1Microsoft Gives Gamers Early Look at Project Scorpio Next-Gen Console
Microsoft’s Project Scorpio console has captivated the gaming industry. But unlike previous console launches, Microsoft isn’t waiting until its hardware’s big unveiling day to discuss what it’s planning. Instead, the company recently invited Eurogamer’s Digital Foundry to learn about the console, discuss the device’s features and explain why Microsoft believes Project Scorpio will be the most powerful game console ever released. Additionally, Microsoft has promised backward compatibility with Xbox One. It also seems likely that users will be able to play their titles on Windows PCs if they choose. This eWEEK slide show will discuss what Microsoft has revealed and mention some of the unanswered questions about Project Scorpio.
2Graphical Power Will Be Groundbreaking
3It’s All About High-Resolution Gaming
4There’s a Custom CPU Inside
Although some hoped Microsoft would use AMD’s recently announced Ryzen processors in Project Scorpio, it’s not happening. The company confirmed to Digital Foundry that its next console will be running a custom octa-core CPU with a 2.3GHz clock speed. It should be substantially more powerful than the Xbox One’s CPU, Microsoft says.
5It Will Be the First Liquid-Cooled Game Console
6It Displays High Dynamic Range Color
In addition to resolution, Microsoft said it will ensure outstanding color quality in its next game console. The company plans to fully support high-dynamic range (HDR) and push developers to support the technology in their games. Colors should be more vibrant and accurate, creating a better visual experience.
7Microsoft Confirms Xbox One Backward Compatibility
Microsoft has confirmed that Project Scorpio will be backward-compatible with the Xbox One, which means users will be able to play all their older games on Project Scorpio and get a superior picture with smoother frame rates. Microsoft and its third-party developers also will make new Project Scorpio-exclusive games.
8It Will Integrate With Windows PC
Microsoft has said on numerous occasions in recent months that it’s committed to creating a broader gaming ecosystem in which users can pick up a game on the Xbox, continue playing on a Windows PC and go back to the Xbox whenever they wish. That will hold true for Project Scorpio, and many suspect Microsoft will deepen the console’s integration and relationship with Windows 10.
9There Are Some Similarities with the Xbox One S
In its interview with Digital Foundry, Microsoft said it designed Project Scorpio with its ports in the same position as those on the Xbox One S. And there are some suggestions that the console also has similar dimensions. Ultimately, Microsoft wants to make it easier for users to disconnect the Xbox One S and plug in Project Scorpio as seamlessly as possible.
10Final Details Will Be Announced at E3 Show
Microsoft might have revealed quite a bit about Project Scorpio already, but the company plans to share all the final details, including the console’s design, at the E3 gaming expo this summer. Hopefully at that time Microsoft will reveal games, the console’s design and other critical components that go into making gaming hardware a success.
11Pricing and Availability Details Will Come Later
Microsoft also hasn’t announced details on Project Scorpio’s expected launch date and how much it will cost. The company has said that the console will be available sometime during the holidays, but hasn’t suggested a price. Given the features, though, expect the console—which will get a new name when it’s announced at E3—to come with a relatively hefty price tag.