For starters the Xbox team at Microsoft has finally put together a unit that can be tested with games and the first person to talk about it is the boss man himself, Phil Spencer. According to his Twitter the unit is “looking great” visually, but the performance is really blowing him away.
He has stated things such as:
“Actual games running where I can see the fidelity on screen, feel the gameplay,” he said. “For me that’s when it becomes real.”
He also mentioned “Great day, Scorpio update w/ team. Played my first games on early Scorpio unit. Games played great, console looked right, proud of the team.”
Reports coming from leaked documents to Eurogamer also suggest that the unit will no longer support ESRAM and will not use the technology. Both the Xbox One and Xbox One S rely on using ESRAM, but Microsoft will not be allowing Scorpio exclusive titles. This means games will need special development for both versions of a single game.
“Project Scorpio and PC are not provided with ESRAM. Because developers are not allowed to ship a Project Scorpio-only SKU, optimizing for ESRAM remains critical to performance on Microsoft platforms.”
The document also reveals that Scorpio will support delta color compression, which allows the unit to utilize less GPU power to render color pixels.
This is, of course, all just rumors until Microsoft confirms any of the details. Or perhaps finalizes a product for retail. The only thing we know that is official is Microsoft stated the unit will have eight CPU cores, 320 GB/s memory bandwidth, and six teraflops of performance according to their E3 presentation.
Microsoft is unsure if the new unit will be revealed at this years E3, or sooner, but they are still sticking to a Holiday 2017 release date. Microsoft constantly confirms this is the “most powerful console on the market,” so we will have to see what that includes. We already expect the unit to be pricy, rivaling that of PC gaming purchases.
In a NeoGaf post , an indie developer has suggested that Scorpio is a “full blown upgrade.”
“Scorpio is a next-gen machine with the added benefit that all your old games will still be compatible,” he said.
He further confirmed that he wasn’t attacking PS4 Pro, but simply suggesting Microsoft “has work to do to tell people this is actually a new console,” and not a PS4 Pro style “upgrade.”