Microsoft has revealed the specs of Project Scorpio exclusively to Digital Foundry, and assured fans that it will be “the most powerful console ever”.
The company invited Digital Foundry, part of Eurogamer, to their Redmond HQ, where they met the architects and designers of the latest console, as well as head of Xbox Phil Spencer. The experts were not only astounded by the technology they saw, but the passion going in to building it also.
Much of the specs were as assumed, with 12GB of GDRR5 RAM and a custom built CPU, but a few of the details even shocked some of the staff at Digital Foundry. Find the full list of Scorpio specs below.
There was also a showing of Forza, running in 4K at 60 frames per second. With as many cars crammed into the race as possible, the game was more than capable of running, and had more than 30% output remaining. Reporters at Digital Foundry were amazed at the quality of a game not even designed to run at such a quality.
With no hint from Microsoft as to price and release date, Digital Foundry believe it will be in the range of $499 ($100 more than the PS4 Pro) and is running ahead of schedule for what looks to be an October 2017 release. However, what still appears to be an issue is the lack of exclusive titles lined up for its release. With Scalebound and Fable 3 cancelled, it remains to be seen whether Microsoft can take some of the market back from Sony, who have had several of the biggest first-party games of 2017, with more to come.
Nevertheless, with at least six months still to go, Project Scorpio is shaping up to be the closest thing we have to a next generation console.