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Xbox Scorpio specs, release date, news, games, hardware specs and everything we know

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Microsoft has revealed the specifications of its Project Scorpio games console. We have all the details, courtesy of a report from Digital Foundry. Here’s what you need to know.

Xbox Scorpio Specs

  • CPU: Eight-core 2.3GHz processor
  • GPU: 40 compute units at 1172MHz
  • RAM: 12GB GDDR5 (shared between system and GPU)
  • Bandwidth: 326GB/s
  • Storage: 1TB hard disk
  • Disc: UHD Blu-ray player

First, let’s look at the headline Xbox Scorpio specs before moving onto how this will affect gaming resolution and performance.

The Scorpio uses an eight-core processor, likely from AMD although not officially stated, running at 2.3GHz. Seasoned PC gamers might not think this sounds like a lot and, indeed, it isn’t. But keep in mind console processors are packed into an incredibly tight space, and more GHz means more heat. This is still a substantial boost over the Xbox One, whose eight cores ran at 1.75GHz.

In the graphics department, the Scorpio will get a GPU with 40 compute units running at a seriously impressive 1172MHz. Even more startling is the massive 12GB of GDDR5 memory, which is a handy combination of more and faster memory. This 12GB will be shared by the whole system, so some will be reserved for the CPU with the rest going to the GPU.

You’ll get a 1TB hard disk inside your Scorpio, along with a UHD Blu-ray player. And that’s all we know.

But there’s lots to sink our teeth into, so let’s explore performance a little deeper.

Xbox Scorpio Performance – How does it compare to the Xbox One?

The biggest way performance has been boosted over the current-gen Xbox One S is the GPU (graphics processing unit). Up from 12 compute units at 914MHz, we now have 40 cores running at 1172MHz. Cores and clock speeds don’t mean everything, so you’re not getting ten times the performance here.

But what you are getting is impressive 4.6x performance multiplier. This opens up a huge number of possibilities for developers, with ultra-high-resolution textures and 4K resolutions now a core part of the game development process.

For PC gamers who want a rough comparison to a GPU currently in the wild, the 6TFLOPs (trillion floating point operations per second) figure bandied around when the Scorpio was announced is roughly akin to Nvidia’s GTX 1070, a card that can handle 1440p and UHD gaming at a push. But there’s much more to graphics power than TFLOPs, and consoles are always much more efficient at making use of hardware than PCs.

Digital Foundry was shown a single stress test running on Scorpio hardware, so we don’t have any information on how real games will actually run, but Microsoft has revealed a lot of details on how it will support different resolutions and graphics settings.

Still, the stress test, which is based on Forza Motorsport, ran at Ultra HD resolution at 60fps, which is an enticing prospect when you consider the Scorpio, apparently, was only using 70% of its graphical might to do this. Microsoft then turned up the heat to higher graphics settings, and DF says the console ‘didn’t break a sweat’. What this means in reality we don’t quite know, but it all sounds very promising.

This isn’t just a console for 4K TV owners, though. Games developed for Scorpio will have customisable graphics settings for all types of displays, so even if you only have a 1080p TV you’ll still be able to ask your Scorpio to render everything in UHD and then downscale it to 1080p for the sharpest gaming experience you’ve ever seen. Or, for better performance, you could just amp up the graphics settings but keep the resolution at 1080p.

In other words, this is a PC in console’s clothing.

Scorpio will run all current Xbox One games and should improve performance, whether or not they have been updated for Scorpio. The new console runs on the same software as Xbox One, so you won’t have to buy all your games again.

Xbox Scorpio Price – How much will it cost?

No info on this yet, sadly. We would hedge our bets at a cost between £500 and £600 depending on how much money Microsoft wants to make on each unit sold. This is, after all, a mid-range PC in a tiny box and you won’t find similar specifications for less than £600 in the world of regular Windows PCs. We’d like to be proven wrong, though, as the upper end of our estimate is very expensive.

