After months of rumors and speculations, Microsoft has officially confirmed the existence of Project Scorpio while closing out its E3 2016 press conference.
“The next step change for gamers and developers must deliver true 4K gaming and high-fidelity VR,” said Xbox boss Phil Spencer, proceeding to explain just how important better hardware is going to be in pushing Xbox forward.
According to the announcement, Project Scorpio is going to release in holiday 2017 with up to 6 teraflops of computing power. Microsoft further claimed that the new console model will boast the most powerful GPU ever installed in a console to date, with support for play in true 4K resolution. Furthermore, the console will deliver 8 CPU cores and 320+ GB/s memory bandwidth.
Spencer clarified that all games will be playable on Xbox One, Project Scorpio, and Windows 10 PC. The arrival of a new console model will not mean alienating a portion of the Xbox player-base. Additionally, all accessories and peripherals will continue to work flawlessly out-of-the-box across all Xbox mediums.
On the other side of the fence, Sony has already confirmed that PlayStation Neo indeed exists. However, the company chose to note talk about the upgraded PlayStation 4 model during its E3 2016 press conference. Perhaps we’ll get to hear more at Gamescom 2016 in August.