Rumor: Xbox One “Scorpio” Will be More Powerful Than the PS4 Neo
Rumor has it that Sony isn’t the only one working on a new iteration of the PlayStation 4 console. According to Kotaku and Polygon’s sources, Microsoft is developing at least two new versions of the Xbox One; a cheaper and smaller unit set for later this year, and a more powerful version of the Xbox One set for next year. Reportedly codenamed Scorpio, Microsoft’s new console is supposed to be more powerful than the PS4 Neo.
According to a new report by Polygon, the Xbox Scorpio is targeting peak power of 6 teraflops, which is more than the reported 4.14 teraflops being considered for the PS4 NEO. Teraflops is the way of measuring a computer's speed, in case you didn't know.
However, computational performance only provides a narrow measure of a games console's power, with memory bandwidth and speed, and even hard-drive read speeds, all being potential bottlenecks that determine a system's overall "power."
Should the growing number of Xbox Scorpio insider articles, many of which verify each other, turn out to be accurate, it would mean Microsoft could be on the cusp of overcoming a three-year hardware handicap against Sony's trailblazing PS4. Sony has just announced that it has sold 40 million units of its PS4 system in about two and a half years.
Power is a primary concern for Microsoft with Scorpio. The PS4 has remained a constant leader over the Xbox One in this respect, with games on the platform usually running at higher resolution and a higher framerate on the PS4 than their Xbox One counterparts. Microsoft is determined to end this narrative.
Also, previous reports and documentation for Sony's new console have suggested that PS4 games will work on both its current iteration of the system and the Neo, and current reports indicate this is also the case with Scorpio. Kotaku also reports that Scorpio will be "technically capable of supporting the Oculus Rift." Polygon's sources verified that while Scorpio will be technically capable of supporting the Oculus Rift, Microsoft's relationship with the virtual reality headset maker hasn't changed since it was announced last summer.
Interestingly, sources claim that Microsoft didn’t intend to announce anything this year but because of Sony’s expected announcement of PS4 Neo and its rumored release this year, among other undisclosed factors, the company is planning to reveal something either at or around E3 2016.
It should be interesting to see how Neo and Scorpio shake things up for both companies, and how fans react to more powerful versions of current consoles. While it will be nice to not have to upgrade to a new console and no longer be able to play current games, there won’t be any of the hype and excitement that comes with a new console launch, either.
Well, like I said on my previous article about the rumored PS4 Neo, I don't intend to buy the PS4 Neo, or even the Xbox One Scorpio, anytime soon. I just bought my PS4 last May 2014, and it will be utterly ridiculous for me to upgrade to a more powerful console at this early stage. But if I will buy an upgraded console in the future and if I were to choose between Neo and Scorpio, I'll choose Neo. One major reason? GAMES! I don't give a damn if Scorpio has more teraflops or is gazillion times more powerful than Neo. Without a strong software library to support Scorpio, the console is worthless in my eyes. And we all know that the PS4 has the best lineup of quality and diverse software this generation. I just don't see Microsoft will be able to top that, even if their Scorpio is more powerful than Sony's PS4 Neo. What do you think guys? Will you choose Scorpio over Neo if Scorpio is the more powerful console?
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5/27/2016 2:05:29 AM Drew Constantino