Xbox division head Phil Spencer has said he wants to reveal Microsoft's high-end Project Scorpio console before E3 2017 in June, and now we have the first storefront listing opening up on the MS Store. This means we could see a special Xbox event being held sometime in April or May ahead of E3, with Microsoft focusing solely on Project Scorpio and Xbox games during the June showcase. Of course there's no price tag on the Project Scorpio pre-order listing, but it does indicate a reveal is on the way.
Microsoft has confirmed that Project Scorpio's 6TFLOPs GPU will enable native 4K gaming, which will make it the world's most powerful games console.
The Microsoft Store listing gives the following info about Project Scorpio:
- The most powerful console ever with 6 teraflops of graphical processing power
- The first and only console to enable true 4K gaming and high-fidelity virtual reality
- Compatible with all Xbox One games and accessories
Although the system will outright eclipse the Xbox One and Xbox One S models, it will be fully compatible with all Xbox games accessories and likely feature 4K HDR and 1080p 60FPS+ enhancements for existing first-party Xbox titles.
As for the exact hardware, we know Project Scorpio will rock an 8-core CPU, likely built on AMD's advanced new Ryzen CPU architecture complimented with a scaled Polaris GPU on the same 14nm SoC.
However Microsoft has not officially confirmed exact specifications for the console yet.
Project Scorpio confirmed specs:
- 6 TFLOPs of performance
- 320GB per second memory bandwith
- 8 CPU Cores
I personally think Project Scorpio will be based on AMD's new Polaris RX 580 GPU rather than the enthusiast Vega line, as a Vega-enabled GPU would be quite expensive. Microsoft has confirmed Project Scorpio will be priced as a premium console, but to include Vega the price would need to be around $599 or so. Still though we think it'll be more than $399.
However, AMD has been experimenting with its Raven Ridge APUs for a while now, which utilize both Ryzen and Vega on a 14nm APU chip.
In any case, we'll be sure to update you once more information comes to light. If Microsoft is planning a pre-E3 reveal, we should hear details on the event in the coming weeks.