Xbox’s new project ‘Scorpio’ specs have been revealed and it is, in fact, the most powerful (home) console ever.
Here are the specs:
- Eight custom CPU cores clocked at 2.3GHz
- 326GB/s of memory bandwidth
- 1172MHz GPU – with 40 customised compute units
- 12GB GDDR5 memory
- 1TB HDD
- 4K UHD Blu-ray disc player
- 4K gaming support
- VR support
For comparisons sake:
So what does it all mean? Not much really. Not until we see some new games announced for the console. Just specs isn’t enough to push the needle or get anyone that excited.
The whole “4K” and “VR ready” always sounds sexy but at this point and time it shouldn’t be a deal breaker unless you 1. Own a 4K TV or monitor or 2. Own a VR headset (Oculus or Vive). Otherwise those are just fancy words.
The concept of Scorpio is appealing however to anyone that doesn’t already own a decent PC. Having a living room console powerful enough to handle PC type of graphics is cool, in concept. Till we see games for this and a price point I can’t find time to board this hype train.
*Side note- I just built a brand new PC with high end specs, which essentially takes me out of the running for buying a Scorpio ever. Xbox made a puzzling bet on the “living room PC” because with their play anywhere strategy of releasing all first party games on both console and PC why would a PC owner ever buy a Scorpio if all first party Xbox one games are available on both.
Scorpio will be interesting to say the least and I cannot wait to hear more from the Xbox team about the future of their games and the console.
[Give me Halo 6 on PC and I never have to upgrade my Halo 5 Xbox ever]