Xbox Scorpio Is Officially More Powerful Than PS4 Pro

The internal specs for Microsoft’s Xbox One upgrade — Project Scorpio — have finally been revealed and it looks like Sony will no longer be able to claim they have the most powerful gaming console on the market.

Microsoft revealed the system specs to Digital Foundry this week and as many expected, Scorpio represents a significant upgrade over the Xbox One.  According to Digital Foundry, the Scorpio is “console hardware design pushed to a new level, with a meticulous focus on appealing to the core gamer.”

Here are the system specifications:

  • CPU: Eight custom x86 cores
  • GPU: 6 teraflops
  • RAM: 12GB GDDR5
  • Memory bandwidth: 326GB/s
  • Vapour-chamber cooling
  • 1TB Hard Drive

Practically, these specs indicate that the Scorpio’s CPU is 30% faster than the Xbox One’s, with a GPU that is 4.6 times as powerful. Based on the bump to both RAM and hard drive read speeds, it’s safe to assume that 4K resolutions will be easy to display and maintain. We can also expect regular Xbox One and backwards compatible 360 games to boast quicker load times, as well as improved frame rates and resolutions.

As for how the Scropio compares to the PS4 Pro, Digital Foundry has the full breakdown, but here are the specs that we can compare directly:

Xbox Scorpio specs

CPU – eight custom x86 cores clocked at 2.3GHz
GPU – 40 customised compute units clocked at 1172MHz
12GB of GDDR5 RAM with a memory bandwidth of 326GB/s
1TB 2.5-inch hard drive
UHD Blu-ray drive

PS4 Pro specs

CPU- eight x86-64 AMD “Jaguar”, cores at 2.1 GHz
GPU – 4.20 TFLOPS, AMD Radeon based graphics engine at 911 MHz
8GB of GDDR5 RAM with a memory bandwidth of 218GB/s
1TB 2.5-inch hard drive
BD/ DVD drive

The main takeaway is that the Scorpio will be able to display games in native 4K resolutions, whereas the PS4 sort of fakes it through techniques like “checkerboarding, advanced anti-aliasing, temporal super-sampling and dynamic resolution.” Whether there will be a discernible difference in visuals between the two systems remains to be seen, but it’s undeniable that the Scorpio has more power under the hood than the PS4 Pro.

Microsoft did not reveal a date or price for the Scorpio.

(Source: Digital Foundry)

Nick Steinberg (@Nick_Steinberg)

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