As you’re probably aware, CES 2017 is well underway, with many gadgets revealed and excited people browsing the booths. However, one is of particular interest, and that’s AMD’s Vega booth. Japanese gaming site 4Gamers managed to snap a picture which shows the Xbox Project Scorpio clearly mentioned.
AMD and Xbox Project Scorpio
Before we can talk about the console being mentioned, it’s best that you get some background on this story.
AMD has just announced its new Ryzen CPUs, and at CES, it revealed its high-performance enthusiast-grade Vega GPU architecture. That is why the chip maker is showing off its wares at this year’s event in Las Vegas. However, the previously mentioned 4Gamer website managed to take a picture which shows the Xbox Project Scorpio being mentioned during a New Horizon live stream.
Apparently, since the image was revealed, it has gone viral and fueled talk that the Scorpio may be powered by AMD architecture. Right now there is absolutely no official word on that, but it could make Microsoft’s claims that the Xbox Project Scorpio will be the most powerful console ever entirely accurate.
According to Tweaktown, AMD previously confirmed that it is working with Microsoft on the Scorpio and that it will provide the technology that will power the console’s hardware. However, it has yet to say which processors the most powerful gaming console ever will use.
Tweaktown believes the Scorpio will use scaled versions of AMD’s latest Zen (Ryzen) CPU and Vega-GPU. If accurate, the console would be able to produce native 4K gaming comparable to what an enthusiast PC system can produce. To fuel the speculation, AMD is working hard to integrate its Ryzen CPU and Vega GPU onto a single chip. Surely this means that the Xbox Project Scorpio will be the recipient of such technology? The problem, however, is that this is pure speculation, and we probably won’t know for sure until just under 12 months’ time.
What is known about the Project Scorpio?
According to Microsoft, its Xbox Project Scorpio will fundamentally change the console gaming environment. Not only will it be the most powerful console ever, but it will also be able to deliver the most detailed graphics at the highest resolution. Essentially, Microsoft is looking to merge the PC gaming world with that of its next-generation device, using Windows10 as glue.
We are still in the dark on the console’s specs and are likely to remain so for some time. Having said that though, Microsoft has revealed a small amount of information. For example, the device will operate at 6 Teraflops, have a per-second memory bandwidth speed of 320GB and come complete with 8 CPU cores–all of which, even without knowing everything, leaves everything available now, including the PS4 Pro, in its wake.