Microsoft unveils the formidable innards of the most powerful console ever made
Microsoft has finally unveiled the specification for Project Scorpio—its forthcoming upgrade to the Xbox One—ending months of speculation and firmly cementing the machine’s status as the most powerful console ever assembled.
We now know that Project Scorpio’s central processor is blisteringly fast, performing calculations 30 per cent faster than the original Xbox One. The graphics processor, meanwhile, is a behemoth, promising 4.6 times more power than your current console.
That means that Scorpio is powerful enough to comfortably outperform the PlayStation 4, and even the upgraded PS4 Pro in basically every measurable department. Put simply, multiplatform games should look better on Scorpio, while Microsoft’s own developers will be able to craft exclusives of peerless visual quality. What’s more, the specs back up what Microsoft’s been saying for some time now: Scorpio is a machine built for native 4K gaming.
So, while the PS4 Pro often has to resort to a clever bit of software to make lower resolutions resemble 4k content, Microsoft’s machine boasts the raw power to get the job done without resorting to upscaling algorithms or checkerboarding, pushing four times as many pixels as a regular high-definition image. In a secretive demo, Microsoft even showed the Forza engine running at 4K resolution and 60 frames per
“The graphics processor is a behemoth, with 4.6 times more power than your current console”
second, a feat that required only 66 per cent of its GPU power.
Project Scorpio is great news for those of us using regular HD screens, too. The console will use its extra power on a process called supersampling, using all of those extra pixels to carefully smooth out your 1080p image. The result should mean amazing picture quality and significantly smoother visuals.
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And if the promise of unparalleled image quality isn’t tempting enough, Microsoft is promising compatibility with the existing library of Xbox One games. Naturally, many developers will issue patches for their existing games to enable them to take full advantage of Scorpio’s outrageous power reserves, but even without an update, your library should load faster, play more smoothly and look better, thanks to the machine’s vast memory and improvements to texture filtering.
And even when you’re not playing games, Project Scorpio will look like the ultra-high-resolution bee’s knees. Thanks to the machine’s UHD Blu-ray drive, you’ll be able to watch movies and TV shows at the highest possible resolutions, without having to fork out on an expensive separate device. It’s further proof that Scorpio was built without compromises. If you want the best, Microsoft has built it for you.
For more info on Scorpio, keep your eye on issues in the coming months
BELOW Forza’s cars look even more expensive in ultra-HD.
right Microsoft used a behindclosed-doors demonstration of the Forza engine running at 4K resolution and 60 frames per second to showcase Scorpio’s power.