Xbox Scorpio power isn't just a story of teraflops

Xbox boss says Xbox Scorpio power isn't 'just the number of teraflops that makes it powerful'

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Microsoft is running towards the warm arms of 4K with its upcoming Xbox Scorpio console, and even with its 6 TFLOPs of power, an 8-core CPU, and over 320GB/sec of memory bandwidth - Xbox boss Phil Spencer knows it's not just about raw horsepower.

Xbox Scorpio power isn't just a story of teraflops |

During an interview with Stevivor, Spencer said that the 6 TFLOPs of processing power in the Scorpio is just one piece of the puzzle. He said: "Well, I try not to really talk using the term. It's like a car - you wouldn't describe how fast it goes using only one characteristic. But I guess it's like a teraflop is like horsepower - you'd probably have in your head what 100 horsepower could do, or 200".

Spencer continued: "But it's much more than that - there's other things that dictate how fast the car goes. A transmission. Its weight. It's the same with Scorpio; it's not just the number of teraflops that makes it powerful".

He also talked about the fact that Microsoft had planned the Xbox Scorpio for a few years, and that there's going to be a different type of leap from the Xbox One to the Xbox Scorpio than there was with the Xbox 360 and its jump to HD. Spencer added: "We had to make decisions like 4K - to run games in 4K natively - years ago. We thought it would be like the jump to HD with the Xbox 360. Obviously, it's different - that was from a 4:3 ratio to 16:9 - but it's still the same idea".


Anthony joined the TweakTown team in 2010 and has since reviewed 100s of graphics cards. Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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