Ahead of the full Xbox Scorpio launch at E3 2017 in June, we continue to learn a lot about the console. Microsoft has already confirmed the market-leading specs for the device, and also showed the development kit. Speaking of which, we are now seeing how the console performs on those dev kits for the first time.
A report by Windows Central shows a video on Twitter shows the LCD screen on the front of the kit. This panel comes with its own navigation button and will give developers important system information.
The hardware also sports five buttons that are not on the Xbox One S. These allow information to be programmed into the OLED display.
With this screen, developers can see frame rate counts and see read and write speeds. The report shows an animated version of the screen, but Widows Central suggests the real thing will be seen soon.
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Of course, this screen is very likely to be removed when Project Scorpio is launched. There is a small chance it could be repurposed to have other functionality, but our bet is the panel is a dev kit exclusive.
Xbox Scorpio Launch
By this point, we already know a lot about Project Scorpio. In an interview two weeks ago, Xbox chief Phil Spencer discussed how the console will redefine gaming, even for those with Xbox One titles:
“I think Scorpio is for the console customer who wants the best version of the console games on their television, whether they have a 1080p or a 4K television,” he says.
“We’ve got a higher frequency CPU than any other console, we’ve got a better GPU, we’ve got more RAM. I have a Scorpio at home, so I’ve moved it back and forth from a 1080p TV to a 4K TV – and if you’re running on a 1080p TV and you plug Scorpio in you’re gonna be able to tell.”