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Here’s What to Know About Xbox Project Scorpio

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* Projected to be most powerful video game box ever seen
* Custom GPU optimizes performance
* Expected to be released this fall

After months of hype, Microsoft has finally released details about Project Scorpio.

The company is touting the new gaming console as “the most powerful console ever,” and it’s not just hyperbole. According to a new report in Eurogamer, the console will feature a custom GPU with 6 teraflops of power, custom eight-core CPU and 12GB of GDDR5 RAM, just to name a few. In short: it will run games with remarkable horsepower and impeccable visuals.

For comparison, PlayStation’s PS4 runs on a CPU with eight cores clocked at 2.1GHz, 8GB of memory and a GPU with 36 compute units at 911MHz. Scorpio’s memory bandwidth clocks in at 326GB/s while PS4 is stable at 218GB/s.

Eurogamer says Scorpio will hit 4K across a range of content, with up to 60 frames per second. Scorpio’s optical drive will allow for 4K UHD Blu-ray; PS4 currently just allows for Blu-ray.

Microsoft says that Scorpio will be a huge step up from its Xbox console, though existing Xbox users don’t need to fret. The new Scorpio platform will offer improvements to older Xbox games, providing more consistent frame rates, better textures and faster load times.

It’s not just the power that’s been updated either; Microsoft says Scorpio will be housed in a streamlined, compact body with integrated power supply and, for a console, state-of-the-art cooling.

Still, while the specs are well, spectacular, the true test will come in the sales. Sony’s PlayStation 4 has dominated Microsoft’s Xbox both in terms of sales and software. If Microsoft can release competitive games that play exclusively on Scorpio, it might have a hit on its hands. Otherwise, gamers will still gravitate towards the console where all the action is.

Microsoft has said that Scorpio will be out this fall. No word yet on pricing, though some analysts predict it could be well into the $700 range.