Spanish retailer Xtra Life (via DesiXBL) recently listed the console at €399, which is roughly £335 in the UK. This is considerably less than we'd expect, and should be taken with plentiful grains of salt for the time being.

Xbox Scorpio Release Date – When can you buy one?

The Project Scorpio console will be available in the holiday season of 2017, Microsoft has confirmed. Previous console launches have taken place around November, so barring any delays it’s safe to assume that this is when you’ll be getting your hands on one.

Xbox boss Phil Spencer recently confirmed via Twitter that both Xbox Scorpio games and hardware are already in production. With the console due in under a year, it's hardly surprising – but nonetheless, very exciting.

Xbox Scorpio Console – How does it look?

Development kits of the Xbox Scorpio are now out in the wild, with images being released by Microsoft themselves. You can catch a glimpse of the shiny new hardware below:

scorpio

This isn't indicative of the Scorpio's final retail design, despite how it might resemble the Xbox One S. It's smaller than we expected, which is a great sign for those looking for a convenient bit of kit to pop under their TV sets.

What does it mean for console generations?

The Scorpio represents a shift in Microsoft’s Xbox strategy. Like Windows 10 being the ‘last version of Windows’, being updated constantly as new demands arise, expect Xbox consoles from now on to gradually flow into one another, with several ‘generations’ active at once before the oldest models have support for them dropped.

In an interview with Engadget, Xbox head of games marketing Aaron Greenberg said that the Xbox Scorpio marks the beginning of the end of traditional console lifecycles for Microsoft.

"We think the future is without console generations," Greenberg said. "We think that the ability to build a library, a community, to be able to iterate with the hardware – we're making a pretty big bet on that with Project Scorpio.

"We're basically saying, 'This isn't a new generation; everything you have continues forward and it works.' We think of this as a family of devices."

Greenberg goes on to say that, if the Scorpio is a success then it will "change the way we think about the future of console gaming."

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Xbox Scorpio is VR-capable, but...

The Xbox Scorpio is capable of running games in virtual reality, but Xbox boss Phil Spencer isn't yet sold on the technology.

Speaking to Stevivor, Spencer says that while he's a fan, he doesn't feel the tech or games are quite there yet, and that will affect its availability on Scorpio.

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"I love the technology behind VR. I have an HTC Vive; I have an Oculus Rift. I’ve used the PlayStation [VR] device a lot in demos and stuff," he said.

"I think VR will find its spot in gaming; I would make that bet,” he continued. “We designed Scorpio as a VR-capable console. Whether that happens this year, next year or the year after… like I said, I still think the creative community has to get its arms around what are these new tools, and this new feeling – this new immersion.

“What experiences do you put in people’s hands to have a long-term engagement? Most of these things I’m playing now feel like demos and experiments, which I actually think it’s absolutely the right thing to have happened. That’s not a criticism at all. But I think it will take time.”

Spencer believes that in order for VR to become a mainstream success, it needs to be wireless.

"In the long run, we need untethered solutions. You need to have the compute capability to not be wired to the display that’s on my head. That means I either have some kind of high-bandwidth wireless HDMI or I have compute here.

"With the HoloLens we’ve chosen to put compute in the HMD itself, so it’s right there. The other thing I think most people who look along in this technology is a mixed reality world, where I have a head-mounted display that can go from a fully enclosed, opaque world that is VR to a fully transparent one where I’m seeing augmentation in my world. I should have one device that spans both."

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One major VR title we're expecting to see on Project Scorpio is Fallout 4, which is currently in development at Bethesda. Due to launch in 2017 for HTC Vive. Pete Hines recently gave Hip Hop Gamer an update on the project, and it sounds pretty damn exciting.

"Fallout 4 VR is the most incredible thing you've ever seen in your life. You can't even imagine what it's like, playing in VR and how realistic it looks and everywhere you turn your head. It is going to blow your mind. It is the craziest thing you've ever seen," game director Todd Howard told Hines.

