Now that we know more about the Xbox Project Scorpio, gamers who were thinking of buying either the PlayStation 4 Pro or the Xbox One S may want to reconsider their plans.
Microsoft is so confident on the capabilities of its upcoming Xbox Project Scorpio that it tapped Xbox One critic Digital Foundry to take the video game console for a spin.
The Xbox Project Scorpio did not disappoint, with the unconventional unveiling of its specifications revealing why Microsoft has been describing it as "the most powerful console ever built."
Should You Buy The Xbox Project Scorpio?
The announcement of the Xbox Project Scorpio and its expected release later this year leaves gamers with the decision of whether or not to wait for it to be released in this year's holiday season before buying a new video game console.
There are two trains of thought when deciding to buy the Xbox Project Scorpio. The first compares Microsoft's 4K console with rival Sony's PlayStation 4 Pro, and the second compares it with its predecessor, the Xbox One S.
Xbox Project Scorpio vs. PlayStation 4 Pro
When comparing the specifications of the two 4K-capable consoles, the Xbox Project Scorpio comes out as more powerful than the PlayStation 4 Pro.
The Xbox Project Scorpio packs graphical power of six teraflops with a 2.3 GHz clock speed and 12 GB GDDR5 RAM, among other things, compared to the 4.2 teraflops with 2.1 GHz clock speed and 8 GB GDDR5 RAM of the PlayStation 4 Pro.
However, while the Xbox Project Scorpio beats the PlayStation 4 Pro in terms of specifications, one major advantage of Sony's console is its arguably better list of exclusive titles, including the recently released Nier: Automata, Horizon Zero Dawn, and Persona 5. The games that will be released with the Xbox Project Scorpio have not yet been revealed, save Forza Motorsport 7, but it is hard to imagine how Microsoft can match up to the titles that Sony can offer for the PlayStation 4 Pro.
Xbox Project Scorpio vs. Xbox One S
If the Xbox Project Scorpio beats the PlayStation 4 Pro, then it is expected that it is a massive upgrade to the Xbox One S.
While the Xbox Project Scorpio is 1.4 times more powerful than the PlayStation 4 Pro, it is a whopping 4.5 times more powerful than the Xbox One with a CPU that is 30 percent faster.
Deciding between holding out for the Xbox Project Scorpio and buying the Xbox One S now would depend on whether a gamer owns or is also planning to purchase a 4K TV, as that is required to be able to maximize the graphical power of the upcoming video game console. In addition, the expected price of the Xbox Project Scorpio could possibly reach $500, which is double the $249 price tag of the Xbox One S.
Which Console Should You Buy?
For those who have invested in a 4K TV for video games, deciding between the Xbox Project Scorpio and the PlayStation 4 Pro will depend on which lineup of games will draw more interest. Microsoft is expected to unveil more details regarding the Xbox Project Scorpio in this year's E3, and hopefully there will be more exclusive titles for the console announced at the event to give it a chance against the PlayStation 4 Pro.
However, for those who will not be able to afford both a 4K TV and the Xbox Project Scorpio, the Xbox One S remains a great choice, especially for fans of the Halo and Gears of War franchises.