Microsoft Announces “Project Scorpio”; Promises “Most Powerful Console Ever Built”
Today at E3 in Los Angeles Microsoft officially revealed the long-rumored Project Scorpio, an enhanced version of the Xbox One that’s capable of running 4K-native games, and which will also support virtual reality experiences and feature a hefty six teraflops of power.
According to XBOX Chief Phil Spencer, “…we saw 4K gaming and really high-end VR taking off in the PC space, we wanted to be able to bring that to console. Project Scorpio is actually an Xbox One that can natively run games in 4K and is built with the hardware capabilities to support the high-end VR that you see happening in the PC space today… when it ships it will be the most powerful console ever built.”
All models of the Xbox One will be able to play the same library of games, and that includes Scorpio, the original Xbox One, and the just-announced Xbox One S. “When a game like (Halo 5) runs on Scorpio,” says Spencer, “it’s going to run at maximum resolution the whole time.”
As for VR, while previous reports claimed Microsoft was working with Oculus on bringing virtual reality to its home console, the company says it currently doesn’t have a partner set — or at least one that it’s willing to reveal just yet. “We’re not ready to announce something right now, but you can imagine at the price point of Scorpio — which we haven’t actually said, but think about consoles and where they live in terms of price point — having something at six teraflops that will get millions of people buying it is very attractive to some of the VR companies that are out there already, and we’ve architected it such that something will be able to plug right in and work,” Spencer says.