Xbox Scorpio Games – Will there be exclusives?

Initially, Microsoft stated that Scorpio wouldn't have platform exclusives, but that position isn't as clear-cut as we first thought. All current Xbox One games will work on the upgraded console, but Microsoft isn't ruling out exclusives.

Speaking in an interview, a senior Microsoft spokesperson said it was "up to developers" to decide if they want to develop games exclusively for Project Scorpio.

"I don't know about that. We'll see. It's up to the game development community; what do they want to do," said Shannon Loftis, GM of Game Publishing at Microsoft.

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Since the original announcement, CNET published an interview with Xbox's head of operations, Dave McCarthy, stating that Microsoft is looking for a "seamless" experience for developers, with developers able to work easily across Xbox One, Scorpio and Windows 10.

McCarthy has previously said that the Scorpio would "wipe out" the console upgrade cycle, with games working across platforms. This makes complete sense when you consider that the Xbox Play Anywhere scheme entitles gamers who buy games digitally through Microsoft's own stores to play them on both PC and Xbox One.

We can safely assume this approach will also apply to the Scorpio, making it look even more likely that actual hardware upgrade cycles will become much shorter, like that of PC components, but with consumers able to stick with their current console for multiple years before it's gradually phased out. All speculation of course, but a logical step nonetheless.

Xbox Scorpio 1

What about Xbox One?

Microsoft has stated that Xbox as a platform won’t change.

“We add to the capabilities of the Xbox One and Xbox family without forcing gamers to abandon all the games and the community they love so much,” the announcement video said.

The firm added that accessories and games would continue to work on Scorpio. However, it wasn’t clear whether all new games launched would get both an Xbox One version and a Scorpio version.

Based on Microsoft’s strategy of making games available for Xbox and Windows 10, it would make sense for the company to continue releasing games for both, essentially creating a mini-ecosystem of devices with different specifications for people on different budgets.

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How has Sony responded?

The PS4 Pro is already on the market, an upgraded iteration of Sony's existing console that will presumably compete against Microsoft's Project Scorpio. It's not nearly as powerful, but both consoles promise to work with all existing PS4 and Xbox One titles going forward.

If Sony happens to respond with a third console refresh, we're going to have a very interesting 2017.

Did we miss anything out? Let us know in the comments.

Kulti Vator

June 13, 2016, 7:57 pm

Good move from MS - hope they stick to their word that "nobody gets left behind" with a console in the XBox One 'family'... e.g. all new games still work fine on the launch-edition XBox One, but have the option to run at 4k / 60Hz on the Scorpio if it's connected to a 4k display.

Developers will come to understand the performance envelope of each XBox model and optimise the game's models/textures/lighting/particles/effect/etc for each accordingly.

This is like the scalability we've come to expect on mobile devices - with a given game's performance scaling inline with the specs of the device it's running on (particularly true in the Apple ecosystem where there's only so many SKU's that developers have to test against).

Steve Walsh

June 13, 2016, 10:04 pm

yes im sure the same people who spent $500 at launch will be falling all over themselves to pay at least $600 (probably more) for another system that plays the same games a better spec pc will play for the same price.

BRILLIANT!

and lets not forget the slim-which had its legs cut out from under it in less than an hour. how does ms expect to retain any type of consumer loyalty when they just told 20 million people to go fuck themselves, especially when their flagship franchise is in the shitter?

FCBARCELONALATINOAMERICA

June 13, 2016, 11:20 pm

Just no, they told haters like yourselft that fuck themselfs, xbox users now have better options and will have more features just for $299, if you are trolling (if you call that trolling) then save it for youself, you are not an xbox consumer, its like telling people smoking is bad and can kill you, but you dont even smoke, you are telling someone that stops buying something just because you dont like it... grow up

