Xbox Scorpio’s HDD Offers 50% More Throughput Than Xbox One, Helps In Faster Load Times

Existing Xbox One titles will load a lot faster, says Albert Penello.

Posted By | On 11th, Apr. 2017 Under News


Details regarding Project Scorpio’s potency continue to emerge. Microsoft’s head of product development Albert Penello recently spoke to Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb on the latter’s podcast to discuss Scorpio’s hard drive.

As per Penello, “The hard drive in Scorpio provides about 50% more throughput than the hard drive in the existing Xbox, and that’s because we didn’t want load times to be terrible when you’re loading these big 4K textures. So we did a lot of work on a custom hard drive in our console.”

This will result in even base Xbox One titles reaping the benefits of Scorpio. “The nice thing about that is when I’m loading 1080p textures, the load times are much faster. So just by putting an Xbox One game in the Scorpio, your games are gonna load faster. Now, I think everybody knows today, load times vary from game to game, but all your load times are gonna be a lot faster on Scorpio for the existing games.”

Project Scorpio doesn’t have a price point but we do know that it will release during the holiday season. Stay tuned for more details en route to Microsoft’s E3 presser.


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  • Troy Marcel

    Sweet, it would be interesting to know exactly what type of HDD they will be running. Hoping for ssd

    • Yeah, if they include an SSD, that would also be a great reason to charge more than PS4 Pro, similar to the Elite Bundle they used to sell…

    • C. Hoffer

      It already has enough features that they will have to charge more than a Pro. Shrug…I’ll offset that charge with the OneS I’m throwing over the counter as an exchange. lol

    • Rasta4

      My plan as well.
      S is a good machine but this Scorpio…is deluxe.

    • zcar_driver

      Gonna put my old Xbox One in the living room. My daughter wants it , and get the Scorpio for the game room. I am not sure what to do with the Kinect .I still use it . maybe buy a refurbished one for the Scorpio??

    • Rasta4

      Do you need it ? I never used Kinect. I sold it with my OG Xbox when I upgraded to the S. S has IR blaster for TV and I don’t use voice commands. Scorpio the same deal for me…no need.

    • jt3z

      Yea im gonna trade in my Xbox One Halo 5 edition for it.

    • C. Hoffer

      I mentioned I was hoping for an SSD before the spec release….I was laughed at.,,,,for good reason. lol Costs are still very high on SSD units and there is a memory shortage.

      Also, an FYI – 50% faster load times would be way slower than an SSD would perform. A good SSD drive/system should be several times faster. eg. 10x faster, rather than 1.5x (50%) faster.

  • Mr Xrat

    Love they got Porky Penello and Cucky Hyrb making fools of themselves just like they did four years ago.

    • Fweds

      Ahh there there,. are you trying to take it off topic because your Playstation is not as good.
      I see you have put your auto Upvote Bot on to try and help your dying cause.

      Back on topic more good news for you.

      ‘Scorpio will also support FreeSync and HDMI 2.1 Variable Refresh Rate (VRR)’.

    • Mr Xrat

      “to see the benefit, you’ll need to have a PC monitor – a 4K one preferably, though 1080p screens will work – and it needs to support FreeSync over HDMI. This limits the amount of potential screens as it’s more frequently run via DisplayPort, a video output that is not supported by Scorpio.”

      And there’s fewer TVs than monitors that support it. Maybe LG will push one out in 2019 to make you feel better.

      Womp womp!

    • jt3z

      2018 is the year all that comes out so calm down. Plus if anything this future proofs the console

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