Xbox Project Scorpio Specs Showdown Set For Thursday Reveal, 12GB GDDR5 Expected


We have known for several months now that Microsoft is planning to release an upgrade Xbox console codenamed Project Scorpio. It is not exactly a secret—Microsoft confirmed its existence more than eight months ago at last year's E3 convention, though it stopped way short of offering up more than just a few details. Well, more information will presumably be available tomorrow, as Digital Foundry has promised an exclusive "Xbox Scorpio" reveal on Eurogamer.

The reveal will take place early in the morning for those of you living in the Pacific time zone—6 AM to be precise. That means 9 AM Eastern, and 2 PM in the U.K. So depending on where you live, it might be a good idea to bark at Siri or Google to set and alarm if you want to be one of the first to know more about Microsoft's forthcoming console.
When Microsoft formally announced it was working on a new console, it said the system would support virtual reality and 4K resolution gaming, and push 6 teraflops (TFLOPs) of computing power. To put that into perspective, the Xbox One S is capable of 1.32 TFLOPs while the PlayStation 4 Pro ups the ante with 4.14 TFLOPs. Even if combining the two, Project Scorpio still has them beat.

Everything else at this point falls into the rumors and speculation category. Along those lines, it is rumored that Project Scorpio will wield 12GB of GDDR5 memory, compared to the Xbox One's 8GB of DDR3 RAM (and 32MB of static ESRAM). Other details were supposedly leaked in a white paper earlier this year, though none of the information has been confirmed, at least not yet.

While details are light at this point, Microsoft did gamers a solid by giving them a heads up about the new console a full year in advance. The reason for that is because Microsoft didn't want gamers getting caught off guard with a new Xbox One S purchase only to later find out that they could have purchased a more powerful system.