Microsoft is gearing up towards its full Project Scorpio (Xbox Scorpio) reveal. The company will drop all the details regarding the console before E3 2017 on Sunday. Before that expect plenty of information, some true and some false. The latest bit of information is most definitely true as it comes from the top.
The company’s corporate VP of Xbox and Windows gaming, Mike Ybarra, added some exciting Project Scorpio information for developers. Specifically, he took to Twitter to say that dev’s now have an extra 1GB of RAM for games running on the console.
This gives the beastliest gaming console ever 9GB of RAM for developers. If you are wondering, this is GDDR5 RAM we are talking about. Ybarra also added that Microsoft will “keep tuning” the device.
Microsoft has been ramping up the excitement surrounding Project Scorpio since last year. The company dropped a bombshell at E3 2016 by announcing the console. Since then we have seen Microsoft divulge more information about the capabilities of Scorpio.
We’ll keep tuning Scorpio to empower creators to share the best versions of their games. Unlocked extra GB of RAM for them, now 9GB of GDDR5
— Mike Ybarra (@XboxQwik) June 8, 2017
Developers have had the console in their hands for several months. Over that time, Microsoft has been slowly ramping up the power and capabilities of dev kits. Of course, the device we see at E3 2017 will be the full launch console, giving us our first look at its design.
As a refresher, Project Scorpio is the most powerful console ever built. It comes with the following list of specifications:
- CPU: Eight custom x86 cores clocked at 2.3GHz
- GPU: 40 customized compute units at 1172MHz
- Memory: 12GB GDDR5 with 8GB for games
- Memory bandwidth: 326GB/s
- Hard drive: 1TB 2.5-inch
- Optical drive: 4K UHD Blu-ray
Project Scorpio Details
Microsoft has said for some time that the console will launch during the holiday season this year. We already know about the ability of Scorpio to play native 4K games and content, while it can also upscale Xbox One titles to high quality.
One other aspect of the console is its virtual reality capabilities. However, Microsoft has notably been quiet on these. While Xbox Scorpio is expected to support VR, the company has all but confirmed it will not be a focus of its E3 event.
However, there could be some surprises in store for Sunday.