Here's What You'll Find Inside Project Scorpio, Microsoft's Next Xbox

By Tom Pritchard on at

At E3 last June, Microsoft made a surprise announcement, revealing that the next Xbox console would be arriving at the end of this year. Since then we haven't heard very much, but Eurogamer's Digital Foundry got to go to Microsoft HQ and check out the console for themselves. While we don't know anything about what it looks like, what it's called, or any unreleased games, we do know what sort of guts it has.

They won't be beating the ultimate top-tier gaming PCs, but that's not to say it's disappointing. Quite the opposite really!

Inside is a processor kitted out with eight custom x86 cores (with a clock speed of 2.3GHz apiece), 12GB of GDDR5 RAM with 326GB/s bandwidth, a GPU with 40 customised compute units (clocking in at 1172MHz), a 2.5-inch 1TB hard drive, and like the Xbox One S it features an integrated power supply and UHD Blu-ray disc drive. Ports are the same from the Xbox One S, which also means there likely won't be another Kinect heading our way.

If you're not that way inclined, and din't understand why any of that matters, Eurogamer has a pretty good explainer breaking it all down. In short, however, it means that it's 30 per cent faster than the Xbox One, with a GPU that's 4.6 times more powerful. And it's more powerful than Sony's PS4 Pro, as the site's own chart shows:

As I said before it's not as powerful as the uber-spec'd gaming PCs out there, but it's not as far behind compared to the original Xbox One. What's definitely for certain, however, is that it is the most powerful console around - at least of the ones we know about. The tech wizards say that this can run Forza tech demo with 4K resolution at 60 frames per second. That sounds mighty impressive if you ask me.

We'll no doubt here more about Project Scorpio at Microsoft's E3 presentation on 10th June, where they'll hopefully tell us when we'll get it, how much it'll cost, and which Halo games are inevitably going to appear over the next two years.