The Scoop on Microsoft’s Killer 4K Console

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With Project Scorpio, Xbox is evolving in a big way. Due out holiday 2017, this impressive new take on Microsoft’s console promises high-end components that can power the types of 4K gaming and virtual reality experiences that you’d typically need a tricked-out PC for. The arrival of a new console so early into the Xbox One’s life cycle may seem confusing or alarming, but fret not — we’re here to break down everything you need to know about what Microsoft is calling “the most powerful console ever.”” data-reactid=”5″>With Project Scorpio, Xbox is evolving in a big way. Due out holiday 2017, this impressive new take on Microsoft’s console promises high-end components that can power the types of 4K gaming and virtual reality experiences that you’d typically need a tricked-out PC for. The arrival of a new console so early into the Xbox One’s life cycle may seem confusing or alarming, but fret not — we’re here to break down everything you need to know about what Microsoft is calling “the most powerful console ever.”

What is Project Scorpio?” data-reactid=”6″>What is Project Scorpio?

Project Scorpio

Project Scorpio is a robust new Xbox console slated to launch late in 2017 for an undisclosed price. It’ll probably have a cooler name when it releases, like Xbox Two (just kidding). According to Microsoft, Scorpio will work with all of your existing Xbox One games and accessories, but will also allow for cool new stuff like 4K and VR gaming.” data-reactid=”10″>Project Scorpio is a robust new Xbox console slated to launch late in 2017 for an undisclosed price. It’ll probably have a cooler name when it releases, like Xbox Two (just kidding). According to Microsoft, Scorpio will work with all of your existing Xbox One games and accessories, but will also allow for cool new stuff like 4K and VR gaming.

Latest Rumors: April Reveal and E3 Game Lineup” data-reactid=”11″>Latest Rumors: April Reveal and E3 Game Lineup

While Microsoft is expected to highlight Project Scorpio at E3 2017 in June, Windows Central reports that a “major gaming outlet” will officially unveil the console as soon as this week (April 3). Microsoft is expected to utilize the upcoming Forza Motorsport 7 to show off Scorpio’s power, which makes sense — Forza games have always been graphical showpieces for Microsoft consoles, and we’ve already seen how good the series can look in 4K with Forza Horizon 3 for PC. ” data-reactid=”12″>While Microsoft is expected to highlight Project Scorpio at E3 2017 in June, Windows Central reports that a “major gaming outlet” will officially unveil the console as soon as this week (April 3). Microsoft is expected to utilize the upcoming Forza Motorsport 7 to show off Scorpio’s power, which makes sense — Forza games have always been graphical showpieces for Microsoft consoles, and we’ve already seen how good the series can look in 4K with Forza Horizon 3 for PC.

Microsoft is also rumored to show off such titles as Read Dead Redemption 2, Crackdown 3, State of Decay 2, and Star Wars Battlefront 2, all running in 4K on the new console. It remains to be seen whether we’ll have to wait until E3 for this lineup, or if we’ll see the games sooner.
” data-reactid=”13″>Microsoft is also rumored to show off such titles as Read Dead Redemption 2, Crackdown 3, State of Decay 2, and Star Wars Battlefront 2, all running in 4K on the new console. It remains to be seen whether we’ll have to wait until E3 for this lineup, or if we’ll see the games sooner.

What’s inside of Project Scorpio?” data-reactid=”15″>What’s inside of Project Scorpio?

Scorpio boasts some pretty beastly specs, including 6 teraflops of graphics power, 8 CPU cores, and a memory bandwidth of 320GB per second. If that all sounds like a second language to you, just know that all of these components are designed to work together to provide true 4K gaming and high-fidelity virtual reality experiences.” data-reactid=”16″>Scorpio boasts some pretty beastly specs, including 6 teraflops of graphics power, 8 CPU cores, and a memory bandwidth of 320GB per second. If that all sounds like a second language to you, just know that all of these components are designed to work together to provide true 4K gaming and high-fidelity virtual reality experiences.

Digital Foundry’s recent analysis of a Project Scorpio whitepaper from Microsoft’s developer portal seems to match these specs, and also notes that the console will ditch the ESRAM technology that powers the Xbox One and Xbox One S. This will apparently allow for more total RAM for Project Scorpio.
” data-reactid=”17″>Digital Foundry’s recent analysis of a Project Scorpio whitepaper from Microsoft’s developer portal seems to match these specs, and also notes that the console will ditch the ESRAM technology that powers the Xbox One and Xbox One S. This will apparently allow for more total RAM for Project Scorpio.

You can probably say goodbye to annoying power bricks — according to Windows Central, Project Scorpio will have an internal power supply like that of the Xbox One S. The system is also expected to support 4K video capture, providing an easy way for Xbox fans to make slick 4K gameplay videos without any external hardware.
” data-reactid=”18″>You can probably say goodbye to annoying power bricks — according to Windows Central, Project Scorpio will have an internal power supply like that of the Xbox One S. The system is also expected to support 4K video capture, providing an easy way for Xbox fans to make slick 4K gameplay videos without any external hardware.

Xbox boss Phil Spencer seems pleased with the console so far, tweeting “Played my first games on early Scorpio unit. Games played great, console looked right” back in January. 

Thomas Mahler, head of Ori and the Blind Forest developer Moon Studios, said in a NEOGaf forum thread that Scorpio is a “full blown next-gen machine” while calling the PS4 Pro “a half-assed upgrade.”

Will Scorpio support virtual reality headsets?” data-reactid=”21″>Will Scorpio support virtual reality headsets?

