The full technical specs for Xbox Scorpio are now out there, and the internet is still figuring out what to make of them. Microsoft says it will be able to play truly 4K games at a high, stable framerate, and even improve performance for Xbox 360 and current Xbox One titles, but it only showed the system running a prototype built on the latest Forza engine. And this is what tends to happen when non-technical people (like myself) try to interpret what words like "teraflops" mean for gaming.
Me watching the Project Scorpio specs video and failing to understand most of it pic.twitter.com/QYX8EoTLaWApril 6, 2017
Project Scorpio has six teraflops, which is...*googles "teraflops"**10 minutes later*...very good.April 6, 2017
Scorpio specs sound fucking incredible.... pic.twitter.com/tl7St7I0PfApril 6, 2017
Others are impressed by the hardware but are withholding judgment until Microsoft reveals more games to take advantage of it.
Scorpio looks good spec wise but xbox really need some strong exclusives to sell that console compared to what PS have already announced.April 6, 2017
XBX Scorpio is basically the PS4 Pro but done right. It's focused on the core gamer.Pricing and software will determine sales performanceApril 6, 2017
Speaking of making games, here's an early Scorpio assessment from Rami Ismail of Nuclear Throne studio Vlambeer.
To me, the real question for the future of 4K consoles is: can the console handle violently screenshaking 8294400 pixels instead of 76800?April 6, 2017
And one from The Swindle creator Dan Marshall.
SCORPIO: 4000 quadra-ferabit tetabums in a coreCooled C-90a processor and a quasiflipped IRQMeanwhile, on two WiiUs duct taped together: pic.twitter.com/Oit21SRJSiApril 6, 2017
Last up are a few observations about the Scorpio's early feature list.
yeah we get it Scorpio, you vape pic.twitter.com/rxKnvGjqBfApril 6, 2017
Not seeing anywhere in the Project Scorpio news that I can play it on the toilet, which, thanks to Switch, is my new bar for consoles.April 6, 2017
Vaping jokes aside, there's definitely some cautious optimism for Xbox One Project Scorpio - it looks like quite a powerful system, and better hardware is an important part of making better games. Unfortunately, we'll probably have to wait until E3 to find out more about that last part.