s.
These specifications make the Xbox One Scorpia as capable as the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070, however, it stills falls behind when compared with the 1080 series. While Microsoft hasn’t shared any pictures just yet, it is expected to share a similar aesthetic as the Xbox One S and will feature an integrated power brick, mostly same audio chip and a 4K Blu-ray player. Moreover, there will be both HDMI-in and out, 3x USB 3.0, an IR receiver/blaster, and support for Kinect with a USB adapter.
The Scorpio definitely pushes forward Microsoft’s console lineup ahead of Sony and will certainly provide the company with enough leeway to release more VR-enabled titles in the future. The console will be announced later in June at the E3 along with better-looking versions of Gears of War 5, Halo 6 and Forza 7.