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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'

By: Anthony Garreffa from Nov 22, 2016 @ 22:12 CST

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.


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".