Xbox Scorpio Might Be Showcased as Early as Next Week, Says Journalist

Apr 1, 2017 13:16 EDT

Disclaimer - not an April Fools' joke.

Jez Corden, Senior Editor for Xbox at WindowsCentral.com, revealed some new information on Xbox Scorpio via Twitter earlier today. The biggest news is that the enhanced Xbox One might be unveiled to the public as early as next week, possibly even before next Saturday.

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Corden also talked a bit about the Xbox Scorpio dev kits as well as possible Bluetooth support in the final hardware. There shouldn't be a Kinect port, though.

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According to him, Xbox Scorpio won't surpass the specifications announced by Microsoft during E3 2016 (8 CPU cores, 6 teraflops of computing power, 320GB/s of memory bandwidth with the goal of achieving "true 4K gaming) but it will have the promised 6 teraflops. This would put it way ahead of PlayStation 4 Pro's 4.2 teraflops.

Again, Jez Corden made it abundantly clear this is not a joke. However, it should be treated as a rumor for now, with all that entails. Still, WindowsCentral is perhaps the biggest Microsoft-focused website and it proved its credibility over the last few years.

Staying on the Xbox Scorpio leak topic, it's worth remembering that a couple months ago Digital Foundry claimed to have seen a whitepaper shared by Microsoft on its development portal.

The article contained a few more tidbits on the specifications. Scorpio won't feature the ESRAM unlike Xbox One; its GPU will have 4.5x computing power compared to the XB1 and 4x times L2 cache; the hardware will support delta color compression (DCC) just like PlayStation 4 Pro, with the specific goal to reduce the amount of GPU bandwidth consumed to render color pixels.

We'll see if Microsoft chooses to unveil the enhanced Xbox One, Scorpio, next week. Even if it doesn't, we should know a lot more in the next couple months leading up to E3 2017 (June 13-15, Los Angeles Convention Center).