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Xbox boss strongly hints Project Scorpio won’t be an upgradable console

The Nintendo Switch might be getting all the attention this end of the year, but come year-end, Microsoft will undoubtedly steal the spotlight with its long-awaited Project Scorpio console.

Coming part way through the life-cycle of the existing Xbox One, the upgraded console is said to pack some significantly souped-up hardware, with talk of Microsoft introducing a device that users could upgrade themselves, much like a PC.

Now, Xbox boss Phil Spencer has poured cold water on such rumours in a response to a question concerning the whole upgradeable thing on Twitter.

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Specifically, Spencer says he believes an upgradeable console is “a stretch,” suggesting Microsoft isn’t planning any such feature for its upcoming console.

Microsoft has already confirmed E3 2017 will bring a full reveal for Project Scorpio, with the console set to become available in the holiday season of 2017.

It’s said to come with an 8-core CPU and a graphics card with 6TFLOPs (trillion floating point operations per second) of power, putting the console on a par with today’s top-end graphics chips – though, by the time it launches Scorpio will be the equivalent of a mid-range PC.

There’s also the promise of full native 4K on the new device, with lead planner for Xbox, Albert Penello, previously saying: “we were very clear we wanted developers to take their Xbox One engines and render them in native, true 4K.”

It’s all very exciting, then, but the likely lack of upgradeable components will undoubtedly come as a disappointment to some.

That said, we’re still unsure exactly what Microsoft is planning, so the company could surprise us come E3 2017. Stay tuned for the latest.

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