Xbox Project Scorpio vs PS4 Pro
We look at the rumours, specs, features, games, price and more to see if we can't get an idea of which of these super-consoles is looking like the best.
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 a slew 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.
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But which machine will be the most powerful and will either ever play games in full, native 4K? The picture remains unclear at this stage, but here’s what we know.
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PS4 Pro vs Project Scorpio – When are they coming out?
PS4 Pro is already out on the market, and has been since 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 specs, release date, and launch games.
PS4 Pro vs Project Scorpio – Processor
Xbox Scorpio: 8-core, unknown clock speed
PS4 Pro: 8-core, 2.13GHz clock speed
Many of the specifications for Project Scorpio remain a mystery, with Microsoft holding many of its secrets close to its chest until E3 2017. It’s safe to assume Scorpio will possess a more advanced chip than PS4 Pro, alongside some impressive innards.
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.
PS4 Pro vs Project Scorpio – Graphics
Xbox Scorpio: 6 TFLOPS, 320GB/s, unknown amount and type
PS4 Pro: 4.12 TFLOPS, 218 GB/s, 8GB GDDR5
As it stands, the GPU is one of the only areas we can make direct comparisons.
Project Scorpio will likely have at least 8GB of graphics memory, but this is still unconfirmed. PS4 Pro possesses 8GB of GDDR5 with an additional 1GB of RAM set aside for handling background processes.
In terms of memory bandwidth, which is hugely important when it comes to 4K presentation and virtual reality, Scorpio appears to dominate PS4 Pro with 320GB/s of bandwidth against 218GB/s.
The 320GB/s figure on the Scorpio is intriguing: it's the same bandwidth as Nvidia’s top-end GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card for PCs, which uses GDDR5X memory instead of GDDR5. So, we could see a similar use of memory in the console itself. Of course, all will become clear at E3 2017.
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We also have a few concrete details on each GPU’s floating operations per second (TFLOPs). In many ways, this is the easiest way to measure the pure performance of both consoles, however, it’s hard to say too much without seeing the Scorpio in action.
The Xbox Scorpio will be capable of 6TFLOPs while the Pro sports 4.2TFLOPS. For the tech-savvy among us, that’s roughly the difference between a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 and a previous-generation GTX 970. We’ll know more once the final specs are revealed.
For VR, it helps that the PSVR has just one screen, reducing the processing requirements compared to the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive with their two, high resolution screens. Visual fidelity has already seen a huge improvement on PlayStation VR with PS4 Pro – Resident Evil 7 and Robinson: The Journey look much crisper.
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.
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PS4 Pro vs Project Scorpio – Conclusion
Since launching a few 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 specs, features, and IP yet to be announced for the console. From the specs we know so far, the system could be the closest we’ve ever come to true 4K on console.
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