Xbox One Scorpio Will Be A Balanced Console, Phil Spencer Asserts

Hard numbers can only get you so far.

Posted By | On 17th, Oct. 2016 Under News | Follow This Author @Pramath1605

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The Xbox One Scorpio is promised to be the most powerful console in the world when it releases next year- and indeed, the entire reveal of the console at E3 earlier this year centered around the promise of the console’s GPU, which weighs in a hefty 6TFLOPs.

However, those in game development know that there is more to hardware than numbers- and especially, more than just one number. And in an interview with the Japanese magazine Famitsu (translated by DualShockers), Xbox head Phil Spencer conceded the point, noting that the team is focused more than anything else on ensuring balance between the CPU, GPU, and memory on the console. Indeed, making the Scorpio a balanced console is the number one priority, it sounds like.

This balance, Spencer believes, will make games possible on the Scorpio that are simply not possible right now- the games that run on the Scorpio, he says, will be different from the ones that we see this year. Although, given the mandate for parity between Xbox One and Xbox Scorpio by Microsoft, it is a bit unclear as to how exactly something like that might be achieved.

The Xbox One Scorpio is due out in Holiday 2017.

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  • -youjustgotburned-

    “Although, given the mandate for parity between Xbox One and Xbox Scorpio by Microsoft”

    I don’t think its going to be that big, because there is no parity between cross-play games. At most it could be that fps will be set at 30 while the resolution will be different.

    “there is more to hardware than numbers”
    Of course there is especially on consoles when you have more “freedom” to optimize a game on that specific hardware.


    The games being different on the Xbox Scorpio meaning higher res quality textures and higher resolution with better more solid frame rates

    • Mr Xrat

      More Kirk fear.

  • kee1haul

    Pretty sure there will be Scorpio exclusive games sooner or later. They just can’t say that right now.

  • Alistein

    Maybe the parity of Scorpio games will be like that of Tomb raider on X1 to 360

    • TPoppaPuff

      It’s not going to be THAT different. Even if the output is along that same discrepancy, the difference is that on the development side things will be much easier as the TR example took a separate dev to port it over.

  • TPoppaPuff

    Considering we know about the GPU and the RAM that bodes very well for the CPU.

    Now if they offer Forza Horizon 3 with Rift support I will pay whatever amount it takes to make that happen.

  • imsochillosg

    I can’t wait. I’m buying one for each of my 4k HDR tv’s. I don’t care how much they cost. I’m gonna do whatever I can to support my favorite console. If y’all are true gamers like you say you are, y’all need to step up and help us all move forward. I’m doing my part. Are you?

    • Riggybro

      I think some people will wait to see if it is actually any good before they buy it.

      But yeah you should continue to support Microsoft religiously if that’s what you are in to.

    • imsochillosg

      I already know I’m buying it, so I don’t need to wait. My lifestyle allows me to make those kinds of financial decisions without sweating money, unlike you dudes bruh. I’m sorry if that makes you feel some sorta way about it, but that’s your problem not mine.

    • crazy_black_man-

      Oh gee whiz. Here we go again.

    • Riggybro

      Well you are just the kind of customer any company would love. No questions and blindly loyal no matter what.

      You got GTX 1080’s in SLI yet? You should if you like gaming and money is no object.

    • Console and PC Master Race

      I spent over $400,000 this year just on tvs, including buying 4 models that are $80,000 each. I’ll be buying 12 Scorpio’s for the 12 100″ 4K HDR Sony Z9D’s in my house.

  • Mr Xrat

    Oh look, there’s that “balance” word again.

    Disappointment inbound!

  • crizz1066

    LOL always though power wasn’t important to Phill boy and Xbox fans. Guess its another spin of bull sh*te. Same as when they said sales figures didn’t matter. But as the last 3 months shows, some especially in America have very short memories. Still watch this dry up come Nov and the Pro being available.

  • crazy_black_man-

    They’re trying to keep the conversation going. To gauge consumer interest for the console one year out from release. All I can say is good luck. You’re losing traction everyday Scorpio is not on the market as it stands right now. As soon as the Pro releases and some huge PSVR must have experiences come out, it’s gonna be another all out grind for Scorpio. Prepare to give the whole store away like you did with the Xbox One. Hilariousness.

    • Daniel James

      PS is trash lmfaoooooo

    • Daniel James

      by fact xbox is better pnly black people like play station that’s why sony is worth 17 bil and Microsoft 60 bil lmfaoooooooooooooooooo get some money poor black waste of life

  • Jeff Scout

    Listen guy’s I’ve got 100% guaranteed confirmation of the xbox scorpio hardware as i have a very close associate which works for a major aaa developer which has been working with an early dev kit which uses an early engineering sample of the custom system on a chip from AMD and when phil Spencer talks of BALANCE that’s because UNLIKE the ps4 pro which basically doubled the size n power of it’s gpu while using the same older jaguar based cpu, THE XBOX SCORPIO IS USING THE NEW AMD ZEN 8 CORE CPU which will be clocked at 2.4ghz with a downclocked VEGA GPU which has 6.2 teraflops and while I’m not sure if this will be the final clock speeds n exact power i do know for absolute certainty that the XBOX SCORPIO WILL HAVE THE NEW 8 CORE ZEN CPU + VEGA GPU which is why phil spencer was making a big deal about THE XBOX SCORPIO BEING A MORE BALANCED SYSTEM AS OPPOSED TO PS4 PRO BECAUSE THE NEW AMD ZEN CPU WILL BE able to properly push the 6.2 teraflops of power in the VEGA GPU basically PHIL was saying there won’t be an unbalanced bottleneck due to using the same old jaguar cores for the cpu

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