In June 2016, Microsoft announced “Project Scorpio”, the codename for its next Xbox game console. Today the company has revealed more of its impressive hardware specs, and it looks like it will be a beast that will be able to run high-end VR hardware and software with ease.
When Project Scorpio was first revealed, Microsoft said it would be able to “generate premier VR experiences” but didn’t offer any specifics on its VR plans for the console. Unfortunately, today’s reveal of its hardware details, which Microsoft announced via an exclusive to Eurogamer’s Digital Foundry team, made no mentions about VR at all. However, we can certainly speculate on what it will be capable of doing based on this new information.
Project Scorpio will have an eight-core custom x86 CPU clocked at 2.3 GHz, along with a GPU with 40 customized compute units running at 1,172 MHz. That’s far faster than the chips inside the current Xbox One and Sony’s PlayStation 4 Pro consoles. Project Scorpio will also have 12 GB of GDDR5 RAM inside. All of this means that it should be able to run games at native 4K resolutions at 60 fps. Hopefully that also means VR headsets made for the console will be able to offer the same experience. You can check out a ton of the highly technical details on Project Scorpio from the Digital Foundry team at Eurogamer’s site.
So why didn’t Microsoft talk more about their VR plans for the console today? It’s most likely that the company hasn’t pinned down those details yet. The company does have a partnership with Oculus already that allows its Xbox One controller to be included with every Oculus Rift headset. It’s possible that Microsoft and Oculus could team up again to offer Rift support for Project Scorpio when the console launches in late 2017.
Microsoft is also working with third-party PC companies to release “mixed reality” headsets sometime in late 2017. The company has confirmed that support will also come to the Xbox One and Project Scorpio consoles, but not until sometime in 2018.
In the meantime, what do you think about the hardware specs of Project Scorpio and will you be buying one when the console launches? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!