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Project Scorpio dev kit first image revealed

Project Scorpio dev kit first image revealed

Interestingly enough, with consoles using the x86 architecture that PC games use, Project Scorpio will help mitigate the problems developers have with scaling their games to multiple platforms by removing optimization operations.

Thanks to editor Alex Wawro, we've now learned a lot more about Microsoft's Project Scorpio, which is meant to be the latest addition to the Xbox One "family". For example, Scorpio's internal power supply unit is only 25 more watts than the original Xbox One, pulling 245W versus the stock 2013 Xbox One's 220W of power. For what we would do in 2016, and we sat around a table... and said, 'I think we need to do more than what the silicon is that's available in 2016 at a price point that a console customer would want to pay.' So that's when we stopped that effort.

Spencer doesn't say it in as many words, but Scorpio sounds like the first project to launch from Xbox which Spencer himself will have been captain of from start to finish.

Microsoft's Project Scorpio is now expected to be released sometime during the upcoming holiday season.

Microsoft's Project Scorpio may be a seriously capable games console, but this power-packed device should also double as a home cinema system thanks to its support for 4K HDR video streaming, UHD Blu-ray playback and other impressive media specs.

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The full list of Xbox Scorpio specs can be seen below. This protocol also supports Dynamic HDR, which allows for the generation of HDR metadata on a per scène basis, similar to the Dolby Vision standard.

While Spencer didn't go into specifics as to what game engines have been tried out with Project Scorpio so far, it is safe to assume that the development kit of the upcoming console is already in the hands of industry leaders.

Still, it seems like people want to hear more about some new games - ones that could really tap into the potential of Microsoft's newest offering - and they may be able to do so in the not too distant future. So we designed a console for 2016, and a console for 2017.

How this actually works is not so clear, but presumably Scorpio will offer 3D audio. It's also been said that the new console won't get any exclusive games. However, Microsoft and Sony will both likely make their next-generation consoles able to work with 4K and upgraded visuals.


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