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Xbox Scorpio vs. PS4 Pro

We compare the Xbox Scorpio’s hardware details to the PlayStation 4 Pro.

Earlier today, new details were revealed about Microsoft’s elusive new Xbox console, code named “Project Scorpio”. Digital Foundry revealed the final hardware specs for Xbox Scorpio, giving gamers a better idea of how Microsoft's upcoming console will fair compared to Sony’s PlayStation 4 Pro. Let’s take a moment to compare the details of Xbox Scorpio to the PS4 Pro to see how these two competing consoles stack up. 

Xbox Scorpio vs. PlayStation 4 Pro Hardware Specs

CPU

Microsoft’s Project Scorpio will have eight custom x86 cores clocked at 2.3GHz, while the PS4 Pro instead has eight Jaguar cores clocked at 2.1GHz, according to information from Digital Foundry. So far, these two systems seem very similar in terms of computer processing power.

GPU

The Xbox Scorpio will have 40 customized compute units, at 1172 MHz. On the other hand, the PS4 Pro only has 36 improved GCN compute units at 911MHz. With a few more compute units than the PS4 Pro, the Xbox Scorpio is just slightly ahead. However, it’s difficult to tell how much of a difference these few compute units will make until we see some actual gameplay tests on the Xbox Scorpio.

Hard Drive

Storage is an important component to factor in, as games have begun taking up more space over the years. Both consoles boast a 1TB 2.5-inch hard drive, but no further details have been revealed regarding the Project Scorpio hard drives at this point.

Perhaps the hard drives can be upgraded to have more storage like they have in previous Xbox consoles, but for now we’ll just have to assume both the Xbox Scorpio and PS4 Pro are tied in terms of storage. 

Memory & Bandwidth

When comparing the memory of the Xbox’s Project Scorpio against that of the PS4 Pro, Project Scorpio edges out the competition by several gigabytes. Microsoft will upgrade from 8GB DDR3 RAM and 32MB ESRAM on the standard Xbox One to a much larger 12GB GDDR5 RAM for the Xbox Scorpio. 

Meanwhile, the PS4 Pro will remain at 8GB GDDR5 RAM, similar to that of the Xbox One we have currently. Xbox Scorpio is also said to run at 6 teraflops, edging past the PS4 Pro’s 4.2 teraflops. The bandwidth for the PS4 Pro is set at 218 GB per second, which lags behind Xbox Scorpio’s reported 326 GB per second bandwidth.

Optical Drive

As 4K-capable products continue to gain popularity amongst consumers, pressure is being put on the game console market to accommodate the graphical needs of gamers.

Today we found out that Xbox Scorpio will feature 4K UHD Blue-Ray capabilities, similar to what the Xbox One S offers already. PS4 Pro on the other hand, only offers a Blue-ray reader, sans 4K. Unless the PS4 Pro comes out with a newer 4K-ready version, the Xbox Scorpio will clearly be leading the charge in the race to 4K on consoles. 

A deconstructed look at the Xbox Scorpio's components, courtesy of Eurogamer.

Price

Digital Foundry has estimated that the Scorpio will cost about $499 USD, slightly more than the PS4 Pro’s $399 price point. However, the Xbox Scorpio’s extra memory, higher performance power, and 4K capabilities may justify this higher pricing. 

Overall, the Xbox Scorpio is looking to be a promising console with the potential to edge out the competition. Now that we’ve compared Microsoft’s Xbox Scorpio to the PS4 Pro, let us know which of these two consoles you’d prefer in the comment section below.

Source: Digital Foundry

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Larryn Bell

Trying my best to avoid being a Tomato.