Xbox Project Scorpio, touted as the world’s most powerful gaming console, is all set to be unveiled on June 11. Microsoft had announced the console at the E3 event last year. Since then, the software giant has revealed little about its next-gen gaming console. Now Microsoft has signaled that it would take the wraps off of Project Scorpio at the upcoming E3 event on June 11.
Teaser image hints at Project Scorpio unveiling
Microsoft traditionally holds Xbox briefing on the Monday of E3 week. The E3 2017 will be held at the Galen Center in Los Angeles. The software giant said in a tweet that it had moved the Xbox show to Sunday, June 11. The briefing would start at 2PM Pacific Time or 5PM ET. Though the tweet does not specifically mention the Project Scorpio, it clearly signals that the next-gen console would be the star of the show.
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The tweet includes the same teaser image that Microsoft had first shared at E3 2016. It includes an ultra-high definition 4K chip. None of the existing Xbox consoles support 4K. Microsoft claims that upcoming Project Scorpio will offer true 4K gaming experience and high-fidelity virtual reality. Since E3 has been opened to the public, Xbox fans can see the Scorpio in person.
Project Scorpio to be more powerful than PS4 Pro
Xbox chief Phil Spencer said last year that Project Scorpio would be the world’s first gaming console with six teraflops of power, allowing developers to embrace 4K gaming without compromising on quality. It will also enhance the virtual reality experience. By comparison, the Xbox One S comes with 1.4 teraflops of power and Sony’s PlayStation 4 Pro has 4.2 teraflops.
Other features of the Scorpio include an octa-core processor and 320Gbps of memory bandwidth. Spencer said last year that the new console would have a premium price tag. During a Twitter chat with Xbox fans earlier this month, Spencer revealed that Scorpio would run existing games smoothly. He has also said that Microsoft would continue to support Xbox One for years to come. There had been speculations that the company could drop support for existing consoles following the launch of Project Scorpio.
New IP coming this year
Even though Microsoft has canceled Scalebound, Spencer has indicated that there would be a new IP this year. It is widely believed to be the Sea of Thieves by Rare. The Xbox chief has expressed confidence in Rare’s creative director Gregg Mayles. Also, Xbox backward compatibility is expected to come to Windows 10 PCs.
Project Scorpio will hit the store shelves in time for the holiday shopping season.