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The Xbox Scorpio still remains shrouded in mystery, however, leading industry figures continue to tease its potential 4K fire-power.
While we know that Microsoft have no current plans to offer exclusive games for the Xbox Scorpio, we do know that the console will look to offer upgraded 4K gameplay over the base Xbox One – much like the PS4 Pro.
Being touted as the most powerful console ever created, it’s hard to expect anything other than a top price point for the console which is set to arrive later in 2017.
Early specs have revealed that the Xbox Scorpio will boast 6 teraflops of GPU, and will aim to deliver 4K gaming and support virtual reality.
And now Gamestop have given the latest update, confirming that they believe the new Xbox Scorpio console has a lot of potential.
“In physical gaming there have been cyclical declines without question, but we have very strong cards to play in Nintendo Switch, Sony [PlayStation] VR, and Microsoft [Xbox] Scorpio,” GameStop’s CEO Paul Raines revealed.
Chief Operating Officer Tony Bartel added a further tease, saying: “Finally, we’re impressed with [the] Microsoft Scorpio product.
“Unfortunately we can’t talk about a lot other than what’s known”, he said. “The Scorpio is a very powerful system that’s really made for 4K.
“We see it [as] a very gaming centric, very, very powerful unit and so we do believe that there will be some great games that are made for this.”
It follows reports earlier this week that claim the Xbox Scorpio will offer new 4K functionality that is not currently available on the PS4, or PS4 Pro.
Unsurprisingly, the new Project Scorpio console will not be going back to the power-brick design of yore, and will instead mimic the Xbox One S’ internal power supply.
While this might not come as much surprise to fans, more was also revealed about the Scorpio’s potential 4K abilities.
Project Scorpio will reportedly feature HEVC and VP9 codecs for decoding 4K streams for things such Netflix, as well as HEVC for encoding 2160p, 60 frame-per-second (FPS) video for Game DVR and streaming.
Project Scorpio’s Game DVR will allow you to stream and record clips in 4K resolution with 60FPS, giving the Xbox Scorpio a huge advantage over the PS4 Pro, which can offer 1080p and 60fps.
Those who own the base Xbox One, or even the Xbox One S, may not be at risk of losing out on any big games, but may still be feeling a little nervous over where Microsoft’s attentions will lie in the future.
Rory Newbrough, the lead designer at Hi-Rez Studios, was asked about this subject in a recent interview, confirming that developers were still very much focused on providing for where the bulk of their customers are.
“We like to develop from the bottom up, ensuring the low end machines and last generation hardware performs its best with the game,” he told Gamingbolt.
“The Scorpio brings an opportunity to take advantage of our ultra or enthusiast level settings, but we won’t lose sight of those of us who still hang on to their current machines.”