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Upgradeable console 'seems like a stretch' to Xbox boss

Xbox boss doesn't see upgradeable consoles as viable, says it 'seems like a stretch'
By: Anthony Garreffa | Gaming Consoles News | Posted: Apr 3, 2017 10:00 am

In a perfect world, consoles would be upgradeable and new games could come out with better graphics and higher resolution support, and you'd just upgrade your Xbox or PlayStation console - but no, the world we live in today isn't like that.

 

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Xbox boss Phil Spencer has now come out saying that you won't be upgrading your Xbox any time soon, including Microsoft's next-gen Project Scorpio console. On Twitter, Spencer said that upgradeable components for consoles were "a stretch". He said: "The idea that users will open up a console and change compute components inside seems like a stretch to me".

 

Spencer continued: "Am I going to break open my console and start upgrading individual pieces of my console? That's not our plan. There is something special about what happens with a console. You buy an appliance-like device; you plug it into your TV; it works when you plug it in. It's not like I'm going to ship a screwdriver set with every console that comes out".

 

We've broken down everything you need to know about Project Scorpio here.

 

Project Scorpio confirmed specs:

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

 

Project Scorpio Hardware Predictions:

 

  • CPU: 8-core Zen CPU
  • GPU: Based on a highly-customized form of AMD's new 14nm Polaris and/or Vega architectures to hit native 4K gaming
  • RAM: 12GB of GDDR5 unified system memory clocked at 320GB/s

 

So what will Project Scorpio be called, and how much will it cost? I have some predictions:

 

I think Project Scorpio will be called "Xbox Ultra" and depending on what hardware it uses, I think it could cost as much as $599.

 

If Xbox Ultra uses Ryzen CPU and Vega GPU hardware, it'll cost around $599. If it uses Ryzen CPU and Polaris GPU hardware, a $499 price tag is much more likely.

 

But we strongly think the new 4K Xbox won't cost $399, and here's why.

 

Project Scorpio--or as we think it's called, Xbox Ultra--will release Holiday 2017. Microsoft is set to unveil the system as soon as next week, with a full showcase at E3 2017.

NEWS SOURCES:Gamespot.com

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