Now, this is what you call true next gen console, Meet Scorpio, it will be “the most powerful console ever,” and today the company delivered on that promise, revealing a set of beefy specs that, in terms of raw power, surpass any video game console on the market today.
In a PR reveal with Eurogamer’s Digital Foundry, Microsoft revealed that Scorpio will include a custom CPU, 12GB of GDDR5 RAM.
Digital Foundry’s hype is enthusiastic—“Nor can the number of compute units and teraflops represent the passion the Xbox team has injected into this project”—but in short, their technical wizards say it’s more powerful than any video game box we’ve seen, capable of running a Forza tech demo at 60 frames-per-second and 4K resolution. Whereas the PS4 Pro was an iteration, Scorpio appears more like a new console generation, although Microsoft promises that it will play Xbox 360 and Xbox One games.
Microsoft also says that Scorpio can offer improvements to those older Xbox games including more consistent framerates, better textures, and faster load times. There’s a caveat, there, however: It’ll be up to the games’ publishers.
This will no doubt impress gamers who obsess over CPU speeds and graphical fidelity, although Microsoft has a tough task ahead of them when it comes to regaining their footing in the console market. Since this generation started, Sony’s PlayStation 4 has dominated Microsoft’s Xbox One both in sales and software. Microsoft has struggled to compete with Sony’s first-party offerings and Japan-developed games, many of which are exclusive to PlayStation. Microsoft has also canceled several of their highest-profile titles, like Scalebound and Fable Legends, which came as a disappointment to Xbox faithful.
Microsoft has said that Scorpio will be out this fall. There’s no word on a price yet.