While Scorpio is clearly designed to handle high-end VR, Microsoft hasn’t confirmed compatibility with any existing headsets such as the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive. While the Scorpio website no longer mentions VR specifically, Microsoft recently confirmed with GameSpot that virtual reality is still on the console’s roadmap.” data-reactid=”22″>While Scorpio is clearly designed to handle high-end VR, Microsoft hasn’t confirmed compatibility with any existing headsets such as the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive. While the Scorpio website no longer mentions VR specifically, Microsoft recently confirmed with GameSpot that virtual reality is still on the console’s roadmap.

Microsoft does have a healthy relationship with Oculus (every Rift ships with an Xbox One controller, and Microsoft’s Minecraft game has been optimized for Oculus), so it’s not hard to imagine some version of the Rift launching for Scorpio. Considering that Bethesda Game Studios’ Todd Howard made specific mention of Fallout 4 VR in the Project Scorpio reveal video, we’re fairly confident that Microsoft will have some sort of headset ready for launch.

Will Scorpio make my Xbox One obsolete?” data-reactid=”24″>Will Scorpio make my Xbox One obsolete?

Not at all, if Microsoft is to be believed. The company’s messaging suggests that Scorpio, Xbox One and the slim Xbox One S are all part of the same family, and that all Xbox One games in the foreseeable future will work on all three consoles. If things shake out the way Microsoft intends, Xbox One will become like a smartphone; the model you have now will probably handle the latest apps and games for at least a few years, but you’ll have a premium option if you want the best performance possible.” data-reactid=”25″>Not at all, if Microsoft is to be believed. The company’s messaging suggests that Scorpio, Xbox One and the slim Xbox One S are all part of the same family, and that all Xbox One games in the foreseeable future will work on all three consoles. If things shake out the way Microsoft intends, Xbox One will become like a smartphone; the model you have now will probably handle the latest apps and games for at least a few years, but you’ll have a premium option if you want the best performance possible.

It’s not yet clear if all post-Scorpio Xbox One games will be able to run in 4K, or if it will be up to the developers to optimize their games as they see fit. However, we can speculate a bit based on the console’s reveal video. The clip shows executives from such teams as The Coalition, 343 Industries, Bethesda Game Studios and Electronic Arts, meaning that there’s a good chance that franchises such as Gears of War, Halo, Fallout and Battlefield will take advantage of Scorpio’s power in some way.

According to a massive new breakdown from the folks at Digital Foundry, it appears that only some Scorpio games will run at true, native 4K, while others will be upscaled from 1080p, as is the case with some games on Sony’s 4K-ready PS4 Pro. Still, the report says that it’s too early to make a final call on specs, and that Project Scorpio will still be a “highly capable 4K contender.”

Oddly enough, Microsoft seems to removed a mention of “hi-fidelity VR” from the official Project Scorpio website, leading to speculation that the company has shelved the system’s virtual reality plans. Microsoft provided a follow up quote to GameStop promising that VR will still be a part of the picture, but, for some reason, didn’t mention why the feature was removed from the website.

Should I hold out for Project Scorpio?” data-reactid=”42″>Should I hold out for Project Scorpio?

That’s hard to say. There’s currently no price for the console, but we can only assume that it will be significantly more expensive than the Xbox One’s $299 starting cost. ” data-reactid=”43″>That’s hard to say. There’s currently no price for the console, but we can only assume that it will be significantly more expensive than the Xbox One’s $299 starting cost.

What we can say, however, is that Scorpio probably isn’t worth it if you don’t own or plan to own a 4K TV. In an interview with Eurogamer, Xbox chief Phil Spencer stressed that Scorpio is made specifically for 4K gaming, and that it’s “not going to do anything for you” if you’re still playing on a 1080p display. ” data-reactid=”44″>What we can say, however, is that Scorpio probably isn’t worth it if you don’t own or plan to own a 4K TV. In an interview with Eurogamer, Xbox chief Phil Spencer stressed that Scorpio is made specifically for 4K gaming, and that it’s “not going to do anything for you” if you’re still playing on a 1080p display.

It’s also worth noting that you can enjoy most of what Scorpio plans to offer by just buying or building a decent gaming computer. PC gamers already have access to the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive for VR, and with Microsoft’s Play Anywhere initiative, you’ll be able to play virtually all of the company’s upcoming first-party games on Windows 10. You’ll likely have to pay somewhere in the mid $1,000s for dependable 4K and VR gaming, but you’ll also reap all of the benefits of owning a gaming PC, including access to the biggest library of games out there.” data-reactid=”45″>It’s also worth noting that you can enjoy most of what Scorpio plans to offer by just buying or building a decent gaming computer. PC gamers already have access to the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive for VR, and with Microsoft’s Play Anywhere initiative, you’ll be able to play virtually all of the company’s upcoming first-party games on Windows 10. You’ll likely have to pay somewhere in the mid $1,000s for dependable 4K and VR gaming, but you’ll also reap all of the benefits of owning a gaming PC, including access to the biggest library of games out there.

If you want to join the Xbox family but aren’t concerned with having the most beastly machine on the market, you should consider the Xbox One S. It starts at just $299, is attractively slim, and, while it doesn’t play games in 4K, it does offer 4K video playback for streaming services and Blu-rays. Considering the high costs of 4K Blu-Ray players, the S might be Microsoft’s best entertainment machine in terms of value. Of course, that could all change at the end of the year, which makes us all the more eager to find out just what shape Project Scorpio will take.” data-reactid=”46″>If you want to join the Xbox family but aren’t concerned with having the most beastly machine on the market, you should consider the Xbox One S. It starts at just $299, is attractively slim, and, while it doesn’t play games in 4K, it does offer 4K video playback for streaming services and Blu-rays. Considering the high costs of 4K Blu-Ray players, the S might be Microsoft’s best entertainment machine in terms of value. Of course, that could all change at the end of the year, which makes us all the more eager to find out just what shape Project Scorpio will take.

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