You might not have to wait until E3 to have a look at Microsoft’s next console, the Xbox Project Scorpio. Windows Central reported Saturday that the console’s internals were shown to a major gaming outlet and a planned exclusive report on the console’s specifications could come out next week, or as soon as April 6.
Rumored Xbox Project Scorpio specifications listed in the report include an AMD Ryzen CPU, which will make the console capable of running 6 teraflops, which is significantly powerful in comparison to PlayStation 4 Pro’s 4.2 teraflops. The new console could also feature 12GB DDR5 memory instead of Xbox One’s ESRAM. Games, which have not been optimized at least up to ESRAM levels, will not be allowed on Project Scorpio, though all Project Scorpio titles will be available for Xbox One. The new console could also have a compact design because of advances in how large devices are cooled.
The upcoming console is said to be capable of running 4K games and its capabilities are expected to be demonstrated using “Forza Motorsport 7” and “Red Dead Redemption 2.” Both games will be run at 4K resolution. Tech Times reported Saturday, citing sources that “Forza Motorsport 7” running on the console “looks utterly stunning.” Other first-party games being tested with the console include “State of Decay 2” and “Crackdown 3.” Besides these, some third-party games such as an unnamed “Call of Duty” title, “FIFA,” “Red Dead Redemption 2,” “Star Wars: Battlefront 2” and “Madden” are also being tested. While “Star Wars: Battlefront 2” was expected since it featured in the Project Scorpio trailer at E3 2016, the inclusion of “Red Dead Redemption 2” was a surprise.
According to Windows Central, there will be a large library of games available for Xbox Project Scorpio, as soon as it launches. The console will use a “change resilience” technology, which will scale 900p to1080p titles automatically to 4K resolution.
Xbox Project Scorpio is expected to be launched in the 2017 holiday season.