Written by Matthew Rondina
The home console gaming space is about to have a 4K heavyweight enter the ring with power to spare. Digital Foundry has pulled back the curtain on the technical specifications of Microsoft’s upcoming powerhouse console, codenamed Project Scorpio and the hardware looks very promising to the world of competitive gaming.
The new hardware is primed to bring your eSports console gaming to the next level with an array of improvements in graphics, frame rate and audio.
True 4K Gaming
The key components that make up the console are a scorching fast 6 teraflop pushing GPU, 12GB of high-speed GDDR5 RAM and a custom eight-core CPU that will all work in tandem to create the ultimate 4K console gaming experience.
This hardware architecture will allow developers to build games that run in native 4K resolution at 60 frames per second (fps), a first for the home console space. That’s a stunning level of on-screen detail, coupled with extremely fluid motion.
Even if you don’t have a 4K television Scorpio will supersample down to 1080p creating the best quality visuals possible for the screen it’s connected to. This means better textures, draw distance and antialiasing (reduction of jaggy or pixelated edges) on a 1080p screen.
As eSports enthusiasts know, consistency in your hardware is key for the best competitive results. The Scorpio’s chip architecture has been revamped to avoid data bottlenecks providing you with a smoother experience, especially when it comes to frame rate. The higher and more stable your frame rate the better, as drops in frames could spell disaster at a critical moment. The hardware horsepower of Scorpio looks to keep up with the demands of professional gamers, ensuring greater consistency in your match-to-match experience.
eSports Gaming Performance – Evolved
eSport staples like Halo 5: Guardians will see an immediate upgrade in performance with higher resolutions and faster load times. Halo 5 employs a technique called dynamic resolution scaling, meaning the more action on screen the lower resolution will go in order to maintain a steady frame rate. On Scorpio it will now lock and upgrade resolution and maintain 60fps providing improvements to the competitive experience.
Project Scorpio will upgrade all Xbox One and Xbox 360 backward compatible games with it’s extra power, enhancing graphics and shortening load times. This feature will be of interest to competitive gamers as classic eSport franchises like Call of Duty and Battlefield will see a boost in performance right out of the gate, no patches required.
Digital Video Recording Upgrade
Project Scorpio features a 4K upgrade to the Game Digital Video Recorder (DVR) showcasing your competitive skills will look even more visually stunning. The DVR software will also feature “retroactive screen capture” which means you can go through your game captures frame-by-frame and pick out that epic moment for the world to see.
Along with all the graphical spec improvements, Scorpio will be getting audio upgrades featuring Dolby Atmos and a new proprietary “spatial surround” feature. For eSports competitors getting a leg up on the competition is key, hearing every sound on the battlefield is essential to victory, especially with a lack of enemy radar. The new audio features on Scorpio offer more precise directional sound, adding “height” to 7.1 surround sound systems and compatible gaming headsets. These audio upgrades will help you improve your game by being able to locate enemies long before making visual contact.
The first look at the internal components of Project Scorpio show incredible promise for what Microsoft calls, “the most powerful console ever.” At this point, certain “x factors,” or unknowns about the Scorpio still exist, things such as price point, release date and the console’s final appearance are unknown. The answers to these questions and more will likely arrive this June at E3 in Los Angles.
Keep it locked on World Gaming for more info on Project Scorpio as it develops.
About the Author: Matthew Rondina
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