Xbox Project Scorpio vs PS4 Pro
We take a look at the specifications of the PS4 pro and the freshly-specced Xbox Scorpio to see how they stack up.
The PS4 Pro and Microsoft’s upcoming Xbox Scorpio mark a notable shift in console gaming, doing away with the idea of generations in favour of an iterative hardware model. At least, that’s what it looks like.
Both machines will support all existing PS4 and Xbox One titles while also adding plenty of new features and hardware improvements. This blurring of the lines is something we’ll be seeing plenty of in 2017, with Sony and Microsoft pushing their 4K flagships further than we’ve ever seen before.
At this point, let's be very clear on the fact that these consoles are two completely different machines that aren't going to end up fighting for the same turf. They fill different gaps in the market and will almost certainly be priced differently. Still, a side-by-side look at specs never did anybody any harm, did it?
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PS4 Pro vs Project Scorpio – Pricing and Availability
PS4 Pro is already out on the market, having launched in November 2016. Retailing at £349.99, Sony’s upgraded console is pretty good value considering the quality of its specs.
Project Scorpio is scheduled to launch in winter 2017, acting as the driving force for Microsoft’s festive period. E3 2017 will see Microsoft reveal extensive new details on Project Scorpio, hopefully shining a light on its release date and launch games.
Price? Your guess is as good as ours. We'd reckon at least £500 considering the specifications, but it could well end up being more. However, with Microsoft not even hinting at this, this is simply speculation.
PS4 Pro vs Project Scorpio – Processor
Xbox Scorpio: 8-core, 2.3GHz processor
PS4 Pro: 8-core, 2.13GHz processor
PS4 Pro is using an improved version of the original model’s chip with a slightly boosted clock speed. The Pro now runs at an impressive 2.13GHz, while the vanilla console lags behind at 1.6.
The Scorpio meanwhile, has stolen a bit of a march on the Pro and has a slightly faster processor, but the real meat of this comparison lies in the graphics.
PS4 Pro vs Project Scorpio – Graphics
Xbox Scorpio: 6 TFLOPS, 326GB/s, 12GB GDDR5
PS4 Pro: 4.12 TFLOPS, 218 GB/s, 8GB GDDR5
First, let's bust the jargon: TFLOPs stands for trillion floating point operations per second, which is the simplest way of measuring graphical horsepower. GB/s is the bandwidth of that memory, which tells you how quickly the GPU can move frames through the memory and out to your TV or monitor. The more memory, the more high-resolution textures the GPU can access quickly at any one time, increasing performance.
The PS4 Pro possesses 8GB of GDDR5 with an additional 1GB of RAM set aside for handling background processes, while the Scorpio nets a full 12GB of GDDR5. Both consoles will share their memory between the GPU and CPU, although how much each gets is unknown.
As you might expect, the newer Scorpio has more, better-performing memory, which is why it's going to be able to put in some pretty monstrous Ultra HD gaming performance when the time comes.
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PS4 Pro vs Project Scorpio – Games
If you’re worried about being left behind with this new wave of consoles, don’t be. PS4 Pro and Project Scorpio will support all existing PS4 and Xbox One titles, with some even benefitting from notable visual and performance enhancements.
Microsoft has also confirmed that Xbox One backwards compatibility will roll over to Project Scorpio. The service currently has more than 300 titles, which is nothing to sniff at.
There will be no Scorpio-exclusive titles with the exception of experiences that support certain virtual reality peripherals – support for which still remains unconfirmed.
All Xbox One games will run better on Xbox Scorpio, whether or not they've been specifically updated to do so. You'll be able to play Xbox Scorpio games at Full HD, too, and you'll get the choice as to whether you want to downscale from Ultra HD resolution for ultra-sharp graphics, or simply run games at 1080p for better performance. This is notably different to the PS4 Pro, which has a habit of hiding these settings from the user unless they've specifically opted to run their console at Full HD only.
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PS4 Pro vs Project Scorpio – Conclusion
Since launching several months ago the PS4 Pro has come into its own with an assortment of improved specs and the newly implemented Boost Mode. Introduced in PS4 update 4.50, this new feature amps up the performance of all PS4 games to varying degrees, enhancing some titles by almost 40%. It’s the best PS4 iteration on the market today, although it’s not entirely worth it for those without a 4K display.
Project Scorpio is still several months away, but Microsoft clearly has some ambitious plans in the pipeline with new features, and IP yet to be announced for the console.
We know that Xbox Scorpio be more powerful than the PS4 Pro and will likely become the new 4K console benchmark, but with its price likely to be in the region of £500 (and the rest), it won't appeal to everybody.
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