Microsoft revealed the details on the specs for the new Xbox Project Scorpio console to exclusively EuroGamer. Microsoft has touted this new console as the “world’s most powerful console.”
The Xbox Project Scorpio is available to run games at native 4K, 60 FPS. EuroGamer shared some footage of Forza running on the system in 4K.
“To me, [4K] means a very specific set of things. It’s a lot more than delivering than those eight-million-plus pixels to the screen while playing games,” says Kevin Gammill, Group Program Director of the Xbox Core platform. “It’s about delivering those pixels with 4K assets, so they look great. It’s about delivering those pixels with HDR and wide colour gamut fidelity. It’s about delivering those pixels with no loss of frame-rate compared to the 1080p version of that title – that’s super-important to us. Spatial audio adds to the immersive experience as well: to truly land that gameplay experience, it’s not just about what you see, but what you hear.”
The new system on chip for Project Scorpio is developed in partnership with AMD.
In addition to allowing developers to improve games on Scorpio, playing non-Scorpio updated games on the Project Scorpio has improvements too. The system itself provides a smoother performance and reduced screen-tearing.
“We’ve taken the approach that we do with 360 [games] on Xbox One, where you will never see a torn frame, because we have enough performance there to ensure that.”
Alongside this, Microsoft plans for a GameDVR for Scorpio which should record and capture gameplay at 4K60FPS resolution, alongside with overall faster loading up and system performance.
We should note that Microsoft says this new console is a “premium console” for high end users. Pricing wise, it will be priced higher than the PlayStation 4 Pro. EuroGamer estimates the console may cost $499 at launch. It is expected to launch in Holiday 2017.