E3 2016: Microsoft confirms that Project Scorpio is real

Microsoft closed out their press conference at E3 this morning by ending months of speculation regarding an upgraded Xbox One console with Head of Xbox Phil Spencer calling the machine “the next step change for gamers and developers.”

From what little we know about the machine, codenamed Project Scorpio, it will deliver 6 teraflops of computational power with 4K resolution. It contains 8 CPU cores and 320+ GB/s memory bandwidth. Microsoft are claiming that it contains the most powerful GPU ever to be used in a home console and that it will launch in Q4 2017.

This could be troubling for those who already own an Xbox One, especially those who purchased the machine at launch only to have it outmoded after four years. Microsoft wants to put those fears to rest, stating they will only be releasing games that can be played on Windows 10, Xbox One AND Project Scorpio. In Spencer’s words, “No-one left behind.”

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David Smith

David Smith is the former games and technology editor at The AU Review. He has previously written for PC World Australia. You can find him on Twitter at @RhunWords.

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