If you’re a serious consumer hardware manufacturer, these day’s the Chinese market is pretty hard to ignore. And that’s why Microsoft’s Shanghai hardware event is on now, with the company showcasing its latest Surface Pro tablet. However, there’s also talk of future hardware releases, specifically relating to gaming and the Xbox Project Scorpio launch.
When Will Xbox Project Scorpio Launch?
While Microsoft is still delaying the announcement of an actual release date. At the Shanghai event, it has indicated, China could be among the first countries to see Xbox Project Scorpio launch. Whether or not this means a simultaneous launch in both the USA and China no one yet knows. However, the fact that a Fall release is anticipated, that wouldn’t give Microsoft much time to delay a launch.
Furthermore, this next time around Microsoft is hoping for a smoother launch onto the Chinese market. Back in 2013, when the Xbox One launched in the USA, Europe, and other western regions. The Chinese, unfortunately, had to wait nearly a whole year. The console finally, found its way onto shelves in 2014, which is something that Microsoft hopes to avoid this time.
What Is Known About Xbox Project Scorpio?
Although there’s no official word about an Xbox Project Scorpio launch or further details of its specifications and features available. Microsoft will reveal the console to the public and press at its E3 2017 press conference. Then and only then (if we don’t see leaks) will the big picture of just how revolutionary the console will be.
In the meantime, here’s what we know about it so far..
Xbox Project Scorpio Specs
Thanks to the people over at Digital Foundry, who spoke to Microsoft engineers in late March. We know have a better understanding as to why the company refers to the Xbox Project Scorpio launch, as the: “Dawn of the most powerful console ever.”
GPU and CPU
With a custom GPU, the Scorpio will deliver a massive six teraflops of graphical power, Now, that if accurate, will mean the PlayStation 4 Pro is no match for Xbox Project Scorpio. Especially considering the extremely high clock speed it will run at. Additionally, there’s 40 Radeon compute units inside clocked at an impressive 1172MHz, in comparison, the PS4 Pro clocks in at 911MHz.
As for its CPU, there are eight custom x86 cores, with a running clock speed of 2.3Ghz. According to the Microsoft engineers who spoke to Digital Foundry, these are 31% faster than those in the Xbox One S.
When the Xbox Project Scorpio launch happens, the world of gaming will enter a new era. One in which the most powerful console on the market is not considered by its manufacturer to be a next gen device. Having said that, the specifications so far, surely indicate a new level of sophistication is now possible. We already know that the Scorpio will have the most powerful GPU, and CPU setup in console history, but what about RAM?
Again thanks to the Microsoft engineers who spoke at length to Digital Foundry, we know it won’t disappoint in this department either. With 12GB of GDDR5 RAM, it will be a true powerhouse, perfectly in tune with its GPU, and CPU. Of that 12GB, 4GB will be allocated to system memory. Meaning that developers have a massive 8GB at their fingertips to work with. TYhis will run at a clock speed of 6.84GHz, and offer a memory bandwidth of 326GB/s; this is seen as the minimum to run 4K.
Because the Scorpio will be so brutally powerful, it will undoubtedly generate lots of heat. As such, Leo Del Castillo, when pressed on this matter, told Digital Foundry that fine tuning was underway. This work involves tweaking the voltage for each chip, with the outcome being, each one gets what it requires. It’s still a work in progress; the final result should be a uniquely power efficient Scorpio. One that doesn’t generate too much heat and as such doesn’t waste energy.
However, that’s not to say that the console will not generate heat at all. In fact, that’s almost entirely impossible to mitigate. So, Microsoft will also make use of a vapor chamber heat sink, it too as well as tweaking will work to keep the console cool.
And that’s it, for more, you will have to keep an eye out for possible leaks. Of course, as soon as we discover any we will publish. However, in the meantime, you will have to wait for E3. Or alternatively the Xbox Project Scorpio launch.