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Microsoft To Unveil Xbox Project Scorpio At E3: Specs, Price, And Release Date

13 April 2017, 11:27 pm EDT By Aaron Mamiit Tech Times
Head of Xbox Phil Spencer confirmed that the Xbox Project Scorpio will be fully unveiled at the upcoming E3. What details will gamers expect from Microsoft's presentation at the annual video game expo?  ( Xbox Wire )

Phil Spencer, Microsoft's Head of Xbox, confirmed that Project Scorpio will be fully unveiled at the upcoming E3 video game expo in June.

E3 2017 will be the first time that Microsoft will be showing off the console to a huge audience. The technical specifications of the Xbox Project Scorpio have previously been revealed, but only to media outlet Digital Foundry, the biggest critic of the Xbox One.

Xbox Project Scorpio At E3

It is widely expected that Microsoft will be showing off the Xbox Project Scorpio at this year's E3, though the statement of Spencer posted at the official Xbox Wire finally confirms it.

"With Project Scorpio, we created a console with the goal of being the ultimate place for developers to realize their visions and the best place to play any Xbox game," Spencer said about the upcoming console.

"We've created the most powerful console with you in mind. We've created the most powerful development platform with our industry's creators in mind," Spencer added, ending the post by expressing Microsoft's excitement in unveiling the Xbox Project Scorpio in June at E3 2017.

The formal launch of the Xbox Project Scorpio will take place even before E3 2017 opens its doors on June 13 though, as Microsoft has sent out invitations for a press briefing that will take place on June 11.

Unknown Details On Xbox Project Scorpio

Digital Foundry's report on the Xbox Project Scorpio revealed that Microsoft delivered on its promise of the device being "the most powerful console ever," with a 6 teraflop Polaris GPU that is 1.4 times more powerful than what is found in rival Sony's PlayStation 4 Pro. The Xbox Project Scorpio will allow users to play games on native 4K UHD at 60 frames per second, with 12 GB of GDDR5 RAM.

A prototype image of the console has also been released, showing gamers what the Xbox Project Scorpio could look like once it hits the market.

There are several important details that are not yet known about the console, however, first and foremost of which is its name as Project Scorpio is likely a placeholder. The image of the console's prototype gives an idea on how it would look, but Microsoft may have made significant changes between the prototype and the final version.

The price tag of the Xbox Project Scorpio is also not yet known, though it is widely expected that it will reach at least $500. The console is also known to be released in time for this year's holiday season, but no specific date has been given.

One important aspect of the Xbox Project Scorpio that gamers will look forward to at E3 2017, however, are the titles that will launch alongside the console. It is already apparent that the Xbox Project Scorpio is a much more powerful console than the PlayStation 4 Pro, but the better specifications will not matter if the Xbox Project Scorpio will not come with games that will attract customers to purchase it.

PlayStation 4 Pro exclusives released this year already include Persona 5, Nier: Automata, and Horizon Zero Dawn. Microsoft will need to match up with these titles to give a better chance for the Xbox Project Scorpio to succeed.

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