Xbox Project Scorpio final specifications are incredible

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In one of the more unconventional moves we’ve seen in the console space (something stressed by Digital Foundry themselves), Microsoft has handed over the duties of revealing the innards of their new 4K consoles to the most trusted voices in the industry. Eurogamer’s Digital Foundry were invited to poke around the new hardware, which has curiously already been finalised months ahead of a suspected Q4 2017 release. There’s still no name, no price and no better word on games, but man if Scorpio isn’t a hardware marvel already.

To cut to the chase, yes – Project Scorpio is already capable of running Xbox One titles at native 4K and 60FPS. That holds true for at least Forza Motorsport 6, which Digital Foundry was shown as a demo. Running at the same settings as Xbox One but with 4K art assets, Forza ran perfectly on Scorpio – with only 60-70% of the GPU actually stressed. Bumping settings up to match Forza Apex’s settings at 4K on PC, and the performance held, with only 90% of the GPU working. That’s just crazy.

Xbox Scorpio Forza Motorsport demo

And there’s a lot of technical wizardry that’s going on. By all accounts the Scorpio is packing a ridiculously powerful GPU on top of an otherwise iterative step forward for the CPU (it’s not running on AMD’s Ryzen), but with the sorts of baked in features that only Microsoft could pull off. Like hardware implementations for DirectX 12, which reduced the CPU overhead of games like Battlefield 1 and Star Wars Battlefront by half.

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You can gaze over the full system specifications below:

Xbox Scorpio Specs

I’m not going to rehash the entire comprehensive report here (or the simplified version for less technically savvy Xbox fans), but the main take away is this. The Scorpio is hitting all of those lofty targets Microsoft set out last E3. Yes, it’s hitting 6 teraflops of processing power, just shy of 33% more than the PS4 Pro. Yes, it’s capable of running games at the sort of 4K/60FPS splendour that some PCs can only dream of. And yes, porting over Xbox One games is going to be streamlined thanks to their work in that area for years now (Forza Motorsport 6 took two days, as an example).

But that still doesn’t solve Microsoft’s software problem, and that’s where the road to E3 becomes extremely important. The Scorpio is the most impressive console on the market hardware-wise now by a quarter mile, but it still has its impact reduced without the software draw to it. Microsoft will likely ramp up their exclusives coverage and hopefully have a bunch of new games to show at their conference in just two months, so for now this is a great start to what is likely going to be Scorpio news heavy months.

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For all intents and purposes, this is Microsoft getting back into a race that performance kicked them out of last time.

Last Updated: April 6, 2017

Alessandro Barbosa

You can all call me Sandy until I figure out how to edit this thing, which is probably never. Sandy not good enough? Call me xXx_J0k3R_360degreeN0Sc0pe_xXx. Also, Geoff’s a bastard.

  • konfab

    But can it run Crysis?

    • Skyblue

      Lol. Say what you want but that game was so far ahead of it’s time graphically speaking it still looks like a current gen title.

  • Software problem? That can be fixed. Let’s talk price… and the inevitable outrage when they drop it at $800+

    • Pieter Kruger

      Thinking $500 max, that’s why they went with a custom Jaguar cpu rather than the much more expensive Zen cpu.

  • K1FF J1MB0B (sizzle edition)

    Cool specs and tech, but the biggest draw of consoles are convenience and affordability. Not interested in spending R8000 on a console. Also, Microsoft, show me a Death Stranding or a Spider-man and THEN you will have my attention.

    • Jonah Cash

      R8 000.00 was a week ago my friend. By the time this launches the Rand will be close to R20 to the $… Think like R15 000.00

    • ElimiNathan

      Wasnt PS4 close on R8k when it was released ? It would be a miracle if this was that cheap

  • GooseZA

    Yes but how much will it cost?

  • Matthew Holliday

    for a console that is designed to handle 4k, Im a little underwhelmed by them using a 2015 game to demo their tech.
    Even though forza apex is technically a 2016 game, and visually stunning, hitting 90% is a bit… meh.
    sure, 4k and stuff, and its not supposed to be a “new” console, but really, its supposed to be aimed at the future, why is it only just coping with the current?

  • Jim of the Banana

    But will it generate enough heat to keep me warm this winter?

    • Pieter Kruger

      It’s not a PlayStation unfortunately so no…..☺☺☺

    • Hammersteyn


    • miaau

      My laptop, now 6 years old, can WARM UP my tea. I know what you mean

      Top-end gaming dell from 2011

  • Pieter Kruger

    WOW, I was expecting a lot but HOLY SHIT they just went all out with this, the raw power this console has is amazing! Finally, true 4K console gaming @60fps!!! Raw power aside, there’ s a lot more to it than just that! New info keep popping up and expect even more over the next few days……

  • Jim of the Banana

    Real question: How big is this thing going to be? Because with the last boner, I had to get mine airlifted AND I had to hire an oversized crane to move the thing from the parking lot…. into my apartment…. and then we discovered that the room was too small. Currently the boner is used as the foundation to our entire block of flats.

    It sounds like this thing could be big enough to generate it’s own gravity.

    • Fox1 – Retro

      I hear it teleports into the living room this time.

    • Pieter Kruger

      Same size as Xbox One S apparently….

      • Francois Knoetze

        Holy shitballs…that is impressive!

    • miaau

      I dunno, I just put my Xbox One in the cabinet under the tv, locked the cabinet (toddler) and forgot about it.

      Seems size does matter, but only to some people.

  • Steffmeister

    Uncharted, The Last of Us, Bloodborne, HorizonZD. That’s how you sell consoles.
    anyway… glad MS is pushing this console a bit further. Maybe this will give Sony a bit of a kick up the butt.

  • MonsterCheddar
  • miaau

    So…. Are they going to ask me to upgrade to get “Dragon Age: The Inquisition goes bad” next year?

    Oh, yeah, secret title in development. It can use your old Institution save and then, essentially, you play as part of a small group of rebels bent on removing the inquisitions hold on Thedas. The end boss will be different for all that import saves, as it will be the DA:I character from just before the end boss fights, with all equipment and skills. I understand, and I heard this one in hushed whipers, that Leliana returns as a playable character for certain parts of the game, like Ciri in Witcher 3.

    Seems like power does corrupt,even the just and righteous

  • miaau

    More seriously, I wonder if they will sell this at a lost, as they did with Xbox 360 initially, just to gain market ground?

    And better exclusives…. Quantum what now?

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