Of course this announcement only reveals the date but I'll update this thread once the details are revealed.
Is anyone excited/looking forward to the Scorpio if it lines up with the leaks or do Microsoft simply have a games problem that can't be solved just by simply having a more powerful box?
If you don't want to watch a 15 minute breakdown, here are the specs and how they compare:
- CPU: Eight-core 2.3GHz processor
- GPU: 40 compute units at 1172MHz
- RAM: 12GB GDDR5 (shared between system and GPU)
- Bandwidth: 326GB/s
- Storage: 1TB hard disk
- Disc: UHD Blu-ray player
Compared to the original Xbox One, the leap is huge which has just 12 Compute Units running at 853MHz and has a further 43% compute advantage over the PS4 Pro. DirectX12 is also implemented on a hardware level. What this means is that Drawcall instructions on the CPU which would typically require thousands of instructions are now reduced to just 11 and state changes that are also heavy on the CPU are reduced to 9. These hardware alterations should reduce CPU rendering workloads by half built on DX12 renderers.
Microsoft claims that the mid-generation upgrade was actually an advantage here as it allowed them to look at previous games and see where the bottlenecks were on existing hardware and then use hardware emulation to see how the game could would perform then balance from there.
Most impressively, Turn 10 ported their Forza engine over to Scorpio in just 2 days and with no optimisation for Scorpio at all had Forza 6 running in 4K at 60fps with the GPU between 50 - 70% usage. This means that with further optimisation that they could even make the game look better.
While many people are wondering, are games going to suddenly go from 1080p 60fps? The answer seems no. If the game didn't already run at 60, it would seem that the extra horsepower of the Scorpio isn't going to make that jump unless developers do extra work to make it so but 1080p games should render at a native 4K and Microsoft even claim that 900p games should also be able to reach 4K based on their profiling.