FCBARCELONALATINOAMERICA

June 13, 2016, 11:21 pm

Sony fanboys are just pissed right now, same as pc gaymers

j_linkquent

June 13, 2016, 11:29 pm

only so much you can do to a game graphics wise no matter what the power holds, it's just big numbers(aka scorpio) and people are like OH SHIT look HOW powerful it is, yet current consoles haven't even began to use up any limit benching. The only reason new consoles would need to come out which should had been this way to begin with are the fact that 4k support for games, and support for virtual reality devices to be functional at launch without artifacts or other negative possibilities especially the big ULTRA push for ppl to somehow be able to afford a 4k tv(as not everyone are not able to buy anything they want which I speak of the folks that build these devices acting as if "EVERYONE" can afford a bundle aka new next gen console/etc) no matter the costs most have not enough money to buy a 4k tv, another console within 1 to 3 years(I say 3 because the microsoft side seems to possibly have a chance of being delayed) when these darn "next gen NOW" consoles and also buying the virtual reality device would easily push the price for all three devices well near a possible $2,000.00, microsoft would be in TREMENDOUS luck if they were able to sell their console alone lower than at least $600.00, so add a possible $600.00 Xbone scorpio(i'm actually a scorpio myself which microsoft insults my horoscope sign), add another $300.00 to $600.00 for the virtual reality device pending on which brand also, then the 4k tv pending size will cost at least $400.00(for a low end design and specs) or over $1,000 to $2,000 if you buy a quality one with at least 240hz and if true motion and game mode were included. but all in all you're looking at well over $1,000.00 ATLEAST if you upgrade all at once. btw.... E3 SONY E3 WOOO!!!!! can't wait for the exclusive reveals :D since it seems the xbot machine will have nearly any exclusives as of this very time of my writing, that can change but since launch and now it's been very thing skinned on exclusives. No matter what, ps4 will be good for me no matter what, I don't need mind blowing speculations of a console being TOO over powered where it has serious diminishing returns because no matter the power you can't go over a games graphical limit. M$ played this game once and lost due to prices and such, why don't they just freaking do what sony are doing by updating the console with new technology that does not kill wallets of gamers, be smart, stay in the NOW and build a new BEAST console when current consoles are exhausted power wise. ps4/x1 were to last 10 years, I guess M$ admitted defeat with the x1 and the scorpio is serious proof of that.

Mordant Victor

June 13, 2016, 11:43 pm

The same reason people were still buying PS3's and X360's

Michael Norris

June 13, 2016, 11:56 pm

Lol nope because our hardware gets better and better. Also the GTX1080ti/Titan will shit all over your over priced shitbox.

ImJustCray

June 14, 2016, 12:01 am

As a PC gamer, I dont care. Omg you get a 3 year old technology in a console!!!! I got an 8 core processor, and 8GB of DDR5. I can still play games for then next 3 years on highest settings and laugh about specs that console has. If you been following PC stuff which your obviously not. AMD makes that parts for all consoles and there new GPUs are high performing and cheap.

TheRequiem

June 14, 2016, 12:26 am

Nothing in the PC/ Console space lasts 3 years... where have you been?

ImJustCray

June 14, 2016, 12:32 am

Well you get what you pay for. A 600 dallor console has something budgeted into it. My video card is 2 years old and out performs that console but also cost more.

Drew

June 14, 2016, 4:33 am

they are literally doing everything that gamers have been asking for. You represent the worst part of the gaming industry. Your that troll waiting under the bridge to word vomit all over the internet everytime something new comes out. Basically your a cancer on the left testicle of the gaming industry

Aphelion

June 14, 2016, 4:57 am

My 800+ dollar PC would like to have a word with you.

TheRequiem

June 14, 2016, 5:59 am

Ok

TheRequiem

June 14, 2016, 6:02 am

I think comparing pc gaming to consoles is an old and irrelevant argument. I think if your a sole gamer, pc gaming is great. However, I personally find sitting on my comfortable couch, laying back, gaming on my 65inch 4K tv with HDR and $5000 surround sound system with my family to be a far superior experience. Bringing a new Xbox Scorpio with this kind of gaming power is a dream come true.

