Xbox Scorpio price and release date to be revealed at E3
Xbox Scorpio specs have been revealed by Microsoft and Digital Foundry.
The Xbox One Scorpio features eight custom x86 cores clocked at 2.3GHz and 40 customised compute units at 1172MHz.
Now that fans have an idea about how powerful the console is, Microsoft's next job will be to reveal the price and release date.
While Microsoft is yet to confirm when this will take place, the most likely time will be during the E3 gaming expo in June.
Unlike previous years, Microsoft's E3 conference will be held on a Sunday rather than a Monday.
"E3 is around the corner and we wanted to get in touch early to let you know that the Xbox media briefing will be held on Sunday, June 11 at 2 PM PT / 10 PM BST," reads a Microsoft statement.
"This is a change from previous years, so be sure to mark your calendars!
"We’re looking forward to an exciting E3 where we’ll showcase more games and experiences. We’ll also be hosting another Xbox FanFest event this year. We’ll have more details soon."
But eagle-eyed readers will have spotted some interesting price and release date details in the Digital Foundry report.
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Project Scorpio is said to be running ahead of schedule, which means we'll almost certainly see it before the end of the year.
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The Eurogamer reports says: "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.'
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.
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.