Project Scorpio now has 9GB GDDR5 RAM for games

Microsoft's new 'monster' Project Scorpio console now has 9GB of its total 12 GDDR5 RAM available for games.

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Microsoft's high-end 4K-ready Project Scorpio console is ready to be unveiled in less than a week, and the Xbox division is busily optimizing the hardware and fully unlocking its potential. Microsoft has now confirmed that developers now have access to 9GB of Project Scorpio's total 12GB GDDR5 RAM, adding an extra GB to use for games.

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Xbox & Windows gaming platform Vice President Mike Ybarra today confirmed that Project Scorpio will lend 75% of its total 12GB of GDDR5 RAM to developers, up 1GB from the previous 8GB DDR5 RAM allocation. Microsoft was able to make this jump days before the console's release, and developers now have a closer parity between Project Scorpio's powerful devkit, which features 24GB of GDDR5 RAM, and the retail unit.

Microsoft's Project Scorpio console will indeed hit native 4K resolution in-game, with full 4K textures with games that feature them. It'll be up to developers to add in 4K textures, and developers have full discretion on how to utilize the hardware. Project Scorpio features a highly customized 16nm FinFET SoC with an onboard AMD Polaris GPU with 40 Compute Units at 1172MHz and 6TFLOPs of compute performance, and an 8-core Jaguar Evolved CPU at 2.73GHz.

The company will reveal Project Scorpio's full name, pricing, and launch games lineup at E3 2017. As we've reported before, Project Scorpio will play all existing Xbox One games, and is compatible with all existing Xbox One hardware.

Project Scorpio will release Holiday 2017, and check below for everything we know about the console so far.

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Project Scorpio confirmed specs

  • SoC: Highly customized 360mm² AMD System-on-Chip built on 16nm FinFET
  • GPU: Polaris-derived GPU with 40 Compute Units at 1172MHz, 6TFLOPs of Compute Performance
  • CPU: Custom x86 "Jaguar Evolved" 8-core CPU at 2.73GHz, 4MB L2 cache
  • Memory: 12GB GDDR5 memory with 326GB/s bandwidth (12x 6.8GHz modules on a 384-bit bus)
  • Storage: 1TB 2.5-inch HDD
  • Media: 4K UHD Blu-ray player

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