Microsoft teases the most powerful games console ever made
Do you remember Hank Scorpio, from the classic Simpsons episode “You Only Move Twice”? This amiable supervillain lured a naive Homer to his company in Cypress Creek to help him in his pursuit of world domination with a charming offer. Scorpio was the epitome of power and entertainment.
It’s not clear if Microsoft decided to dub the working title of its next Xbox console “Project Scorpio” after this Simpsons icon, but the machine seems to bear some similarities to old Hank. The tech giants recently invited website Digital Foundry to its Redmond campus for an exclusive preview of its next console, and they have reported that the machine is expected to set new standards in performance and entertainment, pushing it far ahead of what its rivals Sony and Nintendo can currently offer.
Microsoft’s development team welcomed Digital Foundry editor Richard Leadbetter to enjoy a “true 4K experience” with the Scorpio. Old games and hardware will be compatible with the new device and benefit from its new technology, while owners of 1080p TVs will also get to have their fun with it.
The new hardware
For Project Scorpio, Microsoft has eight customised x86 cores with a clock speed of 2.3 GHz. By way of comparison, the PS4 Pro “only” offers eight Jaguar cores at 2.1 GHz. The graphics power has an output of six teraflops with a memory bandwidth of 326 GB/s.
The Scorpio measures up favourably to the PS4 Pro in the memory, disc and Blu-ray stakes, too. It boasts a 12 GB GDDR5 memory (PS4 Pro: 8 GB GDDR5), a 1TB disc (same as the PS4 Pro) as well as a 4K UltraHD Blu-ray drive (PS4 Pro just has a Blu-ray).
Price currently unknown
Details remain in short supply about the Scorpio’s size, weight and colour. While its pimped up hardware will revolutionise Xbox One games, no bespoke new games have been revealed for the new console.
Microsoft has also held back from confirming a launch price for the Scorpio. Leadbetter suggested that it won’t be suitable for gamers on a budget, and is more likely to appear in shops at a “premium price” of around £425.
The new Xbox is expected to be released in time for Christmas 2017.