Amidst the rumors that Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) will be revealing its much hyped Project Scorpio console as early as this week, Digital Foundry has confirmed that speculation is indeed true. As revealed in a tweet, Project Scorpio will be unveiled this week on April 6 at 6AM Pacific Standard Time.
— Digital Foundry (@digitalfoundry) April 4, 2017
Folks hoping to get a glimpse of the console itself may want to keep their expectations in check. This week’s reveal is meant to give gamers a deep dive in the internals of Scorpio and how it will bring Microsoft’s vision of native 4K gaming to the console space. The actual product design and software lineup will no doubt be reserved for the Xbox conference at E3.
There has been much speculation regarding Project Scorpio since Microsoft has not shared complete specifications. What we know so far officially is that Scorpio will have an 8-core CPU, a GPU capable of 6 Teraflops and 320 GB/s memory bandwidth. Motherboard render as seen in the first reveal trailer strongly confirmed that we’re looking at 12GB RAM on the Scorpio, up from 8GB found in the Xbox One.
The other critical component seconded only by the GPU is the CPU, more specifically, whether Microsoft will continue to use the same Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMD) Jaguar CPU in Scorpio. Jaguar has been the Achilles’ heel in current-generation consoles, and while they get the job done, they are perceived as a bottleneck. Now with AMD’s Ryzen out in the market, it remains to be seen if Microsoft will ditch the old CPU architecture in favor of a Ryzen-based CPU to pair with a next-gen GPU.
Fortunately, we don’t have long to wait. We will keep you updated as details about Project Scorpio surface this week.