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Xbox Project Scorpio final specs revealed

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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.”

Here’s a look at the specs, compared to Xbox One and PS4 Pro.

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.

SOURCE: EuroGamer (1, 2)

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PlayStation 5: Release Date & Price announced

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Sony PlayStation has officially announced the details on the release date and the price for the PlayStation 5 console.

In an announcement, the company revealed that the PlayStation 5 will launch on November 12 in select regions, with November 19 launch in the rest of the world.

There are two editions of the PlayStation 5: The PlayStation 5 with Blu-Ray Disc Tray and PlayStation 5 Digital Edition. There are no differences between the editions beyond the disc tray.

In addition, the company also revealed the price.

  • PlayStation 5 with Disc Tray: $499
  • PlayStation 5 Digital Edition: $399

Previously, PlayStation revealed the PS5 design and hardware information during an event back in June, unveiling the new design alongside the first batch of first party games for the console.

Pre-orders will go live at retailers worldwide including PlayStation Direct, Amazon, GameStop, BestBuy, and more soon.

Check your local retailers’ site for pre-order information. PlayStation 5 accessories include the DualSense Wireless Controller, DualSense Controller Charging Stand, Platinum Headset, and Media Remote.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is a launch title for the PS5. Activision is partnered with PlayStation for the new game.

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Infinity Ward dev: Xbox Series S could be ‘bottleneck’ for next-gen development

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Earlier this week, Microsoft officially announced their lower-performing next-generation console called the Xbox Series S.

The company announced that the Xbox Series S will be perform lower than that of the Xbox Series X as it’s an all digital console and priced at $299.

As part of the announcement, Microsoft presented the specifications for the Xbox Series S console.

Here’s the specifications, compared to the Xbox Series X:

The biggest differences developers have instantly noticed is the CPU clock speed of 3.4GHz and the GPU of only 4 TFLOPS compared to the 12 TFLOPS of the Xbox Series X.

Developers have stated online that the fear this could be a potential development hurdle console when games completely switch over to being ‘next-gen’ only developed. Right now, majority of 3rd party devs are making games for the PC, PS4, Xbox One family, alongside Xbox Series X, S, and PS5.

Infinity Ward’s Designer says on Twitter that the Xbox Series S could end up being a bottleneck for development when next-gen only games start to be developed, as they’ll have to develop for a console with only 4TFLOPS. PS5 has around 10TFLOPS of power in its GPU.

The first Call of Duty game to hit next-gen consoles will be Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. The game is expected to be ‘true 4K’ on PS5 and Xbox Series X with up to 120FPS play for those consoles.

Treyarch has not stated what the performance will be like for the Xbox Series S console.

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Xbox Series X & S: price, release, and pre-order confirmed

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Xbox has officially announced the details on the release date, the price, and the pre-orders for the Xbox Series X & S console.

In an announcement, the company revealed that the Xbox Series S & X will launch on November 10.

There are two editions of the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S Digital Edition.

In addition, the company also revealed the price.

  • Xbox Series X: $499
  • Xbox Series S: $299

On November 10, a new generation of console gaming begins. That’s when our vision becomes reality with the most performant, immersive and compatible next-generation console gaming experiences, and the freedom to play your games with your friends, anytime, anywhere.

To empower you more than ever to jump into the next generation of gaming, today we confirmed: Xbox Series X, our most powerful console ever made, and Xbox Series S, next-generation performance in our smallest console ever built at a more affordable price, launch globally November 10, pre-orders start September 22.

Pre-orders will go live at retailers worldwide including Microsoft, Amazon, GameStop, BestBuy, and more starting September 22.

Check your local retailers’ site for pre-order information.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War will be available on the Xbox Series X and S on November 13.

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