Microsoft has been relatively quiet regarding Project Scorpio since its E3 conference last year, but today Digital Foundry revealed the final specs of Project Scorpio. Rich Leadbetter, the founder of Digital Foundry, traveled to Redmond to get an exclusive preview of the console specs from Microsoft. Digital Foundry posted two videos detailing Project Scorpio’s specs and some expected improvements in games; one of which can be seen below and the other can be seen by clicking here.
Now, onto the specs which do confirm six teraflops of computing power announced last summer. Project Scorpio’s CPU has eight custom x86 cores clocked at 2.3GHz. This is a big improvement when compared to the 1.75GHz of the Xbox One’s eight custom Jaguar cores and the 2.1GHz of the Playstation 4 Pro’s eight custom Jaguar cores. The GPU in Project Scorpio will have 40 customized compute units at 1172MHz which is also a large improvement over the Xbox One and Xbox One S, as well as a slight improvement over the Playstation 4 Pro. Perhaps most exciting is the 12GB GDDR5 memory which will give developers 8GB of memory to play with a vast improvement to the 5GB they currently have access to. There will also be a faster internal 1TB hard drive and a 4K UHD Blu-ray drive. The power supply will be internal much like the Xbox One S.
In addition to the specs of the console we also learned what improvements we might see in Xbox One and Xbox 360 games, people are already playing, especially for those who won’t be playing on a 4K monitor. Games can expect increased texture quality, better consistent performance, low screen tearing and faster load times. Screen tearing could even be largely eliminated for backward compatible Xbox 360 games. The game capture system will also be receiving upgrades and will be capable of full 4K60 video encoding. Project Scorpio may not be providing upgraded resolutions for currently playable games, but it sure is bringing along some hefty improvements. Much of this will be dependent on individual developer and publisher implementation but we are very excited about the prospects.