Beefy Project Scorpio specs unveiled by Microsoft via Digital Foundry

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Digital Foundry has confirmed that Project Scorpio runs at 6 teraflops, utilizes 12GB of GDDR5 memory, and features a custom GPU running at 1172MHz.

The hype train for the next Xbox One continues as Microsoft has released Project Scorpio specs via Eurogamer’s Digital Foundry column. Microsoft invited Digital Foundry’s Rich Leadbetter to talk about the upcoming console and reveal its specifications.

With the recent release of the PlayStation 4 Pro, Project Scorpio will have to be a pretty beefy machine, and after today we know that it will indeed be a beast of a console. A big increase over the existing Xbox One and PlayStation 4, Project Scorpio runs at 6 teraflops, utilizes 12GB of GDDR5 memory, and features a custom GPU running at 1172MHz. Check out the comparison chart below to see just how it stacks up to the competition.

Project Scorpio spec comparison chart

Project Scorpio spec comparison chart (courtesy Slashgear).

As you can see, Project Scorpio is not only a huge improvement over the Xbox One and Xbox One S, but also edges out the PS4 Pro in all areas. With power like this, Microsoft is aiming for every game that runs at 1080p to be able to run at native 4K on Project Scorpio. With some porting work, games that run at 900p should also be able to hit native 4K resolution. Those without 4K TV sets will still see an increase in visual quality with Microsoft’s “mandated” super-sampling.

According to Leadbetter, Project Scorpio will be a first class console and is a step in the right direction for Microsoft when it comes to going up against the current PlayStation 4 offerings.

In the wake of the Microsoft visit, I’ve little doubt that Project Scorpio will be a great piece of hardware. Xbox One S went above and beyond what we would expect from a second-gen ‘slim’ design – in a sense, the Xbox team regained its hardware mojo. But the technology, craftsmanship and attention to detail throughout the new device is simply first class (the only unknown remaining from my perspective is fan noise). It’s entirely fair to say that with Xbox One, Microsoft lost technological leadership to Sony and PlayStation 4. Project Scorpio really is exactly the right reaction from the Xbox team in the face of Sony’s success: in many respects, this is console hardware design pushed to a new level, with a meticulous focus on appealing to the core gamer.

For all the Project Scorpio specs, check out Digital Foundry’s video below.

The official name and pricing haven’t been announced yet, but with specs like these, you can expect to pay a pretty penny when Project Scorpio hits store shelves later this year.

What do you think of the Project Scorpio specs? Are you more or less inclined to pick one up now? How much are you willing to shell out for a console like Project Scorpio? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.

  Source: Eurogamer
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