Xbox Scorpio won't feature a dedicated Kinect port
Xbox Scorpio will be without this key Xbox One feature when the holiday 2017 release date rolls around.
Microsoft teamed up with Digital Foundry to reveal Project Scorpio specs during an extensive report about the new console.
But buried beneath all the talk of teraflops and processors was the news that Xbox Scorpio would launch without a dedicated Kinect port.
The good news is that Kinect will still work with Project Scorpio, but the bad news is that you'll need to buy an adaptor to make it work.
It won't come as too much of a surprise to anybody who was keeping tabs on the Xbox One S, which also launched without a Kinect port.
Likewise, Project Scorpio won't come with a huge power brick. This is particularly impressive given the power of the Xbox Scorpio.
The final form factor is yet to be revealed, but it's likely we'll see the console in full at the E3 gaming expo in June.
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The Xbox Scorpio features eight custom x86 cores clocked at 2.3GHz and 40 customised compute units at 1172MHz.
The full list of Xbox Scorpio specs can be seen below…
- CPU Eight custom x86 cores clocked at 2.3GHz
- GPU 40 customised compute units at 1172MHz
- Memory 12GB GDDR5
- Memory Bandwidth 326GB/s
- Hard Drive 1TB 2.5-inch
- Optical Drive 4K UHD Blu-ray
The report suggests that the CPU is 30% faster than that of the original Xbox One, while the GPU is 4.6 times more powerful than its predecssor.
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Interestingly, the 8GB of memory – which is up from the 5GB found in the original Xbox One – allows the console to process art assets, making it easier to run 4K resolution visuals at higher speeds.
It was tested with a ForzaTech demo, and was found to be more powerful than the PS4 Pro.
Interestingly, the Eurogamer report claims that Scorpio is running ahead of schedule.
"Scorpio is seemingly running ahead of schedule, to the point where we're likely six months away from release at least, and we've already seen impressive software running beautifully on production silicon."
This would potentially give Xbox Scorpio an October release date, although nothing has been finalised.
In terms of a price, the report suggests that fans will need to pay a premium to purchase the device.
"As for cost, Microsoft told us absolutely nothing – but looking at what's in it, it ain't going to be cheap. Our guess, and it is just a guess, is $499, the same launch price as the original Xbox One.'