Microsoft are ramping up Scoprio news ahead of E3 2017. They have given an exclusive agreement to one of their biggest critics, Digital Foundry, who are known for analysing performance (or lack of) in great detail.
Check out their report here
Whilst the raw specs may remind some of 2-3 year-old gaming PC's, mass produced consoles will always be more efficient in their design, use of system resources, and may attract better coding and Q&A. Since this console is a mid-cycle upgrade, designers have been able to tweak the new hardware to perform better with existing game engines, rather than rely on developers to make adaptations based on new hardware.
If you don't own any Xbox One console, are you now tempted by this elite offering? If you have the original or S variant, will you upgrade? Will you go all out and get a 4K HDR screen as well? Is the inclusion of a 4K BluRay player required these days or rendered moot by online streaming services? (Upscaled 1080p already looks amazing on my display).
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Scorpio Exclusive details released
I'm definitely interested in the Scorpio now but the big question that everyone still wonders about is the price tag as this thing will probably cost a lotListen to Mike, I'm definitely not the most super out of all the non-super moderators, just check the username! (;
For the most part, I wouldn't mind if all future console upgrades were 'mid-life'.
-Still get increased performance
-Backwards game compatibility, with many automatically (or with very little work) taking advantage of increased performance
-Expensive hardware peripherals (i.e. steering wheels) continue to work.
- Any unique expansion devices (ala Kinect/PSVR) must take up a USB port on an older system or be exclusive to the upgraded one (which isn't really a con since PSVR won't work on PS3 and Kinect won't work on the original Xbox).
- Players who always want the best will no doubt be upgrading much more often (i.e. every 3 years instead of every 8).
With consoles now being x86 like PC this type of upgrade cycle is possible. Of course while PC's start off being more expensive, you typically only need upgrade one component (GPU) to improve performance and you save money with cheaper games on Steam and no monthly/annual multiplayer subscription.
Q&A with Phil Spencer on Scorpio and Xbox future in general, including VR
Gamasutra - Q&A: With Scorpio rising, Phil Spencer looks to the future of Xbox
Info on the dev kit
Gamasutra - Inside the next Xbox: Project Scorpio and its brand-new dev kit
The numbers that the Scorpio will do and the little tweaks and clever workings such as default 16x AF done at the system level, along with DirectX 12 being baked into the GPU, will make this perform better than what that 6 TF figure would make you imagine being possible in a PC scope. Doing Forza 6 at 4K resolution with a full grid, weather, and at Ultra settings with typical 70-90% usage before any optimisation is promising.I'm a bit mental.
I was thinking about this again the other day... the only real shame is that MS think that 30FPS is fine, compared to reviews of recent PC hardware only suggesting items as 4K ready if, and only if, they can average over 60 in most titles. Obviously the GPU's that can do that cost more themselves than an entire Xbone, but I hope there's some option to crank up the effects for 1080p60 rendering. For driving games I would prefer that and just let the TV upscale to 4K.
Oh wow, its actually going to live up to the hype... thats rare for any console.
Will be nice to play games with out any frame rate stalls. My 1S can struggle with big games like Doom and DeusX