According to recent reports, Microsoft will release a much powerful Xbox console (codenamed Scorpio) than Sony’s next console codenamed Neo, and will reportedly release in late 2017. Inside sources told Polygon that Microsoft is targeting 6 TFLOPs of performance with the Xbox Scorpio, making the new Xbox 1.5 times faster than Sony’s new upgraded PlayStation Neo (PS4K, PS4.5). According to previous reports, PlayStation Neo will have 4.5 TFLOPs.
Like the PS4K, the Xbox Scorpio will leverage its higher-end hardware to push 4K gaming and 4K video playback. It’s likely the Scorpio will upscale 1080p to 4K instead of native 4K gaming, and the console is expected to be fully backward compatible with all existing Xbox One games.
Reports indicate the new Xbox will ship with Oculus Rift support baked in, with Microsoft partnering with Oculus to counter Sony’s PlayStation VR headset. If these reports are true, the Xbox Scorpio would theoretically be capable of delivering desktop-grade VR performance with the Rift. PC-quality VR is quite demanding, so the Xbox Scorpio would likely need a dedicated video card solution, and we may even see the first-ever external console video cards with AMD’s new GPU enclosure. Armed with powerful dedicated video cards or external GPUs the Scorpio could likely hit native 4K 30FPS depending on the card.
Microsoft is really tired of getting hit in the face by PS4 due to Xbox One’s lower specs and not able to output Third-Party games at 1080p. The Xbox “Scorpio” will likely be unveiled at E3 2016. Microsoft is also expected to reveal a smaller, upgraded Xbox One with a new controller at E3 2016. The Xbox One Slim will be 40% smaller than the current Xbox console and may support 4K video playback, according to The Verge.
Microsoft’s E3 2016 press conference will be held on Monday, June 13 at 9:30AM PST.