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Project Scorpio has built-in PSU, no huge power supply

Microsoft's next-gen Xbox Scorpio has built-in PSU, shows power efficiency gains in new tech
By: Anthony Garreffa | Gaming Consoles News | Posted: Mar 15, 2017 5:48 am

The latest rumor on Microsoft's upcoming Xbox console is that it will have a built-in PSU, versus the gigantic power supply that has accompanied previous Xbox consoles.

 

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Windows Central is reporting the latest rumor, that unlike the Xbox One - Project Scorpio will have a built-in PSU like the Xbox One S refresh console. This is great news, as the power brick on the Xbox One was absolutely ridiculous in size - but the built-in PSU on Xbox One S was welcomed.

 

Project Scorpio is Microsoft's next-gen Xbox console, which is a 4K-capable game console that will have some tricks up its sleeve - like we've reported previously with a 4K Game DVR recording function. This new feature will use the HEVC codec to encode 4K footage at 60FPS, for both the Game DVR and streaming.

 

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Project Scorpio confirmed specs:

 

  • 6 TFLOPs of performance
  • 320GB per second memory bandwith
  • 8 CPU Cores

 

We can only speculate what kind of hardware Project Scorpio will have, but our educated guess would be this: a scaled 14nm-based AMD SoC with an 8-core Ryzen CPU complimented with a highly-scaled and customized 6 TFLOP GPU that could incorporate both AMD's Polaris and high-end Vega GPU architectures on the same chip.

 

There's a possibility that Project Scorpio's GPU could be based on AMD's new RX 580 Polaris GPU, or perhaps even its powerful Vega architecture--or a mix of both--forged into AMD's new Raven Ridge APU technology.

 

But in a time where internet connections are still woefully outdated, will Project Scorpio's 4K 60FPS game recordings benefit anyone other than enthusiasts? Native 4K footage gets astronomically huge, so Scorpio's 4K Game DVR likely won't be practical to average gamers, but I'm sure Scorpio can output at 1080p 60FPS or even 720p 30FPS like the original Xbox One.

 

It'll be interesting to see what Microsoft has in store for us in the coming months. Project Scorpio may be unveiled at a separate pre-E3 event, with a follow-up showcase at E3 2017 in June.

 

Check below for everything we know about Project Scorpio so far:

 

 

Everything we know so far about Project Scorpio:

 

 

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