Wardell: Scorpio’s 12GB RAM Means No Real Technical Limit; It’ll Take 2 Years To Fully Utilize Its Power


Stardock's CEO Brad Wardell tweeted a lot today on gaming technology. According to him, Scorpio's 12GB of GGDR5 RAM means that at least for some years, there will be no real technical limit for games on the platform. That's even when considering the actual allocation available to developers (8GB, while PS4 Pro allows developers to occupy 5.5GB).

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Wardell also said that in order to properly exploit the power of new low-level APIs like DirectX 12 (also available on Scorpio) and Vulkan, game developers need a core-neutral engine and only Stardock/Oxide's Nitrous engine (so far used in the real strategy game Ashes of Singularity) can claim to fit the technical requirements while the other studios will need a couple years to get up to speed. Wardell then teased that a much bigger, AAA game will eventually be produced with the Nitrous engine.

Finally, Stardock's CEO suggested that DirectX 12 and Vulkan could even speed up loading times since these two APIs are technically able to load graphics assets to the GPU from multiple threads in parallel.

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It will be interesting to see when and if developers start using this feature.

Microsoft's Scorpio will have 6 teraflops of computing power, an eight-core CPU clocked at 2.3Ghz, 12GB of GDDR5 RAM and 40 Compute Units with the clear goal to deliver true 4K gaming to console gamers.

It will be available sometime in Holiday 2017, with an expected price point of $499 or more. We'll have a lot more on the new Xbox console and its line-up from E3 2017, so stay tuned.