ImJustCray

June 14, 2016, 6:20 am

Tell that to the original comment who did, i just said he was wrong, yeah you can do what u want with ur Xbox or whatever. I have the same setup with my PC, and i stream movies and play games on my big screen and surrond sound as well. The one difference is PC is a lot more open source.

TheRequiem

June 14, 2016, 6:26 am

Well, I was responding to you. But yeah PC is great for open source, but this new Xbox is pretty streamlined and developed more for that type of set up than pcs generally are... Plus, most of the fun I have with gaming is playing with the family and I like the fact the new rigs support ultra had blu Ray as well as 4K streaming.

ImJustCray

June 14, 2016, 6:39 am

Well if you really want the most bang for ur buck you would see the new pc parts coming out 3Q 2016 and save money get better performance and still have that home theater feel you need and want. Consoles are not the future. They arent even innovative anymore. The stuff going into this Xbox was invented 3 years ago and wont be released for 14 months. Thats completely laughable, Additionally they said anything that comes out on Xbox comes out on PC so there is no reason to get and xbox at this point build a PC and get over it. All the Xbox is, is a very under powered PC.

TheRequiem

June 14, 2016, 6:50 am

I actually completely disagree, the ps4 neo for example is allegedly using next gen amd apu's and the Scorpio is using next generation memory that isn't even available yet. Plus, what PC has an ultra hd blu ray player built in with hdr support? I think consoles, for the average family, are generally more reliable and streamlined toward a home entertainment experience. I can't just throw a game into a PC and be playing 20 seconds later. It needs to install, download updates and hopefully not have a compatibility issue. This is why Valve software and EA are developing streaming technology and adapting os's to console type modular systems that mimic console ease of use scenarios. Not to mention, I can't really hook up 4 controllers to a PC and play it with friends and family. Additionally, 4K support in these next gen consoles and next gen consoles in general, are what pushes developers to new graphical platforms and design methods. 4K gaming is going to be awesome and we won't need to spend $800+ to get it.

ImJustCray

June 14, 2016, 7:04 am

Actually, 14months from now when this xbox releases all of next generation stuff ur talkin about will be old hat. The High Bandwidth Memory is replacing DDR5 now. Additionally all of these thing your talking about for the home entertainment experience can be done with a PC. ALL of it.

FatBulldog

June 14, 2016, 7:14 am

What next generation memory? HBM? 2015 calling already happened? DDR5? Been out. What is this "next generation memory you speak of? All im seeing is you defending your console purchase by speaking nonsense. If you are going to pull random shit out of your ass at least post what this next gen memory is first. What it does. What is the rams speed? What is its name for instance. Thats a good start.

FatBulldog

June 14, 2016, 7:24 am

Because this site likes to delete my post that are logical and make sense. And are not completely fanboy console based im just gonna say this in a nice way. The console in 14 months will be dated. And your super secret next gen memory probably already exist. In... *gasp* ... the pc market.

charley

June 14, 2016, 8:38 am

Has there been any news on the size and type of hard drive the Scorpio will have? I know it's early days yet, and that specs can change, but I raise the question, because I'm wondering if Microsoft will fit it with a solid state drive, like there is in the Elite: Especially as they know that functions better. I seriously think it would not be wise for Microsoft to make any compromises when they are building their best console.

L giver

June 14, 2016, 10:54 am

LOL November 2017... wow. with the leaked specs you dont think Sony is gonna try to beat that?

Andy White

June 14, 2016, 10:55 am

So just to clarify, the most powerful gaming console of all time will be released next year, capable of running games at 4K resolutions and yet will be of similar spec to a mid range gaming PC.

gameformetoo

June 14, 2016, 11:14 am

lmao that's what I said. Notice, each console keeps pushing 6 teraflops and Console gamers believe that will give them 4k gaming, but 6 TF doesn't mean 4k. 6 TF only mean that developers have more room to develop bigger and more complex environment because they have more floating points to play around with.

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