The full technical specifications of Microsoft’s upcoming, more powerful, iteration of their Xbox One console has been revealed as Digital Foundry had full reign of the new hardware.
Since its first announcement in June last year, critics have speculated what will be placed under it’s bonnet. What kind of upgraded processor or graphics processor will it us? Will it still be backwards compatible with Xbox 360 games? How much RAM with it hold?
Although We still don’t know how the Project Scorpio will look, the specs go like this:
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
So the CPU is around 30% faster than the Xbox One and the GPU is 4.6 times more powerful. There’s also 8GB of memory for games which is 3GB more than in the current model. That means higher resolution textures can be streamed at 4K, and it’ll also vastly improve load times.
It is more powerful than Sony’s PS4 Pro (and will play 4K Blu-rays) but it’s likely to be much more expensive too.
Microsoft have also stated that all improved Scorpio modes must be available to everyone, no matter what TV they own. So if you just have a normal HDTV you can still choose to run games at a higher frame rate or ‘supersample’ the resolution down from 4K to 1080p.