The Xbox Scorpio has been confirmed to support Middle-Earth: Shadow of War
UPDATE ONE: In some new related news announced today, one of the few confirmed Xbox Scorpio games announced for 2017 has been delayed.
Middle-earth: Shadow of War's launched has been stalled for almost two months and will now arrive on October 10, 2017.
The delay announcement from Monolith in full: "Middle-earth: Shadow of War expands gameplay in every dimension, including the massive open world, the story, the RPG systems, and personal player stories of the Nemesis System.
"As with Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, Monolith is committed to delivering the highest quality experience. In order to do this, we have made the difficult decision to move our launch date to ensure that Middle-earth: Shadow of War will deliver on that promise.
"We understand that it might be disappointing to have to wait a little longer for the release and are sorry for the delay, but we are working hard to make an amazing game. We’re excited to show more at E3."
While this will be disappointing for fans hoping to start playing in August – the original release date given – the Xbox Scorpio should not be affected.
While the Xbox Scorpio release date is still unknown, it seems likely that the Middle-Earth team have access to a devkit.
This would mean that whenever the Scorpio is launched, it should also be ready for the upgraded Microsoft console.
Xbox Scorpio 4K hardware shown off by Microsoft
The Xbox Scorpio will be officially unveiled during E3 2017 later this month, where fans will learn the full price and what the final design of the console will be.
We already know that Microsoft's upgraded gaming machine will boast native 4K support for select titles, with the released specs sheet also confirming that there has been a clear hardware upgrade which will benefit all existing titles.
The console has a CPU that is 30% faster than that of the original Xbox One, while the GPU is 4.6 times more powerful than its predecessor.
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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.
And Microsoft decided to give fans a closer look at one major part of the Xbox Scorpio hardware today, with engineering lead Mike Ybarra posting a picture of himself holding the Scorpio’s chip.
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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
It follows the news that Microsoft are planning a truly global launch for their new console.
The Xbox Scorpio's release date in Holiday 2017 doesn't just apply to the UK, US and Europe.
Ahead of Microsoft's E3 2017 conference in Los Angeles, the company announced its plans for other regions.
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Most notably, the Xbox One successor will be released in China by the end of the year.
This is in stark contrast to the Xbox One, which didn't launch in China until 2014 due to a ban on the sale of foreign consoles.
It's an encouraging development for fans in other regions, because it shows that development is going well for Project Scorpio.
Xbox boss Phil Spencer previously assured fans that the high-spec console was still on for a holiday 2017 release date.
Spencer was asked if there was a change to the Scorpio release date on Twitter. He replied: "Schedule looks very good right now, no issues."