Microsoft is teasing that its upcoming "monster" 4K-ready Project Scorpio console could be unveiled at E3 2017, months ahead of the system's planned Holiday 2017 release.
Project Scorpio has excited millions of Xbox fans across the globe, and even key Microsoft execs are pumped for Scorpio's "new era of 4K console gaming." Xbox exec Aaron Greenberg recently said that "2017 is the year of Project Scorpio," following it up by asking gamers if they're "ready for the beast," and now Xbox spokesperson Major Nelson has dropped some not-so-subtle clues on Twitter by counting down the days until E3 2017.
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159 days until E3 2017 🙂— / Larry Hryb / (@majornelson) January 4, 2017
Now it doesn't take a rocket scientist to guess that Microsoft will debut its hot new native 4K Xbox console at the world's biggest gaming trade show, but these little teases have even more implications.
Microsoft is extremely confident about Project Scorpio. This tells us that things are going swimmingly on all sectors--on the Windows 10 framework side of things, with developers harnessing the newly announced Game Mode tech to easily port their titles from PC to Xbox One, Xbox One S and Project Scorpio with full uncompressed 4K textures; and on the hardware side, which almost assuredly has to do with AMD's recent successes with its new Zen (aka Ryzen) CPU technology and high-performance Vega GPU architecture, both of which were showcased at CES 2017.
Project Scorpio confirmed specs:
- 6 TFLOPs of performance
- 320GB per second memory bandwith
- 8 CPU Cores
AMD is making key strides in its new revolutionary hardware, and while we don't 100% know for sure if Project Scorpio harnesses Vega or not, we're at least pretty sure the console will tap AMD's 8-core Zen CPU for high-end computing and processor power.
Given Microsoft has promised Scorpio's 6TFLOPs GPU is capable of belting out native 4K, we suspect that the console will leverage a highly customized and scaled form of AMD's new Raven Ridge APUs, which integrate its Zen CPU and Vega GPU hardware on a single chip.
In any case, expect to see Project Scorpio unveiled to the world at E3 2017, which kicks off on June 13.
Project Scorpio will release in Holiday 2017, and check below for everything we know about the console so far.
Everything we know so far about Project Scorpio:
- Project Scorpio to leverage Windows 10 Game Mode tech
- Project Scorpio renders games in native 4K
- Project Scorpio to deliver new era of 4K console gaming
- Project Scorpio won't be $399, and here's why
- Project Scorpio devs can choose native 4K or 1080p 60FPS
- Xbox Scorpio confirmed, rocks 6TFLOPs, 4K gaming, VR, coming in 2017
- Project Scorpio's custom GPU could sit between Polaris and Vega
- Xbox Scorpio could be powered by 14 nm Polaris + Zen SoC for 4K gaming
- The next-gen Xbox Scorpio will be capable of 90FPS in VR
- Project Scorpio won't run all current Xbox One games at 1080p 60FPS
- Next-gen Xbox Scorpio to support native 4K gaming?
- New 4K Xbox to support Oculus Rift VR headset
- New Xbox will be '5 times more powerful' than PS4 Neo, rocks 10 TFLOPs
- Xbox and Windows are merging under Microsoft's Project Helix strategy
- Next-gen 4K-ready Xbox coming in 2017, could sport external